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slolearner

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02-27-2018 04:09 PM

So, I do not have a great table saw. However I do have a full size radial arm saw. Whats the general consensus on replacing a table saw with a track saw. I just dropped 1200 on a good phenolic router table setup have a band saw and the radial, all I can see using the table saw for is ripping ply and what not and a track saw can do that and take up less room. Thought? has anyone done this and regretted it?


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 02-27-2018 04:16 PM

Go for it.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 02-27-2018 04:20 PM

Don’t use mine a lot but sure is nice when knocking down sheet material!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 02-27-2018 04:20 PM

Track saw will never replace a table saw IMO.

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 02-27-2018 04:22 PM

I picked up a track saw a few months ago and have liked using it. I’d struggled with plywood sheets (I work alone in my basement) and breaking down sheets before moving them downstairs has been great. It also feels much safer than trying to handle large sheets (I usually have 4×8 cut in half at the store) in a small shop on a small table saw. I also built a multi function table style top and have found it allows me to cut sheet goods to size with square corners. I still use my small table saw for cross cutting and ripping smaller pieces of hardwoods. Once the pain of the price went away i have one regret, it was my introduction to Festool and I’m afraid I’ve become addicted (luckily after a couple more i think I’m done for a while, yeah sure).

Mike

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#5 posted 02-27-2018 04:31 PM

If you have track saw for panels a much
smaller table saw can be a convenience for
ripping and crosscutting small pieces and
cutting joints. Long and thick boards can
be ripped on the band saw.

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#6 posted 02-27-2018 04:40 PM

If all you’re going to do with it is break down sheet goods, a circular saw with a zero-clearance jig that you can make yourself is cheaper and does the same thing. I like that style of jig because you can put the edge on your line and not have to account for the distance to the blade. You do need to pay attention to which side is the waste side, but there’s no arithmetic involved.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#7 posted 02-27-2018 04:59 PM

If you have a good RAS, you could probably get by with a track saw and what you have. I do not see the track saw as a replacement for a table saw, but you can do a lot of stuff with one if you have an RAS to go along with it for the other stuff.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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slolearner

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#8 posted 02-27-2018 05:31 PM

I am comfortable with my RAS yes it can can be a PITA to set up from time to time but I know what to expect from it. I have always hated cutting down sheet material always seem unsafe to me cuz I doo work by myself as well..

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#9 posted 02-27-2018 05:51 PM

I’m really not familiar with what a RAS can do – are you able to do things like dado cuts? What about something like cutting box joints? Those are things I think of that would be difficult without a table saw.

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Loren

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#10 posted 02-27-2018 05:54 PM

They excel at dado cuts. The can cut some
pretty complex joints but box joints would
not be simple to do on one.

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slolearner

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#11 posted 02-27-2018 06:07 PM

I am comfortable with my RAS yes it can can be a PITA to set up from time to time but I know what to expect from it. I have always hated cutting down sheet material always seem unsafe to me cuz I doo work by myself as well..

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slolearner

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#12 posted 02-27-2018 06:08 PM

Box joints I feel I can my router can’t I?

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#13 posted 02-27-2018 11:04 PM

For cabinet building one of the concerns about using a track saw for final cuts is it’s limited ability to produce perfectly repeatable width cuts, which are essential for square cabinets.

Festool and the Eurekazone EZSMART tracks sell a pair of spacers/repeaters that provide repeatable placement of the track.

Eurekazone EZSMART now focuses on use of their Universal Edge Guide (UEG) for this purpose. The idea is to rip cabinet widths using the UEG, and then use their Miter Square with one repeater (they call this setup a “Cabinetmaker”) to do the crosscuts to length.

I myself use Eurekazone’s EZ-One Woodworking Center which uses a track and stops to provide VERY repeatable width cuts for material up to 48” long. Their EZ-One Max will cut 8 foot lengths!!

Eurekazone sells a “Super Smart Router Kit” – a router guide that uses the tracks – as a safer alternative to using a router table – which has a history of eating finger tips.

The Eurekazone B300 Bridge can be combined with most any brand of track saw to create what is called a “Power Bench”. This is basically a home-made multi-function table with a fence near the user that is square to the track. Add a pair of t-tracks perpendicular to the track – to hold stops, and you have a Power Bench – or a home-made EZ-One.

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#14 posted 02-27-2018 11:13 PM

What do you plan to make? It seems hard to make a good assessment on the best combination of tools absent that context.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#15 posted 02-27-2018 11:34 PM

I use a track saw (also Eurekazone) for plywood/panel cutting and a table saw for ripping and also for cutting smaller pieces. That works well for me. I believe that Eurekazone has a way of ripping solid wood using one of their tracks, but I’m not persuaded that is would be practical to rip a 3/4” x 12” long piece using a track and skil saw. Safer for sure, but a pain to set up and use if you’re doing constantly during a work day.

Do check out the Eurekazone website. They are enthusiastic advocates of getting rid of the table saw, and have lots of ways of doing it. But to

RAS are dangerous imho but useful. I got rid of mine years ago in favor of a sliding miter chop saw. The one thing I miss on the RAS is the ability to quickly cut dados. RAS seem unbeatable for cross-cutting dados. Just a little scary.

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