Tool Test: Track Saws
These versatile tools make fast, precise cuts and weigh a lot less than your tablesaw
Over the last 10 years, track saws have become go-to tools for finish carpenters and remodelers. A track saw is a plunge-cutting circular saw that’s mated to an aluminum guide. The guide has high-friction tape on the back that holds the track in position even during angled cuts. There are now six major manufacturers of track saws, with prices ranging from under $300 to more than $1200. Longtime carpenter and tool tester Doug Mahoney offers a comprehensive look at these saws, including their cost, quality, standard features, and extras. He tested them by cutting veneer plywood, melamine, and 2-in.-thick white oak before choosing “best overall” and “best value” winners.
Video: Using a Track Saw