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Forum topic by pontic posted 04-22-2017 10:30 AM 446 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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pontic

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04-22-2017 10:30 AM

I have a chance to buy a panel saw. Does any one have one of these and are they accurate for sheet goods. Should I just get one of those rail systems?

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum


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Bumpy

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#1 posted 04-22-2017 10:43 AM

I have a SSC, since 1997 and love it. No complaints, very accurate, excellent for repetitive cuts. Keep in mind you need a minimum of 8 feet of clear space on either side of the blade for in-feed and out-feed.

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#2 posted 04-22-2017 11:07 AM

Do you have a commercial high output shop ? If no stick with a track saw.

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#3 posted 04-22-2017 11:30 AM

+1 Carloz

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jerryminer

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#4 posted 04-22-2017 07:10 PM

Like most tools, there are good ones and cr*ppy ones. Any details?

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#5 posted 04-22-2017 07:13 PM

They save time but unless there’s a floating shoe
crosscuts will be rough.

Track saw systems have the benefit of anti-chip
edges on the guides. They work quite well. If
you have the space to lay down a 4×8 sheet
and break it up with a track saw without having
to move machinery or whatever, a track saw
can be pretty fast and deliver high-quality cut
edges.

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pontic

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#6 posted 04-23-2017 01:28 PM

I think it’s going to be a track saw. Any one have any recommendations?

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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eflanders

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#7 posted 04-23-2017 05:59 PM

I built my own panel saw that I use to roughly break down sheet goods. I have it suspended from my ceiling and drop it down as needed. It is fast and easy for this task and with the ceiling mount, it doesn’t use up precious floor space. I use my cabinet saw for final dimensions. The build would have cost only about $50 in materials, but I had most of the lumber, so it only cost me two bars of strut material.

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