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Forum topic by treesner posted 05-09-2016 07:39 AM 489 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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treesner

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05-09-2016 07:39 AM

Hey guys, out of school (no fancy woodshop) means there’s some important tools i need to obtain for my shop. I need a better miter gauge and a cross cut sled. When I started to look at miter gauges I found that incra made some interesting looking sleds. What do you guys think about the 500 and express vs just a homemade sled?

I’m trying to do basic cabinetry and furniture making with my small footprint job site saw: dewalt 7491. i’m not even sure if the big incra 500 will fit onto this, let me know if you have any thoughts

Incra 500 sled: $330

Incra Express: $150

pros:
get a sled and a miter gauge in one package
looks like it replaces many different types of sleds/miter gauge

cons
lots of fusing seeing up
all allen screws instead of thumb screws..slow
expensive


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Redoak49

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#1 posted 05-09-2016 10:19 AM

What I would do is get a miter gauge like the Incra 1000SE and make a sled to fit your saw and the project.

I have several sleds from small to large. I find that I use the smaller size which is 12” deep the most.

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JeffP

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#2 posted 05-09-2016 10:38 AM

What @redoak said…

Incra miter gauge, definitely…

Incra sled, not so much.

Make your own sled (or several of them) based on one of the (very) many designs on youtube.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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bonesbr549

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#3 posted 05-09-2016 12:56 PM

I have the 1000hd and the 500 sled. Two diff applications but both are nice. I’ve sworn by my 1000hd for years as the vernier scale has saved my tuckus numerous times and its just dead on.

If you need panel work then a home made sled will do and had one and for 90 cuts perfect. If however you have a wide angled cut need (within the limits of your TS capabilities) then the sled is very nice. Prior to my sled I used my Festool mft to accomplish this and it was good but could be a +_ half degree in accuracy. With the incra not an issue.

Is it worth it, thats for your to put the value on it. For me, I don’t regret the purchase at all.

Thats my 2 cents worth but that and a buck fifty will get you a cup of coffee.

Have a good one.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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SlickTX

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#4 posted 05-09-2016 07:46 PM

I have the 1000SE and the express sled that I use with my Delta 36-725 TS. The miter gage and sled can be used separately or as a combo. Though I’ve not had the Incra tools long I can tell you that even with crummy pallet wood I can make dead on 45* angles for picture frames. With better wood the cuts almost disappear when joined.

I’m a fan of Incra products and it doesn’t hurt that their shop is just a few miles from my house and not more than a 1/4 mile from my Harley dealer.

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treesner

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#5 posted 05-09-2016 07:52 PM



I have the 1000SE and the express sled that I use with my Delta 36-725 TS. The miter gage and sled can be used separately or as a combo. Though I ve not had the Incra tools long I can tell you that even with crummy pallet wood I can make dead on 45* angles for picture frames. With better wood the cuts almost disappear when joined.

I m a fan of Incra products and it doesn t hurt that their shop is just a few miles from my house and not more than a 1/4 mile from my Harley dealer.

- SlickTX

Yeah the larger incra 500 kit comes with a removable incra 3000se

I’m learning toward just getting the incra 1000se and making a sled however it does sound nice having less sleds around the shop by going with the incra sled

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