previous
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Video Series: Install a Rock-Solid Tile Floor
    Video Series: Install a Rock-Solid Tile Floor
  • Gallery: Custom Flooring
    Gallery: Custom Flooring
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Solid Deck-Framing Advice
    Solid Deck-Framing Advice
next
Pin It
DWS520K Tracksaw

DeWalt - DWS520K Tracksaw

The DeWalt DWS520K Tracksaw is a workhorse track-guided circular saw with all the popular features you expect and a few new features such as anti-splinter strips on the edges

$500.00 (As of 5/1/2009)

Be the first to review this Tool

View all photos
Overview

Editor's Review: New Challenger in Track-Guided Circular Saws

review date: May 1, 2009

DeWalt recently entered a market long dominated by Festool with the introduction of its new track-guided circular saws.

DeWalt’s TrackSaw has all the features I love on the Festool: variable-speed soft-start motor, riving knife, excellent dust collection, good cut quality, and great ergonomics. But the saw also surprised me with a few new features. First, DeWalt’s guide track has antisplinter strips on both edges; no more spinning the track around when I’m cutting sheet goods to size. The track also accepts a T-square attachment (about $30), which reduces setup time for crosscuts and rip cuts. The saw features an antikickback mechanism that keeps the tool from jumping back as it’s plunged into wood or if it hits a knot. The depth-of-cut scale is in inches, but the 6 1⁄2-in. blades have a 20-mm arbor, not a stock hardware-store item.

I think the TrackSaw is a workhorse and will not disappoint, but in terms of overall quality and engineering, it’s not quite as refined as the Festool. I’m concerned about the longevity of the plastic knobs and scales. Also, when joining multiple tracks end to end, there is a tendency for a slight misalignment in height, which can cause the saw to catch.

A 28v Li-ion TrackSaw is also available and works well, but to me, the benefits of going cordless don’t outweigh the higher price ($900). Saws can be ordered with a 59-in. or 102-in. track, or with both tracks.

Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating Good
Ergonomics Good
Sightlines N/A
Depth and Bevel Adjustments N/A
Base and Blade Guard N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer DeWalt
Manufacturer's Web Site www.dewalt.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-433-9258
Weight 11.5 lb.
Dimensions N/A
Blade Size 6 1/2 in.
Max Depth of Cut (90/45 degrees) 2 1/8 in. / 1 5/8 in.
Amps 12 Amp
Corded/Cordless Corded
Bevel Range 47°
Speed 1,750 - 4,000 RPM
Type N/A