A track saw can be a useful tool for carpenters, or anyone who works on a lot of woodworking projects. It combines all the benefits of a circle saw and the convenience of a tablesaw. This machine can cut perfect lines with zero splinters.
Sometimes called a plunge saw, track saws are sold in kits that include the saw, tracks, and one to three accessories. The cordless models will also need a charger and battery.
Technically, tracks may not be required as these saws can be operated without them. However, it is safer and more efficient to use the saw with a track. It is cheaper to buy a complete kit than individual parts, and it makes it easier to get started ripping. It is possible to make precise, splinter-free cuts by using the rubber strip attached to the guide rail.
Track saws are essential tools for woodworking. They make it easier to cut sheet products to rough sizes. Track saws can be used to cross-cut large sections of wood to the required length, cut angles and miter carcase edges, as well as rough cutting large pieces to size. These are all difficult tasks to accomplish with a tablesaw.
Track saws are also useful for cutting boards, trimming and making panel cuts that are splinter free. A track saw can be used to work on wood flooring or subflooring.
The track saw blade is able to plunge into the material, making it simple to make internal cuts. You can set the depth you want. A track saw can be used to make precise cuts for kitchen hobs or sinks.
The table saw cuts are smoother than the track saw cuts, regardless of whether the material used is solid wood, plywood or MDF.
These details can help you make an educated decision about whether or not a track saw is right for you.
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Blade size, power, as well as speed are key factors in selecting the right track saw. The majority of track saw blades are 6.5 inches wide. However, there are other sizes available. The blade’s diameter determines how thick you can cut wood.
Track saws can be purchased in both corded and uncorded versions, just like many powertool. These tools have the same pros and cons as other tools. Although corded models are more convenient (especially if there isn’t an outlet in your immediate vicinity), cordless models have limited power and can last for a shorter time. If you don’t have an extra battery, you may find yourself stuck mid-project.
Corded track saws are becoming more common. Although most cordless models are made by a handful of manufacturers at the moment, cordless options may grow in popularity over time, just as other power tools.
No matter what power source you have, the best track saws offer variable speeds. These can range from 2,000 – 5,500 rpm. You should cut hardwoods at a slower speed, while softer woods can be cut at a faster rate. Be aware that using faster speeds than necessary can increase the wear on your tools. It’s easier to control a saw when it is at lower speeds. This means that you can achieve a more precise and smooth cut.
Think about all the things a track saw requires.
- bevel capacity
- Size of the blade
- Portability (regardless of whether the device is corded or not)
A track saw that can perform bevel cuts is advantageous as it will improve your woodworking and allow you to work with a wider range of projects. Corded tracksaws should have a 10A-20A output motor, while cordless tracksaws require a 20V lithium battery to keep the blade running.
The material thickness should dictate the size of the blade. Track saws typically have 6 12” long blades and can cut materials up to 2 inches thick.
You can adjust the speed of your regular track saw to reduce dulling or to cut more than necessary. A track saw that can vary in speed from 2000 to 5000 RPM will be a good choice.
Although corded tracksaws are generally more powerful, but cordless tracksaws are lighter and easier to use. The cordless track saw will require you to replace the battery every so often, especially if it loses power mid-cut.
Can a Track Saw be Used Without Its Track?
All track saws are standard circular saw and can be used without a track. However, using a track to guide them makes sure that they make straight cuts. The saw rests on a raised rail which keeps the cutting line straight. Rubber grip strips on its bottom prevent the track’s movement during cuts.
These grip strips are strong enough to hold the track in position even on slippery melamine coated particleboard. It is possible to still clamp the track in position to prevent miscuts. This is especially true if the strips become clogged with dust and reduce grip.
The track saw is a marvelous invention. But it is still a significant investment for most people. It pays off quickly. It allows woodworkers with all skill levels to efficiently and safely tear and cross-cut sheets and boards.