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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 02-19-2020 06:33 PM 1189 views 0 times favorited 55 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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newwoodbutcher

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02-19-2020 06:33 PM

Been thinking about getting a track saw for some time. Now I have a project where it can be “justified”.
Here’s my research summarized and a question. The Festool 55 is under powered the big Festool is too expensive.
The Corded Mikita and the Dewalt seem to be my best choices, so far, perhaps the Bosch as well. I think I like the Mikita best but it doesn’t have a riving knife. There are obviously lots more details but that’s my summary. Now my question: is the riving knife that important? It is on my table saw.
Anyone have a Recommendation?

-- Ken


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tvrgeek

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#1 posted 02-19-2020 06:48 PM

You can do just as well DIY. GOOGLE it. It doesn’t take much to cut even 1 inch ply, so you should not need a monster. I stay away from Festool as everything about them is unique.

Riving knife on a circular saw? Never heard of it. Guess I’ll go look.

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#2 posted 02-19-2020 07:04 PM

FWIW, I picked up the BORA track plus extension and plate that attaches a regular circular saw so I could use my Makita 36v cordless circular saw with it. More versatile than a dedicated track saw, and I used it to make a 7’+ straight cut through a walnut slab to square off a table. They have other adapter plates for routers, and I can use my Skil 77 wormdrive with it too.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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solteroblues

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#3 posted 02-19-2020 07:09 PM

I have the Bora track and I bought the circular saw plate, but it wouldn’t fit my saw (I’ve since bought a new saw) so I took it back. I’m thinking of using the Bora track and just attaching a miter bar to the bottom of my new circular saw to run in the track on the Bora and seeing how that works… should be much cheaper! LOL

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controlfreak

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#4 posted 02-19-2020 07:18 PM

I picked up the Grizzly saw and track combo and have been happy with it. It was on sale right before Christmas. The packing wasn’t the best and UPS dinged a corner of the track. It was not the critical edge and a little bit of filing was easier than returning.

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YesHaveSome

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#5 posted 02-19-2020 07:32 PM

I have the DeWalt cordless with 55 and 102 tracks. Really like that setup. It’s really nice when breaking down a lot of plywood. Yes, you can make a DIY version but the dust collection is what sold me on an actual track saw.

I’ve heard great things about the Makita. What are you going to be cutting? if it’s mainly plywood I think the TS55 would work just fine.

As for a riving knife, I am not sure how important that is on a track saw. It wouldn’t bother me if my DeWalt didnt have one as the saw itself has an anti kickback stop on the base.

-- But where does the meat go?

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RobHannon

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#6 posted 02-19-2020 07:32 PM

Love my Makita tracksaw. If you use it for hardwood, make sure you buy a ripping blade for it.

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#7 posted 02-19-2020 07:58 PM

I suggest getting a used one from Craigslist. Thats what I did. You’ll save a ton.

I went with the Festool TS75 and really like it. Festool track saws come up regularly on Craigslist.

I did a lot of research on this topic before buying. Long story short, get a Festool or Makita. You’ll be really happy either way. Powertec makes nice tracks for Festool and Makita (the two brands use the same track design).

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#8 posted 02-19-2020 08:09 PM

ive got the dewalt with the 55 and 102 tracks also,a great saw with pretty good dust collection.as far as a riving knife i wouldn’t worry about it as YHS said it’s got anti kick back.the saw will make cuts as good as your table saw,if you cut a lot of sheet goods it will be a good investment.

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

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 02-19-2020 08:09 PM

I have the Festool 55 and have never used the riving knife.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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YesHaveSome

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#10 posted 02-19-2020 09:39 PM



I suggest getting a used one from Craigslist. Thats what I did. You ll save a ton.

I went with the Festool TS75 and really like it. Festool track saws come up regularly on Craigslist.

I did a lot of research on this topic before buying. Long story short, get a Festool or Makita. You ll be really happy either way. Powertec makes nice tracks for Festool and Makita (the two brands use the same track design).

- Hazem

From what I have gathered:

DeWalt will work on Festool track
Makita will work on Festool track
Festool will work on Makita track

-- But where does the meat go?

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maxyedor

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#11 posted 02-19-2020 10:27 PM

I have the Makita, I’d say it’s 95% the build quality of Festoll, but much, much cheaper. The Dewalt is a good tool as well, but try one before you guy one, the plunge action is a little weird. Hard to explain, but you push it into the work rather than pivot it down like Makita and Festool. I was not a fan as it felt very awkward, but it may just be that I’m so used to Festool/Makita.

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#12 posted 02-19-2020 10:35 PM

I also have the cordless DeWalt but only the short track. I don’t use it often but when I do it is great to have. I don’t think the lack of a riving knife is that big of a deal on a track saw (or circular saw, which is basically the same thing). I considered the Makita but found a great deal on the DeWalt so I got that.

Regarding used I don’t believe I have ever seen a track saw on the local CL. If there have been any they have gone FAST. There were certainly none when I was in the market.

-- DannyW

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roofner

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#13 posted 02-19-2020 11:27 PM

Here this wen saw is compatable with festool or makita tracks. Buy 55 inch tracks from powertec .
https://www.amazon.com/WEN-CT1065-6-5-Inch-Sidewinder-Circular/dp/B07VFXFTVP/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=wen+track+saw&qid=1582154589&sr=8-2

-- Gary New York

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Woodmaster1

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#14 posted 02-20-2020 01:16 AM

I use the tried and true track saw. It made from hardboard and plywood less than $15 invested and works fine. No more than I use it a manufactured one is a poor investment for me.

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#15 posted 02-20-2020 01:56 AM


I use the tried and true track saw. It made from hardboard and plywood less than $15 invested and works fine.
- Woodmaster1

+1 I have a 4ft and an 8ft one. Even though prices are coming down I just could never justify the cost.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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