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StarBright

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#1 posted 03-01-2021 03:32 PM

A circular saw with a good jig can do just about everything a track saw can do. You don’t need a table saw to do fine woodwork but it’s going to take a lot more time and fuss without one. Have you considered looking for an old Delta in good condition? Those are popping up for reasonable prices.

You could also get a quality Makita battery saw and attach it to a Bora guide system. Makita makes a nice 6 1/2” model that is accurate and light weight.

On balance, however, if you have the space for a table saw I don’t think you would find the track saw or circular saw/jig equivalent to be as useful or enjoyable as a good table saw. Even a quality job site table saw will give you easier repeatable precision over a track saw. Once your table saw is dialed in you can make 1, 100, or 1,000 repeated cuts without breaking a sweat. The track saw requires its own platform and you have to adjust and square it up for every cut.


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