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Forum topic by trevor7428 posted 12-20-2016 07:30 PM 674 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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trevor7428

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12-20-2016 07:30 PM

I purchased the Incra Miter Express. It hasn’t arrived yet. I’m just trying to figure out if I should mount the sled to the right or left of the blade because once you cut the panel, there is no going back lol

I have a SawStop PCS (left tilt blade), for some reason I always use my miter guage on the left side of the blade, unless I crosscut a really long piece its easier on the right. 99% of the time, I use it on the left side though. I dont cut angles often, mainly 90 degree cuts.

Anyways I downloaded the Miter Express manual. It says if your blade tilts to the right, mount it on the left. If your blade tilts to the left, mount it on the right.

Is that the way you would do it?

My blade does tilt to the left, but like I said I’m so used to using the miter guage on the left. That’s how I would’ve mounted the sled if I didn’t read the manual. Have I been using my miter guage on the wrong side of the blade this whole time?

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion


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Woodchuck2010

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#1 posted 12-20-2016 10:50 PM

Left

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hairy

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#2 posted 12-20-2016 10:58 PM

I’ve been watching youtube videos about the Incra Miter Express. I want one. I would mount it the way the directions say to mount it. Maybe you don’t cut angles now, but it’s likely that at some time you will.

What miter gauge will you put on it? I’ve seen their videos where the miter gauge has an extension coming out the left side, and the table saw has an extension table on the right side.

I haven’t used a left tilt, so I have no opinion there.

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trevor7428

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#3 posted 12-20-2016 11:50 PM

I found some different posts about the miter express (reviews) after reading threw the comments, they talk about my issue exactly.

How most people do use the miter gauge on the left. Lol for a sec I thought I was using my miter gauge wrong. Even tho I’m used to the left the miter express should be used on the right with my left tilt saw

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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Lee

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#4 posted 12-21-2016 12:06 AM

If you cut the sled for the left side and want to tilt the blade you will cut a nice bevel in the sled. I have a left tilt PM 66 and my sleds are set up on the right side just because of this problem. hope this helps.

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#5 posted 12-21-2016 12:52 AM

Depending on the size of the pieces you cut, it may need easier for them to hang off the left side of the saw, so you don’t have to remove the fence to get a long piece in the sled. Up to you though.

Brian

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Lazyman

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#6 posted 12-21-2016 02:34 AM

I would assume that the reason that you want the blade to tilt away from the sled is to maintain the zero clearance between the blade and sled when the blade is at 90 degrees. This should give you cleaner cuts. If you have it on the other side and you tilt the blade, you will never have zero clearance at 90 degrees again. Also, with it tilting away, you are less likely to cut into the aluminum fence on the sled by mistake.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 12-21-2016 04:16 AM

Will you occasionally be using this with dado blades? If so then you might want to look at putting it on the right.

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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