Sawstop and an Incra fence

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Forum topic by woodmoose posted 04-13-2012 04:36 PM 5157 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2012 04:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sawstop incra ts-ls tablesaw

Greetings fellow jocks,

I’ve just upgraded to my first real cabinet saw (although it’s the 110V Sawstop, some may say that a cabinet saw ain’t “real” unless it’s on 220V 2 phase ;-)

I had an Incra TS-LS on my contractor saw that I’m moving over to the Sawstop. But I noticed a warning in the owners manual the other day about metal fences (sheesh, it’s always something).

I’m wondering if any of you have experience with using an Incra fence on a Sawstop, and what if anything you did to prevent the saw from braking because of the aluminium fence.

I’m thinking I can put a melamine-over-some wood product (mdf, plywood, etc) to keep the blade and the fence separated.

Thanks in advance, guys and gals, and Happy Woodworking!


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#1 posted 04-14-2012 02:22 AM

I have the same setup, I don’t do anything much.
Mainly because the blade won’t come anywhere near the fence unless you were to remove the blade guard :)

Also note that unless you were touching the fence when the blade hit the fence (or it otherwise was grounded to complete a circuit), it wouldn’t brake. So uh, make sure you follow the setup guide so that your fence is being held above the cast iron table.

The brake cartridges (v2) also now have a small plastic covering so that metal shavings hitting it don’t trigger it.

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#2 posted 04-14-2012 05:47 AM

I’ve got this setup too, as well as an Incra miter gauge. As has been said, you shouldn’t have to really do anything different in order to keep the fence from tripping the brake. If you were trying to do some kind of cut where the fence was really, really close to the blade then I think you should be using a sacrificial fence anyway. Now the miter gauge is another matter. I’ve managed to trip my saw twice with the metal miter fence. Double check your clearances, especially when using the miter gauge at non-90 degree angles. That sucker is sneaky!

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#3 posted 04-14-2012 07:20 AM

Just don’t let the blade touch the fence! I have a Sawstop and I use the Incra mitre gauge with no problems.

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 05:39 PM

Thanks for the responses every one. I got the fence set up and cut first wood with the new saw this weekend! What a treat! Jay, thanks for mentioning the incra miter gauge, as I have one of those, too. Need to calibrate it to the new saw, yet. but everything is working good right now.



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