I’ve got an update for anyone who is considering purchasing the Kreg Rip Cut, and one warning for those of you have already bought it.
First the warning. Please be aware of this is you have the Rip Cut! I was using it this weekend and I had just finished a cut when I realized that the Rip Cut was preventing the blade guard from coming down to cover the blade after the cut was finished!!! I think it happened when I calibrated the red arrow because I thought it needed adjusted. I had not had this problem before when I used it. Just be aware of this because after the cut, the blade is not protected with the guard if you do the same thing. Each time you connect the Rip Cut, make sure the guard swings freely in all positions.
Now for the update to my review. In order for this to make sense, you first need to know that a rip cut is the long-ways cut (on a sheet of plywood it runs the 8′ length of the plywood). A cross cut is one that follows the width–across the 4′ side. Keep in mind that this tool is called the Rip Cut and it works beautifully for that purpose. I love this tool for that purpose–it has made cutting up a sheet of plywood so fast!!! BUT (you knew that was coming) it will not replace my homemade straight cutting jigs–at least not completely.
I need my homemade jigs in order to make a cross cut that is longer than 24″, which is the maximum span the Rip Cut can cut to. If I had thought about that for a second, I would have realized that fact I, however, didn’t think about it until I needed a 34.5″ length this weekend. Doh!
The first time I used the saw with the Rip Cut, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to bother taking it on and off–that I would only use it when I would need it for longer periods of time. This weekend I was taking it on and off pretty regularly, and I wasn’t avoiding using the Rip Cut just because I needed to put it back on. I’m happy about that!
So there you have it. I love the Kreg Rip Cut, but if you get one, make sure your blade guard is keeping you safe!