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08-05-2016 07:24 PM

I have been considering the value of purchasing a track saw and noted this one (Triton TTs1400) on sale this upcoming week with Rockler. I currently use a sheet of insulation with a clamp/guide to make plywood cuts using my circular saw (always a frustrating process although I’m getting better at it). There are only a few reviews (which were overall positive) and so I thought I would ask the LJ community if anyone has used this one. As I researched this one, I see Dewalt has a similar size for about $100 more (Amazon). Have a lot of Dewalt tools so have that in mind as well (maybe will be a better sale on that down the road). Any insights are welcome.

http://www.rockler.com/triton-tts1400-plunge-cut-track-saw
(plus would need to buy the tracks: http://www.rockler.com/triton-ttstp-track-pack-with-connectors)


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#1 posted 08-05-2016 07:32 PM

Why don’t you make your own track saw if you have a regular saw.

l made mine from 3/8 plywood and with a side of 3/4” plywood. To make it straight all I did is put the edge of the saw against the side and cut off the side. That way when you put it along the marks or lines and clamp it you know where it is going.

Hope I said it right.

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#2 posted 08-05-2016 08:17 PM



Why don t you make your own track saw if you have a regular saw.

l made mine from 3/8 plywood and with a side of 3/4” plywood. To make it straight all I did is put the edge of the saw against the side and cut off the side. That way when you put it along the marks or lines and clamp it you know where it is going.

Hope I said it right.

- Arlin Eastman

Do you mean something like the saw board in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYcdHlwKsOg? A good option to try to help with my accuracy.

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#3 posted 08-06-2016 02:16 PM



Why don t you make your own track saw if you have a regular saw.
- Arlin Eastman
+1

Years ago, I bought a guide made by PSI they don’t make them anymore. I has ball bearing guides and rides on the edge of angle aluminum.

I’ve seen various versions of DIY panel saws that look pretty good.

For my money, I would save it and build my own.

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#4 posted 08-06-2016 02:43 PM

BB1,

I could never manage to keep the circular saw against a straight edge throughout the length of the cut. I thought a track saw would solve my problem. Although Festool and Dewalt are very nice tools, I elected to purchase the EZTrack Track saw system. It was around $300 and retrofits to my circular saw. For $300 I got a shoe that secures to my circular saw, two 54” long tracks with replaceable zero clearance strips, bars to connect the two tracks together, and a pair of clamps that hold the track in place.

The system works well for me, allowing me to break sheet goods down both lengthwise and widthwise. The cuts are perfectly straight. The added length allows the saw to start off the edge of the plywood, keeping the blade as it starts to spin away from the plywood. Therefore a plunge saw is not required for this system.

Whichever way you go, whether EZTrack or some other retrofit guide system, and full blown track saw system, or a shop made edge, having the ability to rip a sheet good down its full length has come in handy for me.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EZSMART-108-in-Track-Saw-System-EZTS108/205330935?cm_mmc=Shopping%7cTHD%7cG%7c0%7cG-BASE-PLA-D25T-PowerTools%7c&gclid=CNPZwr2Arc4CFQQNaQodAZUE4Q&gclsrc=aw.ds": http://www.homedepot.com/p/EZSMART-108-in-Track-Saw-System-EZTS108/205330935?cm_mmc=Shopping%7cTHD%7cG%7c0%7cG-BASE-PLA-D25T-PowerTools%7c&gclid=CNPZwr2Arc4CFQQNaQodAZUE4Q&gclsrc=aw.ds

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#5 posted 08-06-2016 02:53 PM

Fine woodworking had a track saw head to head in their previous issue. They did not rate the Triton favorably. I believe the Makita was given best value after they fiddled with it. Think Festool’s larger saw and Mafell both got best overall.

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#6 posted 08-06-2016 03:37 PM

JBrow – you describe my problem exactly. Even though I spend time getting a straight edge set, I struggle to keep solid contact throughout the whole cut. Should be simple but haven’t mastered that consistently. I have not made a saw board to give me better feel for the cut line either (sure that would help). The idea of a track saw seems to solve both issues – I would have a clear mark for my cut and the cut would be straight. I had noted the retrofit option and am pleased to read your positive experience with the EZ track. I see this one (http://www.rockler.com/ezsmart-track-saw-system) which comes in two options (more expensive seems to give double the track length for $279).

Benjamin NY – thank you for the review info. The cost factor is a consideration (so Festool is out of the running…maybe someday when I retire and go into woodworking full time!). I did see good reviews on the Makita during my digging for more information.

Always a lot to consider when it comes to deciding whether or not a particular tool is a “must have” and, if so, which is the best value for the funds available. I appreciate the insights and comments.

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#7 posted 08-06-2016 04:15 PM

BB1,

I highly recommend the additional optional track, whatever system you go with. It just gives you the flexibility of making those long cuts.

I am glad you found the EZTrack system for less money. I also suspect there are other retrofit guide systems. I am just not familiar the EZTrack competition.

The guide system was definitely the answer for producing consistently straight cuts for me. Getting those straight cuts dead square is still a challenge.

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#8 posted 08-06-2016 04:43 PM

When I made mine there were no videos on it but that is what I am talking about except the material.

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#9 posted 08-06-2016 05:28 PM

Arlin – I have learned much from YouTube (thankfully!)...lot’s of great ideas out there. Your suggestion is one I have had on my list (and for my router as well), but just never got around to it.

JBrow – was thinking that if I go this direction that the extra track would be valuable. Much better to have too much than not enough to cover the length needed.

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