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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-27-2011, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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And yes, I admit from the beginning that I may be wrong. But here I go:

I feel Icra products are expensive (but not too much), over-engineered, too bulky and make dust magnets with all the corners, nooks and crannies.

I know they are aiming for precision, but there is always a necessary compromise between form and function.

What's your opinion?
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Incra products are what they are. Some love them, some hate them and others are in-between.

I have the Incra LS Supersystem as my router table fence but then I wanted a large RT cabinet (28"x52") to hold 2 routers and 15 drawers for storage. When I *add* a second table, it will likely be smaller but it will not displace the first. The Incra fence is a highly convenient, easy to use, accurage, highly repeatable fence system provided with and designed to accept Incra and user-made attachments, nothing more and nothing less.

I have the Incra/Jessem Mast-R-Lift holding one of those routers. It is an easy to use, highly accurate and repeatable router lift with a great deal of travel. I have most of a dozen magna-lock rings with different sized center holes to permit material support right up to the bit no matter what size bit I use. The rings are held in place very securely with rare earth magnets, which I really like.

I have several of the Incra rules.. straight, Tee and bent. I find those *really* convenient and dead n*ts accurate for marking.

I have an Incra miter gauge for my table saw. Like the fence it is highly accurate and repeatable.

Is there anything I've done that couldn't be done without them? Technically no although some of the things that were really easy with these tools would have been challenging without.

I guess it depends upon what makes woodworking fun for you. For some it is demonstrating they can overcome adversity doing projects such as carving Mt. Rushmore with an ice pick and a bent teaspoon. Others enjoy using fine tools to easily accomplish the same result. I fall in the latter category.

This post is kind of tongue-in-cheek because I made everything sound "black and white" while there's actually a large range of "gray" in between.

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Thanks for the feedback!

You're absolutely right in saying it all depends on what you do and how you want to do it. I'm in the camp of having fun while keeping things as simple as possible. I would not cut 300 dovetail drawers by hand, but I wouldn't want to spend my days learning and cleaning the Incra Positioner. I'm a hobbist, so my opinion is probably colored by not having any real deadlines or assembly-factory needs (but I suspect that the real pros have CNC equipment far more sophisticated that anything we discuss in these forums, anyway).
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I am an Incra fan. I use a few of their product regularly. Accurate and quick and I would have more if only for the cost and availability in the U.K.
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I look at what I am going to do and the return it is going to give me for the money I spend. I hate screwing up so the Incra stuff could help me not do that. I hate spending money on something I am not going to use a lot so that would negate me buying it. I agree with the "depends" thing. For me, nope, not worth the money. If i was going to burn out something that I was going to do a lot of and get paid for doing it I would fork out the money.

I have a friend that spent $12,000 on tools for a work shop and hasn't used any of those tools. I guess it made him feel good to have the capability to do what he wanted but it sure seems like a waste. I watched another guy do wonders with an old portable saw on an old rickety wooden stand. This is the guy I want to learn from. It seemed like he had more smarts going for him.
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Learning curve not steep in my opion logicaly designed acuacy built in. I have the incra 1000 hd miter gauge, table saw sled, and positioner. I have been using the miter gauge and sled for only a week really makes things easier more accuate no learning curve at all. I haven't got the positioner setup yet there will be som learning curve there but again logical. I have watched the videos many times have agood Idea what to do.
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I have the Incra jig, and use it for box joints. Very accurate.
Dust gets in the measurement teeth, but I clean it out with a stiff brush every now and then.
Other than that, Incra is expensive. Cheaper works for me.

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