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Old 03-19-2015, 08:47 PM   #21
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I'm listening carefully because I'm also thinking about getting a track saw. The TS 55 REQ would be my first sip of Kool Aid.

Is ripping stock that is a lot narrower than a track a big headache? For instance, I have some flooring to replace on an upcoming job and I'll need to make a number of tapered cuts on 3" stock.

It sounds like no big deal from what I hear here but its hard to visualize. Does the weight of the saw keep the track in place over the narrow stock or do you need to support the whole width of track?

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I'm listening carefully because I'm also thinking about getting a track saw. The TS 55 REQ would be my first sip of Kool Aid.

Is ripping stock that is a lot narrower than a track a big headache? For instance, I have some flooring to replace on an upcoming job and I'll need to make a number of tapered cuts on 3" stock.

Not a pain at all. Just put a second piece beside it as a spacer to hold the track at the same height.
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I'm listening carefully because I'm also thinking about getting a track saw. The TS 55 REQ would be my first sip of Kool Aid.

Is ripping stock that is a lot narrower than a track a big headache? For instance, I have some flooring to replace on an upcoming job and I'll need to make a number of tapered cuts on 3" stock.

It sounds like no big deal from what I hear but its hard to visualize. Does the weight of the saw keep the track in place over the narrow stock or do you need to support the whole width of track?
Place a few strips together on your work table to support the track.






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I'm listening carefully because I'm also thinking about getting a track saw. The TS 55 REQ would be my first sip of Kool Aid.

Is ripping stock that is a lot narrower than a track a big headache? For instance, I have some flooring to replace on an upcoming job and I'll need to make a number of tapered cuts on 3" stock.

It sounds like no big deal from what I hear here but its hard to visualize. Does the weight of the saw keep the track in place over the narrow stock or do you need to support the whole width of track?
I have been meaning to add another strip of grippy foam to my tracks out near the cutting edge to improve narrow stock cutting. I also have thought that it would be nice if the track clamps pivoted toward the cutting edge for more ease with smaller stock. Clamps not generally needed on wider stock anyway. Maybe somebody makes them?

Buy a TS. You'll love it.
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Done deal. Purchased and on its way! Hopefully I have muscled my last sheet of plywood through the table saw.
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I just lay another board under the rail to support it and rip away at the narrow piece.

The work piece has never moved on me.
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It goes with me in the van every day. As was said, undercutting doors and cabinets, tapered extension jambs, cutting the meat off for scribes, used it the other day to cut holes in a roof for skylights. I love the damn thing.

For narrow stock, cabinet fillers specifically, I made a little support sled. Sometimes don't have enough extra material on hand, and the sled keeps the board from shifting. Also added a third sticky strip to the track, don't put it too close to the splinter strip, it's slightly thicker and will hold the splinter strip off the workpiece a hair.

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I bought the Makita and used it for some built in cabinets and shelves. Better then a table saw for sure. I'd recommend a short rail and a long rail. I bought two short rails and a joining kit and the two short rails do not line up straight for cutting sheets lengthwise.
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Couldn't have done this one without the TS.

https://picasaweb.google.com/tbadernwi/ClevelandRocks

Once you figure it out, pretty easy to cut narrow strips with it.

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Couldn't have done this one without the TS.

https://picasaweb.google.com/tbadernwi/ClevelandRocks

Once you figure it out, pretty easy to cut narrow strips with it.

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You making extra long door shims there?
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You making extra long door shims there?
Frame pieces for these wicker panels.

https://picasaweb.google.com/tbadernwi/Cradle

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Frame pieces for these wicker panels.

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What's old is new----bell bottoms will be back in style.

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i use mine most days.
anytime I need a straight cut I will use the track saw if I can.

amazing tool. saves so much time and increases accuracy 10 times
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used mine tuesday to cut seat back supports for a dinette, yesterday i cut a bunch ow plywood, and today i cut cabinet parts with it. its a must have tool.
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So i know everyone loves the festool, but are there any major negatives to the dewalt? It's about a $220 difference at my supplier so I'm leaning toward the dewalt
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That dewalt is what I just bought. I got it with the 59" track and a 102" track. It has good reviews and hey, that diresta guy uses on that YouTube clip haha. But there will be people come here and say there is only one brand of track saw.
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Been using mine to rip window liners. Working indoors on a apartment building.

Just placed a couple stop blocks on a bench for the material/track to butt to. Way better than messing with parallel guides.

I'm obsessed with dust collection now. When you can cut all day with very little dust it's priceless. (especially with mdf)

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