The 11 best track saw system 2020
The 11 best track saw system 2020
1. Festool 575389 Plunge Cut Track Saw
When used with Festool guide rails, you can achieve perfectly straight and splinter-free cuts.
Spring-loaded riving knife (splitter) keeps the cut kerf open so that the material does not pinch the blade.
This reduces the chance of kickback.
The slip clutch helps to minimize the risk of a kickback and minimizes wear on the blade, gear case, and motor.
Blade changes are easier and safer using the fastfix system which locks switch and arbor simultaneously for easy arbor bolt removal.
- Ideal choice for contracts and heavy users alike
- Rips through hardwoods with ease
- Designed to cut thick sheets
- One of the most accurate track saws on the market
- Makes light work of long pieces of lumbar
- Like most Festool tools, it’s expensive.
- Measurements are in imperial only (if you are used to metric)
- Heavier than the TF55 model
- Many claim the TF55 is sufficient for most jobs
2. MAKITA SP6000J1 PLUNGE TRACK SAW
Powerful 12.0 AMP motor for optimum performance in a wide variety of materials
Precision accurate cutting delivers a splinter-free mirror finish
Electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load for smooth cutting
Variable speed control dial (2,000-5,200 RPM) enables user to match the speed to the application
Large cutting capacity (2-3/16 at 90 and 1-9/16 at 45)
- High quality track saw which is excellent value for money
- Many users have noted it has lasted the test of time
- Great alternative to more expensive track saws
- Excellent dust collection
- A good but if you’re a small business carpenter
- Not recommended if you’re a contractor.
- Only metric units are displayed (if you’re used to imperial measurements)
- Some experienced users noted the guard rail is not perfect compared to say a Festool one.
3. SHOP FOX W1835 TRACK SAW
Powered by a 120-volt motor
Works at speeds up to 5500 RPM
Includes anti-kickback protections
Comes with a 2-year warranty
It has cutting depth ability of up to 2-5/32 inches
- Excellent value
- Quick set up dust containment, many say that we were able to finish faster
- Many users were overall pleased with all the functionality they got for the price
- No track included
- Some customers felt the blade was a bit lacking, leaving rough edges on occasion. Changing blades increased performance.
- Some also stated they felt it was underpowered, so be sure to know what projects you’ll be undertaking.
4. Festool TS 75 EQ Plunge
Festool has long been the king of track saws and has only found significant competition over the past several years. It is our premium pick and the only choice for the contractor who insists on having the best equipment.
If you are doing a lot of Cabinet work or high-end flooring, you won’t go by wrong by investing in the saw with one of the best track records.
The Festool 75 has a bigger motor and offers a deeper cut than the festool TS 55 REQ track saw that has dominated the industry..
demonstration of using the Festool TS 75
One of the unique features that sets the tool apart is it’s MMC electronic motor control. This motor uses a soft start to begin the cut and then speeds up slowly, offering the operator greater control and a cleaner cut.
The track comes with a bright green sight line to give you greater accuracy and aim while working. The non-slip grips on the underside of the track are replaceable, and the splinter guard helps leave you with two smooth edges when you have completed the cut.
As you would expect, the saw also has a variable speed wheel on the back of the motor housing. Turning it allows you to preset your no-load speed from 1350 to 3550, allowing you to adjust the tool to your task.
To protect your investment, the saw comes with overload protection. If it gets overloaded, the blade stops spinning, and it also shuts down when overheated. Usually, it takes 3-5 minutes for the saw to cool off following a thermal shutoff.
All of these saws use innovative systems to reduce the risk of kickback. On the Festool track saw, they add a heavy clutch that allows the blade to slip instead of kicking back. It also uses a spring-loaded riving knife (splitter) to keep the kerf open and avoid pinching the blade while you are completing your cut. Since the blade doesn’t get trapped between the lumber, there is very little risk of kickback.
Without the guide rail, you have a cutting capacity of 75 millimeters or 2 and 15/16 inches. With the track system, the blade is limited to 2 and 3/4 inches in cutting depth, allowing for a slightly deeper cut than some of their competition.
This is a great place to point out that Festool often uses millimeters for setting the depth gauge. It’s not a deal-breaker, but about the only annoyance with this tool for Americans. Make sure your tool is the “USA” version if you want imperial measurements.
The Fast Fix blade change is probably the best in the industry. When you flip the big green lock forward, you are able to plunge the saw into a locked position for easy access to the blade. Most of the other tools require multiple tightening and locking to secure the arbor and switch blades.
The Festool 75 Comes with the 75-inch rail system. You can buy additional lengths as needed.
The dust collection system is one of the best as the shield offers complete coverage of the blade.
- 13 amp motor makes it one of the biggest-in-class
- Top-level accuracy
- Soft blade start
- Variable Speed control from 1350 RPM to 3550 RPM
- Thin Track makes this saw nimble and easy to use.
- Guide Rail has stop limits making repeat cuts easy and fast
- Riving knife and Clutch prevent kickback.
- Fastest Blade change in the market- Overload Protection
- Three Year Warranty and 30-day Money Back Guarantee
- one of the more expensive options
5. Dewalt DWS520K
The Dewalt DWS520K is the top pick for most of our shoppers. They accurately duplicate most of the features of the Festool while controlling costs to offer an affordable, accurate workhorse of a tool.
We’ll review the Dewalt Cordless Tracksaw kit below, but I wanted to start off with their higher amperage, corded one.
This saw, along with the Makita, has proven to be one of the top challengers to the Festool product.
demonstration of Dewalt DWS520K
At 12 amps, the Dewalt DWS520K is in the same classification as the Makita 6000J. For those of you wondering, that converts to about 1.74 horsepower for both the Dewalt and the Makita. For comparison, the Festool 75 runs at about 1.9 horsepower.
The Dewalt brings innovations to the copycat plunge saw market. The saw’s plung mechanism has an additional pivot that makes you feel like you are pushing the saw forward instead of down. In reality, you are getting more of a direct downward plunge that you get with the other saws.
It also has an additional kickback protection in the track. The track only allows forward saw movement and prevents the saw from moving backwards, providing an extra layer of kickback protection.
The Dewalt also has a riving knife to keep the kerf open while you cut and prevent blade pinching.
As with the competition, the Dewalt brings a variable speed option with RPMs from 1750 to 4000 RPM. It offers a soft star motor, but seems to be a little louder than the Makita or Festool.
As with the other two saws, there is a brake to stop the saw quickly after you release the trigger to prevent accidental cuts.
This saw has zero clearance, so you just line the track up with your layout marks and begin cutting. If you are working next to a wall, you need at least 12 mm of clearance to run the saw.
The one annoyance with this saw is that blade changing involves opening a lever, plunging the saw, tightening a screw to lock it into the plunged position, and securing the arbor bolt while you unscrew the saw blade.
- 2 amp motor
- Best Kickback protection of any saw
- Good Dust extraction port
- Better plunge cutting feature than the competition
- 3 Year Warranty
- 90 day Money Back Guarantee
- Cumbersome blade change
6. Makita SP6000J 612inch Plunge Circular
The Makita SP6000J offers a 12 amp motor, which puts it on the larger end of these tools, and capable of producing deeper cuts through luxury hardwoods without lagging or leaving rough edges.
As with the Festool, the Makita SP6000J1 offers a soft start to prevent over-torquing on the take off. It also provides variable speeds from 2,000 to 5,200 RPM that is controlled by spinning a knob on the inside of the handle.
One of the unique features of this tool are how it makes more accurate miter cuts. It has little discs that flip out to slip into groves on the track. These little discs “lock” the saw into the track, keeping it from flipping out of the track when performing miter cuts.
Another nice piece is the “scoring stop”. This button stops the saw at a cut of 2 millimeters deep. This is the perfect depth to perform a scoring run of laminate or veneer where chipping is a concern. By scoring the piece on first pass, you can protect these finicky pieces of wood and get a perfect result every time.
As with the Festool, you also get a one-movement lock of the plunge for changing blades. This makes it easy to get to the arbor, loosen it and slip a new blade in with minimal downtime.
One of the unique features of this saw is that it can run on the Festool track. So if you are looking for a Festool replacement, this might be a great time to look at the Makita. The ability to use the Festool track answers one of the biggest complaints with this saw: guide inaccuracy.
It takes a little more care to set up the tracks that come with this saw. The tracks are made from a slightly thinner metal and are more flexible.
The rubber grips don’t seem to be quite as reliable as the Festool one. They’re good, but for those used to the Festool track will notice the difference.
As with the Festool, you have the automatic braking to protect the saw should you overload it.
The only thing that this saw is missing is the riving knife to prevent kickback.
- 13 Amp Motor
- Variable speed 2,000 to 5,200 RPMs
- Extremely Smooth track action
- Compatible with Festool tracks
- Track Lock prevents tipping on bevel cuts
- Adjustable track friction knobs increase cut accuracy
- 2 mm scoring feature reduces chipping on laminate and melamine cuts
- Makita brand name and top-notch customer service
- 30 day money back guarantee
- Short, 8 foot-long cord
- 1 year warranty
- No riving knife or kickback protection
- Metric measurement markings
7. Festool 575388 TS 55 REQ Plunge
Festool 575389 Plunge Cut Track Saw is also another perfect track saw that you can work with too. The saw is awesome and offers one of the best-personalized experiences too.
While this may summarize it all up, using the Festool 575389 Plunge Cut Track Saw with its Guide Rail is easy for newbies too.
The saw allows for a quick and precise cut and will offer a very minimal setup time. If you are using the saw, you will love it on both the straight cuts and also the plunge cuts.
But what makes this saw one of the perfect track saws that you will get today? This saw comes with the best guide rail precision. It is a model that will provide the perfect cut on the first time that you choose to use it. It is also ideal since it comes with laser-straight cutting technology and will offer the best splinter-free cuts.
The system is also highly efficient. It is compact and will take less space in case of storage or use. It also offers one of the best micro-adjustable control technologies for the cutting depth and comes with the micro-adjustable depth indicator.
According to our reviews, this saw also offers a zero-tearout cutting feature that will prevent any form of destruction on your material.
The saw also has a guide rail splinter-guard that is integrated into the system and which is easy to use. The splinter-guard is also replaceable and reduces the rework and any wastage on the material.
In case you want to get an even better experience, this model will do exactly that. It comes in two sizes and offers a cordless option that gives it much more versatility for a high-end optimum result.
- Spring-loaded blades prevent kickback
- 55″ guard rail for long cuts
- Guard rail is compatible with other Festool products
- Not as powerful as the TS 75
- Too much for the home user
- No clamps included
8. DEWALT 6-1/2-Inch Track Saw Kit
The DEWALT DWS520K track saw is suitable for those artisans who want accurate cuts with no fragment. This final addition in our best track saw review list and offers comprehensive performance.
The corded power track saw features a ‘Zero Tolerance’ cutting system. So, you can expect precision at work and some remarkable straight cuts at a pretty quick time. Additionally, you can perform consecutive cuts on both sides using the dual-sided rail guard.
The cutting depth for 90-degree and 45-degree bevelled angle are respectively 54 mm and 41 mm, which is adequate for achieving the desired depth in most cases. Also, the depth measuring scale is very accurate, so you won’t have to think about the faults.
The powerful track saw comes with a 1300Watts and 12 AMPs motor. So, it can perform the most complicated cutting tasks with 2-1/8 inches depth. The stealthy engine means cutting though hardwood is a breeze.
But that’s not. The fantastic track saw kit also has some awesome features to offer. First off, the package is exceptionally safe for use. When you work with the tool, its anti-kickback technology prevents the backbites. Also, the riving knife works perfectly to stop the kickback.
This means you enjoy the smoother working experience and precise cuts. Moreover, DeWalt has made the track saw kit with a low blade profile. So, you can work in the tight space well with the saw.
- Powerful 12A motor
- Glide strips ensure a smooth glide
- Anti-kickback guard
- Dual-sided cuts
- Fragile build
9. DEWALT DWS520K 6-1/2-Inch
We start with our editor’s pick: the Dewalt. If you have used a Dewalt saw in the past this unit should feel like an old friend to you—featuring many hallmarks that have made this brand the power tool juggernaut that it is, all in one sturdy package.
First thing that you will probably notice about this tool is that it isn’t lacking in power. The high caliber 12-amp motor produces a speed of 3500 RPM which should give you enough juice to work through most standard stock and even harder materials without any trouble.
This unit is also loaded with safety features (which is particularly appreciated when you take into consideration the no-nonsense motor).
Of course, there is the always appreciated dust port that will allow you to hook your dust collection system up for healthy lungs and an easy clean up. The unit also comes with a low key blade guard and an anti-kickback riveting knife component that protects against kickbacks.
If there is one thing that we aren’t extremely crazy about with the Dewalt it is the blade change process. Changing blades with this unit is an eight-step process that borders on tedious, especially if you find yourself needing to do it regularly.
While you will definitely get used to it eventually it’s the sort of thing that is sure to get on your nerves over time.
That aside it is a great tool available at a very moderate price when you factor in its high level of quality.
- Extremely powerful engine
- Blade for ultra-fine finishes
- Laser technology for accurate cuts
- Adjustable depth and guard facility
- Bevelled cuts possible
- Safe for use
- Complicated and time-consuming setup
10. Triton TTS1400 6-1/2-Inch
Coming in third in our best track saw for the money slot, the Triton. If you are looking for an efficient track saw that won’t put a big dent in your bank account, you would be hard put to find a better pick than this tool.
Now that said, there is a reason this tool did not find its way into our top two. You’re looking at something of a bare-bones model here. However, we do believe that the unit does deliver in the areas that count.
The twelve-amp motor provides a variable speed range of 2000-3500 RPM and there is no shortage of safety features built in to make sure that the power doesn’t get the best if you. The blade guard, slow start, dust port, and anti-kickback guard system should keep you safe.
Unfortunately, hardwoods are going to test the limits of this device in a way that woodworkers that crave clean cuts won’t appreciate. The harder the stock the more splintering and tear-outs you should expect to encounter.
Hey, it comes with the price range, right? If you can look past these flaws and you don’t work a lot with harder materials this is still a good buy.
- Best Value Option Featured on the List
- Lots of Safety Features
- Variable Speed Motor
- Doesn’t work very well with hard stock
11. WEN 36055
If you’re a power tool fun, then you know that WEN is one of the most known manufacturers of power tools.
The WEN 36055 features a combination of a robust track saw and two guide rails. Each guide rail measures 27.5″. Combining the two track rails using the track connector provided gives you a precise extended cut. The track is rubberized to prevent it from slipping when you’re cutting. Track saw stabilizers are also offered to keep the saw within the rail for a precise cut.
The base of the saw has well-slotted groves to enable easier sliding of the saw across the track. This makes it comfy to make precise tear-free cuts.
It has a 9AMP motor which rotates the 6.25” carbide tipped blade up to 5500 rotations per minute (RPM). This is powerful to cut through most of the materials, including hardwood and melamine.
Reaching the blade to replace or repair it takes a while with this saw because it’s cover has fasteners.
A self-retracting riveting knife is integrated to minimize any kickback occurrences. By doing this, it gives the blade a chance to make clean cuts without being stuck in the kerf.
WEN 36055’s blade has a cutting capacity of up to 2-5/16” when straight and up to 1-5/8” when beveled at 45 By using the depth adjustment stop, one can set how deep the saw plunges the material.
Its rubberized handles are easy to grip, which gives you a comfortable time when cutting up materials.
The guide rails, however, have questionable quality and alignment issues.
- Makes accurate and precise cuts
- Makes plunge cuts
- Minimizes the chances of a kickback from happening
- Lightweight and very easy to use
- That blade that comes with it is not sharp