Best Track Saw 2018 Reviews and Comparisons
If you’re looking for a track saw to help you cut long pieces of wood you may be forgiven for thinking there are a lot of different saws on the market. Finding the right track saw for you can potentially be quite hard as most models claim to be the best there is, making selecting a track saw quite difficult. The good news is that we have compiled a list of the 5 best track saws around, so your job is a lot easier. Take a look below for more details about the 5 best track saws on the market right now:
Festool TS 55 REQ Track Saw is a modern-looking track saw that comes with a clean silver, black and green finish, Sold for approximately $660, this track saw allows the user to achieve straight cuts that are also splinter-free. With a spring-loaded riving knife that works to keep the kerf open, users will find there is less kickback, making the Festool a little easier to use.
The TS 55 REQ is quite costly, and potential buyers may, therefore, look for a cheaper model, but if you are prepared to spend the money, you could end up with a reliable track saw that has the potential to last for many years. If you purchase this track saw you will need to make sure that you have a surface that has been designed to use with a track saw, otherwise you could find your job is a little harder than it really needs to be. With a good reputation, and easy to change blades, the Festool TS 55 REQ Track Saw weighs 17 pounds, measures 12.2 x 11.5 x 15.5 inches. and is considered to be very easy to use.
- It is modern-looking, with a clean silver, black and green finish
- Is will have less kick back than other track saws
- It is quite high in cost
The DEWALT DWS520SK Tracksaw kit comes with a zero-clearance cutting system which means users can benefit from splinter-free cuts that are straight and precise. Sold for approximately $480, and weighing 25 pounds, the DEWALT is heavier than the Festool saw, but it does cost considerably less. With the ability to cut at a depth of 54 millimeters at 90 degrees, and 41 millimeters at 45 degrees, the DWS520SK is set to impress. Measuring 61 x 14 x 12.5 inches, this particular saw is known for occasionally pulling the track to the side, making it hard to cut in a straight line.
With a 1300 watt motor that can cut through wood that’s 2-1/8 inches thick very easily, and the ability to collect dust efficiently, this track saw is set to impress. With an anti-kickback mechanism that works continuously, and an accurate depth scale the DEWALT DWS520SK Tracksaw kit could be the ideal tracksaw for you. Complete with a 59 inch track, you could get your jobs done with very little effort.
- It comes with 59 inches of track
- It is equipped with zero-clearance
- It has been known for occasionally pulling the track to the side, making it hard to cut in a straight line.
The DEWALT DWS520K is the same tracksaw that we have already seen, but this kit does not come with a track. Sold for $440, the DWS520K offers splinter-free cuts and a low profile blade that makes it ideal for use in small and somewhat confined spaces. With a rivet knife that works to prevent kickback when the knife is engaged, you should find this tracksaw kit to be reasonably good to work with. Weighing 11.5 pounds, and measuring 12.4 x 18.1 x 12.1 inches, the saw’s can occasionally become stuck in the ‘Off’ position, making it a little trickier to use at times. However, with a good reputation, the DEWALT is ideal for crosscutting, door trimming, gang cutting, and edge joining, as well as many other jobs, making this particular kit a worthwhile investment
- It comes with a 1300 watt motor
- It can cut through wood that’s 2-1/8 inches thick very easily
- It is similar to the DWS520SK but hasn't got the track
In some respects, the size of the track saw can be quite irrelevant, simply because the over-all size may not be indicative of the size of the blade. However, if you are looking to use a tracksaw in a confined area, this is where size will begin to matter. Track saws that come with a low profile blade, such as the DEWALT DWS520K are ideal for use in smaller areas, and are therefore ideal if you have a small workshop, or you simply don’t wish to use a large track saw.
The fact that you can cut your wood on site means that you don’t have to look for extra space where you can cut the wood to size.
Depth of Cut
If you are looking for a blade that has a very specific depth of cut, you may be pleased to find out that many blades have a good depth. The depth on most track saws can be preset, meaning you can choose the depth that you need, every single time.
When you push the track saw forward the riving knife is lowered meaning you get a safe cut every single time.
Anti kick back
The anti-kick back feature that is present on most track saws makes the tool so much easier to use. If your track saw did not have this feature using it would be quite a bit harder as the saw would move slightly in response to the wood it’s cutting. With the anti-kick back feature, you should feel no kick back at all, or very little kick back at least. This means you can get on with the job in hand with minimal fuss, knowing you can cut as straight as you like.
The dust collection feature which is present on most track saws is perhaps one of the best features that the saws have. If you have ever used a saw or another power tool that does not collect dust, you will know how hard and messy jobs can be. Occasionally dust may even get in the way of your light of sight, meaning you may not be able to saw in a straight line. This could ultimately mean that you cannot get the job done properly.
The dust collection/extraction feature is ideal for those bigger jobs, and in most cases, the collector is in the same position where the dust is generated, meaning you will have a much cleaner cutting process, without worrying about making a mess.
Some saws come with the option for you to connect the dust collector to a collection system or a shop vacuum. The option of connecting the collector to the shop’s vacuum could potentially make life a lot easier for you if you tend to collect all of your dust in one place. However, if you are happy to use the on-board collection system, you can simply empty it when it’s full, or at the end of every job.
Can a track saw replace a table saw?
In some cases a track saw can completely replace a table saw if you’re looking to make miter or crosscuts. A track saw can make these jobs so much easier, however, this type of saw isn’t ideal for jobs that include rip cuts. This ultimately means that you may still need to use a table saw, whilst also using your new track saw.
Some track saw users will tell you that you can use a track saw in place of a table saw, however, it does entirely depend on the jobs you want to do, and how much wood you need to cut. Before you get rid of your table saw it would be wise to find out which jobs your new track saw can do, and which ones it can’t do. If for example, you won’t ever need to do any rip cuts, a track saw may be the only tool that you need.
What is a track saw used for?
A track saw is used for making very straight cuts whilst using a track, which may also be known as a ‘Guide’. Track saws are thought to be absolutely ideal for those jobs where you need very smooth and highly accurate cuts. Most table saws and circular saws will not offer the same quality of cut that a track saw offers, so if you are looking for a very smooth and high-quality finish, this is the type of saw to go for.
How to use a track saw?
Ensure that the blade you’re using is sharp enough, blades that aren’t sharp will not do the job properly. Once you’re satisfied that the blade is ok, adjust the riving knife and ensure it’s aligned with the blade so as to help prevent kickbacks.
Now you need to set the right cutting depth, make sure you set it properly as the right depth will result in a good cut. Try not to set the depth too deep as it could compromise the cut’s quality. Now take hold of the saw, and hold it firmly so you don’t get much kickback.
You should consider using a track rail that will help to guide the saw along, while making accurate cuts. An added benefit of using a track rail is that it also works as a safety feature helping to protect the user from splinters that can be quite nasty.
Before you make your first cut you should make sure that the cutting path is clear, and nothing is going to get in the way of the saw. Once you’ve established that the cutting path is clear, press both power buttons at the same time. 1 button will lower the saw, and the other will get the blade moving. Now you need to wait for the blade to get up to full-speed, as doing so will help to prevent some kickbacks. Now you’re ready to cut.
Finding the right track saw can be hard, but hopefully we have made life a little easier for you. The above track saws are thought to be the best on the market right now. Why not consider purchasing one of the above track saws so that you can get a wide range of jobs done with very little effort?
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