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05-06-2020 10:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: track saw

For the guys using track saws or equivalent, how are you making sure you’re getting square panels? If you’re registering cut lines off factory edges what are you using to make sure the factory edges are perpendicular?


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#1 posted 05-06-2020 11:22 PM

I cannot go past my TSO GRS-16 PE...

Check out TommyMick’s post her.

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

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#2 posted 05-07-2020 01:59 AM

Years ago I bought drywall square that hangs in my garage and when I break down sheet goods i use for laying out. Hasn’t steered me wrong yet.

-- A good day is any day that you're alive....

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#3 posted 05-07-2020 02:07 AM



I cannot go past my TSO GRS-16 PE...

Check out TommyMick s post her.

- LittleBlackDuck

Holy crap, I never knew I needed this until now!!!
Thanks for posting that link. I watched the video and can’t live without them!

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#4 posted 05-07-2020 02:12 AM



Years ago I bought drywall square that hangs in my garage and when I break down sheet goods i use for laying out. Hasn’t steered me wrong yet.

- Sparks500


got one myself but i use my track saw to break down sheet goods then finish up on the table saw.this is just my preference.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 05-07-2020 07:10 AM

potzz, do you have the DeWalley track square, or the one Duck posted?

https://www.dewalt.com/products/accessories/tool-accessories/saw-accessories/track-saw-accessories/tracksaw-tsquare/dws5027

I agree with the overcut with the track saw. Heck you do it, or maybe should do it with solid stock when you do a rough breakdown. Don’t see why a fella wouldn’t with even harder to handle sheet goods. Get em down to easily manageable, then finish them off on the table saw.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 05-07-2020 12:18 PM

I have one of these https://www.woodpeck.com/accessories/festool-aftermarket-accessories/woodpeckers-adjustable-track-square.html

I am still a little ashamed at how much is costs, but I liked the features and have had great luck using it.

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#7 posted 05-07-2020 01:19 PM

$350? Seriously? I can afford them, but on just on principle I wouldn’t buy a Woodpecker product if I were a millionaire!!

The TSO is a little more reasonable.

But truthfully, an accurate framing or drywall square also works.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#8 posted 05-07-2020 02:02 PM



I cannot go past my TSO GRS-16 PE...

Check out TommyMick s post her.

- LittleBlackDuck


Great idea but I have the DeWalt system. It is unfortunate the way that DeWalt built the track to be double sided.

-- DannyW

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#9 posted 05-07-2020 02:09 PM



potzz, do you have the DeWalley track square, or the one Duck posted?

https://www.dewalt.com/products/accessories/tool-accessories/saw-accessories/track-saw-accessories/tracksaw-tsquare/dws5027

neither i just use a square or measure.
I agree with the overcut with the track saw. Heck you do it, or maybe should do it with solid stock when you do a rough breakdown. Don t see why a fella wouldn t with even harder to handle sheet goods. Get em down to easily manageable, then finish them off on the table saw.

- therealSteveN


-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 05-07-2020 02:10 PM



$350? Seriously? I can afford them, but on just on principle I wouldn t buy a Woodpecker product if I were a millionaire!!

The TSO is a little more reasonable.

But truthfully, an accurate framing or drywall square also works.

- Robert


i agree,i dont mind spending money on quality tools but 350 for that is rediculous.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 05-07-2020 03:14 PM


Years ago I bought drywall square that hangs in my garage and when I break down sheet goods i use for laying out. Hasn’t steered me wrong yet.

- Sparks500

got one myself but i use my track saw to break down sheet goods then finish up on the table saw.this is just my preference.

- pottz


That’s what I do too. But I’m pretty impressed with how close everything comes out with the tracksaw.

-- A good day is any day that you're alive....

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#12 posted 05-07-2020 08:56 PM



I have one of these https://www.woodpeck.com/accessories/festool-aftermarket-accessories/woodpeckers-adjustable-track-square.html

I am still a little ashamed at how much is costs, but I liked the features and have had great luck using it.

- TechTeacher04


I wouldn’t be ashamed unless you forced the kids to take an extra paper round and the missus a 3rd. job to pay for it.
If you need mitre cuts on sheet goods then it would be invaluable as there is no way you could do that accurately any other way that I could think of… and if not, just write it off as a premature senior’s moment… much like the previous elections (and I’m not referring to that Chinese bedroom incident).

Either way, I can just about guarantee you that if you didn’t buy it, you could point at your bank account and say… ”There’s the money I saved in not buying that expensive ‘pecker…

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

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#13 posted 05-08-2020 12:02 AM

Duck, you quack me up.

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#14 posted 05-16-2020 01:02 AM

While I’ve made a lot of kitchens and cabinets with the track-saw, mostly now I just use the track saw for rough cutting and then trim on the table saw. It’s more steps, but the table saw is just more accurate. Track saw for rough cut because I can’t manhandle a sheet of plywood over the saw.

You must square up the end of a sheet of plywood before registering your cuts or you may be unhappy with the track-saw results which can be very accurate. Plywood 1/16” out of square is pretty common, and that’s too sloppy for me. When I had a shop with a big sliding saw, that was the first step with each new piece of plywood, square up one end.

(I use an old track-saw system from a company called Eureka Zone They provided a square that attaches to the track. (no longer see it for sale). The track is 54” long and the T part that butts to the plywood is about 20” long…so its a big t-square, bigger than the drywall squares. Can cross cut pretty accurately, but the square needs to be adjusted before each use, because it’s adjustable, which is handy when you want to do non-90 degree cuts…but wish it were a fixed 90 degrees.)

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#15 posted 05-16-2020 02:49 AM

Looking at the cost of those systems, mine is a bargain for my truetrac saw guide one at $129.99 with a 2’ track. It works really well and easy to set up. Dan

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