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Forum topic by Jeff Mazur posted 12-18-2016 06:35 PM 1820 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeff Mazur

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12-18-2016 06:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: circular saw track saw

Hi all, I just spotted a new brand of track saw on Amazon: Smith. Did a little research, uses 6-1/2” (probably 160mm, actually, more on this) diameter, 20mm arbor blades, comes in two models 10A and 13.3A, both 120V. Amazon was selling the 13.3A model with a blade and two 59” track sections for $249. S8000-1600 is the model number. Company web site and Amazon say 6-1/2” diameter blade, but I suspect it’s actually 160mm because that’s the common diameter for small 20mm arbor circ-saw blades.

Has anyone used one of these who can offer info on quality, usability? Very interesting tool at the price point, hoping it’s good quality (vs the crappy Grizzly and its clones that wobble.) Thanks in advance!

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01ntrain

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#1 posted 12-18-2016 06:53 PM

I’ve got the Dewalt and I’m very pleased with the quality and accuracy of it. Sure, it’s not the Festool, but after going back and forth between it and the Makita, and even considering the Grizzly/Shopfox/Scheppach versions, I’m glad I did it.

My understanding is that Grizzly listened to the bad press and fixed the wobbling at the factory by moving the friction strips out wide like the others. I think there might be a thread about it….seems like it was here where I read it.

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Loren

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#2 posted 12-18-2016 07:18 PM

With regard to the Smith track saw. It’s probably
a badged version of a China made saw. There’s
a lot of carpenters in Asia and the Chinese
are making tools for them. I imagine though that
it’s not much better than the Grizzly in terms
of quality, which is to say likely a bit rough
around the edges.

I’ve had Festools and also the EZsmart tracks
and what I think is that in general, I don’t
much like the plunge-spring saws except
for doing sink cutouts. Otherwise for straight
cuts I’d rather have the saw at a set depth.

The EzSmart does a really good job. It’s not
exactly a bargain solution but by letting you use
a saw that doesn’t have to have that smooth
plunge travel, the locked depth relationship
is as solid as it is one a standard circular
saw, which is pretty good – accurate enough for
most cabinetmaking and it even can do a good
job on melamine with a good blade and reasonably
new splinter guards.

Personally I drank the Festool Kool-aid again with
the HK saw because of the locking guide rail. That’s
just in the interest of disclosure… I sold my EzSmart
because I couldn’t see hanging onto both saws
and different rails making sense. I have some experience
with track saws at this point and know what capacities
I’m not going to use the saw for… a good way to
prevent oneself from getting over-invested.

Here’s another solution too: rather than get into
joining rails together for long plywood cuts, I decided
to get one 55” Makita rail and make a set of
parallel guides for it so I can rip a sheet of ply
in half by moving the guide rail once. It’s not
the perfect solution a 9’ guide rail is but it’s a lot
cheaper, more portable and for me, it’s acceptable.

I hope this helps.

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dhazelton

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#3 posted 12-18-2016 07:59 PM

No reviews on Amazon, two videos on youtube under 30 seconds and posted by the company (or importer). Who will be the first guinea pig? It may be great for the money but without spending the money we may never know.

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Jeff Mazur

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#4 posted 12-24-2016 12:06 PM

@Loren @01ntrain thanks for the thoughtful replies! If I take the plunge (pun not intended) with the Smith I’ll post a review.

-- Woodworking is a beautiful, physical, cerebral, and noble art.

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 12-24-2016 12:18 PM

Be careful with those, I purchased an off brand “track only” that adapts to your saw a few years back and the plastic guide that rides against the blade has already been chewed up with no way to a-line it to the cut thus it’s now useless. I just reverted back to an 8’ clamp guide.

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kenthepainter

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#6 posted 01-13-2017 01:11 PM

I’ve been looking at the Smith track saw too, the deal on Amazon is gone now. I really wanted the Dewalt but the price is kinda high for my hobby (still want it though !) The Smith track saw looks a lot like the Triton track saw.

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