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#1 posted 01-10-2019 10:08 PM

Almost positive the Makita depth of cut spec without the track. The Makita and Festool tracks are nearly identical. The Makita Blade is 5mm larger than the Festool, but if you ever replace the blade you may lose those 5mm because the 160mm blades are a bit more common. I can’t think of any projects I have made where a top was thicker than 1 1/2” and any hardwood I needed to rip thicker than 2” I would either do with a tablesaw or a wormdrive circ saw and then clean up on the jointer. With a sled could easily clean up on a planer as well. If it is for a counter-top you will likely need to scribe it anyway. Tracksaws are amazing tools, but far from a shop essential. Sometimes working with the tools you have can teach you a lot more than using the best tool for the job will teach you. Now if you are making a living with these tools, get the best, right tool for the work you are doing. For a hobby you have much more flexibility to learn from mistakes.

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