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I have had my track saw since Christmas but just now putting it to use. I will have to say I really like this saw. I did take off the anti-kickback device because I want to pull the saw back on the track. I am sawing 5'x5' baltic birch ply. I am using the blade that came with the saw and doing a scoring cut first. As long as I keep the ply on a one-inch foam insulation I have no tear out on the bottom and doing the scoring cut I have no tear out on the top. The first picture is the top but isn't very good. The second picture is the bottom. I am really liking this saw.



 

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Don I do the same thing on occasion, cut over pink styrofoam. Glad to hear you like yours, as I like them a lot too . Only wish I knew about them years ago
 

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Thanks, Larry I will try a full cut today and see how it works.
 

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I have the Makita - here are photos of a cross-cut (1/2" big-box birch plywood) using the OEM blade, no anti-splinter insert (I don't think that they make one). Have been pretty happy with the results. I made the cuts with the plywood sitting up on pieces of 2x4, didn't check so not sure how the back side looked. When I cut on the MFT top, there's very little splintering.
 

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I also have the Triton Track saw. Got it last year and I'm really happy with it. I changed the stock blade out for an premium blade. Really great cuts. The track is 59inches, just shy of the width of BB stock. My only complaint with it is that the track length should be at least 66 inches. Adding the "short" lengths makes the track more than 80 inches long, which overhangs the edge of the 60 inch stock. Too long for 5x5, too short for 4x8. Contacted Triton about ordering a specific length custom track, but they said no. Darn, one size fits all, obviously. They must have hired a Micro$oft engineer.
 

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That is one advantage of using Eurekazone's EZSMART tracks. It's a small U.S. company in Florida and they will sell track extrusions in 1 foot lengths and will likely even help with custom needs if you call them.

On top of that their tracks join end-to-end much more repeatably due to the dovetail shaped channels. So you don't have to buy one short track (55-59") and another long track (118"). Instead, buy two short (64" & 54") tracks and they fasten together end-to-end, typically without the need to check alignment.
 

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My only complaint with it is that the track length should be at least 66 inches. Adding the "short" lengths makes the track more than 80 inches long, which overhangs the edge of the 60 inch stock. Too long for 5x5, too short for 4x8
The guys doing site fabrication of DiBond (aluminium/PVC composite) on one job I was on bought a 5 metre (16 foot) length of track for their Festool and cross cut it to the rather weird lengths the use. For my Festool I have a 3 metre (10 foot), three 1.4 metres (54in) and a 1 metre (40in) which was sawn down from an older, damaged 1.4 metre rail.That's how other guys I know approach it - cut down to suit the work - or go to Mafell who have rails 4in (100mm) longer
 
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