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Question The importance of Micro Adjust on Router Fence

Companies like Kreg, Woodpeckers and Incra like to tout their micro adjust features of their fences.

The vast majority of router tables on the market do not have a micro adjust systems on their fence systems.

Do you feel micro adjust is a critical feature for a router table fence or do you find it's a nice to have feature rather than a necessary feature?

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Have never had occasion to use mine on either the router or the bandsaw fence. You might want to watch some Marc Sommerfeld videos to see his technique. Very simple and very accurate methods.

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As one who learned router use from the Router Workshop, I see no need for the micro adjust fences. On the other hand, some now inactive members of the RouterForums expressed great liking for such features.
Is a micro adjust feature essential? no
Would it be nice to have? Some people think so.
Would a micro adjust feature on a router fence increase productivity? IMHO, and only MHO the time spent adjusting the fence would be no less than the time spent adjusting a standard manual fence.
Which would be more helpful, a micro adjust fence or another router? your preference. My preference would be another router.
It might be amusing to watch some of the RouterWorkshop videos on YouTube, inn addition to the Marc Sommerfeld videos referenced by @DesertRatTom

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I have these fitted to my home made fence. I am a hobby woodworker, not making stuff for money.

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I dont use them very often. But when using the router as an edge planer with an offset fence I can micro adjust untill there is no snipe at all.

I like them.

But if youre just setting the fence in relation to the cutter for a straight cut, this is just as accurate and much much cheaper. You can measure height and offset with them.

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I have these fitted to my home made fence. I am a hobby woodworker, not making stuff for money.

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I dont use them very often. But when using the router as an edge planer with an offset fence I can micro adjust untill there is no snipe at all.

I like them.

But if youre just setting the fence in relation to the cutter for a straight cut, this is just as accurate and much much cheaper. You can measure height and offset with them.

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The primary task where the micro adjust can help is dados, rabbits, in dovetail and box joints.

The Incra LS's ability to create box joints and dovetails mainly relies on the LS positioner's ability to make micro adjustment.

It's not as easy as they make it look in the Incra videos. It takes a lot of practice to get the dove tails to work on the Incra table.
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There is one fence, and I can't remember which one, that had lots of complaints because they had trouble zeroing the fence back out after using the micro adjust. I just make a pencil mark at one end of the fence and loosen that end. The pencil mark gives me a visual reference as to how far I'm moving that end which is of course divided in half as long as the other end stays put where you clamped it.
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.................I just make a pencil mark at one end of the fence and loosen that end. The pencil mark gives me a visual reference as to how far I'm moving that end which is of course divided in half as long as the other end stays put where you clamped it.
Now there was I thinking I was the only one who did that. My current router table has mm measurements each end, so if I move the fence 1 mm one end only, it's half a mm at the cutter. Problem I have ATM is that my router table won't hold either of my good routers and it's not that accurate. The table I want to build will be taking my hitachi 12ve (v2) or whatever it is, and that is definately accurate.
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I think that we need to keep in mind that Incra Tool's did not come into existence to make woodworkers happy, but their purpose for being in business is to make money.

With that goal in mind they created tools that woodworkers would buy. The tools had to be such that they would be so well liked that a lot of people would buy them. They have accomplished that goal and apparently are doing very well.

Certainly micro adjust is not a neccessay feature on a router table's fence, but for some folks such as myself, I wouldn't want to be without it. This is probably due to the fact that I have gotten used to it. Had I never used the feature, I probably would never missed it.

I'd like to hear from a member that has a an Incra router fence with micro adjust that is sorry that they bought it.

Yes, the feature may well fit into the list of unneccessay luxury items, but what is wrong with that. I'd love to have a high end TS, but it would just be a luxury as my present saw does all that I ask of it and it does it with ease.

Sure would be a boring world if we were all alkike with like needs, wants, and ideas wouldn't it?

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Now there was I thinking I was the only one who did that. My current router table has mm measurements each end, so if I move the fence 1 mm one end only, it's half a mm at the cutter. Problem I have ATM is that my router table won't hold either of my good routers and it's not that accurate. The table I want to build will be taking my hitachi 12ve (v2) or whatever it is, and that is definately accurate.
I said put the mark on the fence when I meant put it on the table close to the fence. You knew what I meant.

I have both the V and the V2 Angie and I use the V2 in my table. It was designed in my opinion for the table. I'm not familiar with the VE. If you do have the V2 you may not be aware that above the table adjustment is possible with it. There is a 14mm nut on the end of the threaded adjustment rod under the phenolic base plate. I use a mechanic's speeder handle with that socket on it to run mine up and down and the only way it could be faster is if I put the socket on a drill instead.

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