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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    Does anyone know if the Scheppach track saw is regularly offered on the woot.com deals or was the $120 deal from them a few years ago a one and done type offer? Kicking myself for not ordering it when I saw it years ago.

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    I also have the Scheppach and it's worked great for me. Only twice I've wished I had a longer track, but I've always made do. I got mine on one of the Woot deals years ago and I've only seen a similar deal for it once on Woot since then. I've never seen a sale price on it anywhere else.

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    The only track saw I have ever used is the Festool, but have seen the others in use and could see their limitations.

    I use mine for cutting openings in commercial doors when installing glass inserts. The Festool works great for that.

    Plunges smoothly and repeatably, which is important when plunging through a 1 3/4 thick door. Plus the dust collection is great, also important when working in an office.

    But most important to me is the Festool track never needs to be clamped or secured before you make the cut. Just set the track down, align with your layout marks and cut. I have never had it slip on hundreds of cuts and it works on finished or unfinished wood.

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    I have the Grizzly track saw. It works well but is not the most ergonomic. It works with Festool tracks. Dust collection is pretty good. It started to make some noise like a dry bushing so I looked to a replacement. I found a reconditioned Festool and bought that. The chip guard on the Festool tracks is much stiffer and more effective. The saw is easier to use and has better dust collection. I've ehard that it will do flawless bevel cuts along the same cut line as the 90 setting. I have not tried bevel cuts with either saw though.

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    Thanks Jim, that was really helpful. I've been thinking about getting a track saw, and being able to use it with a router would be a big plus. Good to hear the attachment works well.
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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    I've used a TS55 in the shop for almost 9 years. Even thought I have a straight line rip saw, for precision edges the Festool is my preferred tool - especially with long (12'+) rips. Surprisingly, It still has the original blade on it....

    The cut quality is unequaled. I've found that it is as good as any edge jointer (and better on long, thick heavy boards which are difficult to feed accurately across a jointer table). The dust collection is just plane awesome.

    No issues whatsoever with receiving a clean, tear-out and fuzz free cut.

    It's good to have options with respect to other saws that are now on the market. In my instance, when I need to straight line rip a pair of bookmatched $2,000+ slabs for as close to a perfect glue-up as possible, it's not a priority to me to save a couple of hundred bucks on a track saw. What is a priority is to have an exceptional quality rip the first time. That's what I get from the Festool track saw with an experienced operator.

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    Quote Originally Posted by scsmith42 View Post
    I've used a TS55 in the shop for almost 9 years. Even thought I have a straight line rip saw, for precision edges the Festool is my preferred tool - especially with long (12'+) rips. Surprisingly, It still has the original blade on it....

    The cut quality is unequaled. I've found that it is as good as any edge jointer (and better on long, thick heavy boards which are difficult to feed accurately across a jointer table). The dust collection is just plane awesome.

    No issues whatsoever with receiving a clean, tear-out and fuzz free cut.

    It's good to have options with respect to other saws that are now on the market. In my instance, when I need to straight line rip a pair of bookmatched $2,000+ slabs for as close to a perfect glue-up as possible, it's not a priority to me to save a couple of hundred bucks on a track saw. What is a priority is to have an exceptional quality rip the first time. That's what I get from the Festool track saw with an experienced operator.


    Thanks Scott, that was my experience as well. And I am in the same camp, Its not about spending a couple hundred more dollars, its about getting the desired results reliably. I was mainly trying to find out if anyone else had similar success with other products. Ill probably end with the Festool in the end because I have little tolerance for inadequate tools.

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    Not sure if this is too late for someone making a decision, but I would highly recommend EZSmart stuff from EurekaZone. However, they are more than just a track and a saw. They have a philosophy and a system. At least give them a look. I like mine.
    http://www.eurekazone.com/

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    This may be a little repetitive but I don't think a Festool will give better cut quality than I get with my DeWalt. I think it has more accessories available, however, and I am pretty sure the blade changes are easier.

    With respect to price, I think it's important to price WITH TRACK. I've seen articles that claimed the Makita was less than the DeWalt but every time I've looked, with a long and short track the DeWalt is less. Makita may be less if you only want 55 inch tracks, however.

    I cut my outside skirt boards with my DeWalt. I under cut them at 46 degrees so the miters fit nice and tight. I glued with construction adhesive which fills the small gap on the inside. It worked well but I had to keep a hand on the saw base to keep it firmly on the track. Made me think about the little lip the Makita track has for this.

    DeWalt track doesn't move as long as my technique is OK (even when unclamped, clamped it doesn't matter what I do it doesn't move). I suspect even the Grizzly would do good work with a Freud blade and good technique.

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    Quote Originally Posted by JimD View Post
    . . . . . .

    With respect to price, I think it's important to price WITH TRACK. I've seen articles that claimed the Makita was less than the DeWalt but every time I've looked, with a long and short track the DeWalt is less. Makita may be less if you only want 55 inch tracks, however.

    . . . . . . . .
    Jim, as with any purchase, the bottom line price is often determined by when and where the item is bought. I bought the Makita track saw with "free" 55" track and two additional batteries in February of this year (here) for $499.00. The comparable DeWalt kit with one battery and a 59" track (here) now sells for $579.99. The Makita 118" track is normally priced at $198.99 and the DeWalt 102" track is normally $177.99. Next month the prices may be reversed.
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