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Forum topic by Carloz posted 12-10-2017 05:35 PM 421 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Carloz

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12-10-2017 05:35 PM

Is is an acceptable temporary substitution for a table saw ?
Are the tracks rigid enough compared to Festool/Makita/Dewalt track saws?


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#1 posted 12-10-2017 08:00 PM

Carloz,

I have had one for years and really like it. I have never had an alignment issue (the tracks are self aligning). I have read about others have issues with other track systems but every time I check mine to be sure, everything is straight. I would not call it temporary. They both have their place. I can do extremely precise cuts. Like any system it is how well you set up the cut. There is a forum on their website you can also check out.

Hope that helps. Let us know what you do.

Carl

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#2 posted 12-11-2017 01:26 AM

Carloz,

I cannot offer a comparison of the EZTrack to the brands you mentioned but can offer some comments.

In my view the tack saw system is not a substitute for the table saw. The table saw can be quickly set to make accurate cuts that are straight and parallel. The EZTrack (or any brand for that matter) will produce straight cuts, but achieving the accuracy and parallel edges requires a great deal more setup time. As a result I use the EZTrack system to breakdown sheet goods to a manageable size. I use the table saw to establish parallel edges and then a panel cutting sled to square up the ends.

I purchased the EZTrack system with an extension track and hold down clamps. I also purchased a Skilsaw that I dedicate to the EZTrack system. I leave the EZTrack circular saw base attached to the Skilsaw. The extension track allows an uninterrupted straight cut along the 8’ length of the sheet good. The hold down clamps keeps the track from sliding around. The system came with several zero-clearance strips to minimize tear out. The plastic strip slides into the extruded slot on the edge of the track. There is also a zero clearance plate that snaps into the saw’s base to further reduce tear out.

I did find that the aluminum is fairly soft. I over-torqued the set screws that keep the aluminum alignment bars attached to one track and slightly dented the face of the track. I backed off the set screws. This mishap had no effect on the performance of the system. The aluminum align bars interlock the two tracks together for longer cuts.

I have used this system many times and it is easy to use. The zero clearance plastic strip on the track is aligned with a witness mark at each end of the cut, the track clamped in place, and the cut made. There is little to no slop as the saw rides in the track and the extension tracks always aligns perfectly. When I use the extension, I do not bother locking the extension to the aluminum alignment bars since I use clamps to keep the tacks in place.

The only complaint I have with the system is dust collection. Dust collection depends on the ability to capture dust made by the saw. My Skilsaw has no dust collection hook-up, so a lot of dust is thrown into the air. The more expensive systems you mentioned are used with a plunge saw that offers integrated dust collection. Therefore, from a dust collection perspective, the Festool, Dewalt, and Mitka systems with their plunge saws would likely be better.

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#3 posted 12-11-2017 04:37 AM

Thank you Carl and JBrow,
That is good enough, i placed and order with Rickler. They just happen to have 20% off coupon.

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#4 posted 12-11-2017 01:09 PM

JBrow,

Eurekazone, the company that makes the EZ Smart products, sells a dust collection port and shield that can be added to most circular saws to improve the dust collection. Because the blade is not completely shrouded the collection will not be 100%, but it is much better.

Carloz,

I’m not sure if you’ll be adding the Smart Base to your own circular saw. If you are, then I have two suggestions:

(1) Watch the Eurekazone video that shows you how to do this first. It is really pretty easy to do. Search Youtube using “EurekaZone Smart Saw Base” to find the video. Also see the instructions at eurekazone.com.

(2) If possible, I’d suggest either using a self-centering drill bit to drill the screw holes through the circular saw’s base that fasten the base to the saw, or carefully use a set punch to provide a good starting point for the drilling. Instead of using double-sided tape, I used several very small Irwin clamps I happened to have, but the double-stick tape might have been a safer choice. I also had to purchase some longer M4 screws because of the thickness of my saw base. But in all it was pretty easy to do.

Also, note that with the first cut of the white plastic anti-chip edge, you’ll want to place the track & saw on scrap wood, set the saw for a very shallow cut, and move the saw backwards rather than forwards. This prevents excessive chipping. Also make sure you’re wearing eye protection as the chips will fly.

I’ve used the EZ Smart tracks and related tools for a number of years and am very happy with them. They are truly industrial quality.

As JBrow mentioned, be gentle when tightening screws. Its not that the rails are soft, its just that they are aluminum, and aluminum can be deformed with force from a steel screw. It really doesn’t take much force to hold the connectors and clamps in place.

One last thought … once you have your saw setup on the Smart Base, then you’ll likely want to purchase a Universal Edge Guide, which makes ripping plywood very easy and provides repeatable cut widths. Its pretty inexpensive.

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#5 posted 12-11-2017 02:36 PM

I should have addressed your first question. A track saw alone may or may not be a substitute for a table saw, since all it does is cut in a straight line with a circular saw. It really depends upon what you need to do.

A table saw fitted with a dado blade set can cut rabbets and dados, but for me the router can be used to do rabbets and dados, so I’m covered there.

I use a compound sliding miter saw to do miter cuts.

With this in mind, and because of I what I personally see as a high risk of table saw injury, I have invested in Eurekazone products so as not to use my older table saw. I’ve gone a long time – many years – without needing to use a table saw. Use of the Eurekazone products might take a different point of view, and some time to think about how to do what I need to do, but so far so good.

With that said, every so often I continue to feel the “call” of the table saw, but find that about as soon as I get the table saw “fever” I then come upon forum posts about injuries and the fever goes away. I am by no means saying people should not use a table saw!! Its just a decision I’ve made.

BTW, I have the same feeling about my chainsaw. I dread using it every time I have to use it, but sometimes it is the only solution to what I need to do. So, I try to take every precaution I can to avoid injury.

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#6 posted 12-12-2017 02:19 AM

KenKorch,

I appreciate you signing on to Lumberjocks to post your replies. I was unaware of the aftermarket dust collection adapter for the circular saw from Eurekazone. I looked at the dust collections products and it appears the company’s retrofit may work for my Skilsaw. I will be making a purchase in the coming weeks.

I have found achieving perfect dust collection at the tool (no matter the tool or the dust collector) is almost impossible. But for a few dollars the Eurekazone circular saw dust collection retrofit, if I can successfully attach it to my Skilsaw, will most assuredly collect enough dust to justify the cost. There is a lot of dust ejected from the rear dust shoot on the Skilsaw saw which could be collected.

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#7 posted 12-12-2017 05:08 AM

Thank you all. I already placed an order but then called Rockler to cancel it. Luckily they had not orocessed it yet.
The reason is Makita that currently runs promotion on their cordless track saw so I ordered that instead. For a little more money one can get a track saw a guide, a good case and a lot of batteries. Makita being specialized saw has a lot of advantaged, better depth of cut, better dust collection, better everything than a general use circular saw.
I’ll se how it goes.

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