EZ Smart Guide 100" System
As a follow-up, a few months ago, I bought the EZ Smart Guide System from Hartville Tool. I actually just used it last weekend for the first time.
I like how the cuts are clean and the system is easy to use. I did not find the set up too difficult. If you go to Sawmill Creek website there are several links to Youtube. The videos are really a good guide for people like me that learn better by watching.
The keys to this system is 1) never start the saw with the blade plunged and 2) never lift the saw off the guide with the blade turning.
First, never start the saw with the blade plunged. The anti chip insert that clips to the saw base breaks and goes flying. They sell the system with two of these inserts. You have to start the blade turning above the anit chip edges and then plunge the saw into the work.
Second, never lift the saw off the guide with the blade turning. This is why they recommend a saw with a brake. When you do lift the saw with the blade turning, the blade damages the anti chip edge.
I was able to break down 4 sheets of plywood without help in 2 hours. I had a lot of pieces to cut for a sewing center I am building for a neighbor. Laying out the pieces took the most time. The accuracy is in the layout. Lining up the edge to the mark and cutting is easy and accurate.
This system makes plywood sheet cutting very safe for one person. The whole thing cost $175 shipped on sale. I was able to use an existing circular saw, a Bosch CS20 - I did have to go out and buy one.
I would definitely recommend this system to anyone who breaks down a lot of sheet goods and works alone. It makes the job very safe.
Rich (the Yooper)
"To the world, you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world."
"Common sense is not so common."