- What track saw?
EDIT: If you own one, perhaps don’t watch it.
Not really sure what he was expecting to find, a solid gold body, diamond encrusted bearings? It’s a nicely designed tool, fit for purpose and well liked by its users.
So you pay a premium for a ‘quality’ brand, same as DeWalt, Makita etc.Posted 6 months ago
The guy behind BOLTR seems to really know a fair bit about electronics, mechanics and materials. However, of the few videos I’ve watched, they follow the format of: Unbox, dismantle, slate construction/mechanics/electronics, leave item in pieces on workbench for a bit (weeks sometimes), put it back together, use for the first time then be surprised that the item is better than he expects/predicts.Posted 6 months ago
So you pay a premium for a ‘quality’ brand, same as DeWalt, Makita etc.
Makita SPJ600, box and rail – £299
Festool TS55, box and rail – £441
You pay a premium for quality tools but for Festool, the price is even more premiumerer…
Festool make good tools for sure, but they’re overpriced. Difficult to see £140 worth of better in their track saw for instance.Posted 6 months agonickjbMember
Festool make good tools for sure, but they’re overpriced. Difficult to see £140 worth of better in their track saw for instance.
I got the Festool HK55 (with a box and rail) for less that the price of that Makita. In fact almost enough change to buy a second rail, so not really a premium pricePosted 6 months agofinishthatSubscriber
The track saw is one of their most competitively priced products.. , the others are more expensive, you do get 3 years warranty and 3 years theft insurance which is quite attractive for mobile workers , originally there were no competitors Festo brought out the modern track saw in 1980 ,Posted 6 months ago
It took time for them to become popular and then workers soon saw(sorry) others using them and how much faster and more accurately they could work especially in a mobile environment – add to that the dust extraction – a very real long term worry that Festool made a point of having a solid solution for each application it was and still is a major selling point.
The track saw is one of their most competitively priced products.. , the others are more expensive, you do get 3 years warranty and 3 years theft insurance which is quite attractive for mobile workers , originally there were no competitors Festo brought out the modern track saw in 1980 ,
Didn’t know that. That’s very good, and yes they undoubtedly innovate.
Still blummin expensive though 😂Posted 6 months agoBigJohnSubscriber
The rafter squares etc. have all turned out to be too inaccurate for my work. Peter Millard has a Youtube feature on making your own.
I use 2 only – the little 150mm Bahco Combination square which is a real gem, and a kitchen cupboard door. Get a nice B&Q square edged MDF door, screw a piece of hardwood onto the bottom edge so you can butt it up against the piece you’re cutting and there you go.
As a further refinement you can cut it into an L shape (makes it lighter) and the offcut can be re-cut into a smaller framing square.
There’s a sure way to see if it really is square. Use it to make a right angled line on a board, turn it over and draw a second line a few mm away. If the lines are parallel, it’s square. If not, not.Posted 6 months ago
What’s eye-watering in terms of price to you?
If you’re already invested in a battery platform then that one, providing the brand make one.
I’m not sure there is really that many options for them currently.
As I say above, I’d certainly recommend my Makita, but it’s by no means cheap.
Cheapest way might be to find the bare tool, then get eBay batteries, but it’s a risk and probably a false economy.Posted 6 months agotillydogSubscriber
I bought a Lidl one last year – Very impressed. It doesn’t cut into the splinter guard when canted over (but does undercut it very slightly (<0.5mm) at full tilt which you can allow for when cutting 45 degree bevels). Seems better made / “nicer” than the Titan one in Screwfix. For @AlexSimon it has double markings on the depth stop – for use with / without the track.
I bought a Freud blade for it at the same time but the blade that came with it was pretty good, TBH (I was cutting laminated plywood and melamine faced chipboard). Extra track sections are available cheaply so I have two sections accurately aligned and permanently joined / epoxied together for a 1.4m track, along with the original 700mm long one. (Either that or get a Makita / Festool compatible track). Makita track clamps also fit the Lidl track and I have a pair of these for extra insurance when cutting £130/sheet laminated ply.
I used it pretty much every day for 3 months last summer and it’s still like new. It’s not a professional quality tool (no soft start, no blade brake, no quick scribe cut, mediocre dust capture, etc.) but it’s pretty damn good. It beats the hell out of the DIY guide / circular saw that I had been using previously in terms of accuracy, speed, ease of use and edge quality.Posted 6 months agoCaptainSlowMember
The cheapo track saw I mentioned on page 1 failed at the weekend. I think I paid about £60-70 for it and when I think of how little it’s been used, combined with slop and how some of the guide parts fared, have written of cheapo tools as false economy. The guide rail I made worked well but was clunky and a pita compared to a proper track
I got lucky and replaced it with a Dewalt DWS520 that for £95 (display model) and a 1.5m track for £60.
It’s a revelation. Much easy to use, so accurate and way better built (no slop, quality knobs etc).Posted 4 months ago
I’ve decided that I need a better blade (160×20) for my Aldi/Scheppach tracksaw as I’d like a smoother cut, what should I buy?
Based on Peter Millard’s demonstrations I bought this blade from Trend:
Not fitted it yet thoughPosted 4 months ago
If the 165mm blade fits into the saw housing then setting the depth gauge to the material thickness plus 5mm for the track will give an ideal cut. Going only 2-3mm past the required depth means the saw teeth don’t break out of the material (another Peter Millard tip).
I might see if the Trend blade is available in 160mm as it gave a really good cut on birch ply in Peter’s video, comparable to a Festool blade (albeit a used one)Posted 4 months ago
Machine Mart have them…Posted 4 months ago
What does the waveform one do different then?
No idea! 🙂
But I think this is the one:Posted 4 months ago
Another blade option from Key Blades, this gave a great cut too as I remember and the reviews back that upPosted 4 months agoMikeGSubscriber
Re cheap extra track – I’ve got the Lidl parkside saw and have just ordered another 4 700mm lengths of track and joiner bars for £30 delivered direct from kompernass who deal with all the Soares and servicing of parkside tools.
I dont know if the Aldi saw is compatible with the Lidl track – I know my saw will run on festool rails but I was shocked at how cheap the replacements were.
Perhaps Aldi can offer replacements for their saw at a similar price?Posted 4 months agofatbikedogSubscriber
I make a living out of fitting kitchens. For many years I used a Skill circular saw and a piece of 6×1 with clamps as a guide rail and it worked well. But times move on and I bought a Dewalt plunge saw and rails soon after they came out. It was a step up but when it packed in I bought the Festool. This is a different world! But at a price that most diy’ers could not justify. since then every new power tool I have bought has been Festool. – Dust extractor, 10.8volt drill, 1/2″ router.Posted 4 months ago
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