|Review by KelvinGrove||posted 04-21-2014 12:44 AM||6541 views||2 times favorited||25 comments|
One day, when I win the lottery, I will have everything I want in a shop including one of the really nice panel saws like they use in the Big Orange Box. In the mean time, I need a way to cut sheet goods.
I have a couple of requirements on that. First, I don’t want to be wrestling 4X8 sheet through a circular saw. Second, I don’t want to “break things down to a rough size” and finish them on the table saw. Way too much waste in that.
So along comes the TrueTrak from Insight Tools. I picked mine up at the Atlanta Wood Working Show. $249 and no shipping. (Not sure about their shipping policy.) I have had the opportunity to use it a bit and wanted to let everyone else know what I think.
The set up took about an hour. Getting the guide plate attached to my Dewalt saw was not difficult but it was a bit tedious trying to get everything square and get it clamped down and started correctly. Take the time to do it right the first time. The anti-tear-out strip was a pain and I had to take it back off and remount it to get it right. Your saw may be easier.
I have used it both on plywood and MDF. My first thought was that, regardless of manufacture’s claims, the track would slip unless clamped (gently) down. I was wrong. Unless you are really not paying proper attention it stays where you put it.
I did learn that it is best to mark a pencil lead width to the waste side of your cut and then nudge the track up to the line. Trying to cut to the keep side of the line means allowing for the saw kerf which is not always easy to judge.
Ripping the full 8 feet of a sheet was no problem with the two sections of track together. I measured and marked each side of the track joint as well as the ends just to make sure it was true and it was.
I also hauled it down to my green house to cut some odd shaped pieces for a repair project. Once I got all of the measurements scribed onto the sheet it was a quick and accurate finish for some odd shaped triangles for the gable. Can’t do that with a panel saw.
On the down side, the saw does not glide as easily on the track as a saw without the guide plate does on bare wood. With that said, a little car wax did the trick.
If you have won the lottery and want a big sheet saw by all means. But everything else…this is it.
-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.