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Forum topic by sawdust66 posted 11-06-2021 08:01 PM 975 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sawdust66

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11-06-2021 08:01 PM

I’m about to take the plunge and get the Makita 36v track saw, and when I started looking at rail options I see Powertec seems to be rated very well for people who have the Makita saw. I also noticed that Wen offers a rail set that is compatible as well. Only $65 on Amazon for (2) 50” rails and the connector. Huge savings over the Makita rails. Wanted to know if anyone out there has experience with this. Thanks.

-- Chris, Pennsylvania


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gtrgeo

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#1 posted 11-06-2021 10:27 PM

I have the same saw and have only used the Makita rails. You may want to check out Peter Millard’s video on the different rails available, their dimensional differences and what saws they work with. From what I have seen, other than the older style Grizzly/Wen/Sheppek track saws, the newer tracks are all fairly similar. Dimensionally, there are slight differences in the width of the guide bar and the distance from the guide bar to the cutting edge.

There may be material quality differences as well but I have not seen much on that beyond what Peter covers and reviews on Amazon.

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#2 posted 11-07-2021 12:32 AM

If the rails aren’t straight you’ll have a problem. Festool has very good quality control in this department. Do you have a straight edge long enough to check them? A long level can work, if it too is straight.

If I were buying another rail (I have Makita presently, had Festool in the past) I’d try to buy from a local retailer so I could take it back easily. Of course shorter rails come in a cardboard box but my long Festool rail came in a wooden box by freight I think.

They can also get bent in shipping. The bend that’s problematic in the manufacture goes the other way.

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CWWoodworking

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#3 posted 11-07-2021 03:17 AM

I have 2 kregs connected and I wouldn’t recommend a 2 piece if you use it a lot. I bolted a brace to strengthen it/hold it straight. Actually called the company to see if there were any options for a 1 piece.

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#4 posted 11-07-2021 05:38 AM

I happen to have a set of both these brands of rails, and both seem well made. I have only used the Wen set so far. Works well with the Makita cordless. I am planning to use use the connectors to permanently connect one set for ripping full sheets of plywood. Hard to beat for the price.

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