ouch!!everybody needs a festool trak saw or the equivalent, right?
Not everyone has $400-500 burning a hole in their pockets. Convenient, yes, necessary no! If you are a commercial shop, then it might be worth it. It will save you time and money. But, come on guys, how many of us don't have the time, or the tools/materials to set up a guide to break down sheet goods?
Stick and gene are spot on. I can do anything a trak saw will do with a dedicated straight edge and a circular saw. I have mechanical straight edges, and home made straight edges. I suspect that they are just as easy and quick to set up and use as a dedicated trak type set-up.
Lately, i have been experimenting with the matchfit clamps from microjig. I have built a dedicated straight edge out of a piece of 1x and 1/4" hardboard. The clamps lock it into place and are never in the way of my saw. I have one for cross-cutting sheet goods and a longer one for ripping sheet goods. I have probably less than $15 in materials, $40 into two clamps (that are used for several other specific operations) and a few minutes of labor. No extra expenses for; track sections, connectors, replacement rubber strips, or any of the other expensive accessories and replacement parts.
matchfit? - microjig - work smarter
sorry, i just can't see spending the money for one of these systems guide trak systems. Then again, i guess that i'm just not one of the "cool kids" and have to own a bunch of tools like those overpriced green ones.