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    Can anyone tell me before I buy why Lee Craft has one ZCI for $21.99 and then advertises another showing 2003-2004 for $14.99. And Peach Tree also shows one that's a 2003-2004 for $14.99? Is the older ones thinker or not as good than the 21.99? I want to buy the best one, but not sure if more expensive means better. Thanks

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    Re: Zero clearance inserts?

    IIRC, Leecraft inserts are a tough phenolic material. The Peachtree inserts I have are a softer HDPE that's prone to warping and flexing. You might check Amazon for Leecraft deals. I'd be inclined to pass on any HDPE inserts unless seriously reinforced or supported properly.

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      Re: Zero clearance inserts?

      Originally posted by hewood View Post
      IIRC, Leecraft inserts are a tough phenolic material. The Peachtree inserts I have are a softer HDPE that's prone to warping and flexing. You might check Amazon for Leecraft deals. I'd be inclined to pass on any HDPE inserts unless seriously reinforced or supported properly.
      I completley agree with this assessment. I too have both the LeeCraft ZCI and some of the ZCI's from Peachtree. Whilst the latter are good for sort of "throw-away" use, I wouldn't use them on a really wide dado, on a really important project, or as my standard-blade ZCI (e.g. the one you have installed 99% of the time).

      The LeeCraft ones are solid, flat, and fit nice and snug, with adjustable side set-screws. It's worth the extra couple of dollars.

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        Re: Zero clearance inserts?

        I have used both and Lee Craft is the best by far. The white plastice ones from Peach tree do not stay flat. I bought mine at Hartvilletools and if you say you are a member of wood net you get a 15% discount from the regular price.

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        • #5
          Re: Zero clearance inserts?

          Thank you guys. Then Lee Craft it is. I always find it's better to ask those who's been-there, done-that.
          Thanks again

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            Re: Zero clearance inserts?

            Originally posted by ernurse View Post
            Thank you guys. Then Lee Craft it is. I always find it's better to ask those who's been-there, done-that.
            Thanks again
            Recently I bought a Incra miter express to compliment my Incra 1000SE. the miter express would not sit flat on my TS top. I thought is was defective, warped or something. I found out it was my Peachtree ZCI. IT had a bulge that caused the miter express to rock. I replaced it with a LeeCraft and no problem.

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            • #7
              Re: Zero clearance inserts?

              Does anyone have experience with UHMW inserts from
              http://www.ttrackusa.com/zeroclearanceinserts.htm ?
              They are $15.

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                Re: Zero clearance inserts?

                Originally posted by handyguy View Post
                Does anyone have experience with UHMW inserts from
                http://www.ttrackusa.com/zeroclearanceinserts.htm ?
                They are $15.
                If you notice, ttrackusa is a Peachtree website. Those are the Peachtree ZCI's which everyone says are a cut below Lee Craft ZCI's.

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                • #9
                  Re: Zero clearance inserts?

                  Do the 3612 inserts work in the 3650?

                  Michael

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                  • #10
                    Re: Zero clearance inserts?

                    Originally posted by ba-doyn View Post
                    Do the 3612 inserts work in the 3650?

                    Michael
                    No they don't they are only about an 1/8" thick

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                    • #11
                      Re: Zero clearance inserts?

                      Thanks. I was going to give a few to a friend.

                      Michael

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