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JV71

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05-06-2020 01:04 AM

I have been wanting a track saw for a while now and narrowed it down to either the Kreg ACS2000 or Makita SP6000J1. The Makita has good reviews and has different options, shorter track, track saw square attachments, track router attachments etc. The Kreg has the blade on the opposite side making it more accommodating for a right handed guy, which I like. But the bottom line for me is which saw does a better job of beveling cuts, less hassle with accuracy and is just easier to use. If you have either one I would appreciate any feed back, or if there is another saw of of equal merits I would also welcome comments.Thanks for you time.


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gmc

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#1 posted 05-06-2020 11:08 AM

I have the Makita track saw. I love it it’s very accurate makes very clean-cut. The tracks are of high-quality and go together well if you need to go to 8 foot or you can buy an 8-foot piece of you don’t want to square up the two tracks. highly recommended. I bought the battery power one because I had other Makita tools and it works well. The batteries last a long time.

-- Gary, Central Illinois

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#2 posted 05-06-2020 12:32 PM

Mafell
Festool
Makita
Triton
Grizzly
and some other ones…... Makita is a good choice.
Here’s a Mafell that costs and looks the money

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#3 posted 05-06-2020 02:07 PM

I have a Dewalt, was heading out to buy the Makita but came across the Dewalt on sale plus bonus package of long and short rails included. Have used the long rail 1 or 2 times in 4 years:) this aside the Dewalt cuts fantastic and even with just a shop vac attached dust/sawdust not detectable! Purchased to make my assembly table, 3/4” birch plywood and never had a regret:) Only negative would have gone cordless as power cord plus vac hose a pain! (Festool beyond my budget and needs:) )

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 05-06-2020 02:59 PM



I have the Makita track saw. I love it it s very accurate makes very clean-cut. The tracks are of high-quality and go together well if you need to go to 8 foot or you can buy an 8-foot piece of you don t want to square up the two tracks. highly recommended. I bought the battery power one because I had other Makita tools and it works well. The batteries last a long time.

- gmc


I have the Grizzly 120V track saw and it serves me well but if you get a battery version you have the option of taking to the store and breaking down plywood in the parking lot. Also helpful to do this in the driveway too. The older I get the heavier the sheet goods get.

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tbone

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#5 posted 05-06-2020 09:31 PM

I also have the Makita. It’s fine for sheet goods, but for anything thicker—like 1 3/4’’ doors—it is severely under powered. (I too was wooed by the positive reviews, and I would think twice about it if you are cutting anything that’s thicker than plywood.

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#6 posted 05-06-2020 11:34 PM


.... Only negative would have gone cordless as power cord plus vac hose a pain! (Festool beyond my budget and needs:) )
- Andre

I don’t feel your pain Andre... I bit the bullet and bought the Fe$tool. Convenience has a price that I refuse to negotiate over… I have a few Fe$tool cordless tools so there was some compromise with batteries (the killer for any skin sets).

Sorry JV71, you asked for opinion… well mine is the more costly Fe$tool option.

Having said that, I do recommend you supplement any tracksaw (within the accepted compatibility) with a TSO GRS-16 (PE recommended)... see my comment to another post.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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jkm312

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#7 posted 05-07-2020 12:13 AM

+1 for the Makita.
Mine has served me well. I bought it for breaking down sheet goods. The tracks mate up very well, you just have to handle them with care when you move them. The dust collection with a vacuum is acceptable. Mine is corded so I can’t speak to the cordless model. I would like to have the 108” rail, but it is a little pricey when I can make the 2 tracks work for my purposes. I just got tired of horsing 4×8’s up on and thru the Unisaw by myself. Granted you have to set it up and tear it down, but it is safer from my point of view.

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JV71

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#8 posted 05-07-2020 08:46 AM

I agree with the track accepting the TSO GR-16, this is one of the reasons for leaning towards this style of track. Now you got me thinking, corded/cordless. Everyone brings up a very good point. I noticed there was no love for the Kreg or is it still to new for honest opinions. Thanks for all you replies! I hope all is well with you!

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TechTeacher04

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#9 posted 05-07-2020 12:16 PM

I had the Makita but sold it to my father-in-law when I bought the festool. I wanted a longer cord, easier blade changes, easier depth adjustment in Standard measurements and the riving knife.

I liked the Makita but the cord, metric measurements and blade change steps put me over the edge. The clips on the box also caused aggravation.

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