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Posted on Am I a Track Saw Candidate?

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#1 posted 05-04-2020 02:03 AM

I think you ARE NOT a good candidate for a track saw.

Something is bad wrong with your setup if your saw is struggling with 2x material. An induction motor of that rating should have no problem ripping 2x SYP with a rip blade. Either you’re using the wrong blade, the drive belt(s) are loose, and or the blade and fence are out of alignment. Starting out I ripped plenty of 2x SYP and even pressure treated on a 1.5hp craftsman tablesaw. Not exactly the king of heavy duty.

I understand muscling a board that big is a hassle, but you’ll have to muscle it to your cut station with a tracksaw too.

In order to cut 10+ ft. lengths you’ll need two plus guide rails and connectors. These will run roughly $500 hundred dollars by themselves if you want any kind of accuracy and repeatability. Then, there’s going to be the performance dropoff. You just cant get the same hp and torque your grizzly offers from a handheld tracksaw. This isn’t opinion or anecdote , it’s fact. So if your tablesaw struggles, so will the tracksaw you buy. And most don’t have a riving knife, so you’ll probably have to pucker when using those too.

If you decided to go homebrew, a worm drive saw would be about as beefy as you can get but where are you going to find 10ft. + material that is straight enough and will remain that way over time to cover your cut length ??? Then there’d be the size and weight of that rig – not easy to maneuver.

I suggest first checking your saw’s setup , then building infeed and outfeed supports that allow you cut easier than you do now.

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