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Forum topic by Florida Gramps posted 08-26-2018 04:37 PM 628 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Florida Gramps

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08-26-2018 04:37 PM

I have a lakefront cabin near Bar Harbor. I am very interested in purchasing an Incra LS router system. In fact I am so interested that I have already started building a cabinet to support Incra’s 43×27 top. I would like to locate an LS user who would be willing to spend an hour with me answering basic questions and showing me some of capabilities of this system.

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toddbeaulieu

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#1 posted 01-09-2019 08:26 PM

I have a 43 and LOVE it. Check out my projects … I have a table build there. I’d be happy to help you from afar.

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MJCD

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#2 posted 01-10-2019 01:30 AM

I’m too far away from you (Annapolis, MD) to help in-person. However, I do have the system you’re looking at… and it is worth the money. I’ve had mine probably 15 years, and it is as accurate and useful now, as it was the day I installed it. The lift mechanism is solid and precise; and the table surface has withstood significant use and abuse. I’ve had a 12A Porter-Cable router (895) in the table since day-one, and have never needed more power – I’m not a fan of the screaming 15A monsters that seem so popular with router table enthusiasts.

That said, Incra products take-up a lot of real estate; as they need significant grey-space to the left or right of the cutter – due to the LS approach (other router and table saw fences attach at the front of the table. For my router table, I have the 17” (not the 25”), and find this to be more than I need.

A few points…
- dust collection is best through the table, not through the fence – get the slotted table inserts;
- All Incra products are an erector-set of nuts and bolts and washers. They can be an absolute pain to setup. Get it square, tighten it down.
- there are many add-ons – the Wonder Fence; Jumbo Right Fixture …. I don’t use any of these. I sometimes couple a Miter 3000 to provide additional support (on mortises and tenons).
- Their products are expensive, well-made, a little gaudy (the red and gold), and one of the few products currently being manufactured that may out-live you.

Also, I do recommend making your own router table… with drawers for wrenches, bits and accessories. I haven’t seen commercial ones that seem sufficiently functional. If you go down-draft on the dust collection, you’ll want to design -in a sufficient cavity and flow-through below and to the back of the router. I have mine ported to a 6” DC trunk.

If I can address any further questions, please let me know.
MJCD

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#3 posted 01-11-2019 09:25 PM

This is why I left “woodworkingweb”; and the reason why I’m an infrequent contributor to “lumberjocks”...

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