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Forum topic by Putttn posted 01-27-2015 09:45 PM 1666 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2015 09:45 PM

I have the 1.75 Sawstop PCS and I’m thinking of using the Incra LS25 fence system to replace the SS fence. My question is do I have to have the Incra rails to use the fence? Most of my work is for small to medium size boxes and I have 2 Festool 1080 MFT’s I’m mounting a router between so I can use the LS25 for joinery work. I would set up a specific mounting location on the Sawstop to be able to replicate consistently. I’m disappointed in the SS fence because it moves when locked down and since I’m going to use the Incra LS25 on my MFT tables I figured it would make a great fence

-- Bill eastern Washington


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#1 posted 01-27-2015 11:12 PM

I am just finishing up the process of outfitting my new SS PCS with a full-boat Incra TS/LS system.

I have a router table added to the left end of the table saw (yes, despite the fact that there is a “boot” that sticks out on that side—no problemma).

With one TS/LS positioner I can work on either the TS or the router with only seconds to move between them.

I find it to be an absolutely awesome combination.

Sounds like you are planning to move the Incra back and forth between router table(s) and the SS. I guess you could do that too, but it would be more setup time. The TS/LS system is designed to flat out replace the whole SS fence system including its rails.

While a different method of mounting the Incra to the TS is certainly imaginable (one that would not use the fence rails, but rather would be more like the way it is used in a dedicated router table), I find the TS/router-table combo to be very excellent.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 11:36 PM

The reason I’m not wanting the rails is the added expense to simply have the rails to support the fence. If I use the rails/fence system I won’t be able to switch it to my MFT tables and router setup. I already have the 2 MFT’s and being able to mount the router between the two is a fairly fast and simple setup. I’m not sure the fence needs that much support since I’m not using the SS to do any major cutting. I have the Festool setup as well as a Kapex so I’m thinking I can use the LS25 for both applications unless there is a support issue.

-- Bill eastern Washington

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#3 posted 01-28-2015 02:20 AM

Putttn,
To use the LS25 on your PCS without the Incra rails, I think you would have to mount an extension table on the right side of your PCS. The LS would then be mounted to that extension table when you’re using it on the saw and be able to extend to the left (toward the blade). If you went with something like that, I think you could leave the SS rails on there and continue to use them with the SS fence when you choose to.

I would strongly encourage you to discuss this with the tech support at Incra. They are very knowledgeable and very friendly and responsive. Try Mark first. Mark L Mueller – INCRA <mark>

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#4 posted 01-28-2015 04:30 PM

I’m thinking about attaching the Incra Positioner directly to the Sawstop fence. That way I can utilize the accuracy and repeatability of the Incra and be able to lock down the fence. I saw where a woodworker replaced the lexan “skin” on the Sawstop with aluminum channel similar to the Incra fence and it turned out fantastic.

-- Bill eastern Washington

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#5 posted 01-28-2015 05:37 PM

The only issue I see is the positioner base will be bolted to a wing. That limits your ability to use the right side of the saw to whatever the distance is between the blade and the base (probably 28”-30”). With the rails on my TS-LS I can remove the whole fence assembly in about 30 seconds and cross cut pieces as wide as I want. It’s not a common problem, but I have had to do this a few times for long boards. I should also note I don’t have a miter saw, so I make all cross cuts on my table saw. This might not be a problem in your shop.

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#6 posted 01-28-2015 05:44 PM

I have both the Festool MFT (2 tables) & Festool Track Saw setup as well as their Kapex saw. My thinking is I will be able to utilize the LS25 on my MFT Tables as a router setup with the router mounted between the two tables and the Positioner will be mounted in the MFT Table holes via Qwas Dogs. I’m hoping I can mount the Incra positioner the same way using Qwas Dogs with the right wing of my Sawstop. By reinforcing the wing protion that I use to mount the positioner on the SS and using the SS fence I think I’ll have a very quick switch between the two.

-- Bill eastern Washington

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#7 posted 01-29-2015 11:37 AM


The only issue I see is the positioner base will be bolted to a wing. That limits your ability to use the right side of the saw to whatever the distance is between the blade and the base (probably 28”-30”).

Actually, Mark came up with a great solution for my shop. I have two set positions for the positioner. One is for cuts that are 30” and shorter. This is where it stays most of the time. But when I need to make longer cuts (between 30 and 52”), I simply move the positioner and use a secondary scale. This works quite well and also allows me to use my right wing for a router table. Mark at Incra was very helpful in getting me all dialed in. (I will note that I have this on a unisaw, so it might be slightly different on the SS).

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