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Old 08-27-2017, 01:51 PM
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Could someone please share their thoughts on the B300 bridge:
  • How useful do you find it?
  • How accurate/repeatable is it?
  • If necessary, has it been successfully used with another manufacture’s guide rail?

Thanks,
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Old 08-27-2017, 02:09 PM
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Could someone please share their thoughts on the B300 bridge:
  • How useful do you find it?
  • How accurate/repeatable is it?
  • If necessary, has it been successfully used with another manufacture’s guide rail?

Thanks,
Mike
You will find the EZ Bridge to be very useful. I used it all of the time in my cabinet shop.

I always found it to be accurate and repeatable cuts have never been a problem.

I've heard Dino state that the bridge can be used with other brands of guide rails such as festool and Makita.


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Old 08-27-2017, 02:11 PM
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Could someone please share their thoughts on the B300 bridge:
  • How useful do you find it?
  • How accurate/repeatable is it?
  • If necessary, has it been successfully used with another manufacture’s guide rail?

Thanks,
Mike


Mike, I have a bridge that you can have.
You're going to make some prototypes for me?

To your question....
Is build to do all the above and much more.
When I started making tools for sale the only ( The First ) tool that I had was a bridge. Think of the EZ bridge like a normal bridge.
WHY WE BUILD BRIDGES?

In my way to Ocala to give ez the last push.
The EZ Bridge stays as is with few low price new models to follow.
The current bridge is universal.

thanks and we keep in touch.
I will send you a PM
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Old 08-27-2017, 03:05 PM
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No thought of a redesign so when bevel cutting you don't have to worry about the saw blade cutting the blade side the leg off?

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Mike, I have a bridge that you can have.
You're going to make some prototypes for me?

To your question....
Is build to do all the above and much more.
When I started making tools for sale the only ( The First ) tool that I had was a bridge. Think of the EZ bridge like a normal bridge.
WHY WE BUILD BRIDGES?

In my way to Ocala to give ez the last push.
The EZ Bridge stays as is with few low price new models to follow.
The current bridge is universal.

thanks and we keep in touch.
I will send you a PM
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Old 08-27-2017, 03:44 PM
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Could someone please share their thoughts on the B300 bridge:
  • How useful do you find it?
  • How accurate/repeatable is it?
  • If necessary, has it been successfully used with another manufacture’s guide rail?

Thanks,
Mike
I've only used my bridge a few times, but it's so much nicer not having to clamp down a track to your wood. You can just lower the bridge and go for it.

As far as accurate/repeatable, I think that would only be the case if you're measuring each piece again by hand or have some kind of stops/fence in place
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Old 08-27-2017, 03:53 PM
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No thought of a redesign so when bevel cutting you don't have to worry about the saw blade cutting the blade side the leg off?
Sean, Even if this a user issue...You start your saw after is clear from the bridge
or you put your materials in the second fence?
The wider= more stable= more accurate.

But we can look at this and why not? make it 1" narrower.
The low priced bridges ( few) will be much smaller.
thanks for the reminder.

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Old 08-27-2017, 03:56 PM
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I've only used my bridge a few times, but it's so much nicer not having to clamp down a track to your wood. You can just lower the bridge and go for it.

As far as accurate/repeatable, I think that would only be the case if you're measuring each piece again by hand or have some kind of stops/fence in place
Plenty of stops with the ez-one. 7 total.?
You have to set the bridge and test it with a square.
At the highest point must be the same as the lowest point.

The fences are the trick for accuracy...like the tablesaw.

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Old 08-27-2017, 06:31 PM
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I love the bridge on my EZ-One. I have never done bevels so this has not been a priority for me though I can see how slightly narrower spacing between the arms can be helpful to reduce the chance of cutting the arms. I always start my saw before the pivot on the bridge since I use the first (squaring) fence for squaring my cuts. I have attached tape sticks to the front top of the first fence that allow me to do repeatable cuts. I have tape sticks referenced to each side of my saw blade. Should I use a different saw blade I can slide the fence to zero out the tape sticks toward whichever side of the cut I am keeping. And the clamping ability of the bridge keeps shorter workpieces from moving. For longer pieces I use sliding stops to keep the board still. And by the way, my anti-edge strips are still accurate to my cut line.

A key addition to my bridge set up is having a "nest" for the saw. I can't remember if it was Dik or Burt that came up with the idea but it keeps my saw blade from being exposed when I bring it back to its parking space. I believe pictures are somewhere on the forum.

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Old 08-27-2017, 07:33 PM
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And by the way, my anti-edge strips are still accurate to my cut line.
Joe
Do you think that the bridge has contributed in anyway to the anti-edge strips staying accurate or being destroyed versus the rail being used by itself?

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Mike
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:59 PM
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Few years back, I built a bridge utilizing the double extrusion, so as to have a single lever actuator in the middle of the track, alleviating the need for the two side actuators on the current B300 bridge. Paying attention to eliminating slop (ie. close tolerances and a few Igus plastic bearings) makes it solid- works great. I built it to do this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ntd9kawrtq...ction.MOV?dl=0

In the pic, you can see where my 7 1/4" saw, set at full depth, 45˚, kerfed the skirt of the double extrusion. Not an issue, as cutting it completely off wouldn't interfere with the function or hit the actuating arm.
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