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Menards MasterForce track saw

by Sparks500
posted 02-02-2018 02:28 PM


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#1 posted 02-02-2018 02:49 PM

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#2 posted 02-02-2018 02:57 PM


Is it possible that this is the same tool as the ShopFox and Grizzly models?

- ClearWaterMS

EDIT: This is referring to the 4-1/2” track saws, not the larger ones here, sorry I missed that the first time!

For the 4-1/2” saws no. It is extremely similar, and I thought the same thing, but they are not quite the same thing. The Masterforce has a different track and base plate than the Shopfox/Grizzly. I have both a Grizzly and Masterforce, so this is an actual hands on knowledge thing, not a speculation/looking at pictures thing.

I ordered the Grizzly track extension to see if it would work with my Masterforce (which only has a 54” track), and it did not fit on the Grizzly track. So I ended up buying a used Grizzly saw and track so I have one that’s 54” and one that’s 96” (Which is actually pretty dang handy). Both are pretty good, but I think the Masterforce is a better set up. The track was smoother, though there’s nothing holding the saw down on the track, and the power cord was longer, and the trigger lock out was easier to use. Otherwise, they’re very similar.

I was surprised at how nice the Masterforce kit was, given the price point. I used it and the Grizzly to cut all the plywood for my shop ceiling and walls this past year, so I used them both a LOT. The extra power cord length on the Masterforce was a small thing that made a big difference.

I would be surprised if these larger saws weren’t a similar situation, almost the same, but just barely different enough.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#3 posted 02-02-2018 03:09 PM

Mosquito, do you use the clamps every time, or do the sticky strips work pretty well?

-- Rockhound: You realize we're sitting on 45,000 pounds of fuel, one nuclear warhead and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder? Makes you feel good doesn't it?

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#4 posted 02-02-2018 03:10 PM

And, no, I didn’t NEED a track saw, I just wanted one…....

-- Rockhound: You realize we're sitting on 45,000 pounds of fuel, one nuclear warhead and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder? Makes you feel good doesn't it?

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#5 posted 02-02-2018 03:22 PM

I realize now that you’re talking about the fullsize track saw not the mini (4-1/2”), which is what I have both of. I’ll edit my response above to make that clear.

But with my 4-1/2” saw I usually used the clamps when I was cross cutting 48” of plywood, but if you’re pressing down the foam rubber on the bottom works well enough. I mainly just did that for smaller pieces because I couldn’t quite reach all the way across a 48” sheet of plywood on saw horses with out the risk of tipping it or twisting it. If I had it on a piece foam insulation on the bottom or something it probably would have been fine. Also, with a shop vac hooked up the dust collection was actually not bad.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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