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#1 posted 04-30-2016 10:52 AM

There is no metal on the express sled that needs to be anywhere near the blade.

The fence left-right positioning is fully adjustable. I see no advantage to having it super close to the blade, regardless of SawStop or not. If the plan is to use it for frequently cutting pieces so tiny that you have to have the fence closer to the blade than say, 1/4 inch, then I would say that a more conventional sled would work better/safer regardless of the saw type.

FWIW though, while I am an Incra fan boy…the miter express is not their best work in my opinion. They make really awesome miter gauges and they were looking for a way to turn that into a sled. They did a good job of doing that…but in my opinion turning an awesome miter gauge into a sled gets you….an awesome miter gauge turned into a sled.

For some operations, an awesome miter gauge is the right tool. For a few operations, an awesome miter gauge turned into a sled is the right tool….for a lot more operations, a good sled is the right tool.

While we’re on the subject…Incra makes a big deal about their “no jiggle” runners for the miter gauges and the sled and their various jig kits. This is a great idea on paper, but I have been under-whelmed by that aspect of their products. Very difficult to get it adjusted well, and there simply doesn’t seem to be a good setting that gives you jiggle free operation without sticking and binding. I think there are some better alternatives out there for slot runners.

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