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Hey guys , I put the kibosh on GI and JessEm and I am about to order Incras router table ,there fence and there router lift 2 . I'll build the area below as I want storage for bits and a dust removal system . Plus I need it to match the height of my TS so it's only going to be just under 34" high as I want it to double as an outfield table to .
My question is there offering it in both imperial and metric so I was wondering which would you guys prefer ?
Although we do a lot of metric in Canada I was debating to go with the imperial version

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It really does not matter, Rick.

Go with what you want to use. The only point to keep in mind is that most plans and templates in US will be in Imperial.

Imperial cutters may also be more readily available.

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It really does not matter, Rick.

Go with what you want to use. The only point to keep in mind is that most plans and templates in US will be in Imperial.

Imperial cutters may also be more readily available.
Thanks as you make some good points , imperial it is . If no responded I was going to go with imperial.
Time to order my new shiny aluminum anodized toy!

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James is right on for the US. Even though Metric is making big inroads due to everything we get now being imported and usually sized somewhere between metric & SAE. There's actually a guy (Bob) who came up with a rule that uses the best of both systems. Funny that he named it the "Bob rule". I think the Metric/SAE argument is a conspiracy to make the stateside guy's buy two sets of everything. (I'm dumb enough to do it). If you can get used to using both you will probably like Metric. No fractions.
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Hi Rick, I really think it depends on the system you are the most familiar with. Just go with what you recognize most easily. For me that would be Imperial. A very good choice on the Incra by the way.

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Thank you for the replies guys . Wouldn't you know it but the GI table and lift got shipped .
They told me not to worry as they would just keep it in stock . Funny as anything else GI that I ordered took a month just to start the shipping?

After studying the Incra system the GI fence seems antiquated at best . The engineers at GI must all be ex employees of GM as that's about there speed .

So I'm sure looking forward to seeing this Incra lift ,table and fence!
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Ok I'm getting a little down here as my router table dreams may have gone up in smoke
I have spent over 7 grand at Winsor plywood in the past few years so maybe there taking that into consideration as they were pretty good about it , but I gotta tell you a feel like a POS for reneging on this order .
I believe when you order something your obligated to buy it if it has in fact shipped . So this is a tough one . Buy the GI with the antiquated under designed piece of crap fence system , or order the Incra ?
I wish I could just pay the freight and have it shipped back to the French part of Canada .

I should have joined the forum and did my research before I jumped into the GI product line of router tables. I suspect it will be ok , but it's still no Incra.
How the heck do you even do fine adjustments on a router table fence without the adjuster that the Incra system utilized anyways?

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Hi RainMan1
I think you have made a mistake not choosing the Jessem Excell 2 Master Lift.
The rise & fall handle under the table is just brilliant. Works like a dream with the digital readout. Micro adjustments of cutter height are so easy. I used to have the first model Jessem Lift with above the table adjustment and I would never go back to that system.

I have added an Incra Wonder fence instead of the Jessem Fence. Best of both worlds.

I agree Jessem are very poor for direct customer service but their products are OK and my local Jessem agent is OK
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Hi RainMan1
I think you have made a mistake not choosing the Jessem Excell 2 Master Lift.
The rise & fall handle under the table is just brilliant. Works like a dream with the digital readout. Micro adjustments of cutter height are so easy. I used to have the first model Jessem Lift with above the table adjustment and I would never go back to that system.

I have added an Incra Wonder fence instead of the Jessem Fence. Best of both worlds.

I agree Jessem are very poor for direct customer service but their products are OK and my local Jessem agent is OK
Cheers
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Geez Ron if only the Jessem router table wasn't deeper , cause if a guy was to oust jessems fence and use an Incra fence adjuster with Incra's fence , then you'd have the best of both worlds!
I guess a guy could fab something up to attach the Incra adjuster to the rear . Ron are you using the Incra fence adjuster too, or just there fence , and if so are there any pictures?
Wow you got me thinking

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Ron I have to admit that changing a router bit height with a crank threw the top of a lift does seem awfully antiquated . Why the engineers at Incra can't realize this is beyond me .
Can't someone just look at the most common issues and wrap them all up into one?
I guess there's patents to deal with in some circumstances . Maybe someday Incra and jessem will merge and will all be happy .
I heard FedEx and UPS are merging , there going to call it FedUp
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