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Forum topic by 716 posted 12-27-2015 06:05 AM 706 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2015 06:05 AM

How important is the absence of a riving knife and anti-kickback device on Makita track saw versus Dewalt ? Is kickback an issue on a track?
I am inclined to buy Makita as people seem to like it but the absence of safety features combined with larger power gives me a second thought.

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#1 posted 12-27-2015 06:22 AM

If you intend to utilize the plunge cut technique then it’s very important. Without a riving knife, it can grab and pull itself down and backwards.

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#2 posted 12-27-2015 06:27 AM

How come ? With a riving knife you cannot plunge at all.

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#3 posted 12-27-2015 06:36 AM

I’m assuming Dewalt used a system similar to Festool and have the riving knife spring-loaded enough to permit a controlled plunge cut. In conjunction with the locking tab that hooks the back of the saw to the track, the saw won’t go down and back too quickly. I’ve done some shallow cuts on a veneer stack using the Festool with the knife removed and it does suck down much harder and faster when starting the cut than it does without it. Now I just leave the knife installed because it became obvious that more aggressive cuts would be dangerous if I forgot to put it back in.

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#4 posted 12-27-2015 08:07 AM

I bought the Dewalt mainly because it came with both tracks, no regrets works amazingly! Only use it for ripping sheet material, never had any kick backs.

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#5 posted 12-27-2015 12:42 PM

I use my Festool all the time, and have never had the riving knife installed…so I guess I don’t see it’s absence a deal breaker. Let the safety police howl, works fine for me.

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#6 posted 12-27-2015 01:02 PM

I love the makita 100 watts more than the festool more cutting capacity light weight same track yet makita tracks are cheaper tool free adjust to the guide rail anti tip feature when beveling and scoring feature i find the riving knife not needed.

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#7 posted 12-27-2015 02:00 PM

http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/track-saw-review/

A year old but a pretty decent review on most popular track saws. Might be worth a read to you.

Paul

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#8 posted 12-27-2015 06:10 PM


http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/track-saw-review/

A year old but a pretty decent review on most popular track saws. Might be worth a read to you.

Paul

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The guy made a stress that one needs a riving knife (only) when cutting solid lumber, which makes much sense.

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#9 posted 12-28-2015 05:36 AM

Love my makita

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