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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Dust pickup

First off, I want to thank both Jacob and Tim for the very prompt responses to all my concerns on both the router sled and dust system that came early this Christmas lol . The proto, production dust system you sent works as hoped. Cuts down on the dust/ shavings Big Big time. I'll send more pics as I complete the final details/set up.

Good product

Really worked well. Nice to be able to get a true edge on a long board.

RGS - 48” x 96” Threaded Cross Feed Slab Mill

I recently purchased the RGS 48'X96" Threaded Cross Feed Slab Mill and it is exactly what I was looking for to level out rough sawn pieces of wood for making custom tabletops. It was easy to assemble and functions great. I had a few questions for Jacob, that he answered within a few hours of emailing them out. He is very knowledgeable on this product and was very helpful.
Thanks Jacob!
Great overall product and I would highly recommend to anyone thinking about purchasing this product!

Game changer

This system is a game changer! I have used the 48x96 threaded mill a few times now. It’s nice to start my projects with a flat slab. My only issue is that one side of my track will not line up perfectly and my sled gets hung up.

True Trac Router Plate

I purchased the True Track Router plate for a shel project that has dadoes cute in the support pieces. The support piece against the wall has dadoes perpendicular with the length of the support piece. The front support pieces are 15.3 degrees from vertical. like a ladder would be. This means the dadoes have to be at 15.3 degrees, it is an easy task because of the extreme versatility of the Tru Track Guide system.