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I'm wondering if anybody has installed a Wixey Table Saw Reat Out to an Incra TS LS system.

One of my friends on the forum added the Wixey WR700 to his saw and just loves it, but he does not have an Incra LS TS positioner on his saw, so the installation was pretty straight forward for him. Besides that, he is a natural at such things and can understand directions and sketches very well, which is one my weaknesses.

There does not seem to be any information about doing the installation of the Wixey on the Incra rails on the web so I'm asking for help here on the forum.

Now the first thing one would ask is why in the world would I want the digital read out when the Incra is so very very good as is. Well, the reason, in my case anyway is that the read out is so easy for me to read compared to having to use a magnifier to read the scale on the Incra due to my vision issue. I'm sorry that I keep bringing this vision issue up on the forum. I will try to keep it to a minimum for the sake of those that read my posts and threads from now on.


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Jerry..

I do not think you'd have much trouble mounting the rails for the Wixey as long as the brackets are compatible with the Incra rails. I checked the Wixey site trying to find specifics on the brackets and came up empty. If the factory brackets are not compatible, I'm certain you could easily fabricate ones that would work without much effort. The readout uses a magnet to mount to the fence. So if the factory mounting hardware from Wixey is not compatible, you should easily fabricate one that would work.

A email into Wixey should answer all of your questions regarding brackets. Surprisingly, they do not provide a phone number???

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Given your vision issues, this surely would be one sweet setup!!!!!

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I do not think you'd have much trouble mounting the rails for the Wixey as long as the brackets are compatible with the Incra rails. I checked the Wixey site trying to find specifics on the brackets and came up empty. If the factory brackets are not compatible, I'm certain you could easily fabricate ones that would work without much effort. The readout uses a magnet to mount to the fence. So if the factory mounting hardware from Wixey is not compatible, you should easily fabricate one that would work.

A email into Wixey should answer all of your questions regarding brackets. Surprisingly, they do not provide a phone number???

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Given your vision issues, this surely would be one sweet setup!!!!!

I'm still piddeling around with how I'm going to install the Wixey rail to the Incra rail and it's looking promising. See photos of what I have discovered. I think all I need now is finding out how to secure one rail to the other so the the Wixey rail will stay in it's position and not slide in the slot on the Incra rail. That should be fairly simple to do. Then it will just be a matter of attaching the DRO part to the end of the fence, that should not be very hard to do either.

Mr. Wixey has implied that he would like photos of such an installation as so far he had not gotten any. Few people would think about adding the Wixey to the LS system, few people have problems seeing the cursor and scale on the Incra I guess.

More updates will be forth coming. See these first photos.

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Exactly what I was thinking Jerry.. This should be doable...

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Exactly what I was thinking Jerry.. This should be doable...
I'm a tad at a disadvantage in the print on the directions is to small for me to read, so I'm relying on my tendency to experiment, a good riddle for now, but I'll get help from my friend Dick Willis who encouraged me to have a look at the the Wixey, Dick knows everything and just loves to be of help, much like yourself Bill.

I did scan the directions into the computer and can blow them up, but I'm not good at understanding pictures and directions for some reason.

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At some point my ole Craftsman saw is gonna have to be replaced. She's just wearing out. My saw is the exact saw you have Jerry, but i suspect mine gets used a good bit more
When the time comes for a replacement, a INCRA is definitely part of the costing out of the purchase. Along with a Wixey readout.
My saw sits in my shop in such a way that were a Incra LS installed, I'd be running around my entire shop every time I wanted to make an adjustment. I could make the adjustment easy enough, but I could not read the positioner without having to run around the place. The Wixey will give me the accuracy I like, right up front.

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This may be legal in TN.....just kidding.

Jerry, some of your posts really make us sit back and think.....

I would just use digital calipers for the initial set up and then rely on the repeatability of the Incra for additional cuts.......

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I hate to say it but..... my setup was surely not straight forward It was actually a real b****! We had to fabricate our own brackets twice. The first time we were to close to the bottom of the locking lever. So it was back to Lowe's for more aluminum angle, and then we got her done.

I don't know how we ever made accurate cuts without it. There are no test cuts any more, that thing is just dead on every time.............................................. .I LOVE THAT THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I hate to say it but..... my setup was surely not straight forward It was actually a real b****! We had to fabricate our own brackets twice. The first time we were to close to the bottom of the locking lever. So it was back to Lowe's for more aluminum angle, and then we got her done.

I don't know how we ever made accurate cuts without it. There are no test cuts any more, that thing is just dead on every time.............................................. .I LOVE THAT THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I started from the "GET GO" with the Incra TS LS system so just sort of took the accuracy of the system for granted I suppose. Never had try to use a saw without it. The issue of having to pick up a 10X loupe to read the scale and the cursor is a PITA and when Dick told me about the Wixey it sure sounded like a good idea, but the installation of the darn thing has about caused me to bunch the entire concept.

Dick is extremely good at doing what he said that he and his son had to do in order to install DRO on his saw. I'm not good at such things, not my cup of tea so to speak, and I'm about to ash can the whole idea for that reason, but I'll probably cool down in a day or two and come back to it.

Sure wish that the Incra cursor and the scale were easier for me to see. I sure do hate to keep bringing up this vision issue in so many of my posts, but it is the fly in the ointment for me, man wouldn't I be a whiz without it, that along with having the mechanical ability of most of the other members of this forum,
I'd be so arrogant that nobody could stand me, so, I guess that the issue keeps me humble maybe.

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Where there is a will, there is a way Jerry!

I was laying in bed last night thinking about this. Although perhaps not a practical solution to the problem, but something to consider. Mounting of the Wixey to the positioner itself?
You would be limited to the length of the positioner itself, but how often do you make rips wider then that?

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