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I too have reached the point where my shoulders and back don't allow me to push whole sheets of plywood through the TS like I used to. I made a cutting grid out of strips of plywood and set it on a pair of sawhorses just inside the door. I can slide a sheet out of the back of the truck and onto the grid for breaking down into smaller pieces. I used a home-made guide for years but recently moved up to a track saw. Depending on what I'm making, I may cut the parts slightly oversize and then finish up on the TS, but the track saw - with the correct blade - can give acceptable results. The plus about my grid is that it breaks down into smaller pieces which get stored on top of a shelf, the saw horses hang on the wall and thus take up no floor space - you can see the grid strips laying on top of the shelf unit and against the wall in the third photo.
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On sheet goods, I've made a set of crossbars that go across the back of my truck. I lay out and cut sheets directly on the truck using a shop made straight edge. I generaly try to leave a factory edge on each piece. I have a store employee load the sheets on my truck, so I don't have to lift any really heavy stuff anymore. Making the cuts square isn't quite as much of a problem if you leave a factory edge to work from. I also use an 18 v DeWalt saw, which is light weight and is easier to hold on track than a larger saw. The 18v DeWalt tools are one purchase I do NOT regret.

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With my set-up, I don't have to lift the sheet either - pick up the leading edge so that the weight is on the back edge and just slide it across the lower sheet until it's pretty much over the grid and lower it down onto the grid. May have to slide it a little more to get the end away from the tailgate.

I don't clamp a straightedge to the sheet but use the EZ edge guide to rip the length of the sheet to get width and then cross-cut to length. I can get the sheet(s) pretty much broken down to finished size before I break down the grid and stow it away.
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With my set-up, I don't have to lift the sheet either - pick up the leading edge so that the weight is on the back edge and just slide it across the lower sheet until it's pretty much over the grid and lower it down onto the grid. May have to slide it a little more to get the end away from the tailgate.

I don't clamp a straightedge to the sheet but use the EZ edge guide to rip the length of the sheet to get width and then cross-cut to length. I can get the sheet(s) pretty much broken down to finished size before I break down the grid and stow it away.
I like your approach, however, I dont have a lot of space for storage at this point, so cutting it on the truck really works out for me. The crossbars are 2x4, about 5 feet long to span the truck bed, with short crossbars to form an I shape with a few inches beyond that rest on the edge of the truck bed. The short pieces keep the crossbars in position. I have some tie downs attached to the side of the truck to hold material down. I have a short step stool to get me up to the height needed to manage the saw, which is my light 18v DeWalt circ saw.

I like your setup, but my workshop has a small shed door and I can't fit sheet goods through full size, and I don't want to have to carry all that heavy stock from the (roomier) garage back to the shop.

But I do like your setup, and if my garage became my shop, I'd likely adopt your approach.
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This is the EurekaZone EZ UEG (Universal Edge Guide), and uses a standard circular saw bolted to a base plate.

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I use it, together with their Cabinet Maker to break down full sheets of plywood into cabinet parts. With the right saw blade, it will give cuts comparable to a table saw.
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