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01-18-2017 03:24 PM

Hi All,

Long time lurker. First post.

I’m going to buy my first track saw., ether the Dewalt or the Makita. I would almost certainly buy the Makita, but I’ve seen some negative comments about joining up two of their tracks to form one long track (edges not matching, not dead straight, etc.). Does anyone have experience with joining two Makita tracks and or other thoughts on this?

Thanks


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#1 posted 01-18-2017 03:52 PM

Longer tracks are more efficient.

When ripping sheet goods I use a middle stopper to avoid lateral movement.

Rock on!

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#2 posted 01-18-2017 04:00 PM

I have the dewalt, it was a package deal, with one long track, and one short track. When I was shopping, I was facing having to join two shorter tracks, so I went with the Dewalt. I didn’t think I would use it as much as I have, it is great.

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#3 posted 01-18-2017 04:20 PM

All tracks in these formats have straight joining-up
problems. The Makita tracks are said to particularly
bad with ends not square.

The long tracks are expensive but really a one
piece track is the way to go if you need the straightest
cuts with any of these saws.

The exception is perhaps the NAINA Bosch/Mafell
track system.

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#4 posted 01-18-2017 05:39 PM

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#5 posted 01-18-2017 05:55 PM

Outside of the Mafell I will only use a single track long enough for the cut. Joining them is a PITA to get the straight and even worse to keep them straight as you flop them around on sheet stock.

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#6 posted 01-18-2017 07:17 PM

Buy the DWS520CK which includes both tracks.

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#7 posted 01-18-2017 09:39 PM

Thanks very much for the insight. Going with the Dewalt package that has both the long and short track seems the best choice for the $ I want to spend. Appreciate the help.

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#8 posted 01-19-2017 12:10 AM

Is the Makita 118in track really $200-300?

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#9 posted 01-19-2017 01:41 AM



Is the Makita 118in track really $200-300?

Yep. That’s one of the reasons I asked the question. Granted the Makita long track is longer than the Dewalt, but it seemed pricey to me.

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#10 posted 01-19-2017 01:44 AM

I like having two short tracks. Couldn’t imagine cutting 4’ with a 8’ long track.

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#11 posted 01-19-2017 10:50 AM



I like having two short tracks. Couldn t imagine cutting 4 with a 8 long track.

- Holbs

Isn’t that why the Dewalt comes with one of each?

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#12 posted 01-19-2017 10:53 AM


Is the Makita 118in track really $200-300?

Yep. That s one of the reasons I asked the question. Granted the Makita long track is longer than the Dewalt, but it seemed pricey to me.

- KarmaKarmaKarma

Looking at things a little closer, the Dewalt kit with both is $600 and the Makita is $400 plus $200 for the long track, so I guess it’s really a wash.

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#13 posted 01-19-2017 12:13 PM

I have the Festool (bought before others were available) and tried for a few years to join 2 5”” tracks and get a straight cut. Even using several PITA suggestions to get them aligned (clamp a 6’ level to them, use all maner of other devices) I couldn’t get them straight enough to trim rough sawn lumber for ripping. I would up buying the long track and haven’t looked back. A key use of my saw is straight edging the rough sawn wood, so for me it was worth it. (PS, when i bought mine it was nearly as high as they are today; I think I paid in the area of $170 or so).

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#14 posted 01-19-2017 03:00 PM

I have the DeWalt system with long and short tracks. I recently had to cut some 6 qtr slabs of red cedar 11 ’ long. Made a spline out of cherry and inserted into both on back side. They only went together one way that was straight. Very pleased with the results.

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