Tradeoffs of edge guides

I've posted on this before but now I know more...
I'm wondering what the tradeoffs are between 1. The Rockler All-In-One Clamp Guide 2. ProGrip 3. Tru-Grip 4. A piece of plywood 5. A piece of aluminum 6. The Veritas Power Tool Guide
References: http://www.rockler.com/ecom7/product_details.cfm?cookietest=1&sid=V5715&offerings_id 059
http://www.thewoodworkerschoice.com/search_results.asp?txtsearchParamType=ANY&txtsearchParamCat=9&txtsearchParamMan=ALL&txtsearchParamVen=ALL&txtDateAddedStart=&txtPriceEnd=&txtPriceStart=&txtSale=&txtsearchParamTxt =*&txtFromSearch=&subcat(7-bottom&iLevel=2&txtCatName=2
http://www.microfence.com/pages/Tru-Grip.html
http://www.rockler.com/ecom7/product_details.cfm?cookietest=1&sid=V5715&offerings_id 059
Seems to me that ProGrip or Tru-Grip are the best. ProGrip also has a product called back-to-back which is great for some applications.
Comments from you folks?
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A lot of pieces of wood have been cut down using simple straight edges. You can over engineer anything. Sometimes you have to ask yourself it you're looking for what will do the job properly, or if you're looking for what people around you will be most satisfied with. I generally go with what will satisfy my needs and don't much care about everything else. My suggestion? Go with what floats your boat - we're just talking about a straight edge here.
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Hi NEM,
I have 24 & 48 cheaper versions of the type Rockler sells. On mine, the locking mechanism is sideways & the "handle" is a short piece of metal which is hard on the fingers (I slip a short piece of PVC over it for more leverage).
That said, I haven't gotten the use out of these that I thought I would when I bought them about 4 years ago. More often than not, I reach for a nice piece of 8 ft angled aluminum that I have to rip down big sheets of stuff or a straignt strip of plywood or MDF.
OTOH, the Rockler price for the 48 seems pretty good.
FWIW
Lou

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I have the Tru-Grip 24" & 50" but:
because it's always a pain in the ass to figure out the offset of the blade/bit to the cut line, I created three versions of this:
http://www.woodworkingtips.com/etips/etip022500wb.html
I have a 24", 50" and 98" version.
All three are made from 1/4" plywood with a 1/2" piece of mdf as the "fence".
When I'm ripping plywood, that guide is always the first thing I reach for. It can't be beat, is dead simple, and makes that particular job MUCH easier.
Never Enough Money wrote:

http://www.rockler.com/ecom7/product_details.cfm?cookietest=1&sid=V5715&offerings_id 059
http://www.thewoodworkerschoice.com/search_results.asp?txtsearchParamType=ANY&txtsearchParamCat=9&txtsearchParamMan=ALL&txtsearchParamVen=ALL&txtDateAddedStart=&txtPriceEnd=&txtPriceStart=&txtSale=&txtsearchParamTxt =*&txtFromSearch=&subcat(7-bottom&iLevel=2&txtCatName=2
http://www.rockler.com/ecom7/product_details.cfm?cookietest=1&sid=V5715&offerings_id 059
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Excellent. And thanks for the URL.

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