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    Non Festool track saws

    Does anyone have a non festool tracksaw? Looking to buy a tracksaw , I may buy the Festool, but Id like to hear if anyone has bought any of the other brands now available. Thanks!

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    May I ask how often you would be using it?
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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    I have the Scheppach; same company that makes Grizzly and some others. Which means blades, tracks and clamps can come from many vendors.
    I tested it against a Festool; side by side. I didn't see a bit of difference. Maybe Scott Smith saw some differences, but his eyes are younger!
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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    I have the DCS520 60-Volt MAX 6-1/2 in. cordless track saw and love it! Accurate, powerful and CORDLESS! My father in law has a cabinet shop with a festool and we compared cuts...same precision, same clean cut.

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    Chris one question to possibly consider. How is the dust collection with the others saws?

    If this s a checker, it adds an additional $600 to Festool unless you already have a dust extractor. I have asthma so the Festool plunge made sense for the sanders. The track saw was an add on after an assortment of sanders and a domino.

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    I bought the WEN track saw. Its is basically the same as the Grizzly, Shop Fox, Scheppach and maybe some others. I don't think the dust collection is as good as a Festool from what I've read, since I don't have a Festool to compare it with but for $159 to make it easier to break down sheet goods to a manageable size, works for me.

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    I am in the market for one too and I'm really leaning toward the Makita cordless. It has a few features that I really like (cordless, anti tip when cutting bevels, good dust collection) and it's about $200 less than the Festool.

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    Chris, I can't provide any insight about non-Festool saws, but I can say that I have never been disappointed with any of my Festool products (dust collection is a huge plus). That said, I wish that Festool adjustments were in the imperial system rather than metric, but that is a relatively small negative. Festool is pricey, but the products do perform well.
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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    Festool products are way over priced. I'm on the low cost end of the spectrum. I have an 8 & 4 ft. straight edge clamps. With these and a Skill worm drive I cut down my sheet goods to a size I can handle.

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    We use the Grizzly track saw at school and I'm generally pleased with it.
    For my purposes its a safe convenient way for students to cut down sheet goods.

    I wouldn't call it precision engineered, the adjustments are useable- you can check out the review at Woodwhisperer.
    My experience pretty closely mirrors his.

    While we're on the subject- if someone can recommend a good replacement blade for this saw I'll appreciate it.
    Again, mostly looking to cut down sheets of 3/4" ply.
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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    Quote Originally Posted by pop golden View Post
    festool products are way over priced. I'm on the low cost end of the spectrum. I have an 8 & 4 ft. Straight edge clamps. With these and a skill worm drive i cut down my sheet goods to a size i can handle.

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    I really like my shop fox, did some upgrading, and have a frued blade. If you look around you can find upgrade how tos that really change the saw. Out of the box it's fair saw but it comes alive when you mess with it. Probably never as good as a festool but alot cheaper and I could take the cost difference and buy the next tool.
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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    After reading (and watching YouTube demonstrations) reviews and comparisons to other track saws I placed an order for a Makita cordless track saw kit last night. Makita is now offering a free 55" rail and two additional 5 amp batteries with the kit. Although A****n has a $34.00 lower price on the kit, it does not have the free items deal. A 55" track section costs more than $34.00.
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    Re: Non Festool track saws

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    May I ask how often you would be using it?
    Im not really sure at this point. I borrowed a fEstool from a friend and was extremely impressed by the quality of cut. I am wondering are the tracks interchangeable? can you buy a "cheap" track and use a Festool on it?

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    Re: Non Festool track saws

    The festool tracks are not interchangeable with any of the brands that I know of.

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