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Forum topic by WorksInTheory posted 04-09-2014 09:11 PM 1027 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WorksInTheory

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04-09-2014 09:11 PM

Hi, I have a question and could use the collective brains and guidance of the LJ’s.

This is not a left-tilt or right tilt question. I have a left-tilt saw. I have an Incra system on it with the larger router table w/ the t-slots on the right side of the saw currently. My thought is to move the router table to the left of the saw with t-track facing far left and shift the rails down. I don’t think I would lose any rip capacity as it would just be now to the left of the blade. But this way I can work at the end of the router table and not need to swing the fence around, just slide the fence system down. I imagine most of my miter cuts won’t be on such big boards so I am assuming that is not a consideration to be concerned with.

Is there any downside to this?


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RRBOU

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#1 posted 04-09-2014 09:38 PM

I have the Incra system on the saw with the router table to the left. I just move the fence down to a set of stops when I use the router. I tried it on the right side and did not like that I could not face the router from the end. This was in my opinion very dangerous as it is hard to control the stock when feeding through the router with the fence in use.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 04-09-2014 10:55 PM

Mine’s on the right. I feed from the side. Once you get used to it, it’s not bad at all. Lot easier than turning the fence around.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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retfr8flyr

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#3 posted 04-10-2014 02:02 AM

I have the Incra system and I can’t mourt the table on the left side sue to the motor being there. I tried it on the right side like they show and I also didn’t like not bieng able to work around the end of the table. I moved my rails down slightly and mounted it backward from the recommended position. This does require me to turn the fence around but that only takes a minute.

I am very happy with this setup and the only thing I can find fault with is the table. I have the extra wide table, due to the width of my Jet Xacta saw. There sin’t any support for the middle of the table, except for some metal braces on the underside. With the added weight of the PC 7518 and the Incra Mast-R-Lift II the table has a slight sag in the middle. I have added a support to the middle and now it’s fine. I doubt this would be a problem with the normal sized table.

Here is a pic of my setup before I added the Incra lift.

-- Earl

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WorksInTheory

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#4 posted 04-10-2014 04:12 AM

So my question now then is

1) what do I lose table saw-wise by moving all the capacity to the left of the blade?
2) Do you guys use that miter slot in front of the router table often and for what?

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RRBOU

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#5 posted 04-10-2014 10:06 AM

I have the 52” system. I have 2 sets of stops set up for use on the router table. If I think I will need the table saw I move the fence to the 1st set of stops. This gives me 13” of usable cut width for the table saw. If I think I will not need the saw I move the fence to the 2nd set of stops, in this position the fence when slid all the way to the right the saw blade is under the fence. I like to slide it to where it is in the 2nd position as then the release lever is accessible from the end of the table. Really though it is not a big deal to loosen the fence and move it back to the stops for either operation.
I use the miter slot for my I-box and a copping sled and that is about it. I think that if I did not have the miter slot I would not miss it except for the I-box.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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#6 posted 04-10-2014 11:29 PM

RRBOU, so let me make sure I understand – what you describe above is with the router table at the left correct?

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RRBOU

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#7 posted 04-13-2014 11:53 PM

WorksInTheory:
That is correct. The router table is installed on the left side of the saw.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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