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EZ Smart Guide System 100"


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  • Turn your beam saw into a tracksaw system.
  • Custom made ( machine base) offers stability and total control.
  • The heavy duty track provides accuracy and ease of use.
  • Straight line and finished rip or cross cuts on thick lumber are now safely done..
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Product Description

The base is made from solid HDPE 1/2" plastic. The antichip insert and stabilizer bar are provide additional stability and control as well as clean cuts. The tracks are made from anodized, double wall aluminum extrusion for extra strength. The system is self aligning via dovetail channels and connectors. Extendable to any length.

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Technical Details
Part Number MTSK-1
Product Dimensions54 x 8 x 2 inches
Item model numberMTSK-1
  
Additional Information
ASINB0006M2QT0
Best Sellers Rank #678,575 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight17 pounds
Date First AvailableNovember 15, 2004
  
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Other factors to consider: the EZ stuff is very well made, yet is considerably cheaper.
Carlgo
Having the saw motor over the track allows the guide positioning line to be your cutting line (no offset measurements) makes it simple and very safe to use.
G. Clabo
The biggest surprise of the system was the ability to cut narrow pieces of wood, safely and accurately, without going to the table saw.
woodhead

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By G. Clabo on January 23, 2005
The SmartGuide is a well thought out, engineered and constructed addition to any carpenters/woodworkers tool requirements. Clearly designed by an experienced woodworker, this tool can be used as a means of edging rough lumber, sizing veneered paneling, and cutting thin strips without fear of kickbacks and damage to important body parts.

Having the saw motor over the track allows the guide positioning line to be your cutting line (no offset measurements) makes it simple and very safe to use. It basically combines a number of tools like the panel saw, table saw, and jointer into one.

One of the most pleasant additions to this tool is the different inserts provided that allow you to have a zero clearance throat on your circular saw whether in the guide or free handing. The pressure applied against the surface of the material while making the cut eliminates both chipping and splintering. Anyone who has cut plywood or sized a door understands what a problem that can be. Scoring and taping are in my past.

Other systems in the same class require you to buy their saw. This system can be used with any circular saw which was the main selling point for me. Then when I received it and while installing my saw I realized that this is much more than an expensive straight edge...it's a precisely machined tool that I will continue to find more and more uses for as needs arise.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By M. Kaneshiro on March 15, 2006
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This tool is great for someone who doesn't have the time, patience, and/or skill to make their own saw guide. Many people have written that they could achieve the same results with a homemade guide made of a straight board and some scrap plywood, but that would take a level of precision and workmanship that I simply don't have (and where are you going to find a "straight" board nowadays!?). I also think the integrated clamping is very convenient and effective. The Smart Guide itself has proved to be extremely precise-to the point that I use a drafting pencil carefully sharpened before making a cut line and get results that are within 1/64" every time. That kind of easy repeatability (precision) makes it possible for me to produce square and correctly sized panels that I was never able to get on my table saw. Don't let my long list of caveats deter you-even knowing what I know now, or maybe because of it, I'd buy this tool again.

A few caveats:

1. Initially, I used this with a cheap DIY-quality saw and got horrible results.

a) Because it was a "small" base saw (versus a contractor grade "large" base...nominally 1.5" from guide edge to saw blade and 5" from the blade to the other edge of the base) it required a lot of time to properly align the saw to the base (Smart Base).

b) I also discovered that if I wasn't careful, the Smart Base would flex and the saw blade would lever away from the cutting line. This was because it was a "small" base saw which didn't cover a good portion of the Smart Base. Bottom line: don't use this guide system with a "small" base saw. Make sure your saw base is at least 6.5" wide.

2. I mounted the saw to the Smart Base using the provided machine screws.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By D. Chamberlain on October 24, 2005
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I bought this system to rip 4X8 sheets of plywood for AV shelving that I was building for my home. It worked ok, but it could have been better. First let me state the positives of the system: It is the best portable straight edge that I have found on the market. It is made out of really heavy-duty extruded aluminum; there is a lot of weight to it and it gives it a feeling of quality. The anti-chip functions of the system really do work. The plastic parts are inexpensive and replaceable, which is necessary, because you probably will be needing to do that fairly quickly.

The negatives: The base is advertised as fitting most all right-hand contractor type saws on the market. This apparently is not true as it did not properly fit my Makita saw with a wider than normal base plate. Unfortunately I did not discover this fact until I went to use it for the first time and realized that it would not move on the track, because the guard would not raise normally - it catches on the plastic smart guide base. The only way that I can overcome this condition is to raise the saw all the way up, pull the guard up, and then lower the saw to the correct depth. This works, but you have to wait for the saw to completely stop before picking it up as you now do not have a functioning guard, which leaves the blade exposed on the bottom. If I had realized this before permanently installing the base, I might have been able to somehow cut a 1X1 inch notch in the smart-base allowing the guard to raise and lower normally. The next negative: The first AC-2 anti-chip insert that I installed shattered when I plunged the blade as instructed. I don't know what caused it, because I think I did everything correctly, fortunately they give you two - the second one worked. The last negative bugs me the most.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Carlgo VINE VOICE on August 7, 2007
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This is a long review of what I think is actually an important product.

Go to any middle-level furniture store. Look at that stuff. You may not like the style, the hardware or the choice of materials, but you cannot deny one thing: it is perfectly made. All the joints are perfect, everything is smooth and square and so on. And often it seems impossibly low-cost. I got a set of four folding tables and a caddy for $30. They are made of an acceptable hardwood and are absolutely flawless in every respect, and the design is very nice as well.

This is because it is made with computer-controlled machinery. When the machines are done, the workers have to attach the hardware, but the holes are all there in the right place and of the right size.

I believe technology has caught up with us. Our table saws, jointers, drum sanders, planers and all those hand tools both powered and primitive really only work well when the workers become very skilled and can spend a lot of time on a project. All these tools require touch and manipulation. Nothing is automatic. It is very hard to come up with a pile of perfect pieces for that sideboard project. Most of us spend hours tweaking, fudging and nudging to get it right. Going into this woodworking thing I did not realize just how crudely, really, table saws, jointers, etc. go about their work.

Then there is the danger factor of spinning sharp metal things that are poking up at us. All it takes is a little inattention or unexpected circumstances to ruin a hand, or worse.

Also, there is the factor of common tasks that are too hard or dangerous. Cutting 4X8 sheet goods, or ripping long boards are examples. Most of us do not have the space to rig up huge tables around our table saws to allow comfortable cutting.
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