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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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How thick is this saw guide?

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January 27, 2016
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It is an aluminum L-channel 3/8" tall, 2 3/8" wide, with two extra ribs inside that the handle slides along. Two set screws screw through the handle and pinch one of the extra ribs to it. That's how the two sections are joined together; they're both pinched to the handle.
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The thickness of the stock is 0.074" and the width is 2.2"
See my review.
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If i buy two of the straight edge kits ,can i connect three 4 ft sections together with the provided hardware.

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Yes, but... The second kit will provide another handle with 2 set screws (and 2 sections and clamps), which you'll use to connect a third 4-ft section to the 1st and 2nd sections (that are connected with the handle/screws from the first kit.) You'll have a fourth 4-ft section which you won't be able to connect to the first three (without a 3rd kit,...). BTW, I bought one kit and hooked the two sections Read More
Yes, but... The second kit will provide another handle with 2 set screws (and 2 sections and clamps), which you'll use to connect a third 4-ft section to the 1st and 2nd sections (that are connected with the handle/screws from the first kit.) You'll have a fourth 4-ft section which you won't be able to connect to the first three (without a 3rd kit,...). BTW, I bought one kit and hooked the two sections together; I feel two joined sections are too flimsy to use as a circular saw guide. It could easily flex 1/4" in the middle Three joined sections would be even flimsier! I now plan to use a box-beam level as a saw guide. HD has some inexpensive ones; Husky makes one. Read Less
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98 in. Professional Cutting Guide is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 35.
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
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 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 4 out of 5 by from These work very well with modifications I purchased a guide similar to this years ago and was searching for one here for doors I am trimming. I didn't even realize I still had it. Two things. The screws can be a pain and can easily go missing. I purchased a pair of thumb screws (not to long or they will hit the saw casing) which work better. My bar to hold the two pieces together is about a foot long so I don't have the bowing problem much, but the suggestion to clamp a brace in the middle going to the opposite edge is highly recommended for support. It is straight and true which I find better than making your own or using stock wood. I do wish it was wider though so the clamps don't get in the way of the saw.
Date published: 2016-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The "Not So Straight" Straight Edge I don't normally write reviews, but I just had to for this unit. As other have mentioned, when using a single, 48" section, the unit is straight. However, when you join two sections together, the unit bends in the middle creating a not-so-straight cut. In fact, during one of my cuts I noticed a flex of close to 1/2". My problem is this... I didn't buy this unit to make 48" cuts, I have many items that would suffice for this type of cut. I did buy this for the 96" cuts... and it does a really, really poor job at this.
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good cutting guide. Used the guide with a circular saw for cutting 4 x 8 foot sheets of plywood. The handle from the guide must be removed when using a circular saw to cut longer then a 4 foot section because the handle is too high to allow the saw to get by the guide. This guide or any guide is a bit difficult to use on a sheet of plywood that is warped because the guide has to be pressed down against the plywood while trying to keep a circular saw squarely against the edge of the guide. This guide is made from an aluminum extrusion which helps to provide strength and rigidity without adding much weight. This cutting guide is made in the USA and is worth the price.
Date published: 2014-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good value, with need for some attention Three aspects worth mentioning: 1) Finish: The taps for the connector block were unfinished on the inside, so that burrs would scratch and degrade the finish on the two edge pieces until they were filed off. A small detail that wouldn't impair functionality, but not what should be offered by a name brand (maybe not Starrett, but not generic, either) 2) Fit: When I connected the two pieces, there was a discernible difference between the edges. Using feeler gauges, it measured .021 inches - which would not constitute a deal killer, but was unfortunate. However, reversing one of the pieces end for end created a dead-on alignment with no gap that could be detected by the feeler gauges. So not a problem, just a head's up. 3) Deflection: There have been several reviews mentioning a deflection problem. The nature of my work hasn't created a situation where that would arise, but I would think that the relatively minor inconvenience of clamping a cross support to the middle would solve such a problem without detracting from (a) the straightedge's light weight, or (b) its low cost. Sure beats a $4,000 sliding table saw.
Date published: 2014-04-18
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