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Posted on Track saw vs. table saw rip capacity.

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#1 posted 02-08-2021 11:56 PM

My table saw currently has a 52” rip capacity, but I am considering a downgrade to 32” in order to free up some floor space. I ve read the 32” vs 52” discussions, and the answer is always, “if you have the space, more is better”, however, I ve never seen a track saw mentioned as part of the discussion.
I can more efficiently layout my shop space with a smaller tablesaw.
My thought is that a track saw is better suited for breaking down sheet goods, and the table saw is better for smaller tasks, does this logic track? I feel like with the purchase of a track saw, I really wouldn t be giving anything up.
Does anyone have an opinion on this?

- stevet47

Also added to the equation is a lot of us guys have had some birthdays, and our days of picking up full sheets of plywood, and ripping them up on the TS are behind us. Even for the young it is something of a dance to learn to do it accurately, and safely.

I still have my wide fence ability on my TS though. Now used more in connection with a sled on a crosscut off of a stand off block on the fence. I’m too poor for a sliding table TS, it’s the next best thing. :-)

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