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138 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tip question router router table

I know both companies are pretty top notch. I’ve been looking to upgrade my router table to something with a little more precision. I like the idea of incras dovetailing ability, although I don’t know how much if use it. But I really like the smaller size and price of the kreg precision setup. I’ve read reviews on both and to be honest I know they are both 5 star units. Before I pull the trigger on one does anyone have any advice or points that maybe I’m missing, or have experience with both machines that can actually compare apples to apples for me id really appreciate it

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#1 posted 138 days ago

I have the Kreg. It is really top notch for the traditional kind of router table. I considered the incra but the cost was too much. I would have only been able to get the LS router table or the stand alone wonder fence version. When weighing those options the kreg was the better value for me. The Kreg t square fence with the added micro adjust makes set ups and dialing in your cuts so easy. I could not be happier. I don’t think you can make a bad decision. The two are quality products.

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#2 posted 138 days ago

Shawn. I’m in the same boat as you. The cheapest I’ve found the incra is 779 on eBay. The kreg I can get for almost 300 less. I like the idea of the incra as I have a lot of their other products.( their miter 5000 and I built my whole drill press with their stuff) the price point scared me a bit tho. Plus the LS needs “gray space” so right now I think we’re thinking a lot alike. But if someone can convince me otherwise I’d consider the extra coin

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#3 posted 138 days ago

This is going to be a porsche vs. BMW conversation – Two ‘5-star units’, and how do you choose?

I have the Incra – for both my TS and RT. The ‘Leading Screw’ technology is excellent – this afternoon I was fine-tuning Festool Dominos (I make my own), and able to make truly microscopic adjustments to the wood. I do not use the dovetail capability, and to my knowledge, most people who try find another approach: you can do them, but there are other easier systems.

Incra is expensive, no doubt; but I’ve been abusing mine for years, and it’s as accurate and functional as the day I bought it – no offense to the Kreg system.

MJCD

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#4 posted 138 days ago

MJ do u find the size of the incra a benefit or a drawback

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#5 posted 138 days ago

You want to do joinery? Consider a Woodrat or other jig that holds
the work vertical with the router on top. There are a few that
hold the work horizontal, like the Matchmaker, but they generally
rely on templates so the dovetails tend not to be variable spaced.

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#6 posted 138 days ago

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#7 posted 138 days ago

I have the 25” Incra LS setup with the Incra lift. I love the lift. I’ve found that the 25” is too big. Part of the attractiveness of the Incra setup is the ability to make rapid and frequent adjustments. But with the 25”, every adjustment requires a step. It gets annoying after a while. I’ve also found that periodic fine tuning is required. Another thing to keep in mind is that things aren’t as easy as they make it look in the videos. It makes great dovetails if the setup is perfect, but getting the setup perfect is challenging. If one practiced with it regularly it would be easy, just like in the videos. But I go months between making dovetails, so each time I have to go through a slow detailed setup with the instructions. If I had to do it all over again, I think I’d still get the Incra, but I’m pretty sure I’d get the 17”, as I’ve never needed the extra reach. The 25” takes extra space and slows the adjustment process,

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#8 posted 138 days ago

Thalweg thanks. I would only get the 17”. Minus the dovetailing, would you still go incra or do you think the kreg with micro adjust is on par with the incra??

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#9 posted 138 days ago

I have the Incra LS delux pkg. When I bought it, it was only $150 more than the Kreg, so I went for it. I haven’t come close to the ability of the Incra. It can really do almost everything. I did really like the Kreg when I looked at it and I don’t think you can go wrong with either system. If the Incra was that much more, I probably would have bought the Kreg. I guess the price has gone up in the last 2 years.
Good luck with whatever you buy.

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#10 posted 138 days ago

I have the Incra Joinery system for both my TS and the router table mounted in my TS. I really like my setup and after using it for awhile, it does take some getting used too but it’s well worth it. I wouldn’t want to go back to a regular fence setup.

-- Earl

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#11 posted 138 days ago

Greg,

I actually use the Incra much more for general routering than for dovetails. I really like the ability to make precise adjustments. It’s really great for cabinet doors and anything that needs edge profiled. However, other than the adjustability, I can’t see how it would be better than any quality router table. I looked at the Kreg table at Rocklers before I bought my Incra, but that was 3-4 years ago and I really don’t remember that much about it. So I can’t provide a fair comparison. I do own many Kreg products, and find them to be of exceptional quality. I have to assume their router table would not be an exception.

I bought my Incra with the intention of it lasting the rest of my life. I believe it has the ability to do anything that I’ll ever need to do. So with that in mind, I’d do it again.

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#12 posted 138 days ago

Hi Greg. I have had the Incra LS for years and as a combo system on a table saw, its really great. I also use various Kreg products on my bandsaw and table saw. However for standalone router table setup, take a look at thw Woodpecker Superfence. it is incredible! An extremely strong, sturdy and very well made product. I think that it beats the Kreg fence hands down in the price catagory.

Cheers
Tobias

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MJCD

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#13 posted 138 days ago

Vertigo:

The Incra Size …

I have the 17”, and believe the 25” would be a waste of good shop space. As with the TS rail system, the Incra system requires more room than the Kreg; however, you gain rigidity.

The ‘Wonderfence’ is an acquired skill – and its shifting alignment capabilities are significant. Dust collection is best through the table (down), rather than through the fence (Incra does it via a connection at the end of the fence, whereas Kreg exhausts directly at the bit).

The Lift system is excellent (Jessem makes the lift systems, to my knowledge). I’ve had mine for so long, that it is the ‘older style’, where I need a collar to hold my PC892 router motor – the current style can be purchased for specific diameters, I believe.

MJCD

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#14 posted 138 days ago

Thanks mj. You’ve given a lot to think about. I’ll be weighing the options. I honestly believe the incra is a better product for me. I was just trying to see if I could do the kreg for 300 less

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retfr8flyr

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#15 posted 138 days ago

One thing I would point out Greg. If you are getting a lift also, the Incra version Mast-R-Lift II is fantastic. I much prefer the Incra throat plate system over the Jessem plates. I have the Incra Clean Sweep system, with the box, wonder fence and throat plates and there virtually isn’t any dust to worry about, it does a great job. Just something to think about.

-- Earl

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