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Forum topic by AndyVr posted 01-29-2020 03:53 AM 669 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AndyVr

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01-29-2020 03:53 AM

I am at the point I am fed up with my stock R4513 fence and I am ready to upgrade. I have been working with this saw for years now and I would prefer to move to a more reliable system.

I initially was looking at the INCRA TS-LS jointery system. I read the wood Whisperer review and it is putting some concerns in me. I was thinking this investment would allow me to use my table saw fence and also have a router in the wing with the capability of making Many types of joints.

Is the Incra a solid system and the ls-ya joinery package the way to go, or should I be looking at the Vega system.

Any insight be great!


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Woodknack

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#1 posted 01-29-2020 05:48 AM

If you can find a used Unifence you’ll be in hog heaven, best fence ever made. Delta quit selling them because the woodworking rags convinced everyone that jigs have to ride on the fence. They are very easy to adjust, can rotate for thick or thin stock, are very strong and rigid, you can make solid stops to set the fence, and it’s easy to make custom fences. Incra fence is kind of a gimmick IMO and it takes up the whole saw but some people like that stuff.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 01-29-2020 11:35 AM

Might be worthwhile to check out some of the responses in Forum Topic Easiest R4512 fence upgrade. T3? Incra? Vega? Others?, could save some repetition.

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#3 posted 01-29-2020 02:32 PM

Incra. You’ll never look back. It’s precise, repeatable and fast.

Mine is mounted on the TS that has a router in the right wing so the fence is used by both.

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paridgerunner

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#4 posted 01-29-2020 03:22 PM

I recently upgraded my R4512 to a Shop Fox Aluma Classic. Pretty happy with it so far. The holes in the cast iron portion of the table line up with the new fence rails. I had to drill a couple new holes in the stamped steel wings.

Incra is high quality, no doubt. I considered it, but my shop setup and available space to the right of my saw steered me way from it.

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#5 posted 01-29-2020 04:14 PM

I wouldn’t be afraid of any Incra product. From what I’ve seen it is an excellent fence.

Couple years ago I could have picked one up for $300 and passed :-(

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AndyVr

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#6 posted 01-29-2020 09:49 PM

I can pick up a Unifence for 200 for mint condition or the Incra used for 350. Hmm

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#7 posted 01-29-2020 09:53 PM

Be a real man, make your own fence:
http://www.twistedknotwoodshop.com/PDF%20Files/tsquarefence.pdf

YMMV

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#8 posted 01-30-2020 12:07 PM

Please pardon my ignorance, but what is a R4512? I have an Incra TSIII on my Grizzly 1023 left tilt table saw and I would be hard pressed to ever go back to a “standard” fence.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#9 posted 01-30-2020 12:20 PM

I built this one
https://www.lumberjocks.com/GaryCN/blog/130451

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AndyVr

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#10 posted 01-30-2020 03:44 PM

Thanks for the responses.

The r4512 is a disgusting hybrid saw that seems to be popular with individuals like myself slowly entering the hobby and also used by very talented workers.

The fence in my opinion is less than desireable and they had issues with the blade raise(tons of articles out there). Luckily I have a good cast but I can’t count on the fence to not tow inWard on cuts to where I am not constantly checking my blades reference to the fence.

I am a engineer by trade and I really like the Incra idea but it does seems to be very large and combersome. I in a small shop 14×22 over sized shed. I am getting ready to build the router table extension as well to the left of the blade.

Looking at the Incra I am not sure if it is the right choice from my space constraints

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#11 posted 01-30-2020 06:05 PM

The Very Super Cool Tools fence is very customizable and from a price standpoint not bad. In my case, I replaced 2 fences with 1 as I had to remove the router table fence a lot based on what I was cutting. The angle and box steel was quite inexpensive $75 for the 7’ length that I went with. (note on cost I am in the Metro Detroit Area and finding a supplier was very easy) I have been using it since April 2019 and it is every bit as good as the commercial replacement fence that I had on my old DeWalt. https://vsctools.com/shop/product-category/table-saw-fence/

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#12 posted 01-30-2020 10:47 PM


I can pick up a Unifence for 200 for mint condition or the Incra used for 350. Hmm

- AndyVr

I’d take the unifence in a heartbeat if it’s complete. And don’t drag your feet it won’t last long.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#13 posted 01-30-2020 11:00 PM



If you can find a used Unifence you ll be in hog heaven, best fence ever made. Delta quit selling them because the woodworking rags convinced everyone that jigs have to ride on the fence. They are very easy to adjust, can rotate for thick or thin stock, are very strong and rigid, you can make solid stops to set the fence, and it s easy to make custom fences. Incra fence is kind of a gimmick IMO and it takes up the whole saw but some people like that stuff.

- Woodknack

+1000

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AndyVr

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#14 posted 02-01-2020 05:12 PM

Thanks! I snagged the Unifence. Picking it up over the weekend. It is a complete set with even the original Formica insert. It may be missing a leg but I’ll make due and build one.

The Incra is fascinating but the space it requires pushed me to the Unifence.

Thanks for the input!

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AlaskaGuy

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#15 posted 02-01-2020 05:22 PM



Thanks! I snagged the Unifence. Picking it up over the weekend. It is a complete set with even the original Formica insert. It may be missing a leg but I’ll make due and build one.

The Incra is fascinating but the space it requires pushed me to the Unifence.

Thanks for the input!

- AndyVr


-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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