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         bodiment of figure 4, the slot 202 comprises first and second   ond protrusions  228a,  228b have an interior  separation
         protrusions 228a, 228b that extend a first length 213 from   width  211a,  comprising  a  distance  between  the  first  and
         the cover component 218 towards the base component 220   second protrusion lateral bearing surfaces 232a, 232b, re-
         when assembled, and further extend from the first end 204   spectively. In this example embodiment, the first and second
         to the second end 206 along edges of the slot. The first and   protrusions 228a, 228b have an exterior separation width
         second protrusions 228a, 228b comprise a first and second   211b, comprising a distance between first and second outer
         protrusion bearing surfaces 230a, 230b facing the top sur-  protrusion surfaces 324a, 234b, respectively.
         face of the base component 220.                       In  one  example  embodiment, the  sidewalls  218a,  218b,
           The  first  and  second  protrusion  bearing  surfaces  230a,   218c, and 218d comprise a second length measured from the
         230b are one of transverse or parallel to the top surface 224.   top surface 224 to the end of the sidewalls, the second length
         The first and second protrusions 228a, 228b further com-  being greater than the first length 213. In another example
         prise  first  and  second  protrusion  lateral  bearing  surfaces   embodiment, the top surface 224 comprises the tick marks
         232a, 232b. The first and second protrusion lateral bearing   203 used to measure and set a desired wire 602 length to be
         surfaces 232a, 232b face each other across the slot 202 and   cut and separated from the spooled wire 600. In yet another
         extend along the length of the first and second protrusions   example embodiment, the base component 220 compresses
         228a, 228b one of transversely or parallel to the sidewalls   one or more track openings 220a. In one example embodi-
         218a, 218b. In one example embodiment, the first and sec-  ment, a fastener is inserted into the one or more track open-
                                                              ings 220a to secure the track 200 to an underlying surface,
                                                              such  as a truck bed, or the like. In another example  em-
                                                              bodiment, the track 200 comprises one or more attachment
                                                              members  216 at the rear side  210. In the illustrated em-
                                                              bodiment of figures 2-4, the attachment members 216 are
                                                              threaded screws, however other attachment means are con-
                                                              templated (e.g., welding, etc.). As shown in the illustrated
                                                              example embodiment of figure 5, the attachment members
                                                              216 couple the track 200 to the dispensing apparatus 400
                                                              via the cutting apparatus 300.
                                                               The blade portion 302b comprises a notch 324, wherein a
                                                              blade, for cutting and separating the spooled wire 600 from
                                                              the wire 602, is exposed. The blade comprises at least one of
                                                              stainless steel, hardened steel, or some other material appro-
         Figure 3:. Bottom perspective view of figure 2.                                       continued on next page
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