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Forum topic by Ccl2011 posted 05-24-2015 12:02 PM 662 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ccl2011

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05-24-2015 12:02 PM

Can anyone shed some light on the DeWalt track saw line? I’m interested in likes, dislikes, options about competadors?

I’ve looked at a few in the series, mostly am concerned with the tracks. Is it worth while to buy a 102” track for a few cuts time to time? Or does linking the smaller tracks together provide satisfactory results? It seems like I’d pay the same amount either way.


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ZiggyZ

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#1 posted 05-24-2015 12:40 PM

Personally, I have the Festool TS55 but, looked at the Dewalt as well when I was searching for a track saw.

The main aspect came down to compatibility. Having many other Festool’s, it made sense and parts/accessories are easily available at my local woodcraft. The Dewalt looked like a solid machine but, the way it plunged seemed a bit unnatural to me (it slides forward rather than pivoting at one point).

And get two tracks! Having to join them and take them apart to make a crosscut on ply is a pain. If you can store them, get the long one.

The Wood Whisperer did a Festool/Dewalt comparison a while ago. Check out his website to watch it.

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AHuxley

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#2 posted 05-24-2015 01:42 PM

I have the Dewalt (both corded and cordless) and have nothing but good things to say about them, save being bitter that Dewalt isn’t supporting the 28V tools they sold with batteries so sometime soon the cordless one will likely be a door stop unless someone starts rebuilding LI batteries. My ringing endorsement is based on the very low prices I paid for them back in 2012 when different dealers had uber-sales on them. I got both my saws and a 59 and 102” track for less than $500. If I was buying today I would get the Festool. While it is currently a good deal more money with a 55 and 106” track it opens up a lot more possibilities. So much “goodness” revolves around the Festool track system it just makes sense. Many people balk at the cost of Festool but not many people who actually buy them end up returning them (30 day return policy) because they are excellent, their customer service is outstanding and despite not always having the best tool in the class they are usually near the top and the “system” elevates them above the others when viewed as a whole. My choice of going Dewalt led me down a different path which has me looking for the best tools or the best bang for the buck instead of Festool alone, The Mirka sanders and Mafell jigsaws are better for example and Milwaukee and Bosch have drilling/driving options that are nearly as good for significantly less money, so while I am happy with these tools I honestly think I would have been happier going down the full Festool path from the start.

In conclusion the Dewalt track saw is nearly as good as the Festool TS55 but lacks the flexibility the Festool system has. In either case I would suggest getting the long rail (102 or 106) and in case their is any misunderstanding even Festool doesn’t make the best track saws, that honor goes to Mafell but their prices are even higher than Festool…

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 05-24-2015 05:21 PM

I also have the TS55, but had the Dealt been out when I bought mine I would have bought it. It may be a second choice to the Fessie, but the savings make that worthwhile. Plus the track is bidirectional, something I would really like with the Festool. Anyway, I could never get 2 tracks joined perfectly straight…and since my saw has 2 primary uses (sheet good and straight edging rough sawn lumber) I really needed the longer length; so I wound up buying the 106” rail. I see there is a fancy do-dad to help fasten the rails stright (a jig that clamps onto the rail and holds it in line) but it’s almost $100. On point: when joining the rails, leave a gap between the ends (about 1/8” or so). The ends of the rails may not be perfectly square.

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