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Offline GregBradley

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Re: Grizzly track saw
« Reply #30 on: May 14, 2015, 10:01 PM »
I own both the Makita and Festool TS55. Actually bought a Festool Track saw loooong ago, back when they had one dealer in the US, maybe 20 years ago. When it grew legs and walked off, I didn't think I could justify the price of the Festool and bought a Makita. When I had an excuse for it to go to work on a dedicated breakdown table, I bought the TS55. I recently added another Makita to dedicate to home shop use and permanently use on a MFT. I've used Mafell, Dewalt, Sheppach, and seen Grizzly. I've not seen the Triton version.

The Sheppach & Grizzly are rubbish. That isn't to say they aren't better than nothing but have to agree that you will want something better and the resale will be a joke. Tracks are crap and so are the blades.

Makita is darn close to Festool but the cord is stupidly short and no removable cord. It is fine on a dedicated breakdown table or something with cord and hose suspended above. Old style systainer too but well worth the $268 I paid. WELL worth it. No riving knife is fine with sheetgoods.

Dewalt is OK but plunge is weird and so are the tracks. Might be worth the price if you aren't going to use the Festool track system but once you are in with Dewalt that you are stuck with their two track lengths. Stanley, Black & Decker (Dewalt) will screw you at some point given the chance. Total sleazeball company that has ruined many good tools.

The new TS55 REQ might be an improvement over my TS55 with the improved offside anti splinter setup and other improvements. Mafell might be worth the premium for some people that work mostly on site instead of in shop. Really nice track setup for onsite use but - wow that's a bunch of money.

No perfect choice for everyone........

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Offline jacko9

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Re: Grizzly track saw
« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2015, 10:04 PM »
Here's a review from the Woodworkers Journal;

http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/track-saw-review/

Later this year Fine Woodworking will be doing a review of the Track Saws on the market today and I look forward to their findings. If you read the review refrenced above you'll see what they say about the DeWalt and Grizzly offerings.  I can't tell anybody how to value tools in quality vs cost because it's a personal opinion but, I value long term quality and endurance and that's related to engineering, quality materials, and quality manufacturing.

I personally selected Mafell MT-55cc even though it costs more because I want the best I can buy.

Jack

Offline JimH2

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Re: Grizzly track saw
« Reply #32 on: May 14, 2015, 11:38 PM »
Seems to me that there are only two reasonable alternatives to the Festool track saw that being the Makita track saw and the Mafell offering.  From the reviews I looked at the Makita has very questionable quality concerns and the Mafell - well it's price is Festool +++.

Jack

The Mafell is the easy choice once you see how much better their rail system is to work with. It's a better all around saw just a higher price point. If your in the game at $600 then your 2/3rds of the way there.

Offline Holmz

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Re: Grizzly track saw
« Reply #33 on: May 15, 2015, 04:40 AM »
Seems to me that there are only two reasonable alternatives to the Festool track saw that being the Makita track saw and the Mafell offering.  From the reviews I looked at the Makita has very questionable quality concerns and the Mafell - well it's price is Festool +++.

Jack

The Bosch is also not a bad choice and the Bosch and Mafell share the same rail system.
It would be nonsensical to not consider both, if the rail system connection is one of the major drivers.


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I personally selected Mafell MT-55cc ...

Jack

Starting with Festool rails I can make a cogent argument that the TS55 is a sensible choice.
However starting with no existing rails... One pretty quickly realises that the rails are a crucial part of a track saw in both the connections as well as the replacement of the splinter guard.
So I considered Bosch... but I ended up making the same decision as you.