The 7 Best Saw Guides

Updated March 20, 2017 by Chase Brush

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We spent 23 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Can't seem to get clean, accurate rip cuts out of your new track or circular saw? You need one of these saw guides, which are aluminum or steel rails that lay or clamp on to your workpiece and direct your tool in making straight lines without the need for measuring or marking. They're extremely handy for the at-home DIYer or professional tradesman, and can help you get your job done much faster. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best saw guide on Amazon.

7. Bora 543050 WTX

The Bora 543050 WTX is a rigid straight edge model that features end-clamps for securing it to all kinds of surfaces. Its modular design allows you to add additional aluminum sections to expand the capacity up to 100 inches, though those are sold separately.
  • also compatible with routers
  • clamps slide easily
  • will not square itself
Brand Bora
Model 543050
Weight 4.5 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. Milescraft 14000713

The Milescraft 14000713 works with most circular and jigsaws and is reversible, making it suitable for left- and right-hand use. The compass rod allows you to make clean, symmetrical circles on the fly, while the measuring scales provide a quick and easy-to-read reference.
  • set includes four different bars
  • may not fit some saws
  • metal is a little flimsy
Brand Milescraft Inc.
Model 14000713
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. Makita 194368-5

At 55 inches, the Makita 194368-5 is a no-brainer if you're already a proud owner of the power tool maker's tracksaw. The guide rail is designed for full compatibility with that product, and will have you making fast, accurate rip cuts in no time.
  • affordably priced
  • allows for straight or bevel cutting
  • poor quality control
Brand Makita
Model 194368-5
Weight 6.7 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. DeWalt DWS5023

The DeWalt DWS5023 features tracks on both edges, allowing you to work in both directions without having to move or reset the rail. The extra long 102-inch size means you don't have to purchase more than one or fuss about fitting together multiple pieces.
  • for use with dewalt tracksaws
  • great for paring down plywood
  • 3-year limited warranty
Model DWS5023
Weight 19.8 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

3. E. Emerson Tool Co. C50

The extra-wide E. Emerson Tool Co. C50 is an all-in-one solution for professional contractors looking to get exacting results out of their equipment. Its extremely rigid construction means it won't bend or flex during use, but it's also lightweight, so can be set quickly.
  • self-clamping edges
  • low profile won't hamper movement
  • pre-drilled to accept accessories
Brand E. Emerson Tool Co
Model C50
Weight 4.1 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Festool 491498

Many people swear by the Festool 491498, and it's easy to see why. The 55-inch rail incorporates an integrated splinter guard that serves as a cut line and protects against material tear out, as well as a friction-reducing strip that allows for a more fluid cutting action.
  • comes in several different lengths
  • easily portable to and from job site
  • also works with makita saws
Brand Festool
Model 491498
Weight 5.6 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. Kreg KMA2675 Rip-Cut

There's no competing with the Kreg KMA2675 Rip-Cut, which connects to most left and right blade saws and offers guided support from the start of your cut to the finish. Even the largest and most intimidating of projects are no match for this handy tool.
  • built-in squaring edge
  • won't bend or flex
  • tool-less adjustments
Brand Kreg
Model KMA2675
Weight 2.5 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

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Last updated on March 20, 2017 by Chase Brush

Chase is a freelance journalist with experience working in the areas of politics and public policy. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he is also a hopeless itinerant continually awaiting his next Great Escape.

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