So I’m on the cusp of buying the Makita SP6000 Track saw with a 55” rail (for starters).
My current (crappy) circular saw is ok for hacking 2×4s and other rough work, but is woefully unsuitable for anything else.
I also have several projects in-mind that require larger panels. My Craftsman 113 Tablesaw is good for lots of tasks, but large panels are its weakness. I have a small work area and store the saw against the wall of my garage. I have to frequently move it back and forth…...so building outfeed tables and other supporting accessories are not practical for me. That said, I think the track saw might be a great solution for my situation.
1- Do you use your track saw a lot? As much as you thought you would?
2- Can the track saw perform most of the tasks of a conventional circular saw? Can it function (well) without the track? Any reason it couldn’t cut the occasional 2×4 or other framing task?
3- I need to cut some subflooring out of a bathroom. It appears the makita (and others) could cut VERY close to the wall. And the plunge-action would make the job easier. Would a plunge saw be an appropriate tool for this task?
4- Any regrets about your purchase?
Most of my tools are Craigslist bargains. I don’t buy many tools new. Not since my auto tech days anyway. So dropping $400 for a glorified circular saw is quite a leap for me. But they really appear to be a great solution for accurately cutting large workpieces. And I like the Makita brand and am willing to pay for a good product. I haven’t found a used one for a reasonable price, and doubt I will in the near future. So it looks like new is my only play. Anyway, your thoughts are appreciated.