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Posted on Best bang for the buck track saw 2021?

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#1 posted 02-04-2021 04:34 AM

Best bang for the buck has to be the low end (Wen for example). You get 75-85% of the performance for 30% of the price of a Festool. But, you can t option your way up to something that works as well, so once you reach the limit, it s a total loss and start again. The low end track saws really work. The track works pretty much the same way, you get pretty much the same set of functions in the saw, the cut quality is nearly the same, and all the basic things you do with the saw can be done with the low end units. What you don t get is things like the riving knife, the accessories for MFT, etc. The low end tracks aren t made as well so they slide around more, the separate sections are sometimes tricky to get assembled so the saw slides smoothly across the joint, the splinter guard doesn t hold up as well and the dust collection isn t as good. Lots of plastic parts that can break.

I have one, and I use it to break down sheet goods. Works like a champ. I usually don t try to get finished sized pieces out of that, but I could on most materials if I wanted to. If you get a cheap one, upgrade the blade.

- brtech

I’m sure there are a few saws rebranded as other makes made in the same Asian factory. WEN has an anti-kickback mechanism that seems to work well. Tracks are solid and my 8’ straight edge says they are straight. They don’t slide. I’m sure the Festool is a better made tool but as a weekend warrior, I just can’t justify the additional cost. The stock 45 tooth blade works just fine. Same reason I bought the Bosch instead of the Festool Rotex. Cut this chamfer just like the guy on youtube did with his Festool.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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