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Forum topic by COMO posted 07-16-2014 08:12 PM 1322 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2014 08:12 PM

I have been kicking the idea around of buying a track saw. I was wondering if the edges on the rips are ready to glue. I will be using it to break down a lot of sheet goods in the future as I build cabinets for our kitchen and for our bathrooms. I am also wanting to use it to build a couple tables. Is it feasible to rip the boards to be used for the top and have them ready to go? Or will they still need to be jointed?
I am looking at either the Festool 55 or 75

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#1 posted 07-16-2014 08:13 PM

No. Yes.

If you have a decent table saw with a glue-line rip blade
you can straight-line one edge with the track saw and
rip a parallel glue joint on the table saw. It does require
some technique to get it nice with longer boards.

A router table can be built for jointing boards straight-lined
with a track saw. A long fence functions just like a jointer,
with the outfeed side a little proud of the infeed side.

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#2 posted 07-16-2014 08:29 PM

What Loren said, as much as I like a track saw I don’t consider the rip cuts ready-to-go-to-gluing.

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

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#3 posted 07-16-2014 08:35 PM

A Festool 75 with a Panther blade will be perfect

for your applications.

I say Yes and Yes for plywood

I say Yeas and maybe for hardwood as you might want to hand plane them.

Bob is a top notch Festool representative as are others.

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#4 posted 07-16-2014 08:40 PM

If your primary use for a track saw would be to break down sheet goods, and finish sizing the panels at a tablesaw, I would say skip the track saw. You can accomplish the same thing with an inexpensive straightedge jig for your circular saw. Track saws are intended for contractors who need to make precision cuts on-site, without lugging a stationary tablesaw to the job site.
Track saws are good at cutting a straight line. For cabinets however, you need straight and square.
If you don’t have a good tablesaw, invest money there.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 07-17-2014 01:03 AM

Yes, one can use a straight edge and circular saw and I did that for a lot of years. However, now that I have a track saw, I can not be without it. You can make splinter free cuts and do it quickly. If you are going to be breaking down a lot of plywood, it is the way to go. It is especially good on hardwood veneer plywood.

I have the Festool TS55 and love it. I hear the DeWalt is just as good and similar in price.

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#6 posted 07-17-2014 01:09 AM

I hate wrestling plywood on my contractors saw. Or building indeed rollers to help control said plywood. Only to have to break it down when I’m done.

I would like a track saw eventually.

Go for it.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#7 posted 07-17-2014 01:11 AM

I second Redoak’s comments

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#8 posted 07-17-2014 01:15 AM

A cheap alternative I have used for years. It’s no Festool but it works for me

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#9 posted 07-17-2014 01:32 AM

My TS55 is invaluable. Redoak49 said it best.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#10 posted 07-17-2014 02:02 AM

Go to the middle of the page in the link and see gene howes set up. It will save you money that you can buy lumber with.

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#11 posted 07-17-2014 02:03 AM

I have a track saw that I use to break down sheet goods so I can cut them on my table saw. Not a Festool. Just a cheep Scheppach with a good Freud blade. Works for me.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#12 posted 07-17-2014 02:43 AM

I always used my circular saw and a straight edge to break down sheet goods. I always wanted to try a Track saw, due to all the great reviews. I couldn’t afford a Festool but I finally broke down and got a Mikita Track saw. I think it’s one of the best investments I have made. I love the job it does and I haven’t had my circular saw out of the case since I got the Mikita.

-- Earl

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#13 posted 07-17-2014 04:18 AM

The Festool TS55 or 75 would be a great investment for those who want a great way to break down large sheets of plywood. The edges are super clean with the right blade and when combined with the Festool track, could easily replace a table saw for many operations. It is very flexible in its applications and cheaper than a new cabinet table saw and occupies far less real estate when not in use.

Someone that is tight on space, or does a lot of on site work, may actually prefer the Festool plunge\track saw.
I have used other track saws and although they do a good job, I would not use them for cabinet work or on melamine.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#14 posted 07-17-2014 04:33 AM

Go to the middle of the page in the link and see gene howes set up. It will save you money that you can buy hookers with.

- diverlloyd

How dare you… Not buy one for all of us!

I swear I didn’t modify this quote…

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#15 posted 07-17-2014 04:34 AM

Sorry, it was a joke, a bad one, already got reprimanded by cricket once today. Doing my best not to make it twice. I’ll leave.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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