Track Saw

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A track saw is a specialized woodworking power tool used for making straight and precise cuts in wood materials such as plywood and MDF (medium-density fiberboard). Also known as a “plunge saw,” it consists of a circular saw mounted on a track or guide rail, which ensures that the saw cuts in a perfectly straight line

Track saws are particularly useful for tasks such as breaking down large sheet materials or making long, straight cuts, where precision is needed.

Track Saw Features and Benefits

Here are some of the key features and benefits of having a track saw in your woodshop:

DeWalt DCS520B (Amazon's Choice) Track Saw
DeWalt DCS520B (Amazon’s Choice)
  • Precision: A track saw’s guide rail allows for accurate and straight cuts, making it ideal for projects that demand high precision.
  • Portability: Track saws are more portable and lightweight than table saws, making them easier to transport to job sites or move around the workshop.
  • Versatility:  These tools can cut a wide range of materials including wood, plastic, and laminates.
  • Dust Collection: Some track saws also come with a dust collection system. This helps keep the workplace clean and minimize health risks.
  • Bevel Cuts: Many track saws have the capability to make bevel cuts, allowing woodworkers to create angled edges and joinery.
  • Adaptability: Some track saw systems are modular as well. This allows users to connect multiple tracks for cutting longer pieces of material.
  • Compatibility: Lastly, some track saws are also compatible with other tools such as routers, turning them into versatile cutting and routing systems.

While track saws are highly effective tools, they are generally more expensive than standard circular saws. However, their precision and ease of use make them a valuable addition to the toolkit of both professional woodworkers and DIY enthusiasts.

Handling Safety

Safety is of utmost importance when handling track saws. Here are some guidelines to help establish a safer working environment:

  • Training: Newbies should seek training and guidance from an experienced professional. It is crucial for beginning woodworkers to learn proper techniques and safety procedures before operating a track saw.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Know the location of emergency shut-off switches. Place first aid kits and fire extinguishers within reach at all times.
  • Wear Appropriate Safety Gear: Wear safety gears such as goggles, hearing protectors, respirators, and gloves.
  • Machine Inspection: Before each use, inspect the power tool for any damage, loose parts, or worn-out components. Always keep the blade sharp and in top working condition.
  • Cut in the Right Direction: Cut with the blade moving away from your body’s direction. Avoid cutting across your body or reaching over the tool.
  • Disconnect Power: Make sure that the track saw is turned off and disconnected from the power source when not in use. This will prevent accidental starts when changing blades, making adjustments, or doing machine maintenance work.
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