Anyone use the Incra 5000 MiterSled yet?


I'm thinking of purchasing one and wondering if anyone out there has used one yet. What Say YOU about this product???
http://www.incra.biz/Products/Miter5000.html
Thanks, Rich
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See the review at http://onlinetoolreviews.com/reviews/IncraMiterExpress.htm .
I made a shop built sled of similar concept, except it attached to my sliding table. I was very pleased with the ability to clamp the wood to the sled for angles greater than 45 degrees. I made some cuts that would have been unsafe with any other technique I could think of. I think the Incra represents a well made commercial option. You might also check out the shop made alternative http://www.bobsplans.com/FreeJigPlans/TableSawJig/TableSawJig.htm .
I had a need to perform bevel cuts with my own sled, so I made the sled with a sacrificial edge that could be replaced for various angle bevels.
Bob
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BillyBob wrote:

that looks like something easy to build and functional. I think I'll check into it. The 5000 is pretty damn expensive and it's something I don't need at the moment, so building one might be an alternative.
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Somebody wrote:

IMHO, very much over engineered and under peckered unless you have money to burn.
A good sled and a couple of cleats will do anything I saw on that web site.
Lew
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Lew Hodgett said:

Hear, Hear! I am amazed at how woodworking equipment is becoming more and more a status symbol rather than a tool. WAY too much easily milled, flimsy aluminum crap that could be replicated with a dedicated jig or sled in 10 minutes plus a little tweaking, with far more repeatable accuracy.
A few weeks ago I called several local dealers about cabinet saws. The phone at one dealer's shop (in a rather snobby part of town) was answered by a rather stuffy sounding man who insisted they didn't carry cabinet saws, only the Delta Unisaw - further implying that it wasn't 'just' a cabinet saw, but the 'best money could buy'. I had to laugh out loud at that one. They also carry a whole lot of that fancy laser-guided, high-dollar, extruded and milled aluminum stuff as well. The local Woodcraft is pretty bad also - attitude-wise - nestled deep within the bowels of CEO McMansion Land. I don't go there anymore.
I use a nice homemade sled with drop-on 'inserts' for common angles, and a good old Dubby-like miter sled fills in the gaps between. Rugged, dependable, repairable, customizable, and cheap... <g>
And don't get the idea these are not accurate - a Starrett protractor for initial assembly plus a few test fits and tweaks, and they are far more accurate than some blue and red anodized aluminum stuff that isn't even accurately drilled in the first place.
BTW, I'm not picking on Incra, but there is a myriad of stuff like this available, and most of it is... well... of questionable value. But realize that the .BIZ says it all... And to quote:
"The Miter5000 by Incra deiivers perfect, repeatable accuracy...." Deiivers... hmmm... New word? Perfect... hmmm... Not possible - it's wood. And all contingent on proper setup of the saw in the first place.
FWIW, IMHO, etc...
Greg G.
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One thing about many of the Incras is how much real estate they use behind the fence. It looks like 12 inches are lost.
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On 26 Nov 2005 21:42:58 GMT, Bruce Barnett

============Gosh I own a 2000 and a quick check of the archives will show you dozens of post that I have posted plainly stating that I rarely use the darn thing...Just too big and heavy ..I cut mostly 22 1/2 or 45 degree miters and I use sleds rather then pull out the Incra...
BUT my point here is that lost space behind the fence has never been a problem...the miter track is plenty long enough to keep things under control and firmly attached to the saw.....
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