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Offline Robert Robinson

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  • southern Indiana, U.S.A.
Re: Dewalt Track Saw
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2008, 02:26 PM »
Yeah, if you check the Dewalt website, they are giving one away along with several other tools in a contest called the Top 17 trim carpenters. I e-mailed them to see if I could get one and offer to do a review on it. I would like to compare it to the Festool ts-55. They responded that since it is not available in the U.S. or Canada that they could not help me ( I think it was a service department responding).
TS-55, FS-KS angle unit, 55 inch guide rail, Domino (pin style), 3 Domino systainer assortments(one sipo set),Multi-position Guide Stop 20, Domiplate , PSB-300, FOGtainer 4, CXS set

Offline Tinker

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Re: Dewalt Track Saw
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2008, 07:04 AM »
In looking over the pics, it loos as if the track will accept the saw going either direction.
The adds say nothing about this.
I have sometimes wondered why the Festool guidebars were not designed that way.
When using different kerf width blades, one would need only to turn the guide around and ot need to later recut the chip strip.
Tinker
Wayne H. Tinker

Offline Frank-Jan

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  • Dutch Canadian living in Belgium
Re: Dewalt Track Saw
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2008, 08:07 AM »
Yes, it can be used both ways. I saw an advantage in this aswell, but a different one: if you're using a 3m long guiderail in a confined space, you don't need to monkey around, or even go outside to turn it around. ( I have come across this situation often enough, I have even seen that at least one person here has 2 3m rails in his shop for this reason).

The dewalt plunge saw has 2 grooves in it's base, the middle one is for it's own guides, the off-centre one is compatible with the festool rails. If festool would make a similar rail for it's saws, it would have to be much wider and not practical (or redesign the base).
The downside of the rail with rubber strips on both sides is that you can't use the rails conveniently for marking or cutting with a utilityknife.

Offline Chris Hughes

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Re: Dewalt Track Saw
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2008, 08:30 PM »
  I saw the DeWalt plunge saw today at a wood expo today here in the fabulous state of Michigan.  The saw is similar in size to the ts 55.  I believe the blade is about 6".  An interesting feature is that it plunges vertically as opposed to pivoting.  I'm not sure if that is an asset or not just interesting.   C Hughes