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05-09-2020 05:13 PM

I keep running into jobs where it would be amazing to have a track saw that can do really small cuts, no more than 3/4” deep, but it small enough use up against a vertical wall. I saw the Dremel saw which looks great, but I’m curious if anyone here has rigged something to work like a traditional track saw (just put the track on the lines you want and slide accordingly).


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#1 posted 05-09-2020 05:36 PM

I made my track the usual way using 1/4” Masonite with a glued piece of Masonite to track the saw against. The saw I use is an old Makita 9.8 volt circular saw. It’s blade is only 3-1/2”. Barely cuts 3/4”. I’ve used it a lot, but of course not frequently, but it’s handy to have when you do need something like that. Batteries go flat quickly, but you can still get them, so you can have a couple charged ones handy

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#2 posted 05-09-2020 06:22 PM

Menards has track saw with 4 1/2 inch blade. Mini master

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#3 posted 05-09-2020 06:26 PM

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#4 posted 05-09-2020 09:15 PM

Are the products from Menards any good?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#5 posted 05-09-2020 11:40 PM

Yep—-Grizzly; great little saw

-- Randy

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#6 posted 05-10-2020 02:15 AM

How available are the blades? Can you get/buy them from different company’s or only Grizzly?

https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-4-1-2-Mini-Track-Saw-Super-Kit/T27444

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#7 posted 05-10-2020 07:54 AM

4 1/2” diameter saw blade selection SUX.

Menards has Mastercraft, Griz has there’s a few others. but most all of them are just the same junk blades. Pay close attention to arbor size. The Griz are huge, next to the tiny hole on the MasterCraft. The 4 blade selection Griz offers is actually the most I have seen for a 4.5 inch saw.

I am posting this so someone can prove me wrong, Hopefully….

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 05-10-2020 09:11 AM

I have a miniature saw

If your interested I can get it out and photograph it

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 05-10-2020 01:54 PM

I have thought of getting a Ryobi 18V ONE+™ 6 1/2 IN. model #P507 circular saw for use like that as well as other light duty usage away from power. I have other tools in the system and have a number of batteries so staying with Ryobi has some attraction. Does anyone have experience with that saw? How is it for light duty usage? How loud/quiet is it? It would be nice to be able to make cuts at times when running the table saw is not a good idea because it is loud.

I have two joinable 4’ sections of aluminum track that would work okay with it and would probably improvise something 24” or so.

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#10 posted 05-10-2020 06:55 PM



I have a miniature saw

If your interested I can get it out and photograph it

- robscastle

The MasterCraft I spoke of is actually a ROCKWELL, also of this variety. Very useful in the right applications, just a crappy selection of blades.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/ROCKWELL-4-1-2-in-Corded-Circular-Saw-with-Steel-Shoe/50073341?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-tol-_-google-_-lia-_-129-_-handheldcuttingandgrinding-_-50073341-_-0&store_code=303&placeholder=null&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyvfk_vip6QIV0_7jBx3FVwIxEAYYASABEgJW3PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

4.5” blade with a 3/8” arbor.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 05-10-2020 09:37 PM

I cannot comment on the blade varieties, I mainly use it for detail work or flooring repairs as it has a limited depth (avoids cutting pipe, power cables and all sorts of other surprises hidden below the floor) along with the fact that you can get reasonably close to skirting and corners.

A very handy bit of kit in my mind.

I went looking for the job I did …wow it was back in 2016
A sample of its use.

I was so impressed with it I made a box for it out of the flooring!

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 05-11-2020 03:57 AM

I have the Rockwell too. Wasn’t happy with the results and wish I had stuck with the jig saw…..

I have a miniature saw

If your interested I can get it out and photograph it

- robscastle

The MasterCraft I spoke of is actually a ROCKWELL, also of this variety. Very useful in the right applications, just a crappy selection of blades.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/ROCKWELL-4-1-2-in-Corded-Circular-Saw-with-Steel-Shoe/50073341?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-tol-_-google-_-lia-_-129-_-handheldcuttingandgrinding-_-50073341-_-0&store_code=303&placeholder=null&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyvfk_vip6QIV0_7jBx3FVwIxEAYYASABEgJW3PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

4.5” blade with a 3/8” arbor.

- therealSteveN


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#13 posted 05-11-2020 06:06 AM

I’m thinking the saw goes round and round like it should. That leaves the crappy blade. I ordered a set of blades today from Wally World. I’ll see if they work any better than the one with the saw.

On track saw I stumbled across one that is similar to the Griz, except the track is 4 sections of 13 ++ ” to make an oversized track for crossing a sheet of plywood. That Griz is either written up wrong, or some engineer has never seen what a track saw is for. Their track is 4’. Not any extra to start off a sheet of plywood, or to go off the far side. I’m wondering how many people figure that out after getting it?

Anyhow Menards entry to mini tracksaw. The good news is they just extended 11% off another week. 88 bux. I think I would prefer if the track was just one join instead of 3, but it is at least 53 1/2” long, so crossing a full sheet of plywood is doable.

https://www.menards.com/main/tools/power-tools/power-saws/circular-saws/masterforce-reg-4-1-2-plunge-cut-circular-saw-kit-with-53-1-2-guide-track/2410748/p-1455839716898.htm

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#14 posted 05-11-2020 12:33 PM



I m thinking the saw goes round and round like it should. That leaves the crappy blade. I ordered a set of blades today from Wally World. I ll see if they work any better than the one with the saw.

On track saw I stumbled across one that is similar to the Griz, except the track is 4 sections of 13 ++ ” to make an oversized track for crossing a sheet of plywood. That Griz is either written up wrong, or some engineer has never seen what a track saw is for. Their track is 4 . Not any extra to start off a sheet of plywood, or to go off the far side. I m wondering how many people figure that out after getting it?

Anyhow Menards entry to mini tracksaw. The good news is they just extended 11% off another week. 88 bux. I think I would prefer if the track was just one join instead of 3, but it is at least 53 1/2” long, so crossing a full sheet of plywood is doable.

https://www.menards.com/main/tools/power-tools/power-saws/circular-saws/masterforce-reg-4-1-2-plunge-cut-circular-saw-kit-with-53-1-2-guide-track/2410748/p-1455839716898.htm

- therealSteveN


It appears the Menards saw is the same saw as the Grizzly. Am I wrong?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#15 posted 05-11-2020 12:46 PM


I m thinking the saw goes round and round like it should. That leaves the crappy blade. I ordered a set of blades today from Wally World. I ll see if they work any better than the one with the saw.

On track saw I stumbled across one that is similar to the Griz, except the track is 4 sections of 13 ++ ” to make an oversized track for crossing a sheet of plywood. That Griz is either written up wrong, or some engineer has never seen what a track saw is for. Their track is 4 . Not any extra to start off a sheet of plywood, or to go off the far side. I m wondering how many people figure that out after getting it?

Anyhow Menards entry to mini tracksaw. The good news is they just extended 11% off another week. 88 bux. I think I would prefer if the track was just one join instead of 3, but it is at least 53 1/2” long, so crossing a full sheet of plywood is doable.

https://www.menards.com/main/tools/power-tools/power-saws/circular-saws/masterforce-reg-4-1-2-plunge-cut-circular-saw-kit-with-53-1-2-guide-track/2410748/p-1455839716898.htm

- therealSteveN

It appears the Menards saw is the same saw as the Grizzly. Am I wrong?

- dbw

Grizzly is 10 amp motor, Menards is 8 amp.

-- always something

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