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08-08-2014 11:13 PM

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I was wondering if anyone had anything good, bad or in different to say about the Kreg precision trak and stop kit. The price at 139.00 tells me they’re real proud of this product, but it appeared to be a real easy solution to what I was about to attempt. I acquired a 10’ cabinet bench, which I would like to use for my RAS and chop saw. The idea was to have a common fence for the two tools and be able to have a measurable stop would be an added bonus, especially when making repeated cuts that need to be at the same length.

I welcome any feedback and was curious if the track was an unusual design or if their stops would work with any T track on the market.

Thanks,

-- Keith


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#1 posted 08-08-2014 11:38 PM

I used this kit when I built my miter saw station. It is a very good quality product and works well for my application.

The top of the track is wider (front to back) than a standard t-track because it has the front side section where the measuring tape is installed. The bolts used for the stops slide in the back section (the actual t-track) and extend over the front section where the tape measure is installed. The top of this track system is about twice as wide as regular t-track.

Bottom line, the stops that come with this kit will not work well with regular t-track.

If it would help, I could take a couple of pictures of my setup.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 08-08-2014 11:59 PM

Mark-

I just sold my chop saw stand I bought years ago, before I was into wood working for 20 dollars less than I paid, because I got a smokin deal on it, so that makes the decision a little easier.

Is it hard to get the measuring tape dialed into the blade? And what happens when you switch blades??

I wouldn’t mine seeing some pictures of your setup, only because I’m in the planning phase for mine. I was thinking of making an area as deep as the table to my RAS, covering both tools with the common fence. This would rest on top of my 10” bench I just got.

I’ll have to decide which tool to have the tape based off of though :-)

-- Keith

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#3 posted 08-09-2014 02:33 AM


Mark-

I just sold my chop saw stand I bought years ago, before I was into wood working for 20 dollars less than I paid, because I got a smokin deal on it, so that makes the decision a little easier.

Is it hard to get the measuring tape dialed into the blade? And what happens when you switch blades??

I wouldn t mine seeing some pictures of your setup, only because I m in the planning phase for mine. I was thinking of making an area as deep as the table to my RAS, covering both tools with the common fence. This would rest on top of my 10” bench I just got.

I ll have to decide which tool to have the tape based off of though :-)

- Medickep

So, if you would like the answer, use a piece of wood on edge as a fence. Bolt the front work surface down and use a second surface behind the new fence and clamp the three pieces all together. Cut a T slot in the new fence and you have an adjustable stop. Put a tape on top and you have a dead on measuring tool. Change blades, undo the clamps, slide the fence over in either direction, re clamp.

I think there are some photos in my workshop gallery.

P.S. I just ordered a bunch of the Kreg AutoMaxx Clamps and Rockler Auto Lock T Track Clamps. They are having a 15% off sale until 8/9/14.

I chose to stick with the Dual Purpose Track from Woodpeckers. All of the different systems take 1/4-20 thread bolts. Some take 1/4 and 5/16-18. I just chose the DP because it can be bolted from the bottom for less change of pull out compared to the standard screw in T Track. I can also share all my clamps and fences from my drill press table.

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#4 posted 08-09-2014 09:52 AM

I’ve found the top track to be pretty good

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#5 posted 08-09-2014 03:40 PM

Sorry for the delay. Here are a few pictures.

I wanted to still be able to use my miter saw on the portable stand, so I left the saw mounted to the base plate that mounts on the stand. Because of this, there is a wide gap between the Kreg track and the saw blade on both sides, as you can see in the pictures. With this setup the track is really only useful for longer cuts. If I had given it more thought I probably would have tried to figure out a way to get the track closer.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 08-09-2014 05:29 PM

Thanks for the photos and no worry on the delay. I’ll look at them tonight. Family day!

-- Keith

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#7 posted 08-09-2014 06:02 PM

I read a review that if you use 3/4” plywood as a fence it requires a 1/8” shim to be accurate. Is this true?

-- Keith

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#8 posted 08-09-2014 08:51 PM

Mark-

Thanks for the photos. I think I’ll be getting this. It looks like yours minted to the 3/4” fence with no trouble. To the stops and clamps work well?

I’ll be string my RAS and chop saw on top of my bench so I have to build something to raise the fence to the height of the tool first.

Thanks again!

-- Keith

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The Box Whisperer

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#9 posted 08-11-2014 10:35 AM

Keith, the plywood issue probably depends on the ply….ply is pretty inconsistent that way. If you want it exact, Id rip a piece of hardwood to size using your R3450. I like hardwood for fences that you wont be moving. Keep us posted!

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#10 posted 08-11-2014 02:17 PM

Keith,

I use the Kreg track and I am very happy with it. If you’re on a budget you could make your own but I’m glad a purchased this one. If you change blades to a different kerf size the adjustment is simply moving the plastic cursor line, one screw, that’s it.

BJ

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#11 posted 08-11-2014 03:02 PM

BJODay-

I got to see one in person yesterday as I walked down to a woodworkers shop next to my work and looked at his setup and saw the adjustment screw which is a nice feature. Thanks for the additional update and I’m glad to hear you like it.

TBW-
I was thinking hardwood for the actual fence but making the raised area which matches the tools out of plywood. I did see someone with a melamine surface, which provided a nice smooth surface. I’m not a fan of particleboard but this guy did it for living and said it worked great!

-- Keith

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#12 posted 08-11-2014 03:29 PM

I find particle board fine for a stationary surface, like a miter saw fence. Just make sure you seal it. When you get into a fence you move, like a router table, I find the particle board weak, the hardwood heavy, so I try to stick with alluminum.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#13 posted 08-13-2014 06:40 PM

Do any of you use this system with two tools. I’m planning on having one common fence for the two tools with about 2’ of track on each side. I was wondering how I would make the fence read accurately for two tools on either side of them. Has anyone done this?

-- Keith

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