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Forum topic by Sawnglue posted 12-13-2018 04:18 PM 510 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2018 04:18 PM

I currently have a Jet Shop Pro table saw that I’ve had for a few years. I have the opportunity to either upgrade to a 3hp Sawstop cabinet saw OR keep my Jet and pick up a Festool TS55 track saw and accompanying tracks and clamps. I see huge benefits of both, and would like others input…what would you do. WWYD??

-- Gary, Houston

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#1 posted 12-13-2018 04:39 PM

Go with the Sawstop. The tracksaw is primarily for plywood clamps and a straight edge and skilsaw can do that.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 12-13-2018 04:43 PM

Yeah I agree with Bruce, and sawstops are great machines.

-- Daniel

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#3 posted 12-13-2018 04:46 PM

I think the table saw upgrade would be great BUT it depends what type of work you do. I’d love to get a track saw for crosscutting panels

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#4 posted 12-13-2018 04:53 PM

Welcome to lj Gary.

People seem to like the WEN track saw that comes with 2 guide rails for $125. Or you can make a track saw.

You can’t make a Sawstop.

Get the Sawstop.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 12-13-2018 04:54 PM

That is a tough one. I hope you know that you are the best person to answer that question. I will say that after 35 years of using a circular saw and home made plywood saw guide, I got a real track saw. It is easier to use and the cut quality is better. I use my track saw primarily for cross cutting sheet goods. If you don’t do a lot of that, then the Table saw might be the better choice.

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#6 posted 12-13-2018 06:17 PM

The most important question… what type of woodworking do you do? What is your budget?

Generally… if you do straight woodworking in a large shop then a good 3hp+ ts would be the core tool you should spend your money on

A track saw is great for onsite and shop breakdowns of 4×8 sheets as well as percise trims onsite.

Its goes down to how much usage you will get from either one and how good of a deal your getting for those tools.

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#7 posted 12-13-2018 06:18 PM

Saw Stop. It’s a clear upgrade, plus it won’t bite the hand that feeds it.

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#8 posted 12-13-2018 06:43 PM

I use my track saw infrequently (I have a clone of the Grizzly/Wen one I got five or six years ago). I find it useful, but I don’t do a ton of work with sheet goods. I’m much more likely to be working with solid wood, and track saws are of limited utility there.

I vote Sawstop. Sock a little money away and pick up a track saw later (the Festool is great, but it’s only incrementally better than the cheap ones).

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#9 posted 12-13-2018 06:51 PM

Unless you have a specific need for the track saw, I’d go with the new table saw. A table saw is a much more general purpose tool. I also have a 3 HP SawSaw PCS and it is a great saw.

I breakdown sheet goods with a circular saw and a clamp-on straight edge. However, I don’t try to make finish cuts that way, just get things to approximate size. Then I make the final cuts on the table saw.

-- Clin

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#10 posted 12-13-2018 07:20 PM

Thanks for your input! I’m leaning towards the table saw upgrade.

-- Gary, Houston

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#11 posted 12-14-2018 12:44 AM

Sorry. Late to the party.

I have both – a Sawstop cabinet saw and a Festool track saw. My shop is small. I use the track saw to break down sheet goods in the yard before I bring them into the shop. I do this three or four times a year. I use my Sawstop every day. I suppose one could use a track saw instead of a cabinet saw, but I would never consider it. Being able to walk over and turn on a quality, heavy duty machine that will cut just about anything I want to cut precisely and accurately far outweighs the hassle of setting up a track saw to make a simple cut.

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#12 posted 12-14-2018 01:23 AM

Sawstop it is! I appreciate everyone’s input!

-- Gary, Houston

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#13 posted 12-14-2018 01:53 AM

Smart move.

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