Is there a digital version of the owner's Manual?
There sure is. Click here for an EB-3 owner's manual in PDF format.
What size slot will the guide bar fit?
The EB1 and EB2 go from about .745 out to .755. The EB3 starts at about .741 and goes to .765. All are 3/8" thick.
Will it fit my saw?
The Osborne EB Series of miter guides will fit any saw with a nominal ? by ¾ inch slot. The EB3 bar itself is .741" wide with expansion capabilities out to about .765" If the slot on your saw falls within that range, our guide will fit.
The only viable solutions to a saw with a significantly different slot is to use the bar that came with the saw. Have a machine shop drill and counter bore two holes in the guide bar you already have, the rest of the guide can then attach to you bar. This problem only exists on saws with slots that are not typical size.
My instructions say I need a replacement guide bar for my Craftsman saw.
The first couple of years we made miter guides we had separate guide bars for Sears/Craftsman saws. The slots are usually about .005" under the nominal ¾" slot. After realizing that about 30% of our customers had Craftsman saws we started equipping all our guides with the Craftsman bar. The logic being that it would be narrow enough to fit Craftsman slot but still be adjusted out to fit the full ¾" slot. Unless your guide is particularly old, you already have the Craftsman bar mentioned in the manual.
If it's tight and won't slide: Check to see that the expansion slots are not expanded at all. If you remove the set screws your bar will be as narrow as it can be. Secondly, take a piece of scrap plywood and wrap some 100 grit sandpaper around the edge and make a few passes the full length of the slot. It only takes a little bit of oxidation or a small burr to foul up the fit.
Will your guide work with a right tilt saw?
The guide is intended for use on both left and right tilting saws. Even though the right tilt arbor tilts away from the guide, the fence can be moved in close to the blade and should cause very little negative impact on doing the job. Even a left tilt user has this situation when he uses the guide on the right side of the table.
Where can I buy the Osborne guide?
You can buy one direct from us here.
How do I install the tape measure on my EB2?
On the EB2 there is a ½" recessed channel along the aluminum face of the fence. To apply the tape, set the guide at zero degrees and slide it up next to your blade. Lay a steel rule flat on the table in front of the guide where the wood would be. Slide the rule over to the blade until it just touches the side of the tooth. Now make a mark on the front of the fence at 10". Pick up the guide and use a square to transfer the mark up the face of the fence to the recess where the tape belongs. You now have a mark in the tape recess that is 10" away from the blade. Peal the backing off the tape and line up the 10" mark on the tape with the mark you made on the fence. Stick the tape in the recess so the 10" mark on the tape lines up with the 10" mark on the fence. Stick the tape on the fence. Carefully trim the ends of the tape off with a utility knife. Obviously when you change the blade to a wider or narrower kerf it will change the relationship with the tape measurements. Also, if you change the angle of the fence it will effect the measurement as well.
My guide rocks back and forth on my saw.
The guide bars are made from cold rolled steel and 1/32" of bowing is normal. Much of the rocking action you get is because of the depth of the slot on your saw. All other miter guides have the head of the guide at one end of the guide bar, the end closest to the operator. When a standard guide is placed on the table the guide bar drops down to the bottom of the slot and sits just below the table top. The Osborne series of guides has the fence positioned near the middle of the bar. When the Osborne is placed on the saw the fence rests on the table top and the guide bar is suspended in the air slightly above the bottom of the slot. With a deep enough slot the guide can rock back and forth with the heel then the toe touching the bottom of the slot. Slot depths vary from saw to saw but all are deeper than the nominal ?" thickness of the guide bar. As a result, when you press down on the handle, the front of the bar will come up. Pressing on the nose of the bar will raise the handle end. If your slot is so deep that this causes a problem the best solution is to pad up the bottom of your slot with some kind of glide tape. Stick a strip of nylon tape (or similar) in the bottom of the slot. This will eliminate the gap and the rocking. If your guide bar is seriously warped you can straighten it back yourself or we can straighten it out for you.
Where can I get service for my guide?
Call us at 252-715-0297 or e-mail us for service information.
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