After installing the saw base on my DeWalt circular saw (along with a new blade), I have primarily used my TrueTrac for small projects so far. In fact, it is getting much more use than I expected! The main reason I purchased it was to rip long boards cleanly to build skin on frame canoes. I was hoping it would give better results and be less dangerous than using the table saw. This has exceeded my expectations--each cut is perfect! I purchased the 12ft kit as well as an additional 2ft section of track, and this is now my go to saw when I need precision.
Thank you! Well worth every penny.
Nothing to say. Exactly as advertised. Great customer service and follow up.
TrueTrac Cantilever Style Clamps
I teach design and construction at a large state university. In and out of the classroom, I'm a designer and a maker.
A few years ago I picked up a truetrac system and I couldn't be happier with it. I'd tried several competitors and had issues with each of them but was really pleased with truetracks products when it arrived: it's solid, perfectly engineered and feels seriously legit. I have use this system so much over the past few years and just wanted to come back with an update to let everyone know I still think it's an excellent, excellent product. I had mine originally set up on a D-walt until the saw gave out on me, now I have it on a dedicated Metabo and it's still perfect. Aside from doing everything I'd hoped it would (I work with students in the field building structures for local not-for-profit organizations. We have modest means and portability is everything for us. What we can't throw into the back of a car and set up on sawhorses just isn't going to work for us). The thing I wasn't counting on are the new directions (seriously) that we can explore with our designs. Our structures since true track has joined our team are so much more interesting from a functional and aesthetic purposes. We taper roof joists to carry the necessary loads but tapering off to a beautiful form: we never worked like this before because a miter saw and a table saw just cannot do what truetrack can.
Truetrack - we love you! Years of use (and student site abuse) and you are still an awesome part of our little bag of tricks and trade secrets. Thank you for helping us expand our horizons.
We attached a Milwaukee 10 1/4 circular saw to it. We were working with aluminum panels and the Trac it self wouldn't side or move , just awesome! Our materials were 6" thick and had to make to passes to cut it. The True Trac system made it super easy!!!
Oak table constructio
With True Trac and a 101/4” Milwaukee saw I
Ripped 21/2”x12”x12’ oak planks for a perfect glue joint fit.
The only issue I'm having is when I plane long boards the sled seems to bind up the more I push it. The sled is 100% square but after 1-2 feet it gets very hard to move.
Thank you for the feedback!
The force required for movement should be pretty uniform the entire span of motion, so there's two things that may be causing the bridge to stick during motion. The first is to flip the bridge over and check the long runners. There are two small shoulders 'above' the bevels that help prevent racking. I've had a few that have closed up after machining and those shoulders start to act like a brake if it hits an area of the extrusion that's a couple thou larger than the rest. Usually you'll see rub marks on those small shoulders at the extreme ends of the long runners if this is the case.
Secondly, if the runners look pristine with no rub marks, leave one long axis securely bolted in place. Loosen one end of the opposite long axis rail by a 1/2 turn or something small like that to allow a hint of movement at one end of that long axis. Move the bridge and see if the movement is easier, as sometimes a miniscule warp in the support system can pull the rails just enough to cause excessive drag.
Let me know if either of those is the case. If it's the runners, you can hit the shoulders with some sand paper to knock them back and use that as a verification. Doesn't impact functionality at all, simply adding a few thou clearance to counter material movement.
Thank you again for letting me know there was an issue!
There's no finer tool for dealing with sheet goods especially.
I've tried other tools for cutting sheet goods but never had the success I've had with the Tru-trac. Ease of use and accuracy are great! I won't use another cutting tool for sheet goods.
I got the TrueTrack 12 ft system. First time I used it my cuts were not straight. Figured out two of the track pieces weren't straight even though butted directly together. I had to adjust the alignment using a 4 ft straight edge. One side of the joint was approximately 1/16 th of an inch gap. End result after adjustment was a very straight 8 ft 9 in cut of two large wood slabs.
Thankfully I caught the issue before too many cuts on my $400 slabs of walnut.
We bring the extrusions in cut to length - Sounds like one of the extrusions wasn't cross cut exactly at 90 degrees. If the two faces are pressed against one another that will override the dovetail connectors, causing a dog-leg or 'bow' cut at the joint.
If you can pin it down to a particular extrusion we'll replace it for free, but functionality wise if you leave a fingernail thickness gap between the extrusions when joining they will be true. Just a quick way to see if that's the issue or not.
Way better than my tablesaw for taking down big sheets of plywood, this is the best solution I’ve ever used. I converted my old porter cable handsaw and it is now dedicated to the true track system. It cuts better than ever and the chip guards work flawlessly. I couldn’t be happier with this set up.
I bought the 8 foot Tru Trac kit over 6 months ago and have used it repeatedly to cut sheet goods down to size before going to the table saw. I extensively use 3/4 Baltic Birch for kitchen cabinets in a small one man shop. I just cant justify the expense of import competitors and wanted to keep my purchases MADE IN THE USA. I have looked a many other systems and am impressed with the Tru Trac extrusion thickness and durability. With a little tweaking I was able to adapt my circular saw to the plate and take out most of the twist in the saw by mounting a solid block between the motor and saw plate. I did have an initial issue with slight beveling of the cut and called the company to discuss. I found out the company was on top of the situation and was in the process of sending out new side skids (white plastic sections that slide into the extrusions) that were a different thickness which solved the problem. I believe the quality of a product is reflected in the service and after support which I am very pleased with. I do recommend using a high quality carbide blade. Thank You for manufacturing a high quality product and offering excellent after sale support and problem solving.
At first I didn’t purchase the carrying case but after using the True Trac system I realized that I needed a way to keep all of the pieces together. This is the perfect way to organize all of the components. I only wish it would accommodate the router plate.
Ripping down plywood on sawhorses or a table saw has always been awkward even with another person assisting. The expandable table was easy to set up and feels solid when cutting large or small pieces of wood. No more need for assistance. Breaks down easily and stores completely out of the way.
I purchased my TruTrac system a few months ago and was finally able to use it. I bought a dedicated saw for it and set everything up when I got the system. I finally used it today and I am very pleased. I had to cut some plywood down and what a difference. After squaring an end, I was able to make the cuts I needed in less than half the time it would have taken. Precision is built in and no more variation due to the user. If I can use it, it must be idiot proof. Thanks for a great system. I’ll be calling when I wear this one out.
Does it make a difference on how far the saw blade is forward into the zero clearance dust chute? I centered the sole plate of my Makita saw on your track guide so the sole is just over a inch back from the front of the guide. My saw curf is about 1 inch long on the top of the dust chute.
Honestly, kind of - If the saw blade isn’t cutting into the nozzle it won’t be as effective, as the concept is trying to keep the dust creation point inside the actual vacuum nozzle itself so all of the fine dust is extracted.
That being said as long as the blade has cut into the nozzle it should function just fine!
TrueTrac Pro-Series 4' Starter Kit
My sled kit with the threaded rod insert has been amazing. I love how few moving parts there are, and how sturdy the rails are!
I am very pleased with the truetrac! I just cut some boards to make a table top, with a good blade on my saw they are ready for glue up right from the saw!
This setup worked great! I am making a 12ft long outdoor table for a customer from reclaimed barn wood. I used the 12ft system with a 2ft extension to rip the boards to size. The straight cuts allowed for easy jointing of the table top. I already ha w future projects lined and will be using my TrueTrac
There quick and easy to use on all the truetrac track, saves time.
I bought it as a gift. He's done nothing but rave about the TrueTrac track since and I've seen first hand the dramatic improvement in his work product. Smooth, straight cuts every time. I bought him clamps to use with the track, but he never uses them. The friction strip that comes with the track is more than adequate. Also, I made a mistake while ordering and the customer service was absolutely top notch.
I purchased the router gantry system a few weeks ago and used it on my first project to flatten a quarter sawn white oak dining table top.
Just wanted to let you know everything worked great and I could not have flattened the top nearly as easily or got it as flat without the gantry system. A few pictures are below.
After watching the video on YouTube this was a snap to put together and more accurate than I expected. Been using crazy straight edge devices never square just a nitemare. This works
Got the 4'x8' router sled set up and it works amazingly! Putting it together was simple and straight forward. The product itself is very high quality I couldn't be happier.
Provided a nice straight cuts.