I am sick of buying the same brand name tools that don't last. I've tried them all. The last straw was ripping 3/4" hard maple with my Milwaukee circular saw, which has been my favorite so far, but listening to the bearing cry for mercy, I had to stop what I was doing. My Milwaukee router recently seized while working with Sapele and that has seen pretty light use. To me, not so long ago Milwaukee tools were indestructible, now, nothing seems to last. So I went out and bought the Festool TS55 circ. with tracks. I was wondering if anyone used this saw like a regular circular saw (without tracks). My research tells me these things can withstand a lot of use but hoped someone could tell me from experience the up and down side. I have read the blades don't last that long and know they are a little pricey, but the quality/accuracy of cut will hopefully be worth the $. I won't be framing a house with it, but am curious if it has benefits beyond using it exclusively with the track. Thanks in advance.