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What Is a Track Saw Used For? An Overview of 5 Different Uses

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When buying new tools to add to any woodworker’s workshop, the track saw has to top the list. This specific tool is sold by a variety of companies, allowing customers the flexibility to purchase something within their price range. It is an efficient tool for long, quick cuts for a wide range of projects. The track saw’s application is up to the imagination of the user, as it can be applied to nearly any project that one can think of. To get started, here are five projects where a track saw is the tool to use!

1. Cutting Long, Straight Miters

When cutting side sheets for a simple cabinet, or any project where a long miter cut is necessary, a track saw is a great tool to use. A track saw is able to change its angle of cut while also maintaining that cut for the entire length of the track, guaranteeing the same straight edge throughout the entire length of the board. This tool is a quick way to produce cuts on varying pieces of wood, as well as a way to replicate the same cut on multiple sheets.

2. Cutting Plywood On A Job Site

When working on any large or small job, lugging heavy plywood sheets around can be cumbersome, awkward, and flat-out annoying. Instead, using a lightweight track saw can make life a heck of a lot easier by bringing the saw to the board, instead of the board to the saw. After using the saw, if it seems like it needs a little more taken off, the now more manageably-sized board can be brought over to a table saw or have a little more taken off with the track saw. This saves time, energy, and materials on the job.

3. Cutting Drywall Boards

Because of the dust that is associated with cutting up drywall, people are often hesitant to use power tools when working with it. However, the dust collecting mechanism within a track saw gets rid of a lot of this dust, cutting down on the mess that is left behind. It is especially useful when trying to make identical-length cuts in multiple pieces of drywall at once, thanks to the saw’s plunging ability. Both of these characteristics allow the track saw to be the right tool when resizing drywall.

4. Cutting Studs

Another neat feature of the track saw is its capability to be used without the track, taking on the ability of a normal circular saw. That way, if you’re using the saw to cut up sheets of plywood and drywall, it can easily be used to just measure and cut studs as well. Likewise, any project that may use a circular saw can be done with a track saw, cutting down on the number of tools that need to be dragged around. This is an efficient way to maximize a tool’s usage and get the biggest bang for your buck.

5. Laying Wood Flooring

Because of the track that comes with the track rail, the guesswork that may often come with sawing is thrown out the window. Simply marking where the cut needs to be made and lining the guiding track up with the line is a great way to almost eliminate all saw-related mistakes. This is great in the case of laying down wood flooring, where long straight cuts need to be made quickly with little room for error.

Where Can I Get One?

Track saws are sold by a multitude of retailers both in stores and online, but one thing to watch out for is whether one is buying just the tool, or the tool and the guiding tracks. Noting this simple detail can limit making the mistake of purchasing the wrong piece of equipment. Here is the DeWalt DWS520CK, which is the primary DeWalt track saw with the track included. The DWS520CK is the highest-quality model and, therefore, the most expensive.

However, multiple competitors offer a similar package for a more affordable price. For instance, Shop Fox and Grizzly Industrial both have a model of track saw that falls well below the price range of DeWalt’s, yet boast similarly rated reviews. The important thing is that all three products perform the primary objective of cutting sheets and wood at a multitude of angles and degrees. A lower-priced item may just lack certain features, such as the sawdust limiter that DeWalt’s saw has.

The Bottom Line

A track saw is a great tool for any workshop, established or starting. It is simple, intuitive, and affordable while applicable to a wide range of projects. The low weight and guaranteed straight edge of the saw gives it an advantage against the more widely used table saw, and it can also be used to cut longer miters and edges of varying thicknesses. This tool should have a spot in the arsenal of any new or experienced woodworker.