My new tracksaw came today, thanks to a trial of Amazon prime with free two day shipping. I havent made alot of cuts yet, I have just set up the saw.
I ordered the DWS 520ck kit which included the saw and 59 inch and 102 inch tracks. The saw is terrific, 12 A 120 v. variable speed with electronic feedback. Its solid and robust. Nothing I don’t like so far. It comes in a solid case, with a good instruction manual, typical of dewalt. The saw was set up perfectly. All I had to do was place it on the track and tighten the adjuster knobs to take the play out. The cord is long too 10 feet.
The plunge action is smooth and solid, the saw is really well built. The saw rail is located in the middle of the track. which means you can use both sides of the track to cut with. Both sides include an anti splinter strip.
Once adjusted, the saw glides nicely on the track. The track also seemed to stay put and not shift around on me while making the initial cuts thru the anti splinter insert.
The saw came standard with a 6.5 inch 48 tooth carbide tipped blade. I never saw the specs on the teeth setup however the cuts in the scrap wood were excellent. Its listed as an ultra fine finishing blade by dewalt.
The saw also includes an anti kickback cam which you can turn on or off. When on, it prevents the saw from kicking back on the rail.
The tracks were also shipped in either a dewalt box for the 59 inch one and an mdf shipping “crate” for the 102 inch one.
Like I said the saw is great, any cons would be with the track. —
The tracks are suitable, and never having had a tracksaw before, I think they will be ok. However a little thicker aluminum, wouldn’t hurt, and a tad bit longer wouldn’t hurt. The 102 inch long track for example doesnt give you enough track for the saws sole plate to be totally on it when cutting 8 foot material. Also, the saws front rail indexer which keeps it tracking on the rail was off the rail when cutting thru the anti friction insert. At the back I just plunged thru it. Leaving a little uncut at the rear of the saw. I didnt figure it was a big deal, because usually the saws shoe will be on the track and off the material. But when cutting thru the anti splinter insert (which is replaceable) you have to cut all the way, the length of the rail.
I also ordered the t square attachment which is self aligning in the rail, and the rail clamps, which are heavy squeeze type.
I have the router adapter on order, and I am pretty pleased with the setup, so pleased I ordered a track connector, and another 59 inch rail and track bag. This brings me to about 800 bucks.
Even I admit that Festool is probly a better product, and would be the obvious choice for multiple tool package buyers.
However for me, I went with Dewalt, because — The Festool promotion had every thing backordered. Without buying a vac, even the saw was backordered. To get everything I got here, I would have had to buy the TS55, ($450.00) the 106 inch rail seperate for ($234.00) the Of 1400 router ($470.00) The 1400 Router rail adapter, ($70.00) And the track acessory kit. ($161.00)
I saved 500 or so dollars and get to try a really cool and usefull tool.
I will give further impressions after more time with the saw.
Thanks everyone for advice,.