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Model #E902

Store SKU #171691

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
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Product Overview

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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Hand Tool Type
Hand Tool Accessory
Primary Use
Cutting guide
Tools Product Type
Hand Tool

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Lifetime warranty on a manufacturer's defect.

Questions & Answers


Can this be used with 1/4 inch plywood?

Asked by Mike January 25, 2021


I just purchased my cutting Guide, and I don't know what the smaller metal piece and screws are used for.

Asked by Bri October 28, 2020

The small piece is connect the two larger straight edge pieces there's two set screws with the set screws in the small piece in the holes pre-drilled slide the small piece onto one of the larger set the set screw slide the other piece onto the smaller piece and set the other set screw to make 8-ft cuts

It looks like there is some flexing at the connection. Is it flexing up and down or laterally?

Asked by Joey August 25, 2020

Yes,it will flex at the junction. one can use double sided tape at the junction or clamp a piece of scrapwood at a right angle to the cut whereby the end of the scrap wood abuts the junction and the other end is clamped to the opposite side. carpet tape, given its low profile, would be ideal if one doesnt have suitable scrap material.

why don't you put instructions in with your wonderful Empire Guide as how to use it or have a vid...

Asked by Bill February 19, 2019

The tool is very simplistic smaller piece slides onto each of the larger pieces to make it into an extension the set screws go in the little holes on the small piece to hold it true work so much better than the $200 slide guides for the price

Why no directions

Asked by Marc July 23, 2018

It's a very basic tool just like a level the smaller piece slides on top of each of the larger pieces to make it longer the screws are set screws to set it in place so nothing flexes or moves for the simplicity it works great

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

Asked by KCB November 19, 2017

You received a plane straight edge there shouldn't be a handle on it anyway a handle would just get in the way of the saw just run your saw tight against the higher edge of the straight edge makes perfect cuts every time

Could this be used with a reciprocating saw?

Asked by Lou November 2, 2017

If you set the guide wide enough so you can slide the blade guard or "foot" of the recip saw along the guide, yes. If you wanted to just ride the blade against the guard I don't think your guide would last very long as a recip saw can cut aluminum.

it is included the C clamp ?

Asked by prime October 28, 2017

Mine did come with small c clamps

My newly purchased Empire cutting guide isn't blue and doesn't include a handle. What did I get?

Asked by shawns August 5, 2017

Can't be certain, might be a substitute product or all required peices were not shipped to you.

What are the odds of the guide flexing while using just one 48 inch section.

Asked by Yort June 23, 2017

It will not flex if clamped properly

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Customer Reviews

  • 3.5
    out of 160 reviews
  • 59% recommend this product
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Wish I would have bought this years ago. Picked it up to make rip cuts on drywall, but it's actu...
Wish I would have bought this years ago. Picked it up to make rip cuts on drywall, but it's actually useful for any other cutting jobs, as well as any other straight edge jobs. Super light weight, and breaks down to two 48" pieces for easier transport and storage. If you're considering a track saw, a more expensive cutting guide, or building a rip guide out of plywood, I'd try this first. My only complaint is that the clamps are old school screw type, which are slow. I tossed them aside after a few cuts and used locking quick clamps.
by Daniel
I originally went to Home Depot to purchase a Kreg product but after discovering I just couldn't...
I originally went to Home Depot to purchase a Kreg product but after discovering I just couldn't get the length needed I decided to give this Empire 98 inch Cutting Guide a try at a fraction of the price. Wow was I surprised. I cut a live edge black walnut slab for my kitchen area in my cabin and this guide worked perfect. On a side note, I ripped this entire slab my my Rigid 18 volt skill saw with a 4MAH battery and only used two bars cutting a 1/2 inch cut at a time until I got the full 2.5 inch thick slab cut. Another pleasant surprise.
by raybow1
Disappointed design and look
It is not same as photos from the web site. See uploaded photos.
by cusohn
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.
by DougG
17 people found this helpful
shouldn't a straight edge be straight?
just ruined a $150 piece of fancy Viroc board. works fine up to 48" but it's useless for longer cuts.
by Christopher
6 people found this helpful
I am not a professional and could never able to make straight cut on plywood or hardwood. Thanks ...
I am not a professional and could never able to make straight cut on plywood or hardwood. Thanks to this Guide. I made shelf using hardwood and used this guide to make straight cut using circular saw. This guide is very easy to use. The handle bar helps to provide more support. Heavy duty material.
by SP
12 people found this helpful
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!
by HomeDepotCustomer
21 people found this helpful
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.
by SamGrove
62 people found this helpful
Bows in the middle
For full length cuts it will bow in the middle. The joint section needs to be improved. Not even for $25 was it worth the headaches. I ended up using the factory cut from one of my remaining 4x8 sheets of material.
by MyNameHere
straight as a rainbow
I believe each 4’ section is decently straight, but the joint just ruins this product, and caused my project to come out goofy as all get out Wish I wouldve done a test cut first... oh well.
by Dave
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