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I'd love to ask Makita why they fixed several issues people complain about in the SP6000 in their cordless model without announcing any updates to the SP6000 released way back in 2008.

The SP6100 should have:

- Better tracks
- Longer cord
- larger depth adjustment dial
- better track adjustment knobs
- a swivel hose connector

Makita doesn't need to make any major changes; it would benefit from a model refresh and slight design overhaul.
- the only difference I can see is that the Festool is anodized, I don't see that being a problem in a normal shop environment. I'd heard that there was a problem with track straightness - no problem on either of mine, I checked on receipt - but I've heard of some problems with Festool, mainly on the longer tracks. I would think that this is just a QC problem.

- how long does a cord have to be? My bench has an outlet attached, the cord needs to go from there by the length of the track (plus some slack). Anything over that, use an extension. To me, a negative about the longer cord is storage, it can be a PITA to coil a long cord and store it in the box - my Fein Multi-tool is an example. Many years ago, I took most of my tools and shortened the cords as I found I was using an extension out on the job anyway - wonder if the thief who wound up with them liked that or not?

- that one I'd agree with, not the most user-friendly feature of the saw.

- I don't know, the hose connector on the back of my saw swivels through 360°
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- the only difference I can see is that the Festool is anodized, I don't see that being a problem in a normal shop environment. I'd heard that there was a problem with track straightness - no problem on either of mine, I checked on receipt - but I've heard of some problems with Festool, mainly on the longer tracks. I would think that this is just a QC problem.

- how long does a cord have to be? My bench has an outlet attached, the cord needs to go from there by the length of the track (plus some slack). Anything over that, use an extension. To me, a negative about the longer cord is storage, it can be a PITA to coil a long cord and store it in the box - my Fein Multi-tool is an example. Many years ago, I took most of my tools and shortened the cords as I found I was using an extension out on the job anyway - wonder if the thief who wound up with them liked that or not?

- that one I'd agree with, not the most user-friendly feature of the saw.

- I don't know, the hose connector on the back of my saw swivels through 360°
I haven't been able to see the Makita in person. Some people got their reviews about the Makita wrong then.

You can keep exchanging the tracks if you're luck is bad and you get a warped track. It's not the end of the world.

You can use Triton's tack for shorter cuts.

The number one concern I have for the Makita was the cleanliness of the cut on the opposing scrap piece.

Aside from the score cut, Makita has never added anything to address the the cut on the scrap side of the cut. You want to get the most out of your plywood sheets, especially if they're pricey hardwood sheets.

Makita's tracks are anodized.

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The problem with comparing the TS 75 and Festool TS 55 is the two saws have nothing in common aside from the fact they share a similar appearance.

The TS 55 is build for weight. There's a lot of quality compromises made get the weight down below 10 lbs.

The TS 75, like the Dewalt is a beast. It's close to 15 lbs. The build quality of the TS 75 is vastly superior to the clunkier TS 55.

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do you own a track saw...
or are trying to justify one...
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Chalkline and skillsaw. In framing it's all about strength and beauty isn't a consideration so speed wins over finesse as long as structural integrity is unaffected. All finesse does is drive up cost with no appreciable benefit. Beauty comes later.
What we used to call a 'painter fix'. (Leave it to the last guy (putting his hands on it) to make it look good.)
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do you own a track saw...
or are trying to justify one...
I'm planing to buy a Track saw. I'm trying to make sure the one I pick can handle pricey hardwoods on furniture projects.

I really wish Bosch would bring their Track Saw to North America. There would not even be a debate.
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I have a 7 1/4 Hitachi saw and it will not cut 2 x material with ez smart track system
so in need to go to a 8" blade. I guess for now I will use my sliding miter saw not as good a cut.
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I have a 7 1/4 Hitachi saw and it will not cut 2 x material with ez smart track system
so in need to go to a 8" blade. I guess for now I will use my sliding miter saw not as good a cut.
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Is this just for cross-cutting 2x material?
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I have a 7 1/4 Hitachi saw and it will not cut 2 x material with ez smart track system
so in need to go to a 8" blade. I guess for now I will use my sliding miter saw not as good a cut.
use a speed square and w/ the blade of your choice in a CS...
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I looked at the Mafell as well. It's too bad it's so insanely expensive to ship not factoring in the tariffs the second it crosses the border

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