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Old 03-19-2015, 05:20 PM   #1
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Ok guys. I'm about to pull the trigger on a track saw but I need a gentle nudge. Did you use your track saw today? And for what purpose? The responses will give me the needed push I'm sure.
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:26 PM   #2
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I haven't used it in a month, but I am so glad that I own it. We were talking about it with another carpenter today who does not have one.

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No, not used it for a while, but buy it anyway...
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Just buy it and once you need it you will be glad you have it.
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Used it today to cut some crazy tapered extension jambs.

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Travis, just do yourself a favor and pull the trigger.

I did use it today. Worked on a crappy rental property.

Cut down probably 6 doors. Cutting down doors with a track saw is wonderful. The dust collection is also wonderful.

I had a couple extension jambs that were way different so I used it to taper them. Can't beat the track saw for a long 80" taper.

Then I had a real screwed up situation where the previous homeowner installed windows that had been installed on a previous home...so the extension jambs were already screwed onto the window anywhere from 1/2" to 1-1/2" proud of the drywall. The walls were all screwed up so they were all tapered. I was able to mark the jambs, remove the screws that held the whole deal to the window, and cut it with my 55" track. It was a little tricky but super fast compared to disassembling the whole thing, making tapered cuts on the table saw, and reassembling.

So yeah, I was glad I had it today.
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I got mine 2 weeks ago. First day I used it I thought it was a waste of money. The next day I started to like it. I'm glad I bought it. I have the makita, dust collection is alright, and a little under powered
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I got mine 2 weeks ago. First day I used it I thought it was a waste of money. The next day I started to like it. I'm glad I bought it. I have the makita, dust collection is alright, and a little under powered

What was you cutting for it to feel under powered?
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Travis, another thing, I bought a hose off amazon that worked with the festool track saw and regular ridgid shop vac when I first bought my festool. Its nice if you don't want to drop the coin on a festool vac right now.

http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-VAC005-5...+shop+vac+hose
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Yup. Cut up some plank flooring in an outside storage building to access underneath. Could I have made marks, snapped a line, and cut with a circular? Absolutely. But I got a perfectly straight cut with less time spent.

Used it a couple days ago cutting field deck boards to run a border around the perimeter. Way easier than lining up ends and cutting them ahead of time.

Buy it, and you will use it. If you are looking for ways you're not used to, you will find lots.
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I used mine to cut a top of a door insitu that was rubbing on the jam. didnt even pop it off the hinges
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Travis, another thing, I bought a hose off amazon that worked with the festool track saw and regular ridgid shop vac when I first bought my festool. Its nice if you don't want to drop the coin on a festool vac right now.

http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-VAC005-5...+shop+vac+hose

I have that hose which I use with the Festool y adapter for my ct26. When I'm set up in one area, two hoses saves a lot of time hooking up two tools at once. For 35 bucks, absolutely worth it.
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I was pretty skeptical as well, but haven't looked back. It's the right tool for so many jobs. You won't regret the purchase.
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All day, everyday. Would be lost without it.
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Almost every day for the last 2 months, including today, in a retail remodel: shelves, benches, floor transitions, display walls, tapered jambs, floor edges, miscellaneous boxes and covers. Today was floor transitions and shelves.

We finish up tomorrow, then it's on to a bath and kitchen remodel where it will see less work.

The magical tools in this job were the track saw, the Fein multi-tool, the cordless finish nailer, and my new cordless impact driver.
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I knew I came to the right place. Thanks for the suggestions on uses.
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Brought it with me to my last install. Didn't need it. But always glad I bring it. If you need it, you need it and it works great.
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Almost every day for the last 2 months, including today, in a retail remodel: shelves, benches, floor transitions, display walls, tapered jambs, floor edges, miscellaneous boxes and covers. Today was floor transitions and shelves.

We finish up tomorrow, then it's on to a bath and kitchen remodel where it will see less work.

The magical tools in this job were the track saw, the Fein multi-tool, the cordless finish nailer, and my new cordless impact driver.

That's another tool that gets used as much, if not more than, a track saw, and one of those tools that once you have it, you wonder where it was all your life.
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Trimming countertops, window sills, cabinet fillers, and cutting doors this week. It paid for itself on the first job I was on. It is one of those tools that once you have you don't understand how you lived without it.

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