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Forum topic by stevet47 posted 11-24-2021 03:49 AM 715 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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stevet47

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11-24-2021 03:49 AM

Does anyone own both a Makita track and a Powertec track for their track saw? I am wondering if they are dimensionally identical, or just ‘compatible’. I know a Makita track saw will work on either track, what I don’t know is whether or not I can jump back and forth between tracks without adjusting the guide bushings.

For example, the Festool and Makita tracks and saws are all interchangeable, but the guide rail on the Makita track is about .01” narrower than on the Festool, so if your saw is setup for the Makita track it will be too tight to push down the Festool track, requiring adjustment of the guide bushings.

I’m looking to buy the Makita SP600J with the included 55” track, as the track only ads ~$30 to the kit price, but costs ~$90 on its own. I was going to use that as a dedicated cross cut track, then pickup the 2-pack of 55” Powertec rails for $108, attach them together and keep that as a dedicated ripping track.

Any input is apprechiated, thanks!


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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 11-25-2021 12:19 AM

I have no idea, however, to me the logical option would be to keep all tracks the same brand so specifications would be exact (excluding production run oopsies… which do happen) so they can be combined in greater configurations. Will a couple of shekels saving justify the stuffing around?

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

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#2 posted 11-25-2021 02:19 AM

Hi Steve,

We use a Powertec track with a Makita saw at the cabinet shop I work for. It works well; as for an actual comparison of the two, they seem about the same in my experience. I haven’t actually tried comparing both tracks side by side, but I do know that they are both compatible with the Makita saw. Hope this helps!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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stevet47

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#3 posted 11-25-2021 03:24 AM

Thanks guys. I ended at the same conclusion as LittleBlackDuck; it’s safer just to stick with 1 brand of track. I’m going with the Powertec track as they are 1/2 the cost of the Makita and seem to get good reviews. Once delivered, if the track isn’t great perhaps I’ll return it and spend more on the Makita, but I’m giving the cheaper track a chance. Gotta love fee Amazon returns!

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sawdust66

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#4 posted 11-28-2021 07:08 AM

I can’t compare them, but I did recently get the Makita saw and chose to go with the Powertec tracks. In my experience I had to make no adjustments to the guide bushings. Was perfectly aligned and slid flawlessly on the Powertec tracks. Did about 50bf of straight edges on 4/4 rough cut walnut. absolutely prefect edges.

-- Chris, Pennsylvania

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stevet47

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#5 posted 11-28-2021 02:48 PM

Awesome. Mine is getting delivered today

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