Incra LS32-TS Rip Fence

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.9
out of 5
Brand:
Incra
Model:
LS32-TS
Price:
$450

Description

Center-mounted design
Top of fence and fence face t-slot locations
Fits any saw
Extruded aluminum rail material
32" rip capacity (right of blade)
Extruded aluminum face material
2-3/8" face height
36" face length
Microadjustable

WOOD magazine review

Incra LS32-TS Rip Fence

Review Summary

High points: The best of the test with little deflection (.001") and an exceptionally flat face. T-slots on the top and face allow for easy attachment of jigs and fixtures. Microadjuster shifts fence in precise .001" increments for controlled repeatability. Low points: Scale goes to only 32"; for wider rips,you must move the main carriage farther down the rails and measure to the blade,then recalibrate the scale when you move the carriage back.
Assembly is more time-consuming (more than 4 hrs.) than with the other fences (1–2 hrs). Some disassembly and reassembly is required to move the fence to the left of the blade. More points: Excellent accuracy for cuts up to 32"-wide, but such precision comes at a price $70 higher than the next most expensive fence system.

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

3

Value

3

Reader Reviews

If you screw it up, it's your fault - this thing is almost perfect

Review Summary

Love this thing. Installation instructions were concise and accurate - full install and adjustment took less than 2 hours and I went slow on purpose. Accuracy is phenomenal. Making a chessboard with 2" square pieces I used a digital micrometer on the squares and every one of the 64 of them was within .005"...the wood will move more than that on its own.
Planning to add an Incra router table extension to my saw and use this for the amazing routing you can get from virtually the same set-up. Only down-side to Incra (across the product line) is price. C'mon guys, this stuff is machined aluminum - once you have the tolerances set one time, it's pure, repeatable profit - stop takin' it out on the little guys!

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

One time sacrifice...

Review Summary

I'm a pretty inexperienced wood worker, so I bought this system to compensate for my relative lack of skills. The setup is time consuming, and mine took several hours. But in fairness to INCRA, they were pretty up front acknowledging this. But also in fairness to INCRA, once the setup is done, levels of accuracy not previously possible become possible with almost zero effort, and no added expense.
I'm satisfied with this system because it has allowed me to achieve results that are really beyond my skill level... which feels like cheating a little. But since my skills are otherwise so primitive, and my learning curve is not very steep, I probably would not live long enough to acquire the skills to produce the results I'm getting otherwise. The one thing that I would add to the set up manual that is not in it (at least not in the version that I have which is a few years old now) is that once you have it installed on your table saw/router, wipe down all contact surfaces of the rails with Pledge furniture polish or some other wax. Doing so will make it a dream to use. But until you do, it can be a little 'sticky' when trying to adjust. I called INCRA and was given this advice and it made such an enormous difference that I suggested to them to put that tip in the setup manual. To demonstrate how accurate this thing is, you can set it and put a piece of wood through the table saw blade. Make a pencil mark on the newly cut surface. Then, adjust the fence 1/1000 inch and pass again. Adjust 1/1000 of an inch and pass again. The pencils I use in my shop make a mark that is 7/1000 of an inch deep (from their top surface to the side of the mark contacting the wood). On the first few passes, the mark lightens progressively. On the seventh, it has disappeared completely. Given that level of precision, I can't complain much about its price. The price and time of setup are significant, and reviews that mention them are valid, but they are one-time sacrifices. The precision it produces is forever...

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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