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Does anyone have any experience with these types of saws? I've been using a shop built straight edge guide, but my circular saw is, well, not the best. I've seen magazine reviews on the dewalt and the festool track saws, and was wondering if anyone had any real world experience with them.

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I just bought one, I'm waiting for it today... Was supposed to come in yesterday, but purolator delivered my box to someone else! I bought the makita one. Cheaper than the dewalt and festool. From the research I made, some people say that the Dewalt has a few design problems... Maybe it's just some Festool folks trying to trash it... I don't know.
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I use a Festool track saw all the time, once you have one, you'll wonder how you lived w/out it. They also sell adapters to use routers on the tracks so the tracks are multi-purpose- I'm up to 9.5 meters of track already, but you can piece together smaller sections. The longer tracks work excellent for breaking down sheet goods and save a LOT of back strain when compared to table saw work. The table saw is one tool I do not really enjoy using and the track saw have cut my table saw time in half.
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Safe, perfect one-handed cuts
Splinter/tearout free cuts- as good as any tablesaw (with a decent blade)
easy portability
Use track stops to make plunge cuts w/out kickback. Iv'e even used them to make plunge cuts for wood floor inlays.
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I really like the concept of these tools, the price is a bit of a scare. I saw the Festool saw at the London Wood Show this past weekend and was very impressed. Oh yes I want one, but not in the budget atm.

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I received my makita yesterday, did a few test cuts and everything looks very good! It's very quiet and dust collection is pretty good. The cuts are straight and very clean. It's way better than a regular circular saw for taking down sheets.
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Thanks for the reviews!

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Christian, that is exactly what I've become used to from Makita, everything works perfectly straight out of the box.

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Been doing some reading about these tools. Seems to be a war on! The EZ system is at Festool's throat and vice versa. Lots of bashing of the DeWalt saw by everyone. Makita owners seem generally happy but have a long wish list. Some other Euopean models in the race too. One of the wood mags need to do a serious comparison, or better yet a publication that doesn't make tons of revenue from these advertisers so we can get a TRUE picture.

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...I agree Deb,....and have NO monetary affiliation with the manufacturer......AL
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I really like the concept of these tools, the price is a bit of a scare. I saw the Festool saw at the London Wood Show this past weekend and was very impressed. Oh yes I want one, but not in the budget atm.
I was at at not so local retail vendor a while back. Looking over the festool line was was very impessed. Everything I've read about em, everything I've heard about em says quality, craftsmanship and support.

but deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee'am. they are expensive!!!!!!
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