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Last March, I think it was, my so Jason bought me a 32" Incra fence for my Ridgid TS3650 saw. All I can say about the Incra Fence and the Incra miter that I bought is WOW it has sure made a difference in my projects!! No more measuring at the blade and then at the table making sure the dimension is correct and the fence is parallel to the blade, just set the dimension at the scale , lock the fence you are dead on every time and the repeatability is flawless every time. The fence is adjustable to .002"and the miter to .1 degree.

I am fairly sure anyone who has used this set up would agree that when properly installed and calibrated the accuracy is incredible.

Oh yes the planer you see is not my primary planer but the one pictured below is, this DeWalt 735 awesome.
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I agree, Jerry.

The accuracy (once set up) and repeatability are what counts.

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Hi Jerry, I replaced my fence on my TS with the Incra several months ago. I love it. I always hated the bumping of the old one and once I thought I had the right place once I locked the fence it moved. As for the Dewalt planer...I have the 735 but I replaced the cutter head with a Byrd spiral cutter head. I couldn't plane tiger maple and some of the other woods without it. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
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Hi Jerry, I replaced my fence on my TS with the Incra several months ago. I love it. I always hated the bumping of the old one and once I thought I had the right place once I locked the fence it moved. As for the Dewalt planer...I have the 735 but I replaced the cutter head with a Byrd spiral cutter head. I couldn't plane tiger maple and some of the other woods without it. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
Really nice box, yes I am considering strongly changing to a spiral cutter, was it hard to install? I am very mechanical doing all my own work. Why did you pick the Byrd cutter?

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Ohhhhhhhhhhhh man!!! Saaaaaaaweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!

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About the time that I was shopping for my first TS I ran across the Incra LS TS system and after talking to Mark Mueller at Incra Tools about it I ordered a 52" model and never set the fence up that came with the new saw but put the new Incra fence on it from the get go.

Consequently I may not appreciate the accuracy of the the LS system as much as I would have if I had worked without it for awhile.

As those that are familier with my set up already know, I have a second LS set up to the left of the TS blade for the router. Today I was working on a jig at with the router in the table and using the second LS system. The micro adjust knob seemed to be turning easier than it had earlier. The cut that I was making with the router was very critical and I began to wonder if the fence was moving or not. Looked at the scale and kept turning and the fence was indeed moving as it should. The micro adjust seems to vary from time to time in regard to how hard it is to turn the knob but the accuracy of the movement is constant and dependable. The variation is related to the position of the clamping lever. I wonder if anyone else has experienced what I'm talking about. It'a a great system, couldn't imagine not having them.

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Hi Jerry, I replaced my fence on my TS with the Incra several months ago. I love it. I always hated the bumping of the old one and once I thought I had the right place once I locked the fence it moved. As for the Dewalt planer...I have the 735 but I replaced the cutter head with a Byrd spiral cutter head. I couldn't plane tiger maple and some of the other woods without it. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
@xplorx4--I also put a Byrd on my 735. Grizzly sells that head at a pretty good price and i used a 10% off coupon. I'm not particularly mechanical, but the install went smoothly with Byrd's instruction sheet (step by step with photos of a 735) and reading a few posts on the process somewhere. Word of caution--the cutters are sharp and there is not much area that doesn't have a cutter on it--and they cut so cleanly you may not feel it until you start looking for where the red fluid is coming from!!

Detractors mention the expense of adding a Byrd to a "lunchbox" planer driving the price up to the $1200 range, which i find a little overstated. With careful shopping, i think i'm at about $650-$700 on my set-up. Two to 3 pairs of knives a year compared to the life expectancy of the 4 sided carbides may very well make the Byrd a pretty good value over 4 or 5 years if that pans out.

Ash and cherry plane very nicely. Sound is significantly reduced. Grizzly has a 10% off coupon on Wood mag i think right now--a worthy consideration.

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@xplorx4--I also put a Byrd on my 735. Grizzly sells that head at a pretty good price and i used a 10% off coupon. I'm not particularly mechanical, but the install went smoothly with Byrd's instruction sheet (step by step with photos of a 735) and reading a few posts on the process somewhere. Word of caution--the cutters are sharp and there is not much area that doesn't have a cutter on it--and they cut so cleanly you may not feel it until you start looking for where the red fluid is coming from!!

Detractors mention the expense of adding a Byrd to a "lunchbox" planer driving the price up to the $1200 range, which i find a little overstated. With careful shopping, i think i'm at about $650-$700 on my set-up. Two to 3 pairs of knives a year compared to the life expectancy of the 4 sided carbides may very well make the Byrd a pretty good value over 4 or 5 years if that pans out.

Ash and cherry plane very nicely. Sound is significantly reduced. Grizzly has a 10% off coupon on Wood mag i think right now--a worthy consideration.

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Thank you, not sure when but looking forward to that upgrade.

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About the time that I was shopping for my first TS I ran across the Incra LS TS system and after talking to Mark Mueller at Incra Tools about it I ordered a 52" model and never set the fence up that came with the new saw but put the new Incra fence on it from the get go.

Consequently I may not appreciate the accuracy of the the LS system as much as I would have if I had worked without it for awhile.

As those that are familier with my set up already know, I have a second LS set up to the left of the TS blade for the router. Today I was working on a jig at with the router in the table and using the second LS system. The micro adjust knob seemed to be turning easier than it had earlier. The cut that I was making with the router was very critical and I began to wonder if the fence was moving or not. Looked at the scale and kept turning and the fence was indeed moving as it should. The micro adjust seems to vary from time to time in regard to how hard it is to turn the knob but the accuracy of the movement is constant and dependable. The variation is related to the position of the clamping lever. I wonder if anyone else has experienced what I'm talking about. It'a a great system, couldn't imagine not having them.

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If I understand you correctly the locking lever must be in the fully locked position (straight up) or the fence is loose. When I set and lock mine I always lock the thumb screw last thing just to make sure. I have not tuned mine up other than to re-zero it from time to time. Before I got the fence and the miter I never understood what repeatable and accurate cuts were

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