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48" clamp cutting guide - $14.99

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[Princess Auto] 48" clamp cutting guide - $14.99

Pretty cheap price for a cutting guide, used to break down large sheet material (e.g. plywood) using a circular saw. Useful if you don't have a huge table saw with a huge outfeed table.

Considering it's the Princess Auto house brand (instead of a professional wood working brand), it's decent, but not amazing. It'll definitely do the job, and it is sturdy enough to hold and not slip on you.

As usual, $50 minimum for free shipping. I paired it with the bench vice from my other thread, and added a few fillers.
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I've owned this for a year, and it's worked well. Not something I use much, but very useful when needed
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raskal wrote: I've owned this for a year, and it's worked well. Not something I use much, but very useful when needed
And for $15 it's a no brainer. That's cheaper than making your own guide out of lumber.
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Yeah bought 2 of them a few days back, just awaiting arrival. Also bought the 4inch bench vise for $30... seems pretty cheap...equivalent amazon one is $50 so decent I guess.
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Can this be shortened? I don't have anything I'd need 48" for.. maybe 24 or 36.
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Might be user error, but the few times I've tried this, my saw blade binds up. I thought at first that I was putting too much pressure trying to keep the saw against the guide, but I've tried to use as little pressure as I require to keep it against the guide and it still seems to bind.
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SizzleChest wrote: Might be user error, but the few times I've tried this, my saw blade binds up. I thought at first that I was putting too much pressure trying to keep the saw against the guide, but I've tried to use as little pressure as I require to keep it against the guide and it still seems to bind.
One of the standard tests in comparison reviews of circular saws is to check if the saw blade tends to bind in the cut when making a long straight cut using a guide. The reason it does that is because the blade orientation is very slightly off or the bearing is loose and tends to wobble. That causes the cut to wander away from a straight line and causes the blade to bind in the cut if you attempt to force it to a straight line. Some saws do better than others.
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Scote64 wrote: One of the standard tests in comparison reviews of circular saws is to check if the saw blade tends to bind in the cut when making a long straight cut using a guide. The reason it does that is because the blade orientation is very slightly off or the bearing is loose and tends to wobble. That causes the cut to wander away from a straight line and causes the blade to bind in the cut if you attempt to force it to a straight line. Some saws do better than others.
Interesting info. Thanks.
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ji_hyun_jun wrote: Can this be shortened? I don't have anything I'd need 48" for.. maybe 24 or 36.
It's infinitely adjustable to anything up to 48". I used mine to cut down some wooden windows that were about 23". Sturdy and straight.
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Got mine today... can't ask for much for for $15 to be honest... bit too many plastic parts but for $15 bones no complaints. Haven't tested it yet.
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I've had one for a few years. Don't use it very often but it has always worked well when it has been needed. It is fast to set up and easy to use...really can't ask for much more for $15.
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I got 2 of these. Clamp on both sides of the cut spaced out just enough to let your Skil saw glide through. And you don't have to worry about the saw not following the guide. Very useful if you cross cut 4X8 boards all day long (eg. installing sheathing). Only problem is that these guides don't fold up nor join. So it's too unwieldy for 1' boards and too short for 8' boards. I ended up just using a bunch of 1X2 boards and clamps as guides.
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Ordered online with a bunch of other items, this came shipped, wrapped in black plastic, but someone dropped the bottom or slammed a door on it, at first, I thought just the plastic ring to hang it was the only thing broken, but looking closer, the metal has been bent and flared at the end, time to head to the store for an exchange.
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jackass_ca wrote: Ordered online with a bunch of other items, this came shipped, wrapped in black plastic, but someone dropped the bottom or slammed a door on it, at first, I thought just the plastic ring to hang it was the only thing broken, but looking closer, the metal has been bent and flared at the end, time to head to the store for an exchange.
For some reason this reminds me of UPS bending a door.

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I bought this about the same time last year, still waiting for the day I will need it . But good to know I have it when I do . Think it was about the same price or few dollars less..
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I have this cutting guide. Works well ripping down 4x8 plywood sheets.
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I have had one for years, used it a lot. It's just a straight edge now and not worth the time to troubleshoot or repair.

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