TrueTrac Cantilever Style Clamps
TrueTrac Pro-Series 12ft Kit
You guys did a great job getting the sled to me but I have not had a chance to put it together . Will get into it this winter. Thank you ever so much. Bill
Went with the TrueTrac system be ause it looks heavier duty and ready to conquer the 5ft 12+ft slab we are going ro throw at it. Small/hometown build and all made in the USA... I will recommend to anyone that lays eyes on this rig!!
My wife makes charcuterie boards with old wood and wood / epoxy. She has a planer, but it doesn't always fit the bill for flattening - some of her pieces are pretty twisted initially. Building jigs and anchoring pieces to flatted with a router was time and material consuming. This product is her new go-to. The set it up on a table, built a couple of low-profile frames inside it to wedge in a couple fairly standard sizes, then went to work. The speed of changing out work pieces is down to seconds and the gantry slides are smooth. She loves it and it's cut down on time and material usage exponentially! Great product - highly recommended!
I have used the flattening gantry to flatten two table tops so far and am happy with the results. It’s easy to set up and I would recommend the tooling
This was an awesome experience from start to finish. Ordered the trutrac online and it was delivered promptly. I ordered it to help with a table I was building for my newly renovated breakfast nook. The TrueTrac was easy to setup with the instructions provided. I used it to cross cut a sheet of Walnut plywood and it worked like a charm. I used it to rip and cross cut some other plywood. This thing works plain and simple and cuts a straight line far better than I ever did! Thanks to the team at TrueTrac. Money well spent (and money saved)!
When I researched this tool I saw some comments about the cost and whether it was worth the investment. No it’s not cheap - but neither is plywood. What I have saved on mis-cuts has more than offset the price. I can now accurately cut sheet goods with confidence. I was a little concerned with the assembly but if you read the instructions AND watch the video AND take your time it’s not difficult. Also adequately supporting the work piece is crucial. I highly recommend cutting with a sacrificial sheet underneath.
Very handy tool. I don’t know how I lived/ worked without it.
Have had the 8' setup for years. Great product. But I had a client that wanted me to make 11' countertop for them. This add on made it possible, without the ridiculous amount of room it would of taken to rip a 12' piece of plywood on a table saw. I work alone, and the thought of trying to lift and rip the 12' plywood on a tablesaw, without infeed and outfield tables had this 63 year old looking for another option. This could make the tablesaw go the way of the radial arm saw.
The hardest part about this system is setting up the table with a height and a width that you can actually work with depending on the size of the rough lumber slabs you’re going to be plaining . As you can see my table is a monster and allows me to plain 14 foot pieces of lumber. The problem I’ve encountered is to be able to get the slabs as close to the router rails as possible because the router does have its limits as far as how deep it can go and that’s just a matter of trial and error and for the most part it was error more than trial but we figured it out. Overall I’m very pleased with the system and the manufacturing of the materials provided to me. I’ve also gone with exactly what you recommended as far as a router bit and the slip it sliding compound both of which have worked extremely well. I would recommend this system to anyone who plans on plaining rough lumber.
So far so good with the router the table set up was a little longer than I had hoped and there’s definitely a learning curve but I’ve done a number of planks and it seems to be working just like you said it would
I recently purchased the simple square with a 2' length of track. Setup was pretty simple, squaring the base with the track and tightening the 4 bolts. Of course the beauty of the TrueTrac system is that you can line up the white strip with your mark and cut without any further measuring or offset blocks. The square just adds one more dimension to the system. Saves time and improves accuracy, what more could you ask for.
Like pretty much everybody else, I have used a straight-edge for years. I work in metal, and regularly need to cut steel sheet/plate. I have a current job that requires me to cut a lot of long strips in 1/4" plate. I have a 9" Steelmax saw specifically designed to do this, and the 7-1/4" setup pictured. It is important to have the blade absolutely parallel to the fence; neither of these saws has a baseplate that is aligned accurately with the blade. Mounting the saw on the TrueTrack baseplate allows me to properly align it, and almost doubles the life of my blades. I also ordered the cantilever clamps which make life so much easier, as I don't have to figure out how to clamp a straight-edge so that the c-clamps don't get in the way of the saw. Lastly, no more math figuring out how far to offset the straight-edge from the cut! just line up the Track with the cut line. I am using this setup without the zero clearance block, as the metal chips were too hot. They are not damaging the Track edge strip though.
Worth Every Damn Dime!
I want to thank you for your follow through. I have not set this up yet but just purchased the 2x4’s to get it done this week. I am excited about getting this part of my work going. I will let you know more as I go. I really do appreciate the follow ups and back of your product
Have been intrigued by track saws for a long time, but was always put off by the high price of systems like the Festool.
Building a new shop, and will be covering the walls with OSB, so decided to give it a go.
Purchased the 8' track kit, carry bag and toggle clamps. Installation of the saw base was very straightforward. Note: I had purchased a new cordless Dewalt saw when I ordered the track kit, but realized the smaller saw base would be a lot of trouble to get properly mounted (reinforcing pieces on magnesium saw base are too tightly spaced) when it came time to install it. Switched to a more traditional corded Dewalt saw with a flat aluminum base (highly recommended). Alignment jig was very helpful.
The printed manual is excellent ... very clear text and wonderful COLOR pictures. This, plus one of the helpful YouTube videos, made trimming the anti-chip strips simple.
The carry bag is very high quality ... highly recommended!
My first use was crosscutting OSB helping my son ... worked perfectly. Had not used a track saw before ... still amazed at how "grippy" the anti-chip strips are. Have not had an occasion to rip panels, but that will be coming up in the next couple of weeks. Purchased the toggle clamps figuring they would be helpful.
Can't believe how much time I saved over marking, calculating the saw base to blade offset, and clamping a straight edge. Also, the track saw makes it darn near impossible to screw up ... have clamped the straight edge on the wrong side more times than I would like to admit!
If you do any amount of breaking down panels, this is a no brainer.
Have used the cantilever clamps for two small projects. Making “bookends” as a gift and using the clamps made it possible to cut a 90degree angle at the end of a triangular shape without having to dismantle the project entirely.
Needed a few inches more and this was the decision! Awesome product
I have had my slab mill for 6 months now and have put it to good use. I can honestly say it has exceeded all my expectations. If you are looking to mill out slabs in a timely fashion this is it. I Would recommend this system to anyone with a large twisted chunk of wood. That needs to be flattened. Also have to add that they have hands down the best customer service I have ever received. Very helpful and easy to reach. Can’t wait to see what they come up with next I will be first in line for it. Thanks for all your hard work creating this awesome slab mill I sure have in joyed using it.
Received my order promptly. A good, portable solution I have used almost daily. In shop and on site, it provides the versatility I was looking for. Their service is outstanding.
Only issue I have had is with the rubber handles on the router plate. They have both came off. Going to modify them with a through bolt to be more robust when lifting off sled
TrueTrac Pro-Series 12ft Kit
We love our new way of flattening large slabs. We had a small issue with figuring out how "level" we needed to be with the work table we built to put the gantry on. We decided to call and Jacob picked up and was really willing to talk us through the details. Thankful for the great tool and the great support!
Very happy with it, worth the investment IMO. Well made, does what it's intended to do. Easy assembly and good instructions.