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AJPeacock

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05-22-2019 06:50 PM

Hi all,

I’ve searched for this answer and have been unable to find it.

I have a Bosch MR32 that I use in a router table as well as with the plunge base etc.

I currently use an ancient PC circular saw and shop made guide to break down my sheet goods.

The PC is well past it’s prime, the shoe is badly eroded, the safety is broken … so it’s going to be put out to pasture.

I’ve read about the different track saws and would like to go with the Dewalt but need to be assured I can use the track with a router guide. If for example the Festool is much better in this aspect, that would put me over the top toward that tool. It seems that most comparisons have these pretty close in performance with the FT case and blade better than the Dewalt. The Dewalt is less expensive and can run both directions on the track. Otherwise they are pretty equal.

So what says the forum?

Thanks in advance.
AJ


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pottz

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#1 posted 05-22-2019 07:01 PM

i have the dewalt saw and it’s been great,i also have the attachment and use my porter cable router with it but not sure about using a bosch router.from what i see the adaptor will only work with pc or dewalt.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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kkaucher

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#2 posted 05-22-2019 07:12 PM

Nit-picking aside, the brand name track saw systems are all good. Much depends on what you want to buy in the way of accessories and how deep your pockets are. Some insist that Festool is the only choice because of the variety of accessories they sell. Others will recommend DeWalt or Makita (or Triton, or Grizzly, or even Wen).

I don’t believe you can go horribly wrong, whatever brand you choose. DeWalt is sort of the odd duck, though. The end profile of the others is pretty much the same, but the DeWalt is unique because you can use it to run you saw in either direction without having to turn the track around, you only have to reposition it.

Good luck in making your choice, it will be hard to go wrong.

-- A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown

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AJPeacock

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#3 posted 05-22-2019 08:19 PM



i have the dewalt saw and it s been great,i also have the attachment and use my porter cable router with it but not sure about using a bosch router.from what i see the adaptor will only work with pc or dewalt.

- pottz

Could you possibly measure the diameter, separation and height above table for the aluminum guide rods on the router attachment? I can then determine if it will fit my base or if it is something I could easily ‘adapt’

Thanks,
AJ

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Bob5103

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#4 posted 05-22-2019 09:14 PM

Dewalt sells a router adapter for their track. They say it will work with “most” routers. Here the link
https://www.dewalt.com/products/accessories/tool-accessories/saw-accessories/track-saw-accessories/tracksaw-router-adapter/dws5031

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AJPeacock

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#5 posted 05-22-2019 09:19 PM



Dewalt sells a router adapter for their track. They say it will work with “most” routers. Here the link
https://www.dewalt.com/products/accessories/tool-accessories/saw-accessories/track-saw-accessories/tracksaw-router-adapter/dws5031

- Bob5103

Yes, there are differing answers on Amazon whether that adapter will work with the Bosch router (mine is the MR23). I think it will work, but there are answers saying it will and answers saying it won’t. I was hoping someone here had it. I’d trust an answer here before trusting an Amazon answer. I tend to think it will work, but just trying to make sure.

Thanks,
AJ

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sansoo22

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#6 posted 05-22-2019 09:26 PM

Is there a reason you are opposed to the Bosch track saw? They make a router adapter for it.

Saw:
https://www.toolnut.com/power-tools/saws/track-saws/bosch-gkt13-225l-6-1-2-track-saw-with-l-boxx-4-case.html

Guide:
https://www.toolnut.com/accessories/saw-accessories/track-saw-accessories/bosch-fsnofa-track-adapter-for-routers.html

I watched just about every review I could find before I bought my Makita track saw. One of the things mentioned in a few reviews was building around a system. I don’t own a nice router at the moment so i was free to choose what i wanted. If i had a DeWalt or Bosch router already i would have leaned towards their system so i knew everything fit. Just my 2 cents

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pottz

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#7 posted 05-22-2019 09:27 PM


i have the dewalt saw and it s been great,i also have the attachment and use my porter cable router with it but not sure about using a bosch router.from what i see the adaptor will only work with pc or dewalt.

- pottz

Could you possibly measure the diameter, separation and height above table for the aluminum guide rods on the router attachment? I can then determine if it will fit my base or if it is something I could easily adapt

Thanks,
AJ

- AJPeacock


i dont have access to it at the moment but ill try and get back to you by tomorrow,or maybe someone else has one also and will answer sooner.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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AJPeacock

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#8 posted 05-22-2019 09:35 PM

i have the dewalt saw and it s been great,i also have the attachment and use my porter cable router with it but not sure about using a bosch router.from what i see the adaptor will only work with pc or dewalt.

- pottz

Could you possibly measure the diameter, separation and height above table for the aluminum guide rods on the router attachment? I can then determine if it will fit my base or if it is something I could easily adapt

Thanks,
AJ

- AJPeacock

i dont have access to it at the moment but ill try and get back to you by tomorrow,or maybe someone else has one also and will answer sooner.

- pottz

Thanks, I just measured my Bosch base and it has 3/8” rods with center 1/2” above surface. The rods are 4” CTC

Thanks again,
AJ

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#9 posted 05-23-2019 01:08 AM

well its close,i/2” above the surface,4” between rods,but the rods are .419 diameter.i also read the instructions and they only list the pc and dewalt routers so i dont think it’s gonna work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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AJPeacock

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#10 posted 05-23-2019 01:47 AM



well its close,i/2” above the surface,4” between rods,but the rods are .419 diameter.i also read the instructions and they only list the pc and dewalt routers so i dont think it s gonna work.

- pottz


I just measured the rod holes in the Bosch guide, even though the rods are 3/8”, the holes are .452” so it might work after all. You said you measured 4” between the rods. Did you mean 4” center to center?

Thanks,
AJ

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#11 posted 05-23-2019 02:33 AM

https://www.boschtools.com/us/en/

Maybe Bosch can help you out?

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#12 posted 05-23-2019 12:43 PM



Dewalt sells a router adapter for their track. They say it will work with “most” routers. Here the link
https://www.dewalt.com/products/accessories/tool-accessories/saw-accessories/track-saw-accessories/tracksaw-router-adapter/dws5031

- Bob5103

Bob, thanks for posting that link. While it may not help the OP, I have the DeWalley track saw, and had not seen this before. For 50 bux it may prove useful.

AJPeacock. If I had a brand of tool, and they offered something that I was looking to get, I would stay with that brand line. When they say fits most, they rally need to say fits a few of the most widely used tools.

Bosch MR32m just doesn’t Google in the USA. So I wouldn’t think it was in what I would think of as the most widely used tools.

-- Think safe, be safe

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AJPeacock

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#13 posted 05-23-2019 12:55 PM


...
AJPeacock. If I had a brand of tool, and they offered something that I was looking to get, I would stay with that brand line. When they say fits most, they rally need to say fits a few of the most widely used tools.

Bosch MR32m just doesn t Google in the USA. So I wouldn t think it was in what I would think of as the most widely used tools.

- therealSteveN

Fat fingers, MR23

AJ

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#14 posted 05-23-2019 01:37 PM


well its close,i/2” above the surface,4” between rods,but the rods are .419 diameter.i also read the instructions and they only list the pc and dewalt routers so i dont think it s gonna work.

- pottz

I just measured the rod holes in the Bosch guide, even though the rods are 3/8”, the holes are .452” so it might work after all. You said you measured 4” between the rods. Did you mean 4” center to center?

Thanks,
AJ

- AJPeacock


yes

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#15 posted 05-23-2019 06:30 PM


Bob, thanks for posting that link. While it may not help the OP, I have the DeWalley track saw, and had not seen this before. For 50 bux it may prove useful.

- therealSteveN

You may also be interested in this. Its a D-Handle for DeWalt routers and when combined with the track saw and router attachment makes short work of long dados and rabbets. I don’t personally own that setup but got to try it out helping a friend do some pretty large built-ins and it was pretty awesome.

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