Sled with "roller bearing" support for table saw?
I may be asking here for something that might not exist, at least in the size and type I would like, but let's give it a try.
Some of you know that I am planning on getting a SawStop Jobsite table saw, to be the main machine in a highly compact, lightweight, and portable "shop".
I will be cutting a lot of small exotic hardwoods parts, and am impressed by what an Incra Miter Express plus Incra Miter 1000HD “combo” can do.
For those not familiar with Incra tools:
the Miter Express is Incra's "compact" solution for a SLED that fits most table saws, including the SawStop Jobsite saw. The sled uses fully tunable guides that you custom adjust to the actual width of your saw's miter slots. It gets custom cut by you to your saw's specific table dimensions, and ends up with two plates, one on each side of the saw blade, providing true "zero clearance". The plates each slide in one of your table's miter slots, and each have recessed clamping rails which you can use to clamp workpieces firmly in place for precision cuts.
The Incra 1000HD miter is a compact but high-precision miter that cna be set to sub-degree accuracy and includes an 18" miter fence that expands to over 2 feet in length when needed.
Because both Incra tools use a lot of machined or tooled metal parts, and the Miter Express uses an MDF base that is just 1/2" thick, you only reduce your 10" saw's cutting depth capacity by 1/2".
What I would really like though is a sled, with all the above features, that also rides on roller bearings of some sort, to take virtually all the friction out of sliding the workpiece into and through the blade.
I realize that such "sliding tables" exist, but they are usually only found on European table saws, or on a few of the really large U.S. table saws. I have looked hard and cannot find any COMPACT saw, European or U.S., that has such a sliding table (which typically rides on bearings or machined ways of some form).
I don't want to build my own, since I'd have to use wood (I have no metalworking or metal cutting tools or skill sets) to get the necessary strength, durability, wear resistance, and miniaturized size to be anywhere near as usable as the Incra products.
Is there such a sliding table or sled product, designed to work on COMPACT table saws, that "slides" on bearings or other low friction systems?
I need the compact size of even the clamps and rails, as some of the pieces I will be cutting will involve multiple sequenced miter, bevel, or compound cuts on pieces that start out as small as 3/4" x 2" x 2" befire the compound cuts. I need to be able to clamp those parts securely, using clamps and support systems that are small enough (i.e. thin metal versus thick wood) to not "get in the way" of either the cut or reasonable visibility. I also don't want the sensitivity of wood to ambient humidity, and I really like the Incra's ability to adjust the miter slot guides to essentially zero clearance.
Why not hold by hand? I just regard that as a bad unsafe habit, and even though I will be using a SawStop saw, and probably wouldn't lose any fingers doing it, I'd rather not "test" the saw stopping technology, AND it would still cost me about $170 ($70 blade cartridge and $100 blade) every time I managed to "get too close" to those blade teeth.
Is there a suitable commercial product out there to meet my need here, or should I just accept the Incra tools as "the closest I can get"?