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Forum topic by Dabcan posted 04-11-2017 10:46 PM 793 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2017 10:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt track saw guide rail cutting capacity baltic birch

I’m looking at getting a track saw, I use a lot of 5’x5’ baltic birch and I noticed that the Dewalt Saw comes with a 59” track. I’m wondering if I centre the track on the piece of plywood, I’d have 1/2” on either end. Can I start the saw with some of it off the track and push it off the other end in order to make the complete cut or is it essential that the track is longer than the wood I’m cutting? I’d like to avoid having to use/buy a longer rail.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

-- @craftcollectif ,,

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#1 posted 04-11-2017 10:55 PM

I have both the 59” and 102” tracks and I always use the longer one to cut BB sheet goods. I think that stopping to move the track and restarting wouldn’t give as clean a cut and could introduce errors. I’ve seen Dewalt kits here and there that come with both tracks. I’ve even thought about buying another 102” track and cutting it down just for BB sheets.

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#2 posted 04-11-2017 10:56 PM

I have the Dewalt saw, you will have some trouble with keeping the saw straight tell you get it onto the track and also on other end, with no track. The saw has a contact point on each end of the base with the track, no track, no contact.

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#3 posted 04-11-2017 11:33 PM

Thanks, I figured there would be an issue but was hoping I could get by with the 59” track. I’m waffling between the makita and dewalt, if the 59” track had worked I would have gone dewalt, but since it won’t, the makita is easier to get where I live.

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#4 posted 04-11-2017 11:53 PM

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