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This features a universal design suitable for use with most circular saws and allows you to make straight, accurate, repeatable cuts without measuring, marking or having to keep the saw on the cut line. -Corwin

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Home Depot has the Kreg 24 in. Rip-Cut Aluminum Circular Saw Guide for $34.97. Reg. Price at $39.97. This deal is same as Home Depot Black Friday Deal, but looks like available now.

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I made my own for my 7-1/4" 18V Ryobi circular saw. I just bought a 1x10 and some vinyl trim that was thin enough to fit under the motor on my saw and attached it with some 3/4" screws I sunk into the vinyl. It's setup so I can use it on either side of the blade. I used it to trim 12 new door slabs for my house. I feel like I have more control for precision stuff like that than I do with my contractor table saw.
I've been trying to get a circular cutting guide for awhile, but I can't seem to pull the trigger. I can't tell if something like this is good, or if I should spring for one of the other, larger Kreg kits (some of which get poor reviews). Normally everyone just replies "Just take 2 pieces of laminate and make your own!" I've watched a half-dozen DIY cutting guide videos, and they all seem easy enough, but if it was easy enough to cut straight I wouldn't need a guide!

Anyway, long story short: I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on this one, but I'll spend a little more if a bigger kit is more flexible.
You're overthinking it. Buy a 1/2 in. sheet of MDF and a very straight 2x4, or something else 8 ft long and straight. Giggity.

Rip a 12 inch piece longways. Then rip another piece 2 inch longways. Glue and screw the little piece atop the big one about 2 inches inward. Use your circular saw along the smaller piece to cut off the excess of the big piece. When you're done, you have an 8 ft cutting jig. Repeat and make yourself a 5 footer and a 3 footer for smaller cuts.

That is the way most videos do it. If you can't make a sled off a YT video, you might want to put down the circular saw. Not trying to be a jerk, but it's pretty straightforward. These guides are quicker for ripping when you don't have a table saw

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I've been trying to get a circular cutting guide for awhile, but I can't seem to pull the trigger. I can't tell if something like this is good, or if I should spring for one of the other, larger Kreg kits (some of which get poor reviews). Normally everyone just replies "Just take 2 pieces of laminate and make your own!" I've watched a half-dozen DIY cutting guide videos, and they all seem easy enough, but if it was easy enough to cut straight I wouldn't need a guide!

Anyway, long story short: I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on this one, but I'll spend a little more if a bigger kit is more flexible.
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I've been trying to get a circular cutting guide for awhile, but I can't seem to pull the trigger. I can't tell if something like this is good, or if I should spring for one of the other, larger Kreg kits (some of which get poor reviews). Normally everyone just replies "Just take 2 pieces of laminate and make your own!" I've watched a half-dozen DIY cutting guide videos, and they all seem easy enough, but if it was easy enough to cut straight I wouldn't need a guide!

Anyway, long story short: I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on this one, but I'll spend a little more if a bigger kit is more flexible.
I'm thinking about it too; especially since HD's return policy is so good - you can return it inside six months no questions asked - may be worth a try
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I've been trying to get a circular cutting guide for awhile, but I can't seem to pull the trigger. I can't tell if something like this is good, or if I should spring for one of the other, larger Kreg kits (some of which get poor reviews). Normally everyone just replies "Just take 2 pieces of laminate and make your own!" I've watched a half-dozen DIY cutting guide videos, and they all seem easy enough, but if it was easy enough to cut straight I wouldn't need a guide!

Anyway, long story short: I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on this one, but I'll spend a little more if a bigger kit is more flexible.
This is absolutely worth a try. I have only used mine a handful of times so far, but I wish I bought it sooner. Saves a lot of time.
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I do give this a thumbs up because it is a good deal. HOWEVER, I ONLY use mine on pieces that are big. I don't think it's worth the time to set up if you've only got one or two cuts.
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I've been trying to get a circular cutting guide for awhile, but I can't seem to pull the trigger. I can't tell if something like this is good, or if I should spring for one of the other, larger Kreg kits (some of which get poor reviews). Normally everyone just replies "Just take 2 pieces of laminate and make your own!" I've watched a half-dozen DIY cutting guide videos, and they all seem easy enough, but if it was easy enough to cut straight I wouldn't need a guide!

Anyway, long story short: I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on this one, but I'll spend a little more if a bigger kit is more flexible.
It depends what you want to do. This is the rip cut version because it can cut as long as you need, assuming you don't need to cut more than 24 inches from the edge.

In contract, the other Kreg unit (I'm assuming you mean the Accu Cut) is made for cross cuts as they can be placed anywhere, but they have a length limitation (used to be four feet, but they just released an extension, so it can go eight feet now).

They both have their place. With the extension, there is little the Rip Cut can do that the Accu Cut cannot, but the Accu Cut gets tricky sometimes if you are cutting something that is a weird length like 6 feet since it awkwardly hangs off the edge.
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I own both the rip and the accucut. I find the rip to be generally more useful. The accucut is large and bulky and I still periodically look at the real makita track saw because it's honestly not a great substitute for a track saw.
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I've been trying to get a circular cutting guide for awhile, but I can't seem to pull the trigger. I can't tell if something like this is good, or if I should spring for one of the other, larger Kreg kits (some of which get poor reviews). Normally everyone just replies "Just take 2 pieces of laminate and make your own!" I've watched a half-dozen DIY cutting guide videos, and they all seem easy enough, but if it was easy enough to cut straight I wouldn't need a guide!

Anyway, long story short: I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on this one, but I'll spend a little more if a bigger kit is more flexible.
I made my own for my 7-1/4" 18V Ryobi circular saw. I just bought a 1x10 and some vinyl trim that was thin enough to fit under the motor on my saw and attached it with some 3/4" screws I sunk into the vinyl. It's setup so I can use it on either side of the blade. I used it to trim 12 new door slabs for my house. I feel like I have more control for precision stuff like that than I do with my contractor table saw.
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Thanks for all the feedback, folks! Yeah, it look like some people didn't like the Accu-cut XL (https://slickdeals.net/f/14160866-kreg-accu-cut-xl-circular-saw-track-guide-with-square-cut-and-multi-mark-measuring-tool-129-free-s-h?p=138390290#post138390290).

I think I may pull the trigger on this. If I "outgrow" it because I'm taking apart large sheets of plywood, I'm sure I won't mind spending money again for a larger setup.
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I have this, the only time I use it is when I lose my little homemade guide in the rest of the lumber and I don't feel like scrounging around for it. I should probably just paint the top green or something. Making your own is cheaper and easier, just get a board with a flat edge and screw it to a board wide enough to fit the base of your circular saw. Run your circular saw along it and you essentially have a home made track saw. Make sure and leave enough space on the opposite side to clamp it to whatever material you're going to be cutting.
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I've been trying to get a circular cutting guide for awhile, but I can't seem to pull the trigger. I can't tell if something like this is good, or if I should spring for one of the other, larger Kreg kits (some of which get poor reviews). Normally everyone just replies "Just take 2 pieces of laminate and make your own!" I've watched a half-dozen DIY cutting guide videos, and they all seem easy enough, but if it was easy enough to cut straight I wouldn't need a guide!

Anyway, long story short: I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on this one, but I'll spend a little more if a bigger kit is more flexible.
But they are simple to make and work. I made a guide from a piece of scrap from an old desk and some angled aluminum. I've since bought at least two things like this Kreg guide...but keep going back to my original guide.

Someday I think I'll just make another but improved guide and forget about these manufactured guides...or bite the bullet and buy a track saw.

And, you don't need to be able to free hand a straight cut to make a guide. You always use something straight to run up against.
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I've been trying to get a circular cutting guide for awhile, but I can't seem to pull the trigger. I can't tell if something like this is good, or if I should spring for one of the other, larger Kreg kits (some of which get poor reviews). Normally everyone just replies "Just take 2 pieces of laminate and make your own!" I've watched a half-dozen DIY cutting guide videos, and they all seem easy enough, but if it was easy enough to cut straight I wouldn't need a guide!

Anyway, long story short: I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on this one, but I'll spend a little more if a bigger kit is more flexible.
You're overthinking it. Buy a 1/2 in. sheet of MDF and a very straight 2x4, or something else 8 ft long and straight. Giggity.

Rip a 12 inch piece longways. Then rip another piece 2 inch longways. Glue and screw the little piece atop the big one about 2 inches inward. Use your circular saw along the smaller piece to cut off the excess of the big piece. When you're done, you have an 8 ft cutting jig. Repeat and make yourself a 5 footer and a 3 footer for smaller cuts.

That is the way most videos do it. If you can't make a sled off a YT video, you might want to put down the circular saw. Not trying to be a jerk, but it's pretty straightforward. These guides are quicker for ripping when you don't have a table saw
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I bought this a while ago and returned it. The sled is not very durable. Kreg in general uses plastic for their products which is fine for some jigs, but not for this. They sell replacement sleds because that is the first thing that will break. I also find holding the saw mounted on this thing kinda not natural and convenient.

Just know w/ this product, you need one side to be straight to guide the saw.

I ended up building my own with 2 pieces of scraps. It takes 10 mins. But I later build my track and find it much more useful.
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I have this, the only time I use it is when I lose my little homemade guide in the rest of the lumber and I don't feel like scrounging around for it. I should probably just paint the top green or something. Making your own is cheaper and easier, just get a board with a flat edge and screw it to a board wide enough to fit the base of your circular saw. Run your circular saw along it and you essentially have a home made track saw. Make sure and leave enough space on the opposite side to clamp it to whatever material you're going to be cutting.
what you are describing is a guide which is easy to make. A track is a system that prevents the saw from deviating from its left and its right while the guide only restraints on one side.
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