Model # E902

Internet #203175575

Store SKU #171691

0015812059023

Empire

98 in. 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
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Product Overview

  • 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
The Empire 98 in. 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 8 ft.
  • Aluminum guides rails
  • Extendable to 98 in.
  • Quick to assemble
  • Lifetime warranty on a manufacturer's defect



Product Overview

  • 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
Model #: E902
Sku #: 171691
Internet #: 203175575

The Empire 98 in. 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 8 ft.

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



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Specifications

Dimensions

Product Depth (in.)
4
Product Height (in.)
52.125
Product Width (in.)
2.625

Details

Hand Tool Type
Hand Tool Accessory
Primary Use
Cutting guide
Returnable
90-Day
Tools Product Type
Hand Tool

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Lifetime warranty on a manufacturer's defect.

Specifications

Dimensions

Product Depth (in.)
4
Product Height (in.)
52.125
Product Width (in.)
2.625

Details

Hand Tool Type
Hand Tool Accessory
Primary Use
Cutting guide
Returnable
90-Day
Tools Product Type
Hand Tool

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Lifetime warranty on a manufacturer's defect.

Questions & Answers

it is included the C clamp ?

it is included the C clamp ?
Asked by: prime
Yes but they are worthless junk as is the product itself. Look elsewhere.
Answered by: DannyInAustin
Date published: 2018-12-29

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: 2018-09-09

How thick is this saw guide?

Asked by: jdBees
About 1/2 inches.
Answered by: AlexHopkins
Date published: 2019-01-27

My Empire guide that i ordered online didn't come with the handle included in the picture. What did I get?

Asked by: KCB
Not sure if it is relevant, but there is also a 98" Johnson cutting guide that comes with a connecting plate but no handle. From the pictures, the Johnson is un-coated aluminum, the Empire has a blue finish (and a handle on the connecting plate). I have the Empire, and for what it is worth, the handle doesn't really serve any purpose. The cutting guide works great (I have used it to cut down some doors) but I have had to brace it when both pieces are used for long cuts, to keep the center from bending.
Answered by: PickyConsumer
Date published: 2019-01-27
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Customer Reviews

98 in. Cutting Guide is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 57.
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 Garbage I've been needing a straight edge for a while, mostly for those times that I need to cut a make a strange cut through a piece of plywood and the table saw or miter saw just won't do it. I was delighted to stumble across this recently while looking through the tools section. Unfortunately, it's almost worse than having no straight edge at all. It's in two 4' pieces which attach together to give you the full 98" length, but the piece that attaches that is strong enough to maintain a strong, straight cutting edge. The first time I used this, I attached it to the board with 2 C-claps at the ends (couldn't get a C-clamp around the middle of a piece of plywood!). Despite the firm clamping at the ends, the middle wandered all over the place when I pushed the saw up against it, and I ended up ruining the ply. I immediately returned this straight edge, and have since gotten a simple piece of aluminum, 8' long by 2" wide, which works far better for less money.
Date published: 2013-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well, it's a fairly good product, but as mentioned in other reviews, it has a tendency to flex at... Well, it's a fairly good product, but as mentioned in other reviews, it has a tendency to flex at the joint. I corrected this problem (and Empire could easily too) by drilling and tapping two additional threaded holes in the connection bar (each about 2" from the midpoint) as shown in the photo. With those additional screws the two-piece assembly is sufficiently rigid for scribing and/or cutting.
Date published: 2018-11-10
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 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
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got one of these several years ago - it is the same model except mine was blue anodized and had a... Got one of these several years ago - it is the same model except mine was blue anodized and had a plastic handle. The handle is easily removed (a couple of screws) to make it a lower profile so that a circular saw motor can pass over it. The two pieces line up pretty accurately when you join them together. I'm surprised at the negative comments about how it flexes in the middle when you use the full 98 inch length. No kidding! Clamp a bracing board in the middle to prevent it flexing, or use some tape, whatever ... not exactly an insurmountable problem. I've used this dozens of times when trimming doors, ripping plywood, etc. Why spend hundreds on a fancy track saw system that takes just as long to set up when this simple straight guide is 95% as good.
Date published: 2019-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value for money Works pretty well. It is true that when the two pieces are joined with the handle, there is some slop. However, there are two screws provided that go into the edge of the joiner that remove all the slop. So it is quite rigid when the two screws have been snugged up. Stores easily overhead on some hangers. Care must be taken to not press hard against the guide, the metal will bow very slightly. However, I had no issues using this guide along the edge of a 5' piece of plywood for some finish work with a router.
Date published: 2015-02-19
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