Hi HenryHarbor freight Dust collectors sell for around $120 new after using a 20% off HF coupon.
Before you pick up those woodworking tools, take the time to ensure your safety in the shop! If you are selling your work, then you have entered a woodworking dimension with added complexity and stress. DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. The Inevitable ComparisonAs much as I tried to evaulate this tool solely on its own merits, it’s impossible not to draw comparisons between it and other track saws on the market. I made several cuts with the saw and evaluated the attributes that are most important to me: build quality, cut quality, and dust collection.
Speaking of the track, everything looked good to my eye with one exception: a little wobble.
CompatibilityBecause I knew many of you would want to know, I decided to test compatibility between Festool and Grizzly components I had on-hand. The final verdit here is something that could be up for interpretation as there are two ways to look at it. In my opinion, the real comparison we need to make here is not with Festool, or even DeWalt or Makita. Want to Win This Saw?If you’d like an opportunity to win the saw I purchased for testing purposes, simply fill out the form below. By subscribing to the RSS feed you will be notified when new entries are posted on this blog. Great Review Marc as ussual, I defenietly can use this track saw, it will be a pretty good upgrade from my current saw. I would guess the spring could be easily replaced so that the resistance is less but enough to push the saw back up. An extremely fair and comprehensive review – and I envy your ability to speak without ums and ahs and still make perfect sense! The aluminum emerges from the extrusion die onto a conveyor that’s moving a bit faster than the aluminum but the conveyor is a bit slippery, so it works. This is a process that works fine for most shapes, but for wide flat shapes, the stretching tends to put a bow in the profile if it’s stretched too much. As a long-time Festool user, most of my comparisons will involve the Festool TS55 and TS75. The operation of the cam adjustment knobs is a little clunky, but it didn’t seem to impact setup or prevent me from attaining a slop-free ride.


I don’t mean the kind of wobble that results from a sloppy fit between the track and the slot in the saw base. Part of the problem lies in the orientation of the handle (perfectly vertical) and the thumb safety release (angled back toward the user). The included blade is better than what comes with any other circular saw on the market (at least from initial inspection) and competes well with my upgraded Frued blades. Fortunately, it doesn’t spew the dust all over the shop like a traditional circular saw. While the Grizzly track takes Festool clamps and accessories just fine, it does not accept the Festool saw. But if you’re looking to get a capable plunging circular saw with the advantages of a track system and somewhat decent dust collection, I think the Grizzly is an excellent buy. If we compare this saw to the other saws on the market like the Festool, the Grizzly falls short in just about every area. OK, maybe it wasn’t that bad, but it was very clear that lots of folks were waiting to see how this saw performs. At this stage of the game, a new track saw hitting the market at the going rate of $400+ would just be white noise and probably wouldn’t catch my attention. I did spent a small amount of time with DeWalt’s track saw and even did a review of it back in 2009. This is a minor detail that does not affect performance, but it’s something to consider. This is going to make it fatiguing to use use this tool for repeated cuts and almost necessitates having two hands on the saw while plunging. After the cut, the keeper piece had a mostly acceptable amount of tearout that could be sanded away. Not only is the groove on the saw too small for the guide rail, the blade would wind up cutting into the aluminum track.
It isn’t going to give you perfect table saw quality cuts, at least as presented, and the low price comes at the expense of some comfort and general build quality. I really don’t have much spare time in my schedule right now but I decided to fast-track (haha, get it? But the fact that folks can potentially know the joys of the track saw world for only $230 is something worth talking about. So while I admit to being somewhat biased toward the big green machine, I like to think most of you know that I am fair and honest when it comes to tool discussions. While most of the parts on a Festool saw are also plastic, they are molded in such a way they they feel smooth and comfortable.


When applying downward pressure on the left side of the saw, the right side lifts up off the track, as you can see in the image.
So there was a nice pile of sawdust sitting on top of the off-cut piece after the cut was complete. But it will cut plywood with greater accuracy and control than the typical circular saw setup. An important piece of information came from Grizzly themselves when I inquired about this tool back in January.
I can only compare the experience to my Porter Cable saw that I’ve been using for years now, and this saw and track system outperforms it in just about every way.
Depending on where you place your pressure while sawing, the effective cutting angle will change.
But anyone who uses a circular saw to cut plywood knows that many cuts will require you to use the saw with one hand.
Results are way better than I usually get with my regular circular saw, but not quite the same table saw quality cuts I get from my Festool saws. The Grizzly saw does, however, fit on the Festool track, but the saw blade extends out well beyond the rubber splinter guard.
They said (paraphrasing) that comparing their saw to Festool is a little like comparing a Toyota to a Lexus. This is a problem and I have to imagine this is going to impact cut quality in the long run.
Part of the joy of owning a track saw is the fact that a guided cut makes one-handed operation much safer and predictable.
They both will get you to the store and back but there are key differences between the two brands.
I am sure there will be plenty of hardcore reviews for you to enjoy from other publishers in the near future. So if you happen to have weak wrists, plunging the saw with one hand is going to range from painful to impossible.



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