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Forum topic by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 10-12-2009 03:37 AM 3083 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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10-12-2009 03:37 AM

I have been looking at the various clamping guides (Bora, All-In-One, Gator, Pro-Grip, Harbor Freight) and have questions about which ones work well and those that don’t do as well. Money is in short supply and like most of us, I want to make sure I spend my $$$ wisely. Festool is out of the question!

For those of you who have one (or more) of these, which do you use and why did you choose that brand. Please identify any problems you have experienced.

Thank you for your help.


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#1 posted 10-12-2009 05:07 AM

I have the 50-inch Bora Clamp N Cut Edge Guide and after using it a few times I’ve found that it has a tendency to bow in the middle no matter how well it is clamped, Getting an accurate “dead-on” alignment can be frustrating. I get better results with a piece of straight MDF and a piece of hardboard.

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#2 posted 10-12-2009 05:13 AM

I use Boomer Bar Guide Clamps, affordable easy to use and they work. They’re at MLCS. I try not to spend my money in stores that charge for their name. Ie Rockler, Woodcraft. I mean there are somethings you need to pay for but when the price varies by big margins come on, use a gun to hold me up not my craft or hobby.

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 08:19 PM

I’m using a True Grip 50” Clamp-N-Tool Guide. It works well but the short handle is rough on the palms. But I’ve had it for years and have never had a problem with it.

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