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Posted on Do I want a track saw or do I need a track saw?

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 03:25 AM

A lot of saws bevel right at the sawplate.

I’d be concerned that with the thickness of a track saw guide, methinks you might be be chewing up the track, making it potentially useless . Better check that

For bevels, buy a sheet of 3/4 shop grade birch (35$) tack on a strip of 3/8” ply real straight and set yer saw at desired bevel and cut off the overage. Cheap, or if from scrap, free.

Voila…a guide strip that you can actually set on the line you want to cut without any fuss, and i also functions as a “zero clearance” TS plate…ie little or no tear out. (but I use high tooth count blades in my skill saws-mostly used for finishing work.)

With the added thickness, most of my skill saws are 8 1/4” just for the added depth capability for thicker material.

If it’s shorter stuff you gotta cut, I use 5’ lengths of baltic birch, You can pick up 1/4” “protection plates” for free from yer local wholesaler so if the gods are willing, and your needs aren’t great, you could cobble up the whole scenario for almost free..

who has about a dozen saw low cost precision saw guids hanging around the shop..

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