Get the one that's in stock.
Wish I was kidding, but this was my experience. I had done some research and the way it seemed to me, the Festool was number one, the Dewalt number two, Makita, etc feel behind that (Why not the Maffel you ask? Because I've never had one of their tools in my hands, ever. Never even seen one in a store… Not sure even where to buy one).
Thinking the Rockler near me had a TS55 in stock, we counted our pennies and head din to buy it. They had it, it was the cordless version… But, they had no batteries.
The Dewalt was in stock. To order any others it was going to take about two months (Bad timing on supply chain shortages). So, we bought the Dewalt. The corded version (I'm a cabinet maker and the jobsites I work on ALWAYS have power, plus I already have a really good battery operated saw, the Dewalt Worm Drive style).
Why was timing important? Well, I do this for a living. I recognized the need and decided it was important we had it sooner than later. I was correct, and it has saved hours and hours or work, struggling to set up things, etc.
We did buy Festool track and I am glad I did. More on that later.
The things I like better wit the Festool (Although, I've never actually used one):
- two step indicator on the depth of cut
- how you adjust the depth of cut
- opposite side zero clearance insert
Are they worth the extra one or two hundred bucks? Dunno, I will say, I love my Dwelt. It's changed my life.
The depth of cut adjustment on the Dewalt is a wheel, it works fine, as long as you don't crush it into place. The depth of cut indicator is a little annoying, b ut I just add a little extra and the cuts work out just fine. Take a split second to adjust, really.
I do like the idea of the zero clearance and there are times, when materials are tight, when that other side cut does matter.
I an 100% convinced I will buy another track saw, and it will probably be the cordless Festool. But, I use it almost every day… The Dewalt would have the same batteries as the most of the rest of my other battery stuff… But, I think I want the Festool next time around.
Would I buy another Dewalt? In a heartbeat, actually. I think the Maffel (by the reviews I've read and seen), the Makita and the Dewalt are probably all pretty comparable. If I were a serious hobbyist, these would be on my short list.
Wen? I dunno. I own two Wen tools. One is a power planer I bought of Craigslist. I don't use one very often, so this is good enough. The other is a little 6" buffer I bought off Amazon for 17 bucks. Again. not something I use all the time… But, it works. I may chase down a more expensive buffer one of these days? I just bought it a couple months ago and have used it two or three times. $17 sounds about right for that. But, it doesn't really have to be accurate. Not sure I'd go Wen for something like a track saw? I dunno…