Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 30
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by SamGrove 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.
November 17, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jah 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.
February 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by robert Perfect for the price
Light weight, cool blue, and sure beats an expensive panel saw setup. If you take your time to line everything up, and check twice on your long 4'+ rips, you won't have any problems. Can you set it and forget it? Nah, but learn how to properly set it up, and you're golden. Happy ripping!
March 14, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by JimTheHandyman cheap alternative
I'm only using this thing cause i got better stuff to spend my cash on atm than a track saw. i will eventually get a track saw & thats when this thing will become obsolete.
March 12, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by KB Too flexible when both sections joined...
This works ok as a guide when using only one section (48"). But when you join both sections (using the handle and set screws) it is too flexible to accurately guide a circular saw. It flexes at least 1/4" in the middle, with minor pressure like you'd use to keep the saw running against the guide. As some have suggested, you could clamp a bracing board perpendicular to the guide, at its middle. I prefer a cleaner solution. Since I'd like to get an 8' level anyway, I plan to buy a box-beam level to also use as a saw guide. I already have a 4' Husky box-beam level (available at HD for ~$30) to guide the 4' cuts.
BTW, some have mentioned that their saws won't glide over the handle in the middle of this cutting guide. They might be able to use the other edge of their saw's base-plate to run along the guide! Of course you'll need to support both sides of the cut when doing this, which is always a good idea anyway.
January 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Worked Fine
After looking at some of the previous reviews, I purchased this guide figuring I might have to rig up something to make it work as a guide for my Makita circular saw. I hesitated, but, I needed something quick.
However, it worked as advertised first time. Once I tightened down the provided set screws, it was straight. I can see where the handle might get in the way, but I just laid it out to guide on the opposite edge and everything worked great.
December 26, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Waistedmoney dont waist your money
For cutting a straight line in a 8' board it waist your time and money.
October 4, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by madcarpenter junk
If you want a straight edge then look some where else.I want my money back for waisted time and materials.
October 4, 2015