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OggieOglethorpe

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#1 posted 08-10-2016 01:47 PM

I like the Incra heads, but their pretty anodized stops and fences stink… I also use sleds for 90 degree cuts, the miter gauges are for other stuff.

My current favorite setup is to buy only bare Incra head that has all the notches (1000 or V120?), not the cheapest version with only a few choices, and add my own throwaway consumable MDF fence. You can move it back and forth and make new mounting screw holes to get more mileage before the toss. With a fresh kerf in the fence, you’ll always know exactly where the cut is going to land.

I either clamp stops to the MDF fence with a 6” Bessey that lives at the saw, or use a stand-off block on the rip fence for multiple cuts.

The reason I hate the Incra fences and accessories is because I prefer my adjustments as tool-free as possible, I find the fence too thick for shop-made implements, especially if you add a consumable zero-clearance face, and the stops are simply stupid the way they work. You can’t trust any of the fence measurement markings, as the indicator is movable. They’re also overpriced. If you have a SawStop like I do, there’s also the conductivity issue waiting in the shadows.

I’ve also used all the other popular choices in other shops, and I still like the Incra / shop made fence. I even keep a pair mated to a plywood rail for dual-runner implements.


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