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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 02-19-2014 05:53 AM 1271 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2014 05:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip resource maple track saw planer milling joining

This is not meant to be a review, just an observation of my track saw and accessories.

It has been a few months since I purchased a Scheppach CS 55 track saw. It sounded like a good deal from WOOT! – $119 plus $5 shipping. I jumped on it with both feet. :-)

The saw arrived with two tracks, some cheep clamps and the saw. The blade actually was pretty good and I have used it for awhile. Recently, I bought the Freud 48Tooth 20mm arbor blade for it. That is one nice blade. Cuts smooth as butter.

Fast forward to my latest project – a wet bar with wall cabinets. I bought about 120 lineal feet of 4/4 hard maple. I was concerned about dulling my blade so I went in search today for a blade that I could use to rip the boards.

After a short drive to a Houston area tool dealer, I soon came away with a Festool 28 tooth thin kerf blade. I was hoping too find a Freud Diablo blade but they don’t carry them.

I came home, installed the blade and proceeded to rip several wide boards (11 1/2 inch) using the track saw. I was very pleased. The saw had no problem with the hard lumber and the blade produced a smooth cut with sharp edges. I trimmed several uneven edges which resulted in a straight edge.

All boards have been jointed and tomorrow will be planer day, and hopefully, I will have time to run them across the edges and start ripping up the boards for face frames, drawer fronts and drawer stock.

Here are a few pics from today’s work. I forgot to mention That I used a 55 inch Grizzly track for today’s work. Yeppirs, the Griz and Scheppach are identical except for paint and decals.

If you look closely, you will see my dust collection for the saw. It is kinda low buck stuff, but it works just fine. I have a BucketMax from Lowe’s connected to the saw via Bosch dust collection hose. Perfect fit…on both ends. That is a nice hose. It would be perfect if it hadn’t got pinched when I closed the garage door on it. My bad! :-(

This isn’t a Festool, but so far, everything I have done with it has worked out nice. Note: I originally purchased the saw to help break down sheet goods. My work area is small and cramped so the saw was a good addition for me. I just couldn’t justify the more expensive saws.

So, now I have the bonus of being able to produce a straight edge on rough lumber and I can rip wider boards so they fit my 6 inch joiner.

Hope you find this info useful. Questions, observations welcome.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 02:00 AM

Looks like a keeper, Mike. I don’t think I’ve used that much wood in the past ten years. Smaller is better … sometimes. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 02:02 AM

Thanks John. I spent part of the day using the joiner and planer. Made a lot of sawdust. Fortunately most of it wound up in the drum upstream of the dust collector.

I did use the track saw to rip a straight edge on every board before I started joining and planing.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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