Like pretty much everybody else, I have used a straight-edge for years. I work in metal, and regularly need to cut steel sheet/plate. I have a current job that requires me to cut a lot of long strips in 1/4" plate. I have a 9" Steelmax saw specifically designed to do this, and the 7-1/4" setup pictured. It is important to have the blade absolutely parallel to the fence; neither of these saws has a baseplate that is aligned accurately with the blade. Mounting the saw on the TrueTrack baseplate allows me to properly align it, and almost doubles the life of my blades. I also ordered the cantilever clamps which make life so much easier, as I don't have to figure out how to clamp a straight-edge so that the c-clamps don't get in the way of the saw. Lastly, no more math figuring out how far to offset the straight-edge from the cut! just line up the Track with the cut line. I am using this setup without the zero clearance block, as the metal chips were too hot. They are not damaging the Track edge strip though.
Worth Every Damn Dime!
I want to thank you for your follow through. I have not set this up yet but just purchased the 2x4’s to get it done this week. I am excited about getting this part of my work going. I will let you know more as I go. I really do appreciate the follow ups and back of your product
Have been intrigued by track saws for a long time, but was always put off by the high price of systems like the Festool.
Building a new shop, and will be covering the walls with OSB, so decided to give it a go.
Purchased the 8' track kit, carry bag and toggle clamps. Installation of the saw base was very straightforward. Note: I had purchased a new cordless Dewalt saw when I ordered the track kit, but realized the smaller saw base would be a lot of trouble to get properly mounted (reinforcing pieces on magnesium saw base are too tightly spaced) when it came time to install it. Switched to a more traditional corded Dewalt saw with a flat aluminum base (highly recommended). Alignment jig was very helpful.
The printed manual is excellent ... very clear text and wonderful COLOR pictures. This, plus one of the helpful YouTube videos, made trimming the anti-chip strips simple.
The carry bag is very high quality ... highly recommended!
My first use was crosscutting OSB helping my son ... worked perfectly. Had not used a track saw before ... still amazed at how "grippy" the anti-chip strips are. Have not had an occasion to rip panels, but that will be coming up in the next couple of weeks. Purchased the toggle clamps figuring they would be helpful.
Can't believe how much time I saved over marking, calculating the saw base to blade offset, and clamping a straight edge. Also, the track saw makes it darn near impossible to screw up ... have clamped the straight edge on the wrong side more times than I would like to admit!
If you do any amount of breaking down panels, this is a no brainer.
Have used the cantilever clamps for two small projects. Making “bookends” as a gift and using the clamps made it possible to cut a 90degree angle at the end of a triangular shape without having to dismantle the project entirely.
Needed a few inches more and this was the decision! Awesome product