|Review by GaryK||posted 03-19-2009 06:10 AM||20164 views||1 time favorited||30 comments|
After receiving the Dewalt Track Saw I recently won in the Winter 2009 Competition
I tried it out so that I could write a review for it.
The first thing I wanted to point out that separates it from the Festool Version is
that you can set it on it’s side and cut parallel to the surface it’s sitting on.
Look at the second picture and you can see the two black stripes. Those are slippery
material making it move smoothly. Great for trimming the bottom of a door in place.
It has a nice long 12 foot cord. They also make a cordless version.
One nice feature is the depth setting. It takes into account the thickness of the track.
So if you set the depth to 1/2” that is how far the blade protrudes below the track.
The Festool doesn’t do that.
Another nice feature is a knob to “turn on and off” the anti-backlash feature. This
will allow the saw to only move forward and not back. Can’t do that on a Festool.
There is also a riving knife. That will definitely help to prevent the blade from binding.
The plunging action was very smooth. The depth of plunge is about 2 1/8”
Blade changing is relatively simple. There is an included allen wrench stored in the
handle to use. There is a lock to prevent the blade from rotating. The blade supplied
with the saw is a nice carbide blade.
The motor also has a soft start feature and variable speed. Nice!
Unlike the Festool the saw can be positioned on either side of the track. When you first
get the track the plastic needs to be trimmed along it’s length. (on both sides of the track)
This will make the cut edge perfectly lined up with the blade. This will allow you to place
the track exactly on your line and that’s where the saw will cut. More than one track can be
connected together for as long a length as you need.
It comes with a nice storage box with room for some other stuff.
I tried a couple of cuts and it worked great. I can see using this to clean up some rough
edges before using the jointer. I will also use this for plywood.
One thing that I don’t like is the cost of the optional clamps. About $50 for a pair.
I think I will make my own.
This is a 5 star tool but only 4 stars due to the price. About $500.
All in all it’s a great addition to my shop.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX