The new Kreg Rip-Cut

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Forum topic by Jonathan posted 02-15-2012 03:37 PM 9038 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2012 03:37 PM

This was just introduced today. Any thoughts on the new Kreg Rip-Cut?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 04:01 PM

I usually use a strait edge and clamps but this does look like it might have some possibilities. Thanks for posting.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 04:11 PM

“Wow, maybe I can make those shelves after all! Thank you Kreg Jig!!”

that’s one of the comments posted on that page. So funny.

erm, its basically an extended and beefed up rip fence for a circular saw, like everything it will have its limitations and won’t be as versatile as a track saw. Some people will buy it, use it once, toss it in a drawer and say its crap, others will say it’s the best thing since bread came sliced, “why pay $600 for Festool TS55 when this is just as good…” type thing.

My own concerns would have to do with starting the cut and I can’t see how the two fixing screws would keep a good hold on a circular saw.

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 04:14 PM

I could be wrong, but intuition tells me this would be good for fairly narrow rips, but the farther away the saw is from the edge guide, the easier it will be for the blade to go off course.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 04:16 PM

I have a small shop and what I would do with this is bust up a piece of plywood outside on the four identical saw horses that I have and then bring them in and finish cut on my table saw. In my shop it is nearly impossible to cut a full sheet of plywood and also dangerous. A good strait edge and clamps work fine for this but this could be quicker. It all depends on it’s cost.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 04:25 PM

Seems like a decent tool if you have to break down sheet goods with any regularity. The price is reasonable so it’s not in the “handy but overly expensive gimmick” tool category. It’s also a lot cheaper than a panel saw station with the tracking grids. There’s also safety to consider. Table saws don’t like cutting huge sheets and kickback is a huge danger.

All in all, not a bad idea. I might have to pick up one up.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 02-15-2012 04:32 PM

I still like using straight edge guides like below;

Caught this set of 24”, 36”,and50” on sale at Houston store for $59.99 a few weeks ago and already have same brand that will clamp on over 100” so it covers full plywood sheets and longer, wider MDF sheets.

Kreg makes really good tools but, think this one will be hard to keep the guide parallel to edge on wide cuts. And, as pointed out in comments on Kreg site, you cannot crosscut a full sheet into two 48”x48”pieces.

My two cents worth.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#7 posted 02-15-2012 04:37 PM

Not much different from the Accu-Rip sold by Sears.

Plywood edges aren’t straight. When you rip parallel
to factory edges you get bowed cuts. The long guides like
the Festool and many other brands establish a more
accurate reference edge.

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#8 posted 02-15-2012 04:38 PM

It looks like Festool is getting some heavy competition in the guided saws arena.

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#9 posted 02-15-2012 04:43 PM

I see nothing here that I cannot do better with my Festool plunge saw and track.

I know people like to get on Festool for being too expensive. Note that their plunge saw and track does not cost much more (if any more) than compatible products by DeWalt of Makita and Festools dust/chip capturing capability is second to none if used with their dust extractor.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#10 posted 02-15-2012 04:47 PM


No matter how I cut down large panels, I have support under both sides of the cut for safety and control.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#11 posted 02-15-2012 04:50 PM

Loren makes the best point. Never trust a factory edge. And, if you need to take it to the saw afterwards anyway, I’ll stick with my straightedge and clamps. Not worth it If it costs more than $20

-- Thought is a bird of space, who, in a cage of words, can spread it's wings but cannot fly

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#12 posted 02-15-2012 04:54 PM

So the fault I see with this is that if the edge is not straight than you are going to replicate any defects in your cut.

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#13 posted 02-15-2012 05:05 PM

Oh, edge guides are fine for ripping up sheathing for
floors and stuff like that. You can also snap a chalk line
and do it by eye. The chalk line cut may be rougher
than the edge guided cut but the chalk line is reliably

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#14 posted 02-15-2012 06:18 PM

It looks like it would easily veer off course with just a little sideways pressure. I think it is easy to make a guide that you know will work. I like the Festool solution, but I would only buy it if I were a pro or if I cut lots and lots platter.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 02-15-2012 06:18 PM

I was looking forward to this but after seeing it I have to say NO! This doesn’t look like a well thought out design at all. I’ll stick with my straight edge clamps. Better luck next Kreg

-- JoeyG ~~~

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