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Forum topic by woodbrain posted 01-27-2016 03:06 AM 676 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2016 03:06 AM

I’m planning on replacing my table saw. I work mostly by myself. It’s not actually work, I’m retired and will be building cabinets for my barn, my garage, and my home. In that order.

I was thinking of getting a sawstop. I’m 55 and have never had an accident, but I’m getting slower, etc.

I called a store that sells sawstop, and we talked for quite awhile. Now I’m considering purchase a festool tracksaw. I want the safest possible way for me to work.

I was also looking at the grizzly with a sliding saw. My head is spinning a little trying to get this sorted out. Any ideas are welcome?

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#1 posted 01-27-2016 03:28 AM

I had the Festool tracksaw for about 6 months and sold it on the FOG forum. They are nice but a little too slow for my use and can’t displace the table saw and all the things it’s capable of. One good thing about the Festool is their resale. You can try it for several months and make your cabinets and then weigh keeping it or not.

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#2 posted 01-27-2016 03:34 AM

I was at The Woodworking Shows New England the other day, and saw this product there –

It looks pretty decent, well priced, and if you already have a decent circular saw, this would save you a good bit of money.

I am considering one for myself. I don’t own it yet, well, because I went to the Woodworking Shows with an American Express card with no limit, but needs to be paid off fully next month, and I am already in enough trouble!

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#3 posted 01-27-2016 03:14 PM

I used a Grizzly tracksaw to build my mobile assembly multi-function table for most cuts. It came out wonderfully. But took 2-3x’s longer due to setting up the rail for accurate cuts over and over again. A table saw fence would of been so much faster. And I am sure, no where near the accuracy of repeated cuts on table saw (I am talking 1/16” here or there kind of off). A track saw works as it is suppose to, but it is slower going.

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#4 posted 01-27-2016 03:22 PM

I’m not sure how the conversation went with the store you spoke with, but I have a SS as well as a Fessie tracksaw. This are (IMHO) very much 2 different tools and one doesn’t replace the other (very well). While it’s true the tracksaw excels at cutting sheet goods down to size, pretty much the other stuff (dados, etc) have to be done on the table saw….you’ll also be building doors, face frames (I guess) and so on that will also call for a table saw. If I had to choose it would be a good table saw, and the Sawstop PCS is a good one though there are cheaper ones available that are also very good. Choosing between them will be a personal choice based on how much you value the safety stuff the SS has. But for the sheet goods, using a circ saw and a homemade guide or some of the other store bought straight edges works quite well….and if they aren’t as accurate as the track saw just rough cut to size and trim up on the table saw.

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