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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TrueTrac Pro-Series 12ft Kit
Naked Knoll Sawmill and Pottery
Great product!!!

Don't know how I survived without one for so long. Used to chalk or pencil a line with a straight edge, that is no more. I mounted a Milwaukee cordless saw to the plate and have had no issues ripping hardwoods/softwoods off the sawmill for projects around the house. Awesome product!!!

I hate reviews, but this is worth it!

I don't do reviews. But, this is worth it. Both the company and the product are excellent. I can't say enough good things about the people I communicated with and the product itself. It takes my margin of error down to a hair's width! I'm using a Kobalt 6 1/2" battery operated circular saw, and as long as you take time to set it up correctly, it has become possibly my most valuable tool. You can even tell that they've taken the time to consider normal use, by ensuring that the parts that get used the most are easily interchangeable. I feel like this is a lifelong investment, and my only regret is being too cheap to not buy it sooner!

True track carry case

Absolutely LOVE this case !! It looks great, is well made and can hold multiple lengths of track with velcro straps as well as several other (unassembled) accessories .

TrueTrac Toggle Clamps

The Toggle Clamps are a great addition to the TrueTrac saw system, especially when dealing with slightly bowed sheet material or when it is imperfectly supported. I love the way they slide into the lower side of the TrueTrac. The only issue I have with them is that you have to fiddle with the adjustment when you change the thickness of the material - not a major issue unless you are changing the material often. The tool-free version may be a good idea! I have not used them on refinished material yet, but I can see they would work well in that situation. I heartily recommend getting the Toggle Clamps if you get the TrueTrac.

Great kit

I had this kit for 2 years before my truck and trailer were stolen. Now that I'm looking to replace it I find my self right back here to purchase another kit because I liked it so much. Just one of the projects I was able to use it for was building my own built in office desk that is 12' long. I was able to add all of my tracks to cut straight edges on 2x12 so I could join 3 of them to gather to make the top in the picture. They have a solid product and I never had any regrets buying my first set.