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Posted on Am I a Track Saw Candidate?

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#1 posted 05-02-2020 08:14 PM

Yes, as Fred said padding out the base of the track is the only issue if the board isn’t wide enough to support the entire track, AND allow enough overhang for what you want to cut off. A flat, stable work base is needed. 2 sawhorses can do that. Next I like to have a sacrificial sheet of foam to cut into. You always set the saw to completely cut through what you are cutting + about a 1/32. Cutting into the foam doesn’t destroy your sawhorses..

Lay down 2 or 3 wide of the board thickness you are using, lay the track down, set it to your marks, and start sawing.

I have the DeWalt track saw, and one of the reasons I bought it was back then I was still doing trade work, and I cut a LOT of pine, fir, spruce, essentially pitchy, and gummy, often pretty moist wood. I noticed with my circular saw an occasional cah-thunk, as I was redirected by some wet wood. My DeWalt has a Riving Knife, and there is no kickback. Not sure on other track saws. Plus when the saw is running the DeWalt will not move backward on the track. Both go a long way to helping with construction grade wood.

So because you cut a lot of 2 x material for width, YES you are the perfect track saw owner. Otherwise you can get essentially the same end result if $$$$$ is a factor. You can easily make a plywood shoe to run a circular saw on, or a router for that matter.

Cut a piece of 14” wide 3/4” plywood as long as you want the shoe to be. Center a narrower, maybe 3” wide strip in the center. The other side can be used just to clamp it in place, or make a run with a router on it. Just know, once you make it for a router, it’s for that diameter bit. First pass of either the circular saw blade, or the router bit will cut the wider board exactly the width from your saw/router base, to the edge of the board.

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