Makita 194368 5 Guide Rail Honest Review

The entire market is crammed with a lot of guide rails but there are few that can make it to the best. And speaking of the best, there is one brand that you can trust on. And that is Makita. If you really want to see better results, their makita 194368 5 Guide Rail model can be a great pick. So, we though to come up with a review to reveal their amazing features and factors.

Features of Makita 194368 5 Guide Rail


Makita 194368 5 has been designed for a track saw. So, it can be guessed easily that this guide rail is going to work with a saw that has a track base on it. As for the material, it is all metal which makes it a very solid and durable guide rail to have. It comes in 55-inch long and the brand suggests it to be used with their Plunge Saw SP6000J/J1 model. Not just that, they have also recommended it to use with their selected saws and routers especially with Makita saw adapter 196953-0 and Makita router adapter 194579-2.

However, the design is ideal as the saw can fit perfectly which is a great factor. The only trouble here is the setup! Yes, it is going to be very painful to fit the saw to it.


Speaking of the fitting, the track saw fits perfectly to the guide rail and we give it a big thumbs up for that. It is able to interact with saw base and can offer smooth bevel or dead-on straight cuts. Moreover, the guide rail also helps make clean cuts so it’s another bonus factor. Plus it also feels perfect for ripping materials like sheet.

To add more, the guide rail is also going to be easy to line up while both the track saw and rail guide will be true to their alignment so that they can provide a precise cutting line. But you have make sure that you attach dust collector the saw prior to making the first cut on the track.

However, some of the users have felt the opposite experience since the ends did not cut smoothly for them. Such accidents can happen to you as well.

Moreover, the guide rail also comes with anti-splinter grip. But after a couple of use, it can come out loose at one end.


  • Ideal for track saw.
  • Ideal for ripping sheet material.
  • Offer smooth bevel or dead-on straight cuts.
  • Metal material makes it durable.
  • Solid and well-built.
  • Most of the track saw will fit perfectly.
  • Able to make clean cuts.
  • Easy to line up with the saw while they stay true to alignment.


  • Setting the guide rail up is very tiring.
  • Most of the track saw of other brands might not fit.
  • The ends might not be cut smooth sometimes.
  • Anti-splinter grip is likely to come out loose.

Makita 194368 5

Blade MaterialHigh Speed Steel
Special FeatureBevel Capability
Product Dimensions55.11″L x 7.28″W x 0.43″H

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Does the rail have enough overhang so that it can cross cut plywood?

A: Yes, it has enough overhang. For best results, you can position the guide so that the overhang is less at the beginning of the cut while being longer at end. It will let the saw sit securely and squarely for the entire cutting process.

Q: Can you use it with Makita circular saw?

A: No, it has been designed specially for track saw, so you cannot use it with circular saw.

Q: Can you tell us the width and thickness of the guide rail?

A: The makita 194368 5 Guide Rail comes in about 6 inches wide and ½ inch thick.

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