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    Dewalt Tracksaw first use and pictures

    Many of you may have read my threads on woodnet or saw mill creek about the Dewalt Contest I am a finalist in. One of the tools we were given (to keep) is the upcoming Dewalt Tracksaw that is soon to be out in the US. Thought I would share this thread with you folks as well in case you are interested in this saw. Enjoy.

    Tracksaw came in today. Started to use it to get the feel of it.

    Packaging is standard Dewalt fair. Huge plastic box for the saw with cardboard sleeve and zip tie holding case closed. Guide was in a cardboard box with 1/8" hardboard on the bottom. Packaging was just fine. my saw had a pair of clamps in it as well but that may have been added by Dewalt before shipping the saw to us.

    There is a manual in the case and a small color quick start guide zip tied to the saw. The QS guide walks you through setting up the saw (includes mounting on the rail and removing any play while mounted on the track) and making the two zero clearance cuts on the rail edges - one on each side. The QS Guide also explains how to change the blade. I had read the manual online last night so I was familiar with the controls of the saw. If you follow the steps in the QS guide everything makes perfect sense.

    I choose some 1/2" Birch Plywood scrap piece for the tests. I first made the cut using just the wood on my laminate table and the guide on that. The guide did not slip but the wood did. I found if I used a router anti-slip mat under the wood it worked great. The rail I have is 59". The work piece was 30" or so. I used strips at the ends of the rail to help support it across my table.

    The saw moves on the guide SUPER smooth. You seriously can use this setup with one hand. The plunge action is also perfect. The Saw has variable speed but I have just used the max speeds so far. It cuts perfectly.

    The guide is very nice and not flimsy. I also played with the anti-kickback setting - very slick idea. I was even able to make a dado with it. I am very impressed.

    I lastly mounted it on the panel rack. Makes a slick table for pieces under 40" wide and 8' long plus. Again supports for the rail make the use very nice.

    Also wanted to let everyone know that the inside diameter of the dust port is 1 3/8". I had some adapters and rigged up the shop vac using the hose from my PC 7336 ROS. The dust collection with just my shop vac and that 1 1/4" hose was darn near perfect. Maybe a little leading dust on the cut but very acceptable. Also the saw is MUCH quieter than my full size Dewalt circular saw. It does not scream nearly as much.

    I will try and get my friends TS55 and do a heads up comparison.




















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    Very cool, Mike. Looks like DeWalt has been studying German. For those of us who don't keep up with SMC or Woodnet, what was the contest?
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    Wowzers!


    That really looks like a nice bit of kit...

    Congrats!
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    And from looking at your website, you appear to have your own Crappie pond?

    Those are some nice crappies you got there...
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    Mike, that is very cool, I'm happy to see other makers get into the track saw game.

    I'm a happy owner of the Festool TS55, but I'm not blind or stupid enough to think it cannot be improved upon. I VERY much like the idea of the double sided track, I was really disappointed with the Festool set up, when I put the ripping blade on the saw, and after the fact, found out that the ripping blade was just slightly wider than the regular blades.

    The double sided track would solve that, one side for ripping and the other side for everything else.

    What is the street price on the saw with track enough to handle knocking down a 4x8 sheet of plywood?

    In the fourth picture...........

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    ... it looks like that is a speed controller?

    Does this saw have the feedback control so that the motor does not bog down under load?

    Certainly looks like a nice unit, thanks VERY MUCH for the review.

    I still love my TS55, it makes my small shop work, but I also very much like the idea of competition, I hope it will make Festool up their game as well.

    Cheers!
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    That's really neat, Mike. Guess I've been hiding under a Bushel lately, as this is the first I've heard about that setup. Thanks for the review. Any idea of the price range?

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    Some more info.

    The saw is made in the Czech Republic. The kit I have, with the saw and 59" track, was being reported that it will be for sale at $499. Now Dewalt does not do MAP pricing so that price will most likely vary between vendors. $149 for the 102" track was also reported. Come on amazon magic!

    Saw will come in the 520 corded version I have and a 341 cordless version which will be more $. May even be two cordless versions - 18V and 28V. The corded one is the most powerful and has the most cut capacity depth wise.

    http://www.dewalt.com/us/tracksaw/

    On cuts where you go up one side and down the other the double sided track is a great idea. No need to flip the track.

    I have only cut the 1/2" plywood and it did not bog down at all.

    It is variable speed - just like a router. When is that a good idea to use I do not know.

    The contest I won was the Dewalt Top 17 Finish carpenter contest. I submitted a built in library project and an idea to build a play kitchen for my daughter. I was selected as on of the 17. I was given a new DW717 10" Sliding compound miter saw, this tracksaw kit, a trim compressor, a newly designed Dewalt 15ga air nailer (1" to 2.5"), and the new 16ga air nailer (1"-2.5"). I get to keep the tools. I use them to build my kitchen and we compete amongst the top 17 projects. Then the public votes for their favorite around Dec 1st on Dewalts site, and that person wins another 4K in tools, a carhart prize package, and a Nascar weekend with the Dewalt driver and pit crew.

    www.dewalt.com/us/top17

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    Mike,

    Thanks for the information!! Also, good luck in the contest. Make us Illinoisan's proud!!


    Randy

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    Thanks for the review and the pictures. I also enjoyed visiting your web site and the photobucket link. Some great pictures and videos.

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    Nice Saw, Thanks for the post!

    In the the spirit of new terminology...

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    Donít have the best tools, don't use the best woods and projects donít always turnout perfeck.
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