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Old 04-01-2019, 03:00 PM   #1
 
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Hi all,
I recently purchased a Makita plunge saw and tracks, the first two cuts I have made the saw blade has eaten into the guide track towards the end of the cut, has anyone else experienced this or got any idea how it could happen?
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:02 PM   #2
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The aluminum track itself or the rubber splinter guard?

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It cut into the bed as well as the splinter guard, its as if the saw has run off square to the rail, it seems impossible, but I managed to do the same thing to two tracks
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It cut into the bed as well as the splinter guard, its as if the saw has run off square to the rail, it seems impossible, but I managed to do the same thing to two tracks
Return to Makita, they were having qc issues with their tracks and some of them are not straight. Thankfully the last two I bought were straight.
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Learn to cut without a track! I've been a carpenter for over 40 years and have never once thought "Hey, I need a track to cut this piece of plywood". I use a good saw though, a B&D super saw cat (back when they still made good saws)
I've built cabinets, stairs, just abut anything without a track.
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Is this an April 1st kinda question?

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Learn to cut without a track! I've been a carpenter for over 40 years and have never once thought "Hey, I need a track to cut this piece of plywood". I use a good saw though, a B&D super saw cat (back when they still made good saws)

I've built cabinets, stairs, just abut anything without a track.


It's not that one needs a track to cut straight. It's the fact that a track cuts cleaner, faster and better. What's not to like?


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It's not that one needs a track to cut straight. It's the fact that a track cuts cleaner, faster and better. What's not to like?


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Thankyou for your helpful comment
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I guess if you say so. I have table saws too. Geesh!
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I did ask about them at my lumber yard this morning and he told me sometimes a user has the wrong blade on their saw. Apparently the tolerance is pretty tight to non existent on the Makita.
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I guess if you say so. I have table saws too. Geesh!


Been in this business for 35 years. One thing I've learned is to never get stuck in the past when it comes to tools and technology. Makes work continue to be fun. I have a table saw as well but it's not one or the other.

You can't do this with a table saw.


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I guess if you say so. I have table saws too. Geesh!
I use my tablesaw maybe once a month or maybe once every other month. For ripping lumber, a saw guide is faster and straighter. For plywood, a track saw, if I had one. Now it's either a straight edge or just free hand it.

A tablesaw to rip plywood alone is a bummer.

Ripping trim down is the only real use for a tablesaw now. Maybe if I had miles of small ply rips to make.



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