But with so many models on the market, weeding through all of the different features, specs, prices, and reviews can be confusing. This can make narrowing down your options and figuring out which specific model you should buy seem like an impossible task. We have come up with our list of the top tested best track saws available today. Read through our review and buying guides, and we’re sure you’ll be able to decide which saw is best for your needs. We should also note, these products are great gift ideas for the D.I.Y practitioner in your life! Read on for our full tool test on these vital home improvement hand tools!
Festoon makes wonderful tools, albeit expensive. I own the Festool shop vac, the csx mini drill, the jig saw and now this tool. I was having problems cutting plywood sheets down to size on the table saw. Not only were my cuts coming out wavy, but the chip out of the plywood veneer was unsightly. This saw performed exactly as required. Perfectly straight cuts with no chip out . When I say no chip out, I don’t mean minor but nothing to complain about, I mean absolute perfect edges on both sides of the sheet.I am sort of disappointed that the saw/track did not come with any clamps. You have to purchase those separately. All-in-all, a great product. Anytime I can afford it, I will buy Festool products before anything else.
6-1/2″ Plunge Circular Saw Kit, with Stackable Tool case and 55″ Guide Rail
This is my first time using a track saw and man, this thing is awesome. I went back and forth for almost a month to debating, reading forums, and watching YouTube video reviews to decide on buying the Makita or the Festool TS 55 or maybe even TS 75.
In the end, I went with the Makita. It was priced way less even though I ended up buying, in my opinion, a Festool 55″ LR32 guide rail ($125 on Amazon) with the Makita, which brings the price to $461 for both, slightly more than buying the combo with the Makita rail. I found I like some of the adjustability of the positive stops that the Makita has for bevel cutting (although I don’t have any plans to do bevel cutting right now). I also liked how the Makita has a metal base and blade cover whereas the Festool was plastic. Makita also has a deeper plunge 2 3/16″ vs the TS55 1 15/16″. Not much of a difference but at least it was over 2″
I bought this unit WITHOUT the track because I’m actually using it with the Festool LR32 Track with drilling guides. It works perfectly with the Festool track. Also I have a Rigid 12 gallon shop vac hooked up to it and it makes perfectly clean cuts with very very little dust. This is my first time using a product where the dust collection is so good .
The Makita 6-1/2” Plunge Cut Circular Saw and 55” Guide Rail (model SP6000J1) work together to produce accurate cuts with minimal tear-out. The saw combines a powerful 12 AMP motor and a large cutting capacity with magnesium components for less weight and electronic speed control to maintain constant speed under load for smooth cutting and a splinter-free mirror finish. The SP6000J1 is a more portable option to a table saw for select applications, and it is ideal for use on the jobsite or in a workshop.
Precision Settings and Features for Quality Cuts
The SP6000J1 saw has a bevel capability of -1° to 48° with positive stops at 22.5° and 45°. The saw delivers precise cutting, as the position of the blade enters the material on the same cutting line whether cutting straight or bevel. In addition, the saw has close-to-wall cutting (11/16-inch) for expanded cutting applications. The built-in depth stop allows a preliminary cut of 1/16-inch to be performed before the entire material is cut through for clean and splinter-free cutting.
12 AMP Direct-Drive Power for Smooth Cutting
The SP6000J1 has a powerful 12 AMP motor with soft start for smooth start-ups, and Electronic Speed Control to maintain a constant speed under load for smooth cutting. The variable speed dial control (2,000 – 5,200 RPM) allows the user to set the speed for optimum performance in a variety of materials. The built-in torque limiter helps prevent motor burnout, with an electric brake for added productivity.
I really find no reason to buy the Festool after using the Makita. Perfectly clean cuts, even on OSB, excellent dust collection, blades are 50% cheaper, built with metal and plastic oppose to plastic, plastic, and more plastic like the Festool, and you’ll save about $175, which buys another tool if you needed it.
This is a big purchase for most people so I’ll leave a detailed review as I can. I have been going back and forth on one of these for years. The price point for a glorified circular saw was just way too much. I started woodworking as a hobby and now that I basically have a cabinet shop with all high end equipment, I needed something to break down plywood sheets instead of having to carry them by myself and end up with bad cuts on the table saw.
I finally bit the bullet while doing a closet built in build and bought this. Let me say that I wish I would have bought this a long, long, long time ago! Could have saved a lot of straining and frustration. This saw is absolutely perfect. Some complain about the power but if you’re taking you’re taking your time on other things, why not take your time and get a nice cut. The price is still a little high in my opinion, especially since it doesn’t include a track. But it’s cheaper and smaller than a panel saw and does the same thing.
Now the one complaint I have which I will not take points away from the saw is they claim you can add 2 tracks together and you can. However, it is the biggest pain in the buttox to do so and the 2 joined tracks will not stay perfect parallel to each other and you will get a bow in the middle of your cut. Just pay the extra little bit and get a longer track for sheet goods. That also being said the 102″ track should be 106-108″ long. The 102 is really not long enough for 8′ plywood but most of the time I crosscut first then make my length cuts. It only extends 3″ past the plywood on each side and you need about 5″ of track for the saw to stay stable. You basically have to be very careful and start and finish your cut partially off the track which doesn’t do much good for finished ends.
Everything else on this saw is great. The depth gauge is perfect. It is very easy to plunge, even one handed. Plenty of cord length.
With the blade that’s in it, I find if you are cutting on the opposite side of your cut line and keeping your cut off piece, the blade width seems to be about 3/32 of an inch so add that to your measurement and you should end up with a perfect size piece. On all other pieces, just measure and place right on the line of the exact measurement and it comes out perfect.
The T10687 is sold as the saw only. Please see T24872 for the Guide Rail and T25094 for the Accessory Pack. The T25552 Master Pack includes the Saw, Guide Rail and Accessory Pack. This track saw redefines the circular saw, making traditional circular saws obsolete. Its plunge-cutting action eliminates flip-up blade guards and its riving knife reduces the risk of pinching and kickback for a new revolution in safety. And, although this saw cuts like any other circular saw, the optional Guide Rail is indispensable for making straight cuts when cutting wide panels. No more unsafe, over-extended reaching and poor balance while cutting wide panels on a table saw. Once you use this Track Saw, you-Inchll never go back to your old circular saw.
- Suitable for a variety of materials like solid wood worktops, double-coated MDF boards, etc
- Infinitely variable cutting depth up to 2-5/32
- Built-in riving knife for anti-kickback protection