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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-23-2012, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
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Hi,

My main goal this year at the Brissy Wood show was to find a track system. Only to be told by a couple of the stalls that only Festoon was available. Luv to but out of my price range and didn't be-leave them.

Since then have checked out EZ Track and TrueTrac Track systems.

Thought I would ask the experienced.

What is your recommendation for a Circ Saw Track system that is (preferably) available in Australia, reasonable price $150-250ish, expandable later and even DIY ideas would be cool.

I have never been able to cut straight even with guides on both side of the saw and the videos on EZ and TrueTrac look good.

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I have the Dewalt It is used in the field to cut slatwall. It has been used for three years and has held up well. I use a small shop vac with it and it is very effective with dust control

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Hi James,

I have the E-Z system and have found it very useful over the years, so useful that I even considered selling my table saw, but decided against it for some reason. You can see the following thread to get an idea of how I use my system with a DIY cutting table. Good luck with your decision.

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If you have been unable to ge a straight cut with a fence at all, the trouble might be dull blade, a problem with the saw itself or your cutting process (too high, not well enough supported, etc). I would try buying a sheet or 2 of rigid foam insulation, put the rigid foam on the driveway, adjust your depth of cut so it just cuts into the rigid foam, put some scrap ply on top of the rigid foam, add a fence and see if you can get a clean straight cut. Try cutting off just a half inch or so from one side of the scrap. Put a pencil line on the back side and see how well you can cut it. If you still cannot get a straight cut, look to something other than a fence system.
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To break down full plywood sheets, I use a 50" Pro Grip Edge Clamp and a saw plate installed on my super cheap Task Force circular saw. Works great, and was a fraction of the cost of any Dewalt or Festool system.

You can check them out at Peachtree or read my short review.

I believe this could be bought through Amazon and shipped to Oz if you were really interested. I would have to imagine in your situation that you'd be best served with a homemade edge guide for a much cheaper cost.

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My jig ("system" is a bit pretentious for how simple it is) is an 8' piece of 3/4" Baltic Birch ripped to 3 times the width of my circular saw shoe. Then, a routed groove for an 8' section of T track. The groove is positioned so that there is room on the left side for the saw to pass my clamps. I used JB Weld to attach the T track. A small length of the T track insert was attached to the shoe. My saw is a Skil 77 worm drive. There are holes in the shoe from the factory. I used bolts and wing nuts. A 30 second job to attach or disassemble.
The first use of the jig establishes the cut line. So, there is no need to measure any off sets.
With a nice Tenryu blade installed, I get project ready work pieces every time.
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I had trouble getting my cheap circular saw to cut along a straight edge too. I finally thought to check the sole plate (platen) to see if it was parallel to the blade and it was out by about 1/16"/1.5mm. I knocked the roll pin out of one attachment and after filing and shimming it now works very well. You would think that something that is mass produced would be made with an accurate machining process but that is often not the case.

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I too have the Eurekazone EZ system and love it. I don't have a table saw and it's done most everything I've needed.
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Due to the size of these items, cost of shipping from the USA will be high.
The Festool system is very nice, I often drool over the display when I'm in the local dealer

Carbatec sell the Pro Grip system.


I get by with a home made jig that works pretty well.

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Take a piece of 12" wide plywood and mount a piece of casing that is straight that was made from a piece of 3/4" stock
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