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Empire 98 in. Professional Cutting Guide
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Empire

98 in. Professional Cutting Guide

  • Best used with circular saws, routers, jig saws & utility knives
  • Two 49 in. anodized and extruded aluminum guide rails
  • Assembly and storage quick and easy
$19.97 /each

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The Empire True Blue Cutting Guide has 2 extruded aluminum guides with an easy-on connector plate for quick assembly and quick storage. It is best used with circular saws, routers, jig saws and utility knives to maximize accurate and safe cuts over eight ft. Includes a removable handle for added convenience.

  • Aluminum guides rails
  • Extendable to 98 in.
  • Quick to assemble
  • Lifetime warranty on a manufacturer's defect

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Customer Questions & Answers

If i buy two of the straight edge kits ,can i connect three 4 ft sections together with the provided hardware.

Asked by: maint320
Yes.
Answered by: AlexHopkins
Date published: 2017-02-06

How thick is this saw guide?

Asked by: JD
About 1/2 inches.
Answered by: AlexHopkins
Date published: 2017-02-06

People are complaining about this device flexing. Here is the fix. Drill and tap two more holes in the aluminum connector piece (closer to the center)

The extra screws will add more rigidity. Handle too tall? Remove the current handle and replace with two short drawer knobs. Still flexing? Screw device to a thin board.
Asked by: JohnnyBaseball
My method for flex free use is double stick tape to attaché the rail in several places to the work piece. Prefer woodworkers type, as carpet tape can be to hard to remove
Answered by: Bistineau
Date published: 2017-02-20

how do I use?

how do I use?
Asked by: sam
Unfortunately the manufacturer does not include a manual with the cutting guide or have a manual on their website. There are several different methods of using this cutting guide that depend on what you have available for work space, saw horses, a work bench or table, and whether or not someone is available to help you to secure long or large work pieces, the length, thickness and type of material being cut, type of cutting tool being used, and what you are most comfortable and familiar with, etc.. When possible I prefer to always keep the good or desired measurement side of a work piece on the left of the cutting guide (opposite to the angled edge of the cutting guide that a guide fence or bottom base of a cutting tool is pressed against) when making a cut to avoid damaging the good side of a work piece if a saw or cutting tool slips or wanders from the edge of the cutting guide, or if a saw kicks out or binds. With making circular saw cuts longer then 4 feet with the good side of a work piece on the left of the cutting guide the plastic handle must be removed from the splice plate prior to joining the two 4 foot length sections of the cutting guide together with the splice plate to avoid interference with the saw. In this scenario the C clamps supplied with the cutting guide must secure the cutting guide to a work piece with the adjusting screw of the C clamps located under the work piece to avoid interference with a circular saw on top of the work piece. To correctly position this cutting guide on a work piece the offset of the cutting tool being used must be measured and added or subtracted from the length measurement that is required for a cut depending on what side of the cutting guide that you have the good side or desired measurement side of a work piece located on. The offset is the measurement from the bottom base edge or fence of a cutting tool to the cutting blade on the cutting tool. When the good side of a work piece is on the left of the cutting guide edge the cutting tool offset has to be subtracted from the desired measurement. When the good side of a work piece is on the right of the cutting guide edge the cutting tool offset has to be added to your desired measurement. Each work piece being cut needs to be marked at each end with the location to position the edge of the cutting guide for each cut and can also be marked at each end for the desired cut measurement location to check the position of the cutting tool prior to starting a cut and while making a cut. When making cuts over 4 feet long I place an additional set of marks near the center of a work piece being cut for the cutting guide edge location and the required cut location to help to maintain the cutting guide location in the center. With cuts longer then 4 feet this cutting guide can bow upward depending on the characteristics of the work piece being cut and how well the work piece being cut is supported along its entire length. Also with cuts over 4 feet long this cutting guide can deflect in the center in the direction that you push your saw or cutting tool against the edge of the cutting guide. I work around this weakness of this cutting guide by using one hand to push down near the center of the cutting guide to keep the cutting guide flush to the work piece being cut while pushing against the opposite edge of the cutting guide to keep the center edge of the cutting guide aligned as close as possible to a center mark on the work piece being cut when the saw or cutting tool is within approximately 2 feet of either side of the splice plate at the intersection of the two 4 foot long edge guide sections. There are likely better and much more efficient methods of using this cutting guide that can be improved on with using this cutting guide and what you have available for resources to support the work piece being cut. Basic rules always apply including safety first, always cut in a direction away from your body, use factory cut edges as a reference for the good side or measured side of a work piece as much as possible, measure twice or more and cut once, secure both sides of a work piece as safe as possible over the entire length of a work piece if possible to avoid binding and to minimize tear out, don't rush a cut, don't hesitate to stop and restart a cut if you need to get yourself into a safer and better position especially when making long cuts, etc..
Answered by: DIY03038
Date published: 2017-02-28
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Customer Reviews

98 in. Professional Cutting Guide is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 39.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Decent straight edge for the price I have read most reviews, and read the gripes and down falls. Personally I think this is a great straight edge. But before you use take a small fine file and do the bottom edges of it to remove the very fine burrs. Once this is done there is nothing to scratch nice finished surfaces. Yes the small screws for the handle are a draw back, but when I'm done, I break it down and slide the handle down part way and set the set the screws again. What would be great, if it came with a couple velcro straps to hold the two pieces together when you want to store them. But if you make sure both mating ends are flush n square before setting the handle splice, it will work fine. I have read about some who say the handle needs to be removed to clear the saw. Set up the straight edge, so the saw fence clears. Remember to move the straight edge over to accommodate the saw fence n blade displacement. Just a few simple things to remember when setting it up, and you will get good results.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I just bought this to use to rip some plywood. no instructions on how to get the handle on and it... I just bought this to use to rip some plywood. no instructions on how to get the handle on and it does not fit on the guide pieces something is out of spec. so I can't use it to tie the two guide pieces together making it worthless. Now I have to stop working on my project and take it back to Home deport for a refund. other reviews said it flexed and had to be taped down to use. My take on this is a piece of junk and Home Depot should stop selling it.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Performed a rip cut of a 6' long board, in that distance this "straight" edge flexed by 1" in the... Performed a rip cut of a 6' long board, in that distance this "straight" edge flexed by 1" in the center. It's absolutely worthless for anything over 4' (i.e. using only one of the two pieces at a time).
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does not work as advertised This product will bow by more than 1/4" when used at full length. Save yourself the headache and use a one piece guide or level. I just miscut a $160 piece of wood because I trusted this product when I should not have.
Date published: 2016-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from On the one hand, it is a beautifully manufactured and beautiful product. This guide will bow under pressure toward the middle when used at full length. I use a board clamped at mid point to keep it from bowing. The stock is only .074" thick and 2.2" wide, which explains why it will bow without support. It's beautifully and precisely manufactured and assembles easily. Included image shows how I support the guide to keep it from bowing.
Date published: 2015-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product Ive been a carpenter for over 15yrs. Im not too sure why other people are giving this tool a bad review. As being A carpenter you always have to improvise. That's what makes a good carpenter. Especially when you are purchasing a $20 tool. This works great!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from works great, high quality stuff. works great, high quality stuff.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked great trim an exterior door I'm glad I read reviews before I used this product and braced the center of the guide with a piece of scrap wood and a third clamp when making 80" cuts to trim some doors. I also removed the handle as I don't see any purpose for it other than to obstruct a saw. This tool worked perfectly, and I have put a drop of loctite on the ends of the screws for the bracket to reduce the chance of them coming out of the bracket and getting lost.
Date published: 2016-09-14
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