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Forum topic by MichaelTT posted 06-13-2021 03:00 PM 662 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MichaelTT

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06-13-2021 03:00 PM

So I bought the the Kreg Accu-cut to use with my deWalt circular saw.. Bought this to not spend the $$ for a “real” track saw..

Have used it a few times now, and must say I’m not really happy with it….

I making a vanity for our guest bathroom, the top is 1in Walnut, 18*24, glued up out of 4 boards. Made it oversize, and was trying to cut it to final size with the Accu-cut and circular saw.
Problem is, even though the accucut guide has the rubber strips on the bottom, which supposedly stop it from moving, they really don’t… Had a hell of a time to get the cuts really straight.

Thinking about getting a proper track saw, I figure that even the cheapest one from WEN can do better than what I have right now..

Your opinions/experiences ?


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Loren

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#1 posted 06-13-2021 04:33 PM

It looks like you can get clamps for it.

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garageking

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#2 posted 06-13-2021 09:50 PM

I had both the Accu cut and the Accu rip. They were oK but I became frustrated with accuracy and dust collection. I sold them both on CL and bought a Festool track saw. I have not regretted that decision!

-- David, Kentucky

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CWWoodworking

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#3 posted 06-13-2021 09:53 PM

There’s been a few that tried the wen and liked it.

I mostly like kreg stuff but accucut seems to get people hope up a little too much.

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DevinT

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#4 posted 06-13-2021 09:54 PM

I have the Accu-cut and I like it alright. I was able to make accurate and straight cuts with it, breaking down sheet goods. I wouldn’t mind owning a track saw but I just like the compactness of the Accu-cut.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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AMZ

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#5 posted 06-13-2021 11:15 PM

I have the Accu cut, and you can make a sturdier one in ten minutes. Save your dollars

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#6 posted 06-14-2021 12:20 AM

As noted above, it can be clamped. The track slots will fit any t-track clamp that uses a 1/4” bolt with a hex head or a regular t-bolt. Lots of options out there from WoodRiver, Incra, etc.

Standard track clamps like those from Festool won’t fit.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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MichaelTT

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#7 posted 06-14-2021 12:39 AM

Thanks for the input !
I didn’t know there were clamps available for it…
I will get a pair of those.

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AGolden

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#8 posted 06-14-2021 11:39 PM

I have one and it works alright for my purposes. However, I don’t use it frequently and its usually not for something that needs to be critically accurate so perhaps I am not pushing its limits.

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Derrick

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#9 posted 06-29-2021 05:49 AM

I have both the accu cut and rip. They’re fine for the price. I have a tiny workspace, so I figured it was a good compromise. I haven’t been a huge fan of how the circular saw locks into the guide, but it’s only been a problem on maybe 2 occasions.

I recently upgraded to a WEN track saw:
https://wenproducts.com/products/wen-ct1272-12-amp-7-1-4-inch-variable-speed-plunge-cut-circular-track-saw?_pos=8&_sid=2682c4992&_ss=r

And Powertec tracks:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07RF7NYDL?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

I don’t know if the tracks were totally justified. I just saw they are considered an “upgrade” over WEN’s tracks. I would’ve liked to have seen them side by side to see they are truly better.

I can already see the benefits of upgrading to a track saw. Even if it’s one on the lower end of the quality spectrum. Because I’ve had my circular saw come out of alignment on the guide a couple times, I’m always worried it’s going to happen. With everything locked down on the track saw, it’s no longer a concern for me.

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bigblockyeti

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#10 posted 06-29-2021 12:02 PM

I have the Kreg rip-cut but haven’t yet pullet the trigger on the Accu-cut which I’m considering. The rip-cut seems well thought out from a design standpoint but it’s a little on the flimsy side. I used it to rip a 24” wide LVL into three ~8” beams and it did reasonably well (the saw was more than up to the task) but wasn’t very confidence inspiring. Any track system I get, ideally for one of my saws I already have, would need to be quite robust, I don’t care what it weighs. I need to be able to edge boards from the sawmill, often 3” hardwood while keeping the saw blade very, very parallel with the track. I suspect if I could even find one, a powerful track saw with 3” capacity would be priced above average. A full sized board edger with that capacity over $10K isn’t in the cards yet, nor do I need the throughput capacity of such a machine, yet.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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Axis39

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#11 posted 06-29-2021 01:22 PM

I hate the damn thing… And I’m a fan of most Kreg stuff.

I used to own a Ridgid worm drive and now own a Dewalt worm drive style cordless. Both have a curved lip on the front of the shoe and the Kreg won’t consistently connect to either.

Instead of buying a track saw, you can build a track-like guide to use with your existing saw.

Here’s the one I built:

I just used 1/4” MDF for the base, a piece of aluminum U-channel, filled with some QS oak, as my fence. The fence sits in a shallow groove I cut with a dado set. It is screwed in from underneath, into the oak. I also made it long on one piece, and I can screw the two sections together, to make an 8’ track. The two sides match the base of my saw, either side of the blade. They were cut to size after the fence was installed, by simply running the saw down each side. I clamp it to my workpiece with a pair of small Bessey F-style clamps.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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DevinT

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#12 posted 06-29-2021 03:19 PM

I guess I have the Accu-rip (is that right? See video)

Here is a video of me using the Kreg to fix a shoddy rip by BORG employees

That was the first and only time I’ve used it. You will notice I had to pull out a hand saw and a block plane to fix the end, but that was my fault because I veered off (whenever I use a new tool in my 48 square foot shop, I have to learn how to keep it — and me — from bumping into things).

I will definitely be using it again the next time I have to rip something. I could see taking it to the hardware store in the event that the in-store panel saw is out of service.

I primarily need it for breaking down 8-foot sheets into more manageable 2-foot x 4-foot panels.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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MichaelTT

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#13 posted 07-04-2021 09:57 PM

Well in the mean time I got the set of clamps for the accu-cut, and I must say with those, the whole thing works fairly well..
So for the time being, I will hold off on the dedicated track saw…

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OldBull

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#14 posted 07-04-2021 11:16 PM

I took a look at kreg for breaking down larger stuff, I found this video that discusses some problems and fixes for track accuracy and attatchment to the saw.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdHEmfpkCP0

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KLF

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#15 posted 07-05-2021 05:12 PM

I bought one a couple of years ago when building some cabinets. It worked, but I found it very awkward and frustrating. Shame on Kreg for selling this thing without the clamps, there’s no way that track will sit still without them. Was it a bad purchase? Meh, it worked OK.

I have a Makita track saw on order now (who knows when I’ll see it though). I had to use the Kreg thing the other day, and now I’ve really begun to hate it. It will be on craigslist as soon as the track saw arrives.

-- Measure twice, cut once.

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