Track SAW guidE

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Wondering how track saws compare to table & miter saws?
Want to understand what you can do with a track saw?
Curious if a track saw is right for you?

We've curated this guide to give you the info you need to know all in one place.

WHICH TOPIC DO YOU WANT TO EXPLORE FIRST?

Learn What A Track Saw Is Best For

  • Types Of Cuts A Track Saw Can Make
  • Advantages Of Track Saws
  • Track Saw Anatomy
  • What Sets A Track Saw Apart From Other Saws
  • How Track Saws Stack Up To Table & Miter Saws
  • About The Kreg Adaptive Cutting System (ACS)

Build My Track Saw Skills

  • How To Plan Your Cut Order For A Track Saw
  • Squaring & Jointing With A Track Saw

Discover New Projects

  • Project Ideas To Build Your Cutting Skills

Learn What A Track Saw Is Best For

Types Of cuts a TRACK saw can make

cross cuts

rip cuts

miter cuts

compound angles

ADVANTAGES OF TRACK SAWS

 SAFETY  

With a track saw, you bring the saw to the work piece which gives you more control than bringing the work piece to your saw like you do with a table saw. This is ideal for larger work pieces and panel products.

 SAFETY FEATURES  

The track saw's riving knife and anti-kickback are built-in safety features designed to prevent your wood from binding and the saw from kicking back while ripping hardwood.

 cut quality  

Track saws have an anti-chip strip and splinter guard that acts like a zero clearance insert to prevent tear out on both sides of your cuts.

 CUT ACCURACY  

With a track saw, your track sits directly on your cut line and gives you a direct line of sight to see your cut.

 PART OF A LARGER SYSTEM  

Track saws can be added to larger cutting systems that expand their functionality. These systems include the Festool MFT and Kreg ACS.

anatomy of a track saw

  • a. depth-of-cut adjustment = this determines how deep the blade will plunge
  • b. splinter guard = this eliminates tear out on both sides of the blade by supporting your material as the blade exits the cut
  • c. dust collection = sawdust is directed through the shrouded blade and into the collection bag
  • d. anti-slip strips = these strips, located under the track, give you grip so the track stays in place without the need for clamps
  • e. riving knife = this protects against kickback by preventing your material from pinching against the saw blade
  • f. bevel scale = this knob adjusts from -1° to 47° so you can make precise bevel cuts

what sets a track saw apart from other saws?

Cutting material for your wood projects doesn't require a large workspace or a huge budget.

A track saw is great at accurately cutting plywood and sheet goods.

Upgrade to a full track saw system to safely and accurately cut dimensional lumber as well.

 track Saw  

Average Cost

Cut Quality & Precision

Portability

The saw and track are brought to your work piece and placed directly on your cut line.


 miter Saw  

Average Cost

Cut Quality & Precision

Portability

While a miter saw performs best with a set location with additional support for longer boards, It can be easily brought to different locations

 Contractor table Saw  

Average Cost

Cut Quality & Precision

Portability

A contractor saw is designed to be picked up and brought to different job sites.

 kreg acs  

Average Cost

Cut Quality & Precision

Portability

The table folds upright and has wheels for easy portability


 cabinet table Saw  

Average Cost

Cut Quality & Precision

Portability

A cabinet table saw is best when set up in a permanent spot in your shop. It's a great option if you have the space.

how track saws stack up to table & miter saws

Track saw systems can be used as an alternative to table saws in many cases. Click the tabs below to see how the track saw compares to table saws in terms of price, portability, and ability to make different cuts.

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ABOUT THE KREG ADAPTIVE CUTTING SYSTEM

The Kreg Adaptive Cutting System takes track saws to a new level by adding a project table to create a full system. This takes your project-building skills to the next level with the versatile, precise, safe, and portable system that adapts to your needs.

cuts you can make with the kreg adaptive cutting system

Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Saw + Guide Track Kit
Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Saw + Guide Track Kit
Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Saw + Guide Track Kit
Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Saw + Guide Track Kit
Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Saw + Guide Track Kit
Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Saw + Guide Track Kit
Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Saw + Guide Track Kit
Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Saw + Guide Track Kit
Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Saw + Guide Track Kit
Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Saw + Guide Track Kit
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Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Saw + Guide Track Kit

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Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Project Table Kit
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Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Project Table Kit
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Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Rip Guides (2)
Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Rip Guides (2)
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Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Rip Guides (2)
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Kreg Adaptive Cutting System Parallel Guides (2)
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Build My Track Saw Skills

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HOW TO PLAN YOUR CUT ORDER FOR A TRACK SAW

Track saws are a great way to cut all of your project parts from a full sheet of plywood. By bringing your saw to the material, you can safely cut all the parts for your wood project builds. Here are some quick tips to get the most out of your track saw.

  • Making cross cuts to the width of your plywood (:18)
  • Handling cuts longer than your track (1:26)
  • Adding a second track (3:10)

PRO TIPS FOR YOUR CUT ORDER WITH A TRACK SAW

 step #1  

 group parts by length  

When planning your cut diagram, first match up parts of equal or similar length.

 step #2  

 make cross cuts first  

Cross cut your plywood sheet to length before making rip cuts. Because a track saw is long enough to make a 48" cut, you can cut the full width of sheet goods.

 step #3  

 MAKE RIP CUTS next  

After your parts are cut to length, it's easier and safer to handle the plywood as you make the necessary rip cuts for your project.

 pro tip for cuts longer than your track  

If you need to make cuts longer than the length of your track, you can either connect two pieces of track together or move your track down the cut line and make a second cut.

CRASH COURSE:

squaring & jointing with a track saw

Increase the quality of your wood projects by using a track saw to square up boards, make rip cuts in hardwood, and create a jointed edge.

This video will show you how to get the most out of your material by customizing your cut list and understanding your tools.

  • Jointing the edge of a board (:10)
  • Cutting your board to width (2:10)
  • Squaring up large panels (3:08)
  • Measuring against two square edges (5:08)
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