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Forum topic by Iggles88 posted 03-28-2012 04:26 PM 5075 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2012 04:26 PM

Hey guys, I’m looking into buying the incra miter 5000. I want to take the plunge and order it but I can’t seem to figure out whether it is a miter gauge attached to a sled or all one piece. I know I’m going to want to use it without the sled and I don’t want to spend almost 300 dollars on just a sled. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 03-28-2012 05:37 PM

looking at this I would say all one

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#2 posted 03-28-2012 05:56 PM

Why not just use the 1000SE? This model has been a real addition to my TS. Don’t really know what the sled addition would bring to the game ‘cause I already have a sled.


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#3 posted 03-28-2012 06:07 PM

The best way to get the straight scoop on your question is to go to Incra Tools on the web aqnd find tech support which will give you a phone number for Mark Mueller who knows all that there is to know about Incra products, he is a great guy and will answer all of your questions.

Jerry Bowen
Colorado City, Texas

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#4 posted 03-28-2012 06:27 PM

I laso have and use the 1000SE. I use it for my TS and also my router table.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 03-28-2012 06:35 PM

I have the Incra 1000SE, and I also have the Incra Miter 5000.

The Incra Miter 5000 is a sled. The instructions state that the parts can be reconfigured to be a Miter 3000 (miter gauge) but this would be a rather significant hassle, IMHO. I also find that the practical cross-cut capacity is the distance from the front face of the fence to the front edge of the sled – 17” at 90 degrees I think rather than the 25” claimed on the web page. The protractor head and fence take up a lot of space. Wider pieces will hang off the front of the sled so there is no way that I can think of to clamp the work to the sled as one would normally do. Personally, I think I get better quality and more consistent cuts when the work is clamped to the sled.

The sled is very expensive for what it is, but boy does it work great, IMHO. With that long Incra fence you have essentially perfect positioning to the nearest 1/32 of an inch out to about 30” or so. I use a 1/4” dowel as the stop-rod and run that through the blade to zero it out. With this sled it does not take a great deal of skill to consistently get results more perfect than they probably need to be. As a hobbiest, I like that.

The Incra Miter Combo pack will give you a more versatile setup – a Miter Express sled and a Miter 1000SE. Moving the 1000SE into/outof the sled is simple. Probably exactly as good as the Miter 5000 sled but more limited capacity on the cross cut and fence.

-- Greg D.

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#6 posted 03-28-2012 06:49 PM

I have the 5000, I honestly Love it. It has worked well for all the crosscutting tasks I have used it for. Also I get some great angled cuts to any angle I need. Allot of what Greg said is true, so I won’t elaborate beyond what he said.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#7 posted 03-28-2012 10:39 PM

I think if I went with the 1000 I’d get the 1000hd it has more stops and if I’m not mistaken is a newer model. That is a lot of the reason why I didn’t want the miter sled combo with the 1000se. I considered buying the sled and the miter 3000 but that’s getting really expensive.

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#8 posted 06-24-2012 05:17 AM

I wonder what is your final choice after three months, 1000, 1000hd or 5000? Since I am on the same boat now. Why do you think the miter sled combo with the 1000se have problems?

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#9 posted 06-24-2012 01:18 PM

I ended up with the 1000hd, it’s great…..the only thing I didn’t like was the shimming method. I didn’t say it had a problem I just think the hd is way better then the se more positive stops, they’re the same thing but the hd has stops at every degree.

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