|Product Dimensions||54 x 8 x 2 inches|
|Item model number||MTSK-1|
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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've owned this product for somewhere around 4 years and it's never been able to cut a square board. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by R. Rubin
I had two major projects to complete where sheet goods had to be cut in a small shop. I had a cheap saw guide that I was not happy with. Read morePublished on July 10, 2009 by Stephenaswann
...In fact I order another guide so I don't have take apart the 100" guide for shorter runs, I try the festool system and the EZ Smart system before I purchased the EZ Smart... Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by H. Mendez
I too was initially impressed, but that enthusiasm faded. Evidently I did not connect the base properly, and the cut was not "Zero Clearance" nor was it chip free. Read morePublished on October 17, 2008 by Showkoy
I bought this system after much research and consideration of other systems out there. I often have to build cabinetry for customers and have been looking for a way to save time... Read morePublished on September 18, 2008 by Cernunnos
I am fairly new to woodworking. I bought a used Rockwell Table Saw but frankly was scared to use it. Read morePublished on September 18, 2008 by HassleFree
I can't say much more than the other reviews. I wish I would have bought this one a long time ago. It is a very easy to use, safe, flexible system. Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by James Peterson
The Eurekazone EZ Guide System is the best saw guide I have ever used. The guide's main advantage is that it prevents the wood shattering that often occurs on both sides of a... Read morePublished on April 18, 2008 by SeaWolf's Home Workshop Blog
Even better than I expected. So good I called all my friends to show them. And the table is one of those things that makes you want to kick your self for not thinking of it first. Read morePublished on March 19, 2008 by R. Mason