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Dino
06-16-2011, 08:54 PM
Hi guys.
From time to time I wonder if any ez tool is going to be the clear winner.
My favor tool is the Ripsizer now.
Why?
No lifting of heavy panels and no need to use another favor ez tool
that is the smart table.
The kit that converts the ez-one to smart table kit is a space saver.
fop me, the smart table kit is out of the list because we use it only for packaging ( taping boxes ) and other stuff.

the ez-one is another favor tool that we just cant work without.
I remove the ez-one for only a day ( for a demo) from the shop and
the guys got very-very upset. When I come back to the shop, first thing was to put the ez-one back again...I like to put the ez-one in top of the list but
the Ripsizer removes parts from panels without even lifting the panel.
the heavy panes are stored vertically ( to save space )
and the ripsizer cuts strips to size in few sec's...

To me, the Ripsizer is the top ez tool
until the smart clamps get upset. :rolleyes:
The smart clamps is the only ez tool that stayed as is and original...
why fix it? dont ask me. if the clamps like to show off...why not?

What is your favor ez tool and why?

Thanks and if we get over 100 votes...
we may even see a video of the "upset" smart clamps.:rolleyes::D

toollovingschultz
06-16-2011, 09:31 PM
Dino I like the ripsizer my portable pbb and my smart table but with a guide rail and smart clamps I can do anything I need to so that is the last tool I would give up. The others make money but none would do the job of all except the guide rail. Number 2 on my list is the ssrk it is the next tool that i wouldn't want to be without. The ssrk just opens a whole world of options just like the track. ez is such a modular system I really wouldn't want to part with any of it! Funny all four chose a different tool.

Dino
06-16-2011, 09:40 PM
Dino I like the ripsizer my portable pbb and my smart table but with a guide rail and smart clamps I can do anything I need to so that is the last tool I would give up. The others make money but none would do the job of all except the guide rail. Number 2 on my list is the ssrk it is the next tool that i wouldn't want to be without. The ssrk just opens a whole world of options just like the track.

For you, I can see the tracksaw as #1.
For me. ripsizer itez.;) the one that solves the biggest problem.

the poll is multiple choice. you can vote for more than one tool.

Burt
06-16-2011, 09:53 PM
Dino,

This one is loaded. To be honest, it is the tool that I am using today.

I decided to go back to my early days with EZ. Dino called me one day and told me that he was working on a square. In a couple hours, Dale and I had made a square and were having a ball cutting plywood. That sold me on the EZ system.


Burt

Bryan Parlor
06-16-2011, 09:59 PM
I voted for my custom PBB but the bridge is my favorite tool(not on list).

Bryan

Dino
06-16-2011, 10:15 PM
I voted for my custom PBB but the bridge is my favorite tool(not on list).

Bryan

Bryan, Bridge is included on the custom build pbb.:cool:

whitejacket
06-16-2011, 10:36 PM
So hard to pick a favorite so I chose 3
1) My power bench -- the bridge is the clincher as there is nothing like it anywhere. (I will likely soon be substituting the EZ-One for this as it will become my workhorse)
2) The RipSizer -- recent use on solid oak shot this up the list
3) Smart Table -- able to breakdown my material in one area and slide the pieces on to my power bench. To me the Smart Table is indispensable and will always be separate from my power bench (works best for me that way)

Joe

Randal Stevenson
06-17-2011, 12:20 PM
I've tried to choose just one, and I can't. My two equal favorites are the rail and Smart table (basis of the whole system).

Dino
06-17-2011, 03:23 PM
17 votes so far...50 and we get to see the big (clamps) comeback.;)
nothing like the ez clamps and not designed to replace them...
at $70.00 per clamp they better do something special.

Like...one touch/toggle/smart clamping syste/smarter table
in one small package.

the installers ez dream kit.

Dennis H.
06-17-2011, 07:33 PM
For now, track/connectors in a dead heat w/ the Smart Table.

toollovingschultz
06-17-2011, 09:43 PM
Dino for now the rail and connector are ahead but I am sure that will change
Andy

Dino
06-17-2011, 10:21 PM
last tool wins at the end?
Looks like the cabinetmaker needs a facelift?

now that we have the twin extrusion...no problem0.:cool:

roy_okc
06-18-2011, 03:25 PM
Dino,

Without the rails, there wouldn't be anything else really helpful, so that is my #1. However, if you took that out, I'd have to say my home-made PBB with B-300 is my favorite and most frequently used way to use my rails.

Roy

Dino
06-18-2011, 08:39 PM
Roy,
We can use the smart table with other tracks ( not ez)
But you're right.

I see a BIG cabinetmaker comeback.;)
We may even include the ez twin toggle to give him a boost.;)

Noe that the ripsizer is just about perfect, I test it again just to make sure...
time to fix the cabinetmaker and offer a nice compact and portable system

stk/ripsizer/cabinetmaker
the ez trio to go.

Dino
07-01-2011, 07:20 PM
Hi guys.
Thanks again for taking part in the ez vs ez poll.
That was a big help.

Heades
08-12-2017, 05:58 AM
I love my smart table!

should_have
10-24-2017, 08:59 PM
[QUOTE=Dino;14739]For you, I can see the tracksaw as #1.
For me. ripsizer itez.;) the one that solves the biggest problem.

Dino in this tread and others you reference/quote about the Ripsizer, This is why your tool naming convention adds a lot of confusion. I hate to assume you and others our talking about the UEG and not the predecessor Ripsizer. You replaced the Ripsizer with the UEG and I'm sorry I didn't purchased the Ripsizer when you were clearing them out versus the UEG.

Dino
06-15-2019, 02:37 PM
The UEG is by far the best for unlimited rip cuts and limited cross cuts.
The NEW UEG will be the only tool needed for cabinetmaking.

I vote for the new UEG.
Videos and pictures in 2 weeks...after the provisional patent is applied.
Under new ez-Brand and new management. the best in industry.

Ken
06-15-2019, 06:56 PM
The UEG is by far the best for unlimited rip cuts and limited cross cuts.
The NEW UEG will be the only tool needed for cabinetmaking.

I vote for the new UEG.
Videos and pictures in 2 weeks...after the provisional patent is applied.
Under new Brand and new management. the best in industry.

If you have improved the UEG even more I just may cast my vote for it! I am curious to see what you have done with it. The UEG is good enough that I dedicated a Makita cordless saw to it. What a nice tool when set up like that!

For now I still love the smart table. It goes with me everywhere I work whether or not I am using other EZ tools. Just today I cut up some ply for a new improved smart table with 2 work surfaces. I'll post some pictures in a week or 2 when it is finished.

larryfoster
06-16-2019, 07:47 PM
I haven't even gotten mine broken in yet and am looking forward to the new UEG

Dino
06-17-2019, 07:09 AM
I love my smart table!

I will bring it back simple and affordable.
you will be able to use any thickness wood and not just 3/4".

a modified miter-saw stand ( wider and lower with drop ins modules.)

simple and up-gradable to other functions.

thx for the feedbac-.advice.

Dino
06-17-2019, 07:24 AM
[QUOTE=Dino;14739]For you, I can see the tracksaw as #1.
For me. ripsizer itez.;) the one that solves the biggest problem.

Dino in this tread and others you reference/quote about the Ripsizer, This is why your tool naming convention adds a lot of confusion. I hate to assume you and others our talking about the UEG and not the predecessor Ripsizer. You replaced the Ripsizer with the UEG and I'm sorry I didn't purchased the Ripsizer when you were clearing them out versus the UEG.

OK. IN the long run the guide rails will be eliminated.
long tracks are not the ultimate way dur to few reasons.
Never perfectly straight.
Not easy to handle and setup.
very expensive to ship....etc, etc.
on the other hand the uEG is the start of a new and very adaptable
system that is very easy to use.
more accurate than tracks,
universal without any screwing and aligning the base.
adaptable to any and all tools .
I play with over 20 versions and at the end we "eureka the way" to
work better. And use all portable power tools the same time with no
need to reconfigure the "Frame"

thx

o

larryfoster
06-17-2019, 02:54 PM
So far, I'm just have the UEG and EZ Tracks and like how these have helped me in my very limited use, so far.

sean9c
06-17-2019, 04:47 PM
The UEG is good at making 2 edges parallel as long as you have a straight edge to work from. It won't make a straight edge on a crooked board. Not many things in woodworking as satisfying as setting up your long tracks and ripping a long straight edge on a piece of timber.
Too much time wasted thinking about, and waiting for, things that EZ has promised to develop that never happen. Not putting any hope for anything new until I actually see it happen.

whitejacket
06-17-2019, 05:28 PM
I have been working with some old rough sawn white oak (some with crooks and crowns and twists) and there is nothing better than the guide rail (on the EZ-One) to make a straight cut on some wonky wood. The UEG is great for many things but does have its limitations. I think the guide rails are indispensable and should be part of the future of EZ. For angled cuts across plywood and working with irregular wood there is nothing else that will do the job. Safe and quick. I am looking forward to seeing the new concepts Dino has been talking about. I am hoping EZ can make a comeback and release some new innovative products.

Joe

larryfoster
06-17-2019, 07:46 PM
Sean, are you saying to use the tracks like a jointer?

Ken
06-17-2019, 11:02 PM
Sean, are you saying to use the tracks like a jointer?

Yes, the tracks are the best way to joint wood. I have a nice jointer for my Shopsmith but it has been sitting unused for over 10 years. A Power Bench is a much safer and easier way to do it plus no more blades to maintain.

sean9c
06-17-2019, 11:50 PM
Sure, I can get almost glue ready joints using a track, sometimes good enough but at most need a little work with a block plane. Sold my jointer years ago, it'd be handy to have one now but I'm not sure it's worth the floor space.

Sean, are you saying to use the tracks like a jointer?

sean9c
06-17-2019, 11:53 PM
I always get a kick out of starting with rough lumber. You run it through the thickness planer for a while but then after you put your track down and get one straight edge it seems like the project is started.

I have been working with some old rough sawn white oak (some with crooks and crowns and twists) and there is nothing better than the guide rail (on the EZ-One) to make a straight cut on some wonky wood. The UEG is great for many things but does have its limitations. I think the guide rails are indispensable and should be part of the future of EZ. For angled cuts across plywood and working with irregular wood there is nothing else that will do the job. Safe and quick. I am looking forward to seeing the new concepts Dino has been talking about. I am hoping EZ can make a comeback and release some new innovative products.

Joe

larryfoster
06-18-2019, 07:21 AM
Thanks, Sean and Ken.

I'm trying to envision how to use it on a narrower board.

(Novice)

larryfoster
06-18-2019, 08:00 AM
Is this the best way?

https://youtu.be/vrrjLYn-6WY

tomp913
06-18-2019, 08:00 AM
If the board is shorter than the track, attach it underneath the track with clamps and with the ACE on the cut line. Flip the assembly over and curved edge will be outside the cut, leaving the board with a straight edge. If the board is longer, lay two boards side by side on the bench and then lay the track on top with the ACE along the cut line - in this case, it may be an idea to consider tacking the board to be cut with a small finish nail at each end to make sure that it doesn't move while you're cutting.

larryfoster
06-18-2019, 09:12 AM
Thanks, tomp913.

Sometimes, I'm pretty dense and apologize.

What is "ACE"?

And when tacking, do you tack through the track?

And one final question, please.

Do I use the ezsmart clamp and the upgrade here?
https://www.eurekazone.com/product-p/ezclampd2.htm

tomp913
06-18-2019, 09:47 AM
Is this the best way?

https://youtu.be/vrrjLYn-6WY

Just beat me to it, I don't recall seeing that video (or maybe I just don't remember it). I needed to cut a tapered piece for the top jam piece for a door that had been hinged directly to the studs so the opening was the same height as the door and it needed to have a little taper on it so using the track saw was quicker than marking the part and planing the taper. Really saved me a lot of time.