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Makita 194367-7 118 Inch Guide Rail, for SP6000J/J1 $202

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Somewhat reluctant to post this, and my first post, so caveat emptor. 118 inch Makita guide rail. CCC shows lowest 3rd party price is $150 and lowest amazon price is $210. $202 reflects a $20 fathers day discount on $100 or more Makita products. Shipping is free. Mine was shipped FedEx freight from Makita USA. Mine arrived with the wooden packing case staved in and one end missing. The guide rail was scuffed but straight and entirely functional. I was a little worried about buying from this vendor, but everything worked out fine. This is a great tool for breaking down 4 x 8 sheets with a Festool, Makita, or Triton track saw. Storage is a bit of an issue given its 10 foot length.

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I have a long rail and recommend it. The only downside is the massive storage requirement! I hang mine vertically in my shop garage but "one day" will also build a box for transport. Too easy to damage aluminum.
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I have a long rail and recommend it. The only downside is the massive storage requirement! I hang mine vertically in my shop garage but "one day" will also build a box for transport. Too easy to damage aluminum.
I have 2 55" rails, is this that much more accurate?
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I have 2 55" rails, is this that much more accurate?
Sorry, I don't know. I bought the long rail pretty quickly after my initial kit since I frequent cut full panels.
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Dang... This cost almost as much as the saw
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I have 2 55" rails, is this that much more accurate?
Maybe. In my experience Makita has not been great with the consistency of their 55" rails, anything from warping to the end not being cut at 90 degrees to using different materials and dies for the extrusions. I bought a second 55" rail to extend the one that came with my saw. Neither end of the rail matched to my existing rail at a perfect 180. This was a relatively easy fix, I put one on the right side if my miter saw and the other on the left and cut the ends. Even if my saw wasn't at a perfect 90, the angle will still add up to 180 since they were on opposite sides of the blade. Once that was fixed I joined them together and noted they weren't matching profiles. One is slightly forward of the other on the channel where the saw attaches. It's lined up as best as can be but they are just every so slightly different thicknesses. This translates to a small but notable bump when crossing the division which shows on the final cut. You'll find examples of this in the amazon comments too. So in my case, the 118 is much more accurate. If you got lucky and have 2 matching 55s then it's not likely going to be much different. I break down 4x8s a lot, I also use my track saw for light jointing work. The 118 was worth it for me instead of buying and returning and trying to find 2 matching 55s.
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Not criticizing the deal, but the price of this to begin with. Aluminum extrusions are very cheap to make. Unbelievable what they're asking for this!!!
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I have 2 55" rails, is this that much more accurate?
I use the Betterley Tools straight line connector to connect two 55" Makita tracks. Works like a champ. The connector is about 100 bucks and two 55" tracks are 83 on Amazon. So yes it's more expensive than this 118 rail but I prefer the Betterley option due to its portability, easier storage, and the option to go from 55" to 110".
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Maybe. In my experience Makita has not been great with the consistency of their 55" rails, anything from warping to the end not being cut at 90 degrees to using different materials and dies for the extrusions. I bought a second 55" rail to extend the one that came with my saw. Neither end of the rail matched to my existing rail at a perfect 180. This was a relatively easy fix, I put one on the right side if my miter saw and the other on the left and cut the ends. Even if my saw wasn't at a perfect 90, the angle will still add up to 180 since they were on opposite sides of the blade. Once that was fixed I joined them together and noted they weren't matching profiles. One is slightly forward of the other on the channel where the saw attaches. It's lined up as best as can be but they are just every so slightly different thicknesses. This translates to a small but notable bump when crossing the division which shows on the final cut. You'll find examples of this in the amazon comments too. So in my case, the 118 is much more accurate. If you got lucky and have 2 matching 55s then it's not likely going to be much different. I break down 4x8s a lot, I also use my track saw for light jointing work. The 118 was worth it for me instead of buying and returning and trying to find 2 matching 55s.
Thanks for the info. I haven't had to cut anything over 55" yet, but i did by the rails at the same time so hopefully they match. I will set them up and see before I need to cut a full sheet.
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It is worth it. I have it also.
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If two 50" rails work for you, there's this at a fraction of the cost:
https://wenproducts.com/products/...d-adapters

It fits the Makita and Festool track saws. I have a set coming so I can't tell you how square they are but there's this review from Home Depot:

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Before I bought these, I had (2) Makita 55" rails. While the Makitas were straight on their own they were not milled identically and did not fit together perfectly straight (the came in separate boxes so I'm guessing I got two different production runs). So, I kept one Makita rail and returned one, then got this WEN set for the long rips. Most importantly, both WEN rails were milled identically and the ends were square to one another - 5 stars for that part. My Makita Track saw (amazing saw, btw) is compatible and glides well on these WENs. The combined 100 in. length is 10" shorter than the comparable Makita rails (Makitas are 2 x 55" = 110").
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If two 50" rails work for you, there's this at a fraction of the cost:
https://wenproducts.com/products/...d-adapters

It fits the Makita and Festool track saws. I have a set coming so I can't tell you how square they are but there's this review from Home Depot:
I may buy those to cut into shorter lengths. Thank you
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Have this and highly recommend it. Makes breaking down sheet goods so much faster and more precise than fiddling with joining smaller rails.

I use this with my Festool track saw and make a small adjustment to the tension wheels to remove any slop.

While a pain to move and store this long rail, I have no regrets. I built mounts in the middle of my double garage door to hold this and my other Festool rails. Safe and out of the way.

Also, the edge guards on the Makita rails are much better than the pricier Festool ones. Ill be replacing the Festool guards with the black Makita ones in the future.
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