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Old 08-28-2019, 09:43 PM   #1
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Connecting Makita Track Saw Tracks - Perfect Cuts?


Never tried a cut with two connected tracks, but I'm about to buy a second track and connector kit. Will I get perfect cuts? Should I spring for a 118" track instead? Task is mitering walnut to make a box mantel.
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Old 08-28-2019, 09:52 PM   #2
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Re: Connecting Makita Track Saw Tracks - Perfect Cuts?


I have the Makita 118" track. Worth the money. Most plywood I get these days doesn't have a straight edge. Don't know why, but it is what it is. I have a 55 and the 118. Thinking about getting a shorty too.

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Align the tracks with a level. Gently snug the grub screws.

I'm the wrong guy to ask about how many tracks one should have.

These work really well (I've been testing them for over a year). They go on a Labor Day sale staring this Friday.

https://tsoproducts.com/tso-products...il-connectors/

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I have the Makita 118" track. Worth the money. Most plywood I get these days doesn't have a straight edge. Don't know why, but it is what it is. I have a 55 and the 118. Thinking about getting a shorty too.
Doesn't take much to convince me to buy something.
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Tool Nut, $219+$25 shipping because it's a truck delivery. When I got mine I lucked out and got a $25 discount, ie: free shipping.

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Tool Nut, $219+$25 shipping because it's a truck delivery. When I got mine I lucked out and got a $25 discount, ie: free shipping.

https://www.toolnut.com/makita-19436...rack-saws.html
I guess it comes in a cardboard box??
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I use a a Long level straight edge when I join my 2 55s. Not always but I feel like it's not dead straight unless I do.

I would like to get at 118 but I haven't because this would not be a shop tool I'd have to travel with it and I worry about it getting banged around. I think a smaller one that fits in an 8 foot bed would still be good enough to trim doors and safer to travel with but you're kind of screwed on the 8-foot plywood.
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I haven't noticed any issues when connecting my 2 55" makita tracks.

I do check that knock off set that I bought, though

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I actually made a wood case out of MDO for my 2 55 so the ends don't get beat up if it wears away just a little it will throw them out of square when they put up to one another.
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Our festool tracks will not automatically align , tried every combination of the ends . They must be checked with a level or it will leave a 1/16 belly in the cut.

Once aligned and set screws tightened it cuts perfectly and stays aligned.
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Sounds like they are packaging them better. In the past they were in a cardboard box that would never make it out here. I was thinking of having it shipped to mainland address and have them build a wood box out of 1X and hardboard.
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I actually made a wood case out of MDO for my 2 55 so the ends don't get beat up if it wears away just a little it will throw them out of square when they put up to one another.
Same here, except some leftover poplar. I have had no issues joining the 2 tracks. As always, have to be smarter than the tool your using.

Trying Atlantic's per finished plywood on Tuesday. Seems weird to be excited about plywood, but my lumber yard just doesn't get nice birch.
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You're getting prefin Birch?

I use the prefin Maple.
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Picked it up locally stocked. Comes in a nice wood and hardboard box. They said it used to be cardboard but they arrived damaged all the time.
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You're getting prefin Birch?

I use the prefin Maple.
I guess not, the said only a wholesale supplier. Salesman is supposed to contact me. Is the maple worth the extra $$$ over birch? This is for paint grade built in and mantel.
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When I connect my 2 tracks I leave a CH space between them and use a good level to line them up nicenice.
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I guess not, the said only a wholesale supplier. Salesman is supposed to contact me. Is the maple worth the extra $$$ over birch? This is for paint grade built in and mantel.
I like the white maple. Makes for a pretty interior. I've been getting the Atlantic Prefin Maple and it comes at 3/4" thick instead of nominal 3/4" Makes for easier calculations.

I can't say if it's worth it. I would assume it's a much flatter finish since Birch grain usually telegraphs, but since I've never seen it I can't say for sure. The Maple is usually very smooth with no grain telegraph. You still get pcs that have defects and I'll usually go there to pick it out.

I went through the hassle of getting an account. I had a shop but they didn't want to come out to see it so they wouldn't sign me up. Called up to ask one day and told them they were going to lose me the job because they wouldn't give me an answer. Got signed up and once your name is in the computer they don't ask anymore questions.

They basically want to know if you will be buying from them in an amount that's worth it to them per year.
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I've slowly picked up tracks over the years and having a variety has proven indispensable for working in a small shop. Last kitchen build I used the 32", 75" and 118".

Try Craigslist, on occasion someone is getting rid of their toys. I found a techie who was selling his Festool stuff because he was bored.
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I like the white maple. Makes for a pretty interior. I've been getting the Atlantic Prefin Maple and it comes at 3/4" thick instead of nominal 3/4" Makes for easier calculations.

I can't say if it's worth it. I would assume it's a much flatter finish since Birch grain usually telegraphs, but since I've never seen it I can't say for sure. The Maple is usually very smooth with no grain telegraph. You still get pcs that have defects and I'll usually go there to pick it out.

I went through the hassle of getting an account. I had a shop but they didn't want to come out to see it so they wouldn't sign me up. Called up to ask one day and told them they were going to lose me the job because they wouldn't give me an answer. Got signed up and once your name is in the computer they don't ask anymore questions.

They basically want to know if you will be buying from them in an amount that's worth it to them per year.
Good to know Leo, I may be able to get them in my lumber yard if they call me. I'm sick of paying $90 a sheet for 3/4 that is just ok. I just put up a 60x80 garage for a friend that will have my wood shop upstairs. I can buy by the lift and sell to some contractor friends if needed. My lull is also there for loading and unloading.

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