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Posted on Panel Cutting - Track saw vs Panel Saw?

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#1 posted 06-17-2009 10:48 PM

Well since you asked…...........

I had a SawTrax. It was very good at breaking down large sheets of plywood. And for the most part was accurate. The down sides for me were space, it uses a large footprint. And one you broke down the sheet of plywood, it still needed to be recut to get a smooth, chip free edge. Suffice to say I sold it.
I did some research and ended up with the Festool and the t55 saw. It cuts great, gives me a smooth, chip free edge and I go from cutting down the sheet to finished cut in no time. Yes, it does require some place to lay the plywood sheet on, and some folks have used folding saw horses with good success. I bought a 4×8 sheet of the pink styrofoam insulation. When i need to cut down sheets, I lay the styro sheet on the work bench, throw the sheet of plywood on it and cut away. When done, i stow the styro sheet under the workbench.
One additional benefit that convinced me to but the Festool, is that with the zero clearence strip i get no chip out and can use it for batch cutting veneer. Works super.
I have seen the T55 and rails used on ebay.


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