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Blog entry by nsydigs posted 06-30-2020 05:47 PM 416 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought the Kreg Adaptive Cutting table a few years ago. So let me explain why I purchased it, how I’ve adapted it and how I feel about it today. My wife and I own a summer home on an island with no commercial electricity. We have a 12 volt solar system and can use a generator when we need to use a 120/ 115v appliance. Like any part time residence that has been handed down, it needed some renovations. With an inverter is is very easy to charge rechargeable batteries for tools and I don’t have to listen to the groan of a generator. So any tool used out on this renovation project had to: a) be portable; b) best battery powered and c) space conscience. Breaking down sheet goods on a portable table saw is a bit unwieldy, so I researched battery operated Track Saws. I choose the Makita XPS01PTJ for many reasons – was currently some of their 18 volt tools, the saw can be locked to the track when cutting angles, it was on special for $499.00 with a track and an extra set of batteries and it had very good reviews. It came with one 55” track, but I added another 55” track and the connector kit. Additionally, I purchased a smaller 39” track. For additional holding support I bought 2 DeWalt track clamps. They fit into the base of the Makita tracks just fine. I liked the squeeze mechanism. Now for the table. Festool Multifuntional Table (MFT) or Kreg Adaptive Cutting System (ACS) was the debate. After comparing the two, I found that the Kreg table to be more ridged out of the box. Festool sells a stability kit for their MFT table at an additional cost. The Kreg ACS legs will also except (locking) casters. Very helpful when moving it around. I also liked the large surface area. Since I already had a Track Saw I didn’t want to shell out the extra costs for a new one so I just purchased the Kreg table. Because Makita only makes tracks in 110” (too long and expensive to cut) and 55” (too short) and the Kreg track will not take the Makita saw, I was faced with a dilemma. Festool to the rescue – at 75”+ long, the FS1900/2 track will work with the Makita saw. it’s alos longer than the Kreg track, but I like that. The ridge that the base of the saw runs on is slightly wider that Makita’s, but it only takes a few seconds to dial away any play when switching back and forth. It also fits perfectly fine on the Kreg track supports. However, it does take some time to get the track perpendicular to the dog holes. Consider purchasing a large Woodpecker triangle. I will in the future to make this process less time consuming. Of course the saw now cuts in the opposite direction as that of the Kreg. No big deal. So now that I’ve used this for almost two years and have moved it back a forth from the Island cottage to home a number of times, here’s what I have found. It’s heavy… I took off the wheels – useless for my application. Plus it doesn’t store flat. It looses its square if you’re not careful – hence the need to purchase a large accurate squaring device. Always use blocking material, the same thickness as the material you are cutting, when you are cutting material narrower that the track. It will yield a more square cut. I hardly ever use the measuring devices on the table. The jigs included for repeatable cuts work well for material that are smaller than the table, but the little ‘T’ square is kinda useless. Consider adding hold-down devices (vertical and horizontal) to steady your work. I hard-waxed the surface – it has helped in the damp environment and glue tends not to stick to it. As a birthday gift, my wife bought me Kreg’s Mobile Project Center and I just ordered the brackets to attached to the ACS’s aluminum track. Combined with a few 2×4’s, some 3/4 plywood and the ACS table I really have a nice portable shop.



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#1 posted 07-01-2020 01:44 AM

Thanks for all the good information. You might consider adding a few photos to your blog so we can see just what you’re talking about.

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#2 posted 07-01-2020 02:43 PM

Good information – thanks for the thorough review. There were a couple items of interest to me. First, how does the table lose its square? Worn dog holes? Table frame? I have a hybrid MFT than I had CNC’d from a file that I purchased online. It’s 1” MDF and is very stable in my shop. But my shop is so tiny that the table is also my bench and I’d like to add the ability to rip and cross cut using a track saw. I’ve been wondering if the Makita saw will work on the Festool track because there seem to be more aftermarket track accessories available for the Festool – especially for use with 20mm dog holes, which my bench has. After “dialing away the play” when using the Makita saw with the Festool track, does the adjustment pretty much stay or is repeated adjustment necessary?

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#3 posted 07-01-2020 05:22 PM

I use a Makita track saw that I had well beforehand on the Kreg ACT. My choice was the table only and not the folding wheeled base, I have it on saw horses with intention to make a rolling base cabinet. Wish I would have found the Festool track, I cut a second Makita track to make the length. I’ve had Festool owners in a Woodcraft store comment that their tables are a bit shaky and would like the additional length. Maybe luck, but my track installed with perfect alignment to the dog holes. I planed strips of wood to differing thicknesses to be able to space from the dogs for the measurement I want. Biggest beef I have is from why all the manufacturers couldn’t standardize dog holes, Kreg uses 3/4” and I have some 20 mm clamps from Lee Valley that aren’t usable on it.
I also have the Kreg’s Mobile Project Center which seemed a potentially good complimentary product. It is good on its own, but I haven’t linked them yet. The shop needs redesign of machine placement for that. Plus after the fact I realized I would only need the added capacity very infrequently.
Little more background is that my shop is a 2 1/2 car garage with too many projects. I’m retired and not doing full size furniture or kitchen construction projects. Full size table saw took too much space and was a pain for sheet goods. The ACT took the table saw place. I do have local access to a cabinet saw when needing to rip or dado.
Depending on your situation, I would recommend this product.

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