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Forum topic by Bill1974 posted 01-20-2021 03:45 PM 399 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill1974

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01-20-2021 03:45 PM

Wondering if anyone has a recommendation for an angle guide/gauge for a Makita track saw? Mainly for right angle cuts. I think I would prefer one that just does 90°, just to make it simpler. I don’t cut angle that often and if do it’s usually not critical.

I am considering this: https://tsoproducts.com/tso-guide-rail-squares/grs-16-pe-parallel-edge-guide-rail-square/

Can I expect to have as accurate cuts as a table saw? I can usually get within a 1/32” to 1/64” of square if I measure (diagonals) carefully and mark with a knife. It’s just time consuming and tedious and no fun with getting more and more near sighted.

Am I better off just getting a large precision square? Possible more uses? something like this: https://tsoproducts.com/tso-precision-system-triangles/


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#1 posted 01-20-2021 03:53 PM

I bought the UJK Parf Guide Mark II from Axminister and made a MFT style table. For the rail, I use 2 super dogs and UJK rail clips. I use 4 to 6 regular dogs to form the “fence” to reference workpiece on. I get dead on square (as best as I am able to measure on diagonals and with large square).

This works great for cross cuts of 30” or less…my table isn’t large enough for full width cross-cuts on sheet goods. For now on wider cross cuts, I do the measure, setup with square, etc. and use parallel guides for repeat cuts. As you noted, that is tedious. I am considering some type of extensions to do wider cross cuts or an angle guide/rail square like the TSO. Another one I’m looking at is the Benchdogs UK rail square.

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#2 posted 01-20-2021 04:00 PM

TSO has good products I wouldn’t hesistate to buy it.

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#3 posted 01-20-2021 04:25 PM

I have a TSO square and a Makita track. As far as I can tell it’s dead on.

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#4 posted 01-22-2021 07:36 PM

I have the “Insta-RailSquare Track Saw Square”.
It seems to work fine, but I still pencil in multiple marks just as a sanity check when I use it.
You probably know that any square that works on festool will work on makita (I have the makita as well)
It’s definitely worth buying.

The Rail Square has a notch that lets you slip a track clamp in front of it, so you can get it square and clamp it down if you want to. I don’t know if other products have that feature, but it’s a good thing to have.
I know some people don’t clamp down their rail, but it gives me peace of mind.

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#5 posted 01-22-2021 08:10 PM

I looked at buying the TSO GRS-16 PE Parallel Edge Guide Rail Square and seems no one has it in stock right now, at least in the USA.

Of all the reviews out there, it seems like everyone was given it and only one person had an issue. Most reviews show it making 3 or 4 cuts and checking the diagonals. One made 5 cuts and checked the width of the cut off at both ends, and i think it was within .25 mm (.010”) over roughly a couple of feet.

I did notice in all of these youtube reviews no one was trying to make sure the cut was at a certain location and only making sure it was square. Add to that they all seem to working with very flat material, not slightly warped BORG sheet goods. I am guessing some finagling is needed to make sure you are aligned to your mark and square, especially with longer tracks and cuts.

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