|Item Weight||6.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||3.8 x 1.9 x 64 inches|
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|Item model number||U-54|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
All in One Clamp U-54 54-Inch Ultra Wide Grip Clamp with Double T-Track
|Price:||$67.84 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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- No more C-clamping with a self-clamping straight edge to guide your power tools for truly straight cuts
- Aluminum extrusion is extra wide for rigidity over the 54 inch length
- Raised T-tracks accept A, Twin, and Ultra series Saw Plate, Router Plate and Stop Block but will not work with Contractor series accessories
- Nylon jaws hold work piece securely and are predrilled for accessory Wide Jaws and Tall Jaws
- Make cross cuts on 4 foot by 8 foot stock
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This guide absolutely does not bow to the side as you rip. You can press the base plate of your circular saw tight against the side of this guide and rip away. For the first time I can rip a full 8' sheet of plywood and the cut is consistent width the full length. This is virtually impossible to do with cheaper guides like the thin-gauge, two-piece one from Johnson.
This guide has two t-slot tracks as well so you can design jigs and stops to attach to the guide. I purchased the optional 9"x12" HDPE saw plate for circular saws that runs in the T-track of the guide but I haven't used it yet. I don't know if I will ever have the need to. If the guide doesn't bow sideways, and believe me, this one doesn't, you can get a straight cut without the need of linking your circular saw to the guide with the optional plate.
The guide has slots that allow you to insert optional ruled scales (SAE or metric). However, I have purchased these and they are no good. The measuring scale is made of thin plastic laminated on paper and is off by 1/8" within 48". See my review for the "All in One Clamp I-50 50" Scale (English)" product. This applies to all the E. Emerson all in one measurement scales that I have purchased. However, the extra wide surface between the T-slots on the Ultra Wide clamp leaves plenty of room to add a quality adhesive backed measurement tape such as those sold for table saw rip fence rails.Read more ›
Expect that in the typical dusty environment that the clamping mechanism may have to be cleaned. The length of the clamping stroke is short but is long enough for the job at hand. It is obvious from the comments from neophytes that they weren't able to easily remove the slack. Complaints that you need a square are puzzling; if the panel starts square and you cut a parallel line, aren't both parts square? Lastly, this tool does not have divine origins: after you cut a piece you measure the result to quickly identify problems, not wait until all components are being assembled.
I used this to cut prefabricated countertop material where the cut edge would be exposed and any out of square issues would scrap a panel. It worked flawlessly. The only scrap panel was caused by "pilot error".
One thing, the additional price for the ultrawide clamps is worth it. Also I found that set up with a accurate 48" scale was far more accurate than a measuring tape and much easier on the eyes. Lastly while I used the black plastic saw guide with success, the UHMW guide for the "Boomer Red" clamp also sold by Amazon looks like a better design.
Likewise, it's not easy getting the thing to slide away from the workpiece when you release the clamp (I usually pull the whole clamp off the workpiece and flip it over in order to readjust the clamp).
Something that didnt occur to me to check was the clearance underneath my circular saw motor housing. My Bosch has less than 1/2" of clearance and so it does not clear the straight edge - meaning that I can only use this saw to make cuts with the narrow edge of the saw plate against the straight edge, which can be a little unstable on trim cuts.
Setup and use is a breeze. The blue plastic lever has three positions of lock; turns out that the first is plenty to keep this edge in place without moving for saw cuts.
If you're at all concerned about squareness of cuts, a couple of tips:
- try to always work opposite of, and measure from, a mill-cut edge of the wood (not an edge that you've already cut)
- double check your measurements and edge placement after clamping this tool in place
- you can always use a carpenter's square to verify right angles, just be sure to measure from a known "good edge" (again, a mill cut edge is preferred)
- if you measure you piece after cutting and it ain't square, then your remaining stock isn't either -- just keep that in mind
Gonna tackle some shelves and cabinets next, and these clamps sure as heck beat trying to run sheets of ply over a table saw. This may save me from having to buy a router table, too.
One dig I noticed: there are three steel pieces that make up the friction lock for the clamping mechanism, and they bite hard into the plated steel rod than runs underneath the straight edge, the full length of the tool. They actually bite little ridges into the rod, making it a little difficult to adjust the sliding clamp position without a little bit of wiggling (kinda like speed bumps). I'll keep an eye on this and update my review if they make the operation of the clamp more difficult over time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are good and straight. Makes ripping plywood much easier and straighter. Medium to high durability so far.Published 15 months ago by Matt W.
I have had the 99 inch version of this clamp for a long time, but it is a pain to use for cross cuts on plywood. I should have gotten the shorter version years ago! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michael J. Casteel
This is an ok clamp but its tough for me to get used to working the under lever for adjusting the width of material that you work on. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Patrick Walls
clamp has adequate clamping force.
clamp tends to square itself - I double check square and rarely need to do any adjusting.
I wish I could have recieved one of these clamps that would work, the clamping end shown in the picture was broke and won't work so all it is good for is a straight edge and... Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by protcch1