Posted November 18, 2013
The straight edge clamp will work fine for shorter projects but you will have significant bend at longer lengths...It does not work. If your projects gives you the ability to afix clamps near the center, it will resolve the issue. The knobs after several uses will tighten down, but will not untighten without playing with it a bit, glue is needed to permentaly affix these to the screws.
I primarily use this straight edge...
Posted July 27, 2013
I primarily use this straight edge system for lengthwise or cross cuts cuts on plywood when I do not want to try to feed a full sheet through my table saw or when my table saw isn't available. I also use it as a straight edge to check straightness and as a story pole. I have not used the t-square or guide functions - just haven't had the need. I find it to be very useful and accurate for my uses. Intuitively it just seems to clamp more securely and for more variable lengths than an edge clamping straight edge. I agree that the clamps are really wimpy. I solved this by replacing them with Rockler's T-Track Hold Down clamp
Great product. My only complaint is...
Posted February 7, 2013
Great product. My only complaint is that the clamps aren't faster to use and they can make the edge wander a little bit while tightening.
Purchased while I was trasforming my...
Posted October 12, 2012
Purchased while I was trasforming my garage into a Man Cave / Woodworkers Ultimate Workshop. Just looked at the shipper, that was 4 months ago. I spent time cutting, shaping, drilling the acrylic base to fit my DeWALT DC390 Circular Saw yesterday. Today was the first time I used this system. It is one of those V8 moments: "Dang, wish I had this a long time ago". I will only use this system to cut large sheets, window frames or doors, so the 6 1/2 blade will do the job and I did not want to mess with cords. I went with the DC390 because it is super easy to remove the motor from base so I could drill/tap so I could mount the acrylic sheet. On the inside I had to remove a lot of tap to get to the parts, Rockler did a great job of shipping this to me, they didn't take any chances. Everything inside the box was taped down and secured.
This straight edge clamp leaves a...
Posted July 19, 2012
This straight edge clamp leaves a lot to be desired, especially considering the price. The good: I like the "T-Square" capability, as the drywall T-Squares you can buy are rarely dead-on square. The bad: 1. The bars are not thick enough. I would like a little taller edge for routing dados or truing a panel edge using my router with a pilot bit. 2. The clamps that slide in the T-Track on the bottom of the clamping bars are unsatisfactory. They are too small/light/weak. When you tighten them down, the bar creeps on the top of the panel, so "precision" is not a word that applies. The "foot" of the threaded shaft that applies the pressure needed to clamp the bar on top turns with the screw shaft, and that means it torques the clamp. One of my clamps is permanently twisted, so there is no hope of clamping the bar on top without mvoement. I have to guess how far it will creep when I tighten the clamp, and hope it ends up in the right place. I usually have to try it several 5 or more times before either get it in the right place, or give up all together. 3. The bars have two T-Tracks on their bottoms, one close to each side. There should be one dead center so the pressure the clamp puts on teh panel you are cutting is even across the bars. For $ I expected better quality.