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    Good and reasonably priced track saw

    I'm tooling up to do my first resin table and I'd rather not spend the $600 for the Festool track saw I'm seeing in all the videos. Is there a comparable model that performs as well? I definitely won't be a high volume producer. Don't need it to do any specialized functions. Just need it to have settings for cut depths and use a vacuum system.
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    Dewalt, Makita, Grizzly, Triton, Kreg all come to mind...
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    I like my Mikita.
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    I have the makita also, I like it and the dust collection is good.

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    I like my Makita, though I wish it had a riving knife.

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    The Makita saw itself looks really nice and solidly made, the only issue is the tracks themselves which aren't known for being consistently straight. I'd try to buy local if you went that route.

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    I have the DeWalt, My friend has the Makita. I like the Makita track but like the DeWalt saw. The Makita is slow to spin up and I end up plunging it before it is up to speed. The Dewalt feels more powerful.

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    I like the Festool and others have mentioned options, but if you are only doing 1 table, a circular saw and a guide.

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    Most of them are rather spendy, basically withinspitting distance of the Festool. Grizzly sells one for substantially less.

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    I have the Dewalt and like it a lot. But it's $500+. This thread has been interesting and might give you additional ideas. LINK

    Here's some discussion on the Kreg. LINK
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    I like my Makita, although I don't have experience with other brands to compare. What led me towards Makita is that I was already invested in their cordless tools and wanted more batteries anyways.

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    Thanks for all the advice guys. I've spent so much money up to this point that I'm probably gonna have to go budget on this until I can afford one of the better track options.

    So I guess I'll be going with just a straight forward circular saw. Can anyone recommend a good deep cutting circ saw that'll work with using a straight edge guide (maple board) and some clamps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Another happy Makita user.

    Makita here as well!

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