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My Observations of the DeWalt DWS520SK TrackSaw

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Blog entry by Marty Backe posted 1315 days ago 2770 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After having used the Dewalt TrackSaw for a bit, I thought I’d share my observations of its setup and use. In this video I discuss some items that are not generally addressed in other reviews that I’ve seen.

In this second part of my review, I share my opinions of the few accessories that are available for the saw. There’s one accessory in particular that you want to avoid at all costs.



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TheDane

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#1 posted 1314 days ago

Marty—I’m considering purchase of a tracksaw, and appreciate the thoughtful review … Thanks!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 1314 days ago

thankĀ“s for the rewiew of the saw and the exstra :-)

take care
Dennis

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#3 posted 1314 days ago

Nice review. And yeah, if that t-square isn’t even square, then it’s definitely a waste of money. And they do sell a miter gauge accessory which could be used like the t-square but it’s adjustable so would probably be better than using the t-square. And they do sell 3 track sizes. the 46” and 59” you mentioned along with a 102” one as well. Looks like a nice tool though. Thanks again for taking the time to show us some of it’s features.
Also, Does this have to take a specific blade? If not, then maybe a crosscut or high toothed blade would give you better results while cross cutting. It’s more likely the blade and not the saw causing the tearout.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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489tad

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#4 posted 1307 days ago

Marty thanks for the review. Have you contacted DeWalt about the miter gage? If they will not help, are there any holes in the miter gage that you could attatch another piece, say oak and so you could make the miter gage square to the track? If no holes, can you make holes? Seems like such waste not to be able to use it.

Dan

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Marty Backe

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#5 posted 1307 days ago

Hi Dan,

I didn’t see myself getting anywhere by contacting DeWalt. The odds of me getting in touch with anyone who would even understand what I’m talking about is slim.

There aren’t any mounting holes, but there is a way to detach the part that slides into the track. So if I ever feel motivated I might remove that part and mount it on a new fence that I would make. But after using the tracksaw for a bit, I’m not sure if I would ever use a square attachment like this. The bottom line is I think this accessory isn’t needed. I think they manufacture it realizing that it sounds like a good idea and that they can make a few bucks selling it to people who also think it’s a good idea.

Thanks for the input.

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Marty Backe

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#6 posted 1307 days ago

Matt,

DeWalt appears to only sell the one blade. I suspect that other blades would fit, and that might be an avenue that I’ll pursue.

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Lorin

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#7 posted 560 days ago

Thanks for the great review Marty. Currently considering a track-saw and your review was very beneficial.

Lorin

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