TrueTrac vs Straight Edge Guides

Check out our comparison video or read the details below for a more in-depth look at the differences between a straight-edge guide and the TrueTrac saw guide rail system!

 

The TrueTrac system offers these features that are hard to find in straight edge guides:

  • No chip out: The TrueTrac saw guide system uses a replaceable polyvinyl strip to prevent splinters from forming when the blade passes through the work piece by applying downward pressure on the surface of the wood. This strip is sent to you over sized and will be trimmed during the setup of your system. This ensures that the anti-chip is fitted exactly to your saw and blade combination!
  • No drifting away: Your saw rides on top of the opposing bevels and centers itself on the key-way of the TrueTrac system in order to keep both the saw and router adapter plates locked securely on the track, preventing the tool from drifting away while in use. This is especially useful on longer cuts where it is easy to drift away from an edge guide system.
  • No offset measurements: The anti-chip edge also provides a line-of-cut indicator, because the first time you utilize the system you will trim the anti-chip strip to your particular saw and blade combination. Simply replace the removable anti-chip strips if you change saws or blade styles and re-trim.
  • Ripping tapers: Straight edge guides with integrated clamps require square-cut ends for the clamp to function properly, whereas a track saw guide system will sit upon the surface of the work piece.
    • If you need a tapered cut that is 7ft long with 1/4 inch variation for a built-in bookcase to match your wall, simply mark it out and lay the TrueTrac along the line and make your cut!
  • Accurate Beveled Cuts: The TrueTrac guide rail has what we call a 'wide side' and a 'narrow side', meaning that the opposing beveled edges are not aligned symmetrically to the track width. The 'wide' side is utilized for standard 90 degree cuts, and the adapter plate/saw can be flipped 180 degrees to utilize the 'narrow' side of the track for beveled cuts - This allows the saw blade to swing under the saw and gives the same anti-chip and line of cut properties to your beveled cuts as well as your standard cuts!
  • Narrow boards: Due to the requirement of an offset from the line-of-clamp to the line-of-cut with an edge clamp, work pieces narrower than that offset are not possible to easily and accurately cut.
    • If the work piece is narrower than the TrueTrac simply lay another piece the same thickness under the track, with any excess going out under the opposite anti-chip edging.
  • Longer cutting capacity: Cuts longer than 8ft are harder to accomplish with edge clamp systems, as they are not inherently designed for expansion. We designed the TrueTrac guide rail system to be modular and expandable from the start utilizing the built-in dovetail connection system!
  • Optional clamping: On the TrueTrac system, we incorporated anti-skid properties into the underside of our anti-chip strips. The anti-slip in the TrueTrac system is based upon down pressure and friction and does extremely well in most situations.
    • There are a handful of times clamping is recommended: Rough sawn or reclaimed lumber, finished panels that are glossy, bowed or twisted wood, or if you are using one of our router accessories.

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Just what I needed

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.

Finally able to use

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.

Dust Collector

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.

Russell,

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

Love my router sled!

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!