Trying to make a decision regarding Incra's LS router table fence system.

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Forum topic by Gerry posted 03-06-2011 11:59 PM 3951 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2011 11:59 PM

I’d like to ask for you help and opinions of Incra’s router table fence system.

I’ve just completed building a clamp on router fence for my table saw / router table combination. However, I’m considering to buy a stand alone Incra Fence LS system for the router table. (a right side add-on to my Ridgid 3650 table saw)

The primary purpose for this is to give me more flexibility, and to do more precise joinery in the box joint and dovetail joint disciplines, as well as having greater control of router table based applications like tenons, rabbets, etc.

I’ve looked at all 3 of their iterations, and am leaning towards the “Ultra Lite” version due to cost factors as well as mounting concerns. The one thing that is holding me back on the lite version is the lack of a dust collection option.

Please let me know your opinions, and if you have this product, what you experience has been. I have read some of the reviews here, and while they are good, I still need to ask the question. Thanks in advance for you help.

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 12:57 AM

the ultra is a cheaper fence but you can still put a vac system on it if you get the wonder fence upgrade.
I have the ultra jig it needs a right angle fence and some cleaning it might need a stop too it goes for about $200 I’ll sell to ya for $130+ shipping if you want?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 03-07-2011 02:47 AM

I have an LS 17 and I can’t find much fault. The lack of the vacuum connection is not a real problem for me since I go with the broom and dustpan dust collection.) The lack of the split fence is a bit more problematic but I can upgrade later. I do have the 24×36 table and it is really nice with the long orientation.

Here is a my real secret reason I spent so much money for one of these fences: It was the clarity of the measurement for these aging eyes. It is just so easy to see the settings. The second most important reason is it is so easy to adjust without fiddling around. Just drop the lever, move to the measurement, lock it, and you are ready.

The Ultralight would not be a bad choice for your situation, but if I were going to buy a fence like the LS and put it on a table saw extension, I would go ahead and save up to get the one that can do double duty as a TS fence. The only obvious problem is that it is pretty pricey.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#3 posted 03-07-2011 02:59 AM

I have the ls-25 with the super fence(on a separate table) It’s extremely accurate and I use it for everything including jointing edges(great) The only complaint I have is the dust collection is so-so. My next purchase will be the new rails for my 3650 for a system there. I started out with an Incra original (no d/c exept shop vac after the fact) Once I saw what the Incra fences could do there was no looking back. I have about 300 dollars worth of other DT jigs just gathering dust. My opinion is go with the Incra and buy the best you can afford.

-- Life is good.

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 07:46 PM

Thank you all for your most helpful perspectives. I have begun to use my saw fence- router fence combination, and find the interdependent workstation arrangement a bit limiting, as one has to abandon one setup for another. This is where the TS-LS arrangement becomes attractive, specifically for it’s repeatability.

Ike, thanks for thinking of me. Did you ever use your ultra jig? Is it the 16” or the 24” version? I am interested, but I do think that when I make my decision, I’ll probably lean towards the latest generation of product.

David, I too have the same issue. It has not become severe yet, but I will most likely go for an LS system before my eyesight gets worse. Indeed I am looking at all the options. The TS-LS combination, while pricey, does solve several current issues. I need to ask a bunch of questions of the folks at Incra. I am considering to make a separate routing setup on my out-feed table, which is 3×4 ft. However, I must look at it with the eye of having a workflow from the table saw that is uncluttered. If I do separate the router table function from the saw wing, I’ll probably buy a router table top and build it into the new base cabinet and storage I’m planning for the shop.

Howie, I have been considering the 25” system, as the difference in cost is relatively small. I too have a preference to double duty my shop space, and need to determine the impact of the rail package on my current set-up. (I’ve built on a folding out-feed table, and supported it in part using rails attached to the side wings of the saw.)

Thanks again, and I’ll post some photos of the setup when it is done.

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#5 posted 04-01-2011 05:59 AM

Gerry the LS system has a dust collection on it and its no where as good as the one I made for my home made fence. Thats the only negative with the incra I have experenced so far.

-- Billp

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#6 posted 04-01-2011 06:29 AM

Before you decide check out Blake’s post on his, also note he changed the location of the dust port.

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