I would like to hear/read current comments regarding the quality and
satisfaction with the Jointech or Incra router fence systems.
Most of the reviews I have read are from several years ago.
Thanks in advance.
My Incra Twin Linear works like a charm. Just don't do like I did and
wipe out the fence with your bit when creating zero clearance inserts!
I had some trouble reading the scales when cutting dovetails, but I came
up with a solution that works for me.
I've never used the Jointech so can't say which one is better.
James Drolte wrote:
I think you will find people have one of these and are happy and so never
get to try the other.
I have the Incra UltraPro 16 and would never go back to a normal fence which
clamps and requires nudging to get the settings. When I had the old nudge
style, I found it took me ages to setup and I rarely could achieve the
setting again without a lot of nudging, clamping and re-measuring.
The Jointech claim to have metal teeth vs the plastic of the Incra. I have
not found the plastic to be a problem. I am careful to allow the fence to
align the teeth before closing the clamping mechanism.
I added a wooden "sacrificial" fence to allow me to work with large diameter
bits without having issues of the bit interfering with the Incra. I would
have had to do the same for the Jointech.
They were both offered at a Woodworking show. I think I went with the Incra
due to liking the demo of Woodpeckers who sell the Incra.
I find setup, change a breeze and can achieve instant and exact setup for
the same operation with the same bit very quickly.
Incra show the fence clamped to the router table on the assumption the fence
will be moved to other tools like a drill press.
I bolted mine to the router table, since I never plan to move this between
tools. This results in a very solid arrangement.
Which ever one of these you get, I expect you will also become a convert.
I'll third the Incra. I've had mine for 5 or 6 years now and I still love
it! I have a twin linear. I looked at Jointech when I bough and I liked the
system approach that Incra offered. Many different products that all use the
same style jigs and fixtures. I'm now up to a mitre gauge on the table saw
and table/fence on my drill press. I love the ability to move by 1/32" at
I've never had a problem with the plastic teeth that Jointech complains
about so IMHO that's a non issue. I think you could be just as happy with
Jointech, but I love my Incra and Woodpeckers who also make a number of
products to enhance the Incra. Check them out;
They are the people who sell Inca at the woodworking shows.
I looked at both at several WW shows & went with the Jointech. It was more
solid than the Incra and more flexible regarding space, which was a major
concern for a table saw. The Incra arm goes far off to the right.
Installation was easy, but I think Incra's rails attach quicker. Overall I
like the system and am pleased. A few questions/problems did arise. Cust
service was very responsive (more so than Incra when I had questions about
buying). The only point bothered me is the 2 sidef the fence are 6
thousandths off (in reality it doesn't matter, but Incra claims closer
tolereances _ I'm told because their jointer atachment will not funtion
right _ I don't know. When I had difficulty centering pieces for Dove tails,
Jointech offered to replace the fence, although said very few would be off.
I later found I wasn't following the instrctions correctly. Now I make
perfect Dove tails
Overall I liked both but would buy the Jointech again and think you'll be
happy with either
I bought the JoinTech Cabinet Maker System at a WWing show
3 or 4 years ago - fence, clincher, mounting base, table top,
router insert with assortment of rings, vertical push fixture,
vertical and horisontal "feather boards", zero clearance fence
inserts and a set of router bits.
Have used it for making through and half blind dovetails for
drawers, cabinets and various boxes as well as sliding dovetail
shelves, miter locked boxes etc.
The clincher provides easy precision fence positioning and
locks down solid. The replaceable fence inserts let you
do two profiles in each insert (assuming the bits are large)
and keep stock from getting pulled into the opening at
the beginning of a pass.
I'd buy the package again in a New York minute. And the
folks at JoinTech are nice people and easy to work with.
Does anyone know of a vendor in between Detroit and Chicago (I am in SW
Michigan) that has Incra products set up to see. I am interested in a
table saw unit with the router fence for wing mounted router set up. I
really need to feel the movement and locking myself before plunking
charlie b wrote:
You might give Johnson's Workbench a call. I know the main store in
Charlotte carried Incra stuff a year ago but don't remember if they had
anything setup. They also have stores in Grand Rapids and South Bend.
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