Parallel guides exist to speed up your workflow, so shouldn’t they be fast to setup and retain their calibration? Shouldn’t they be convenient to use and integral to your work environment and processes, rather than a standalone tool? These were some of the questions we sought to answer with the TSO Parallel Guide (TPG) system.
If you own a GRS-16 guide rail square today, there’s good news: you already have the foundation of the TPG system because it utilizes the M6 accessory mounting holes located on the face of your guide rail square. If you own an earlier production model of the GRS-16 before accessory mounting holes were incorporated, you can purchase an affordable mounting hole drilling fixture and add the accessory mounting holes yourself.
Driven by customer feedback indicating existing parallel guide products on the market were too cumbersome and required too much setup time, we prioritized convenience and usability as cornerstones of the TPG system. We know that breaking down functional parts and adding unnecessary componentry just for the sake of storage doesn’t improve accuracy, speed of use, or convenience; in fact, just the opposite. That’s why the TPG system features a single piece, full length extruded t-track and a completely tool-free design that only needs to be calibrated once—and can then be stored and quickly redeployed in just seconds for accurate, repeatable cuts.
The TPG system is unmatched not just in convenience, but also in capability. It can perform every operation of other well-known parallel guides on the market—including narrow cuts—plus a number of other beneficial, time-saving operations not possible with any other single-purpose parallel guide. Only the TPG system:
While we hope the TPG system becomes a permanent fixture on your worktop, we also realize that convenient storage is an absolute necessity. The TPG system is available in multiple t-track lengths, denoted by their maximum cut width capability (e.g. TPG-50 enables a maximum cut width of 50 inches). The shortest t-track available, the TPG-20, is small enough to fit inside a SYSTAINER®, even fully assembled and calibrated with its flip stop in place. Each t-track includes Imperial and metric scales, and can even accommodate more than one flip-stop.
The TPG reversible flip-stop includes a number of smart design notes, including a parallax-free pointer, a grippy star knob that is comfortable to use and even works with gloves on, and an adjustable plunger making precise calibration a breeze. When making narrow cuts, the narrow stock calibration rod can be inserted into the flip-stop. This 12-inch rod is long enough to reach under the guide rail, all the way to the splinterguard, to enable very narrow cuts. Additional flip-stops can be purchased and installed onto the same t-track; a great feature if you are frequently cutting multiples of different lengths. As denoted by its name, the flip-stop can be reversed to fit either right- or left-hand t-tracks.
The TPG system can be purchased in right-hand or left-hand configurations and is available with different length t-tracks. Here’s how to determine which kit is right for you. First, start by determining left- or right-hand configuration:
Next, select the t-track extrusion length by determining the maximum width cut you would like to make. The t-tracks are denoted not by their overall length, but by their maximum cut capability:
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