I have wanted to get one of those track saws for a while now just couldn’t fork out the 600 for the original green machine. with the recent introduction of a track saw by the other green company (Grizzly) I did some research (online reviews, online videos, demos, different model user manuals for features, parts diagrams and features) and found the Scheppach CS-55 model to be a suitable match for me.
I have had good past experience with Scheppach products (my slow grinder) and from looking at their online website (although poorly constructed) it seems on-par with Grizzly in many ways (there are also numerous products that are identical from both mfg.) which is good for long term parts/service purposes as I think Grizzly is very very good in that sense (ease of getting replacement parts). Since Grizzly’s track saw is still not available in stock, and since their overall price was $50 over the alternative, I ended up going with the Scheppach model.
I also ordered an Oshlun 48teeth replacement blade to have a spare at hand (since these are not readily available at the BORG I don’t want to be stranded without a blade in the middle of a project).
My use for this will be sporadic and not too often so I don’t need a power horse that will run 24/7 nor do I need all the bells and whistles, just a solid saw that will do what it’s supposed to do with safety in mind.
The saw arrived quickly, and well packed, with very minimal set of instructions:
all seems to be as expected and in working condition. it definitely does not have a high-end quality feel to it, and feels rather plasticy but in terms of functionality it’s mostly there. It lacks some of the functionality other models have like stronger motor, variable speed, and some accessories that I suppose would come standard with other models are only available as “accessory pack” for this one. I personally will make the accessories I’ll need for this one so opted not to get any additional add ons.first impression (not from heavy use – just impressions, could theoretically mean absolutely nothing at this point):
- feels plasticy
- motor is noisy and doesn’t have that vroooom feel to it (just a 9amp motor as known prior to purchase)
- motor doesn’t seem to have a quick change carbon brush slot, for long term maintenance you’d have to open up the motor cover – no biggy, just found it curious.
- no “made in ….” sticker anywhere on package/saw – only reference of Ohio distributor. I suppose this is made in asia/china and shipped to Europe from where it is passed to the US. otherwise I’m pretty sure you’d have to have that sticker on the product if it’s direct asia to US (I could be mistaken)
- slips nicely and securely into track – nice
- rides smoothly on track
- working position is comfortable and the feel is much more in control over freehand circular saw
- plunge action is awesome, setting depth of cut is convenient and safe – no need to flip saw guard halfway and drop saw down on part to be sawed. the operation on this one definitely feels like a huge improvement.
unfortunately I do not have any shop time as of late, but I do have 1 project that I would like to address, so hopefully I will get to test drive this a bit more seriously.
Not that I would be willing to pay full price for the green machine (or even for a used one), but after playing around with this one at this price range, I actually find the price tag on the higher end models more realistic with the attention to details that they include. But pound-per-pound for the occasional use and comparing the basic functionality, I find this one to be a good contender for the serious hobbyist.
-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.