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Forum topic by Kudzu posted 01-18-2022 09:48 PM 699 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2022 09:48 PM

I’m in the market for a higher quality router fence than my present one, and particularly want a fence that allows the outfeed side to be adjustable so I can use it for jointing. The two I’m looking at are the Woodpeckers Super Fence (https://www.woodpeck.com/woodpeckers-super-fence.html) and the Infinity Professional Router Fence (https://www.infinitytools.com/professional-router-table-fence-prtf-200). They are of somewhat different designs, but both appear to be high quality, and are about the same price. They also both have a number of nice accessories that can be added later, like a micro-adjuster. If anyone has experience with either of these, or can point out pros and cons of either, I’d appreciate it.
I did look at several other fences, but some didn’t seem to be as good a quality, and some designs were such that they weren’t able to be mounted on my 44” long router table. But if you know of a good quality fence, other than the two I’m leaning toward, I’m willing to listen. I don’t want to give up my existing table, which is a super size Rousseau (https://rousseauco.com/product/super-size-folding-portable-router-table/), but I recognize that I might have to modify the T-track on the table to accommodate a new fence, or drill another mounting hole in a new fence to match my T-track spacing. Thanks for any insights.


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#1 posted 01-19-2022 01:50 AM

look at the Jessem fences. Solid products

-- Rich

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#2 posted 01-19-2022 03:31 AM



look at the Jessem fences. Solid products

- justaguy


I’m somewhat familiar with them because I have one of their router lifts, and I think they make pretty good products, so I did look at them. Their fences look solid, but, unfortunately, none of them fits a table wider than 32”, and mine is 44”.

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#3 posted 01-19-2022 05:18 PM

Incra ls positioner. Love it. Have two.

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#4 posted 01-19-2022 05:42 PM

Incra.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#5 posted 01-19-2022 11:06 PM

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#6 posted 01-19-2022 11:56 PM

I have the Incra Wonder Fence without the positioner and have been very pleased with it. If I was in the market today I would seriously look at the Woodpeckers fence. When I bought my Incra many years ago Woodpeckers didn’t make a fence system.

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#7 posted 01-19-2022 11:57 PM

The woodpeckers fence is just a fence. No positioning. Only the incra has positioning. It’s six to seven months back ordered right now. I’d never consider anything but, having worked with it.

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#8 posted 01-20-2022 01:08 PM

I have the Incra and love it

-- Bill eastern Washington Home of beloved ZAGS

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toddbeaulieu

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#9 posted 01-20-2022 01:42 PM

There is currently a seven month wait for incra. I ordered a 25 for my MFT table and it took like five months.

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#10 posted 01-20-2022 02:28 PM

I have the Infinity fence. Good product.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#11 posted 01-21-2022 02:57 PM

I ordered the Incra TS-LS last year in January. It took a good six or seven months to get it. I got the one with all the joinery stuff, the templates, the Wonder Fence, the tall fence stuff, stop, etc.

Having done it, I would do it all over again. It was worth every penny and every second of waiting. It has truly become a game changer.

I have the JessEm Mast_R-Lift as well and the two together make accuracy, repeatability… I mean my life truly changed. No more bumping to get close! No more guesses on how much you moved something!

The ability to move things, accurately, .001” at a time is amazing. Even just worrying over 1/64” is one thingh… But, being able to dial it in so tightly, over and over again, is just downright fun.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#12 posted 01-21-2022 03:29 PM

Completely agree. No other fence is a system like this.

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#13 posted 01-23-2022 03:34 AM

I found a gently used Incra setup and drove 3 hours to go pick it up in the middle of nowhere (my wife thought I was crazy). Its been one of the best additions to my shop, the gentleman I bought it from had the original templates and everything. I think I paid ~$150 for it. I paired it with a Jessem Master R Lift 2. I live close to Incra’s warehouse and actually took the fence system to them to have them check it out. They gave me a few parts for free (which would have cost me ~$30 if I bought them). After dealing with them I wish I had gotten their router lift too. Thats just based on the customer service they provided. Maybe it was the guy I spoke to, but there customer service seems to be top notch.

That said, if you can find a used one on FB market place or Craigs List, that might be a good option. I definitely don’t regret getting it and will definitely be entertaining the idea of their table saw fence once I upgrade from the job site saw I have now..

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#14 posted 01-23-2022 03:57 PM

Those are all pretty expensive. Why not just build your own? I built one that works great. If I want to joint, I simply shim the outfeed side a little.

If you build your own, you can spend more on high quality router bits.

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#15 posted 01-23-2022 04:27 PM

Because ..

1. You will never make a more accurate fence.
2. You won’t have the indexing system that incra provides.
3. You won’t have a miter fence for do etails that incra provides.
4. Micro adjusting. 1/1000 per click for adjustments.
5. Templates!
6. $400 once in a lifetime is expensive?

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