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Forum topic by Kinbaum posted 1613 days ago 3007 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kinbaum

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1613 days ago

I need a little advice on the purchase of an Incra LS Positioner. I have narrowed my choices down to two systems:

1. Router table Combo – includes LS Positioner super system, router table stand, 27” x 43” router table, magan lock aluminum router plate

2. Table Saw Combo – includes LS Positioner super system with 52” rip capacity, 28” x 32” router table that attaches to the end on the table saw extension wing, bracing legs for the fencing system, magna lock aluminum router plate

What would be the advantages or disadvantages of having a router table attached to your table saw?

I have been trying to find some disadvantages and i dont see any that are major. I guess i can get 2 for the price of one. I can have the LS positioner for the table saw and router if i purchase the table saw combo. The price difference is roughly 100 more for the table saw combo.

Any suggestions or input would be greatly appreciated.


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ondablade

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#1 posted 1613 days ago

I went through this last year before buying Incra stuff. I guess the two big advantages of the TS LS with router table attached to your saw table is that you get (a) two functions out of your positioner (rip fence and routing), (b) the router table doubles as a rip side table extension, and© you save some space over a separate router table. But as ever with combos that the cost is some inconvenience on changeover, and more restricted access in use.

I bit the bullet, and bought a second shorter stroke positioner as well as that on the rip fence on my saw plus a separate router table, frame and super fence system because (a) i didn’t want the restrictions in use, (b) the long extension of the rip side table didn’t suit my layout and anyway wasn’t essential because my saw is a Hammer K3 panel saw that rips to 8ft wide and long off the LH slider and support frame)

This was possible because (c) i figured a corner where i could park a free standing router table. (set at the same height as the saw table so it can be used as an outfeed/side table anyway, also as an assembly table by dropping a ply top over it)

The extra positioner and separate router table was not that much more expensive than a combo i seem to remember. On the other hand the combo looks like a nifty move for a US style table saw if you want to save a little and it suits your layout. (a big factor to remember on layout with the 52 inch unit is just how far the positioner projects/takes up space beyond the rip side table/ to the RHS of the saw when the fence is at max rip capacity. Don’t forget either that this requires re-locating the positioner to a second set of bolt holes to the RHS)

It’s in the end maybe a matter of listing your requirements – headings might include space, convenience, function, flexibility, cost and so on – and of figuring how important each of these is for you. Which you need first (router table or rip fence) will also be a factor if you can only buy one or the other…...

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AWood

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#2 posted 1613 days ago

I can confirm all the facts o”ndablade” made. Myself I was seriously looking at the combination Incra table saw/ router combination. Loved the idea. I researched similar sites and everyone had the same crititque of the arm extension past the table (restrictions if you have a small shop) I have the Bench Dog router lift and router table attachment on my cabinet saw. I will some day invest in the Incra Router positioner and build a router table. I will also probably some day buy the table fence. Either way the router positioner and fence separately almost add up to the cost of the combination system. I made the decision and invested the money instead into a 3.25 hp porter cable router and the Bench Dog Pro-lift (almost the same price as the Incra system) . No regrets

-- AllWood

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russv

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#3 posted 1613 days ago

the big advantage of combo is you can use the icra on both the TS and router table. i have my router on a wing of my TS (see my home page) and it is nice to have my incra available for both. in reality, i rarely use the incra on my router table and use it constantly on my TS. sometimes the router bit sticking up gets in the way of TS operations and sometimes having the incra available to the router is worth it. what should be as important should be space consideations and what kind of work do you do alot.

i might mention, i bought the short rails for my TS and if i want to cut plywood i loosen the brakets and slide them over to accomidate a 52” cut. in this position the fence won’t reach the blade so to go back to narrower cuts i slide everything back. it takes only a couple of minutes to change back and forth but my basic TS/router table footprint is smaller in the shop this way..

for what it’s worth,
russv

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