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MinnesotaMarty

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09-30-2017 02:43 PM

I am getting close to having my shop space completed and my wife has convinced me to purchase a new 3 hp. Sawstop Cabinet saw. While visiting my local Rockler store last week I checked the clearance aisle and I found a Incra 5000 miter sled at half off. I guess it was a mail order return. So for $150 I got a pretty nice miter sled.

My question: Is the Incra 5000 miter sled compatible with the Sawstop safety system. It seems to me that the aluminum fence travels pretty close to the blade. Other than that it looks like it should work just fine.

Marty

-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.


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tdwilli1

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#1 posted 09-30-2017 02:45 PM

I have the smaller version and it works just fine on my Sawstop. For that price I would jump on it.

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Redoak49

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#2 posted 09-30-2017 03:23 PM

Any metal miter gauge or sled is fine unless it touches the blade. I have an Incra miter gauge, a Sawstop and I did not readjust it after I made a 45 cut. Bam!!! I am much more careful now.

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Ripper70

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#3 posted 09-30-2017 03:41 PM



... my wife has convinced me to purchase a new 3 hp. Sawstop Cabinet saw.

Marty

- MinnesotaMarty

Can I borrow her for a minute?

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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MinnesotaMarty

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#4 posted 10-01-2017 07:21 PM

Thanks for the response guys. I thought it should work and that I just needed to be carefully about keeping the fence back about a 1/4” from the blade. It is also my understanding that when I adjust the fence to the blade I can test the system to see if I am too close.

Ripper70
Yeah she’s not for hire. But, her point is valid and that is: usually, I am in the shop working alone and if there was an accident no one is around to assist. I am only 64 years old but 15/20 years from now I might not be in as good of shape as I am now and that safety feature is nice to have as I age. It’s about a $1000 more than a very nice Grizzly or Shop Fox but in the long run I think worth the money.

Merty

-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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Ripper70

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#5 posted 10-01-2017 07:46 PM

Well, congratulations on your blessings all around. And I hope we get to see a picture or two of your new setup when completed. The SawStop will be a great addition.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Sparks500

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#6 posted 10-02-2017 12:22 PM

Why does my wife insist I buy old tools that don’t have safety equipment????

-- A good day is any day that you're alive....

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#7 posted 10-02-2017 12:43 PM

You have to be extra careful about wood moisture. Since the distance from the wood to the blade is extremely small some little wet wood that would otherwise create not problems may trigger the brake when cutting with the sled.
I am trying to keep my metal Incra gauge more than inch from the blade.

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#8 posted 06-07-2018 08:45 PM

Wished I had read this two days ago. Setup my incra 5000 as per instructions so sled and table saw blade just barely kiss. During first test cut, bam. Seems that incra should have a warming for Sawstop owners to back it off a bit. Maybe just a smile…

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Firewood

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#9 posted 06-07-2018 10:20 PM

Yeah, like Redoak49, I did the same thing. But I’ll bet you weren’t using your new DeWalt dado set when you did it. :-(

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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edapp

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#10 posted 06-08-2018 12:05 PM

It seems reasonable to me that the person making an investment in a sawstop should be aware of the safety feature/technology they are using (rather than Incra).

I have a sawstop and am expecting my miter 5000 to come in the mail today (BTW extremely jealous of your deal!). I plan to have the fence far enough from the blade that I will still be able to use my Shark Guard with the setup (although I am not 100% sure that it is possible). The Shark Guard works so well that it was my primarily motivation to go with the Miter 5000, rather than a one piece sled. Will report back about compatibility.

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Redoak49

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#11 posted 06-08-2018 12:15 PM

I added a wood fence to the front of my Incra miter gauge as protection.

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HokieKen

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#12 posted 06-08-2018 04:02 PM

Well, no one else has said it but, YOU SUCK! That’s a great deal on a new Incra 5000 :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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BroncoBrian

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#13 posted 06-08-2018 04:25 PM



It s about a $1000 more than a very nice Grizzly or Shop Fox but in the long run I think worth the money.

- MinnesotaMarty

...And a better saw with superior service. Great choice. Spend the money one time and keep it forever.

You can file or cut the aluminum back on any sled to keep it clear of the blade. Watch the video below. Custom made the sled, but you can see how he set the aluminum and the cut it back to keep clear of his blade. Great design.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtwK9X8o1Gw

-- I'd like to see a forklift lift a crate of forks. It'd be so damn literal!

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GrumpySince55

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#14 posted 06-09-2018 04:21 AM



Thanks for the response guys. I thought it should work and that I just needed to be carefully about keeping the fence back about a 1/4” from the blade. It is also my understanding that when I adjust the fence to the blade I can test the system to see if I am too close.

Ripper70
Yeah she s not for hire. But, her point is valid and that is: usually, I am in the shop working alone and if there was an accident no one is around to assist. I am only 64 years old but 15/20 years from now I might not be in as good of shape as I am now and that safety feature is nice to have as I age. It s about a $1000 more than a very nice Grizzly or Shop Fox but in the long run I think worth the money.

Merty

- MinnesotaMarty


Sooo, What are YOUR FINGERS worth?????

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edapp

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#15 posted 06-11-2018 03:36 PM

Setup my 5000 sled / sawstop / Sharkguard combo this weekend. The aluminum fence can be set as close or far from the blade as you want. I have mine set just outside of the sharkguard which is maybe an inch to inch and a half from the blade. No issues of contact and it still lets me capture the dust coming off the blade. Very happy with this setup!

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