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stevet47

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02-08-2021 03:56 PM

My table saw currently has a 52” rip capacity, but I am considering a downgrade to 32” in order to free up some floor space. I’ve read the 32” vs 52” discussions, and the answer is always, “if you have the space, more is better”, however, I’ve never seen a track saw mentioned as part of the discussion.
I can more efficiently layout my shop space with a smaller tablesaw.
My thought is that a track saw is better suited for breaking down sheet goods, and the table saw is better for smaller tasks, does this logic track? I feel like with the purchase of a track saw, I really wouldn’t be giving anything up.
Does anyone have an opinion on this?


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#1 posted 02-08-2021 04:28 PM

I have a small shop and the combination track saw/table saw (36”) works well for me. I used the Parf Guide System to create an assembly/cut-off/MFT type table that I use with the track saw and bench dogs to get accurate cuts. I find the track saw much easier than handling a full sheet of plywood/MDF/etc.

IF I had room for 52” table saw with sliding attachment, I might have different thoughts :)

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#2 posted 02-08-2021 04:42 PM

I did exactly what you are proposing. About 3-4 years ago I sold my cabinet saw and moved to a DeWalt jobsite saw. About 2-3 years ago I added a track saw. Last summer I upgraded to a SawStop jobsite saw. For me it was 100% a space issue. I didn’t regret the switch then, and I don’t now. A 32” rip capacity is more than enough in my opinion, you can get by with less than that if you add a track saw into the equation.

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#3 posted 02-08-2021 04:58 PM

It depends on what you make. Personally, i never use plywood bigger than 4×8 sheets, so in theory the biggest rip i ever need is 24”.

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#4 posted 02-08-2021 05:02 PM

I use a track saw mainly to avoid wrestling full sheets of material. With 3/4 MDF or ply is also saves my back.

With the right accessories such as a parallel guide, the cuts are probably more accurate than a TS.

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#5 posted 02-08-2021 05:30 PM

A track saw is the perfect compliment to a smaller table saw.
I use a Bosch 4100 on wheels with my track saw and can build cabinets and furniture
all day long.
You’ll like the compactness and usefulness of this combo.

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#6 posted 02-08-2021 05:33 PM

My thought is that a track saw is better suited for breaking down sheet goods, and the table saw is better for smaller tasks, does this logic track?
Yes. Off the truck and on the horses you can dimension your sheet goods with your track saw.
Then you can easily go to your next steps in production.

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stevet47

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#7 posted 02-08-2021 05:37 PM

Thanks all, you have confirmed my thoughts. I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing something!
Looks like I need to save up, sell my 52” Unisaw, and “downgrade” to a 32” SawStop. Yes, yes, I know I could cut or switch the rails on the Unisaw…. just don’t tell that to my wife!

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#8 posted 02-08-2021 11:56 PM



My table saw currently has a 52” rip capacity, but I am considering a downgrade to 32” in order to free up some floor space. I ve read the 32” vs 52” discussions, and the answer is always, “if you have the space, more is better”, however, I ve never seen a track saw mentioned as part of the discussion.
I can more efficiently layout my shop space with a smaller tablesaw.
My thought is that a track saw is better suited for breaking down sheet goods, and the table saw is better for smaller tasks, does this logic track? I feel like with the purchase of a track saw, I really wouldn t be giving anything up.
Does anyone have an opinion on this?

- stevet47

Also added to the equation is a lot of us guys have had some birthdays, and our days of picking up full sheets of plywood, and ripping them up on the TS are behind us. Even for the young it is something of a dance to learn to do it accurately, and safely.

I still have my wide fence ability on my TS though. Now used more in connection with a sled on a crosscut off of a stand off block on the fence. I’m too poor for a sliding table TS, it’s the next best thing. :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 02-09-2021 04:34 AM

I sure would like a sliding tablesaw, but there’s thst space issue. It needs equal on-feed as off-feed, so (96×2) + ~32? == the total depth of operation. Now a vertical panelsaw with a track mounted motor (saw)needs wallspace, leaving th t/s clear and the assy table/or/workbench clear, too. Hmmmm….

BTW, how far is your 52” Unisaw from Atlanta? I’ve always wanted one!

-- I won't even try to tell other people how to live their lives: they're not listening and I'm probly wrong.

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