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richgreer

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1456 days ago

I have long admired the Incra positioning systems and I have always balked at the price.

I just became aware of the Incra ultra lite system, on sale for $129. This is a much cheaper version of the LS system that many consider the standard for accurate router fence positioning systems.

I’m curious – do any LJs have the Incra ultra lite system and/or is there anyone who can comment on this system and how it compares to the standard LS system.

As an FYI – This system is on sale through August 10th.

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TheWoodNerd

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#1 posted 1456 days ago

Hmm, that looks really interesting. I have the full-blown system and love it. I’m definitely checking this out as a bandsaw fence.

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#2 posted 1456 days ago

There are several innovating woodworking related companies that produce phenomenal products – Incra is one of them. I have several of their products, and each and everyone is spot on precise, of high quality, and is a pleasure to use.

that being said – I think the Ultra light is a very reasonably priced positioner, and should work great – but it’s not an LS positioner. the LS positioners have a LeadScrew that moves the fence and they are infinitely adjustable whereas the Ultra and Ultra Light uses the Original Incra Jig plastic teeth for the positioning.

Not trying to say anything against the Ultra light fence – I do think it’s a fantastic product from a great company – just stating the differences between the products. Make sure that it does have the positioning reach that you need though (I think the Ultra light is ~12” of positioning distance)

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TheWoodNerd

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#3 posted 1456 days ago

I don’t know about the teeth, but it looks like the Ultra Lite does have the leadscrew.

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 1456 days ago

TheWoodNerd- the black rail on the right side are the teeth rails which interlocks with an opposite set of teeth on the clamping mechanism. the dial at the end is a screw for fine adjustments , but is limited to -+X .what you see is the entire screw as opposed to the LS which has a full length leadscrew that goes along the entire track from end to front and provides infinite fine adjustments along it’s entire length. is it really crucial? does it make much of a difference? I dunno… but it’s a different mechanism.

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TheWoodNerd

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#5 posted 1456 days ago

You’re right, it’s different. But from a practical standpoint I don’t think it matters, except I guess it’s possible to bottom-out the Ultra Lite.

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Howie

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#6 posted 1456 days ago

I originally bought an Ultra with the plastic positioner. It was limited to 8” of travel and I must say was very accurate. Not a thing wrong with it other than limited travel. I bought a LS 25 and love it. It will make you want to throw away your other DT/Box Jt jigs.
I’m sure that if you can do with the 12” limit you will be satisfied with the UltraLite.

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live4ever

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#7 posted 1456 days ago

I got an Ultra16 but haven’t put it on my table yet. It was a bit of an impulse buy when it was on sale. I considered selling it (even put it up for sale here) and just moving up to the LS because the Ultra has to be upgraded before it can accept Incra’s Wonderfence.

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