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I am new here and new to woodworking from a wheelchair. Handling and ripping 4 x 8 sheets on a table saw was always trying for me when I could walk. But now sitting in this darn chair (although I am thankful for it) it seems impossible to me. I am looking at track saws and also maybe making a DIY track system. I saw a neat one on YouTube.

My question is: Has anyone here used or own a track saw and does it work for ripping sheets of plywood to size? And also do you get a smooth, non tear out cut on the saw side of the board?

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Hi Chuck

Because your in the wheelchair I would suggest a panel saw setup, you can buy one or make your own from plans and kits..you can build it to suit your needs. here's just one of many..

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I am new here and new to woodworking from a wheelchair. Handling and ripping 4 x 8 sheets on a table saw was always trying for me when I could walk. But now sitting in this darn chair (although I am thankful for it) it seems impossible to me. I am looking at track saws and also maybe making a DIY track system. I saw a neat one on YouTube.

My question is: Has anyone here used or own a track saw and does it work for ripping sheets of plywood to size? And also do you get a smooth, non tear out cut on the saw side of the board?

Thanks,

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Because your in the wheelchair I would suggest a panel saw setup,
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I hadn't thought of that. I looked at the link. I will check it out further.

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I think BJ's suggestion was excellent. In response to your question regarding track saws, I have and use a Festool tracksaw exactly for the purpose you mentioned, cutting and resizing plywood. It's much easier for a person working alone to handle full sheets of plywood. Plus, it very accurate and the cuts are truly splinter free and with a shop vac attached it's almost dust free.
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I have and use a Festool tracksaw exactly for the purpose you mentioned, cutting and resizing plywood. It's much easier for a person working alone to handle full sheets of plywood. Plus, it very accurate and the cuts are truly splinter free and with a shop vac attached it's almost dust free.
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That is good to know about the Festool. Handling the plywood sheets is going to be the hard part. That is why I ave been looking at track saws.
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Hi Chuck

Handling the plywood sheets is the hard part for us all, but here's a tool that may help with the job, see link below, that why the panel saw makes it easy to just slide it off the truck and right into the panel saw rack...you can also build a track saw cutting table but getting to the center of the panel is a real PITA....but I think you will get a kick out of the link below

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That is good to know about the Festool. Handling the plywood sheets is going to be the hard part. That is why I ave been looking at track saws.



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Yeah! That will work

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I am new here and new to woodworking from a wheelchair. Handling and ripping 4 x 8 sheets on a table saw was always trying for me when I could walk. But now sitting in this darn chair (although I am thankful for it) it seems impossible to me. I am looking at track saws and also maybe making a DIY track system. I saw a neat one on YouTube.

My question is: Has anyone here used or own a track saw and does it work for ripping sheets of plywood to size? And also do you get a smooth, non tear out cut on the saw side of the board?

Thanks,

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Chuck, I have no experience with track saws but for my entire "career" as a router user I have been confined to a wheelchair. I know exactly whereof you speak when you write "this darn chair (although I am thankful for it)".

I will shortly be confronted with a very similar issue to the one you describe. All I have however is a circular saw and some straight edges so I thank you for starting this thread and I will be following it with great interest.

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In addition to Bj's suggestion, you may want to take a look at something this. It does offer an accessory for circular saws and routers, if this is all you have.

All-In-One Clamp Guides, While Supplies Last! - Rockler Woodworking Tools

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In addition to Bj's suggestion, you may want to take a look at something this. It does offer an accessory for circular saws and routers, if this is all you have.
That clamp guide must be a good one. I see that they're all sold out
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