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TSO Parallel Guide System

TPG Parallel Guide System
Another TSO Game Changer

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Finally, a Parallel Guide System with Capability and Convenience

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. 

Built on a Solid Foundation: the GRS-16

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.

Convenience & Usability a Key Priority

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.

Unmatched Capability in a Parallel Guide System

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:

  • Combine squaring and ripping into a single operation, with a single t-track;
  • Can be quickly disengaged from the guide rail for easy handling or storage, and rapidly redeployed without losing calibration—all enabled with a tool-free design that can be used even with gloves on;

Stowable Design that Retains Calibration

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. 

A Better Flip-Stop by Design

An exploded view of the TPG flip-stopThe TPG 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.

Selecting the Correct Configuration

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: Select from right or left hand configurations

  • If you predominantly register your guide rail square off the front edge of your workpiece, select a right hand kit.
  • If you predominantly register off the back edge of your workpiece, and own a GRS-16 PE, select the left hand kit. (Only the GRS-16 PE enables squaring off the back end of your workpiece.)
  • If you frequently cut very long workpieces, select both a right hand and left hand kit (“both hands”) and use two GRS-16 squares for maximum accuracy. 

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:

  • TPG-20 enables a maximum cut width of 20 inches
  • TPG-30 enables a maximum cut width of 30 inches
  • TPG-50 enables a maximum cut width of 50 inches

What’s Included in the Box

Select a SKU below for a full list of contents:

  • TPG-20 & TPG-30 Right Hand Kit
  • TPG-20 & TPG-30 Left Hand Kit
  • TPG-50 Complete Kit
  • TPG-50 Both Hands (Tracks Only)

What’s Included: TPG-20 & TPG-30 Right Hand Kit

  • 1 qty. T-track, right hand, for cuts up to 30 inches in width
  • 1 qty. T-track, right hand, for cuts up to 20 inches in width
  • 1 qty. TPG-ST Flip-Stop, right hand, with standard calibration rod
  • 1 qty. Narrow stock calibration rod
  • 2 qty. Star grip knobs

What’s Included: TPG-20 & TPG-30 Left Hand Kit

  • 1 qty. T-track, left hand, for cuts up to 30 inches in width
  • 1 qty. T-track, left hand, for cuts up to 20 inches in width
  • 1 qty. TPG-ST Flip-Stop, left hand, with standard calibration rod
  • 1 qty. Narrow stock calibration rod
  • 2 qty. Star grip knobs

What’s Included: TPG-50 Complete Kit

  • 1 qty. T-track, left hand, for cuts up to 50 inches in width
  • 1 qty. T-track, right hand, for cuts up to 50 inches in width
  • 1 qty. T-track, left hand, for cuts up to 30 inches in width
  • 1 qty. T-track, right hand, for cuts up to 30 inches in width
  • 1 qty. T-track, left hand, for cuts up to 20 inches in width
  • 1 qty. T-track, right hand, for cuts up to 20 inches in width
  • 1 qty. TPG-ST Flip-Stop, left hand, with standard calibration rod
  • 1 qty. TPG-ST Flip-Stop, right hand, with standard calibration rod
  • 2 qty. Narrow stock calibration rods
  • 4 qty. Star grip knobs

What’s Included: TPG-50 Both Hands (Tracks Only)

  • 1 qty. T-track, left hand, for cuts up to 50 inches in width
  • 1 qty. T-track, right hand, for cuts up to 50 inches in width

Optional Extras

  • TPG-ST Flip-Stop, left hand
  • TPG-ST Flip-Stop, right hand
  • GRS-16 drill fixture (only required if you own an earlier production GRS-16 without accessory mounting holes)