Incra's 52inch LS positioner package!

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Review by BigBard posted 12-21-2009 05:28 AM 17946 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Incra's 52inch LS positioner package! Incra's 52inch LS positioner package! Incra's 52inch LS positioner package! Click the pictures to enlarge them

One year ago I began the quest to make things from wood. I have learned so much in one year and I still have a long way to go. After a satisfying purchase of a Incra1000se miter gauge, I thought I couldn’t go wrong with this LS positioner plunge. I was right, this system cuts extremely accurate. That micro-adjust knob is excellent, you can move it by the thousands of an inch. You can truly move the fence with shear accuracy. The wonderfence did take a few extra steps to square up but it worked out well. I’m not afraid to admit it took me about 8 hours to set up, and the instructions were clear and well done. There’s a free plan on there web-site for the box around the router and I had some extra dynamat sound deadening material to go inside. Customer service seems to be top-notch, they answer the phone right away, knowledgeable, and they are in America. Shipping was fast and it came in 5 different boxes.

-- Carolina Panther fan!

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#1 posted 12-21-2009 06:37 AM

You made a good choice with the TS-LS. I am sure uou will find the Incra tools contageious and find the irrestable need to buy more of their products. I bought the TS-LS system about a month ago and am extremely impressed with its accuracy and features. I like it so much that I just ordered the Incra LS Supersystem and the Incra Router Table top. It will be arriving day after tomorrow and I am extremely anxious to get it. I had been designing a new router table cabinet for my old router table top but now I am re designing the cabinet plans to fit the Incra system.

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#2 posted 12-21-2009 04:36 PM

I had an incra system on my 1950’s era craftsman ts about 12 years ago and it sure made that old saw accurate. Well that and the addition of balanced pulleys and a link belt. I have since moved on to a better saw and regretfully sold the fence along with the old saw….

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#3 posted 12-21-2009 06:00 PM

i love my router set up – being able to exactly duplicate a cut is priceless

-- -erik & christy-

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#4 posted 12-21-2009 10:56 PM

It’s a good company. I have that miter system with the sled. LOVE IT! ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 12-22-2009 01:12 AM

those are great systems, the thing i like the best is the dynomat around the router. that’s sweet i would of never thought of that thanks for the idea.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#6 posted 12-24-2009 01:20 AM

I wish I had one. maybe I will someday. good luck, not that you need it with that system!

-- There are many ways to skin a cat...... but, the butter knife is not recommended

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#7 posted 12-28-2009 03:15 AM

Congrats BigBard, looks very nice. I’ve been taking a closer look at this fence. I noticed that you have 1 set of the mounting brackets on the leaf of the table. I was thinking I would mount mine on the most extreme positions (the right and left leaves).

-- Russ

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#8 posted 01-27-2010 05:50 PM

Congratulations on the fence. I see that you still have your old fence. I recommend that you keep the old fence so that if you upgrade your saw you don’t have to buy a new fence. Sell the old saw with it’s original fence.

-- Russ

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#9 posted 09-17-2010 11:37 AM

The concept of buying and using a precision fence makes a lot of sense to me.

-- Jon Banquer San Diego, CA CAD / CAM programmer, CNC Machinist

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#10 posted 11-19-2010 01:18 AM

I just added this fence to my Ridgid granite top saw. I thought I would share a little of my experience for those who are considering this system.

The fence came well packed in 2 boxes. I also added the joinery system, so there’s a lot of parts. The install is easy, however, my 6 year old son was in the shop at the time, talking my ear off, so I had to go back and fix a few things :-) Once I had it sliding well, I made my adjustments and discovered it’s pretty damn amazing. You’ll never need to use a tape on your table saw again. The measuring strip is stainless steel and it is held down with a magnet, so you can re calibrate really quickly. I like the feel of the wood against the fence too, feels solid and smooth – fence is also a little longer than my oem fence, so you have that extra stability when needed. And I love that you don’t have to tap the fence a million times to dial in small measurements, you just get close on the scale and the positioner locks you in to the nearest 32nd” If you need to adjust beyond that, you just dial it in. Lastly, there’s just the cool factor. It really looks great on the saw, especially the gold on the black granite.

There are a few things I don’t like.
1) Overall, the system is a little clunky. You have to lean far to the right to read the measurement. Once you lock that in, you have to tighten the thumbscrew on the fence to lock it down also. So, locking the fence is a 2 step process instead on the usual single handle. And speaking of the handle, I miss that there’s no handle for moving the fence. You just put your hand on the fence and move it that way – no big deal, except that I got my finger caught between the miter slot and the fence once, ouch. I actually don’t have the router table attachment yet, but i’ve gone through the setup and I can see that it’s kind of a PITA… I do wish Incra could improve the mechanism for locking the fence down in the front (the smaller thumbscrew) They really need to have something more like the cam lock on the back of the fence to make locking faster. Last complaint is the footprint. The positioning system slides WAY to the right when making rips on wide boards. Again, not a big deal, because I seldom rip wide boards and even if I did, you just move the fence back closer to the blade after you are done.

So all in all, I really like the fence. It’s a little quirky, but I think as I get more used to it in my workflow, I’m going to like it even more. I’m anxious to get the router table and will give an update for those interested.

-- Family, Friends, Jiu Jitsu, Woodworking. Order varies daily!

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#11 posted 09-02-2011 09:35 PM

Hi BigBard,

I’ve been poking around various sites researching the TS-LS. I have a Rigid table saw as well, and I am wondering, since the TS-LS rail mounted to the back of the table looks bigger than the EOM, will it prevent the blade guard from mounting/functioning properly?


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#12 posted 09-02-2011 09:37 PM

Man, that’s one slick looking router lift. I like the Dynamat; nice idea!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#13 posted 04-28-2012 02:52 PM

Looks a great setup and I am looking forward to ordering my TS-LS in the next couple of days but could you tell me the total maximum length of the siderails and the fence when it is as far back as it will go please as I only have a small workshop and I am not sure it would fit length ways in the space I have?

I too box and Dynamat my routers (come from my days installing car sound systems) and the difference is great, especially as I work at the end of the garden and the neighbours wouldn’t be too happy without it.

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#14 posted 04-28-2012 02:55 PM

I’m already sold on it and it’s in my budget but don’t know when I will be able to get it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 04-28-2012 02:56 PM

Thanks for the Review.


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