Grizzly Plunge/Track Saw Review

http://www.hingmy.com/content.php?207-The-Grizzly-T10687-Track-Saw-Review
For tools that need to pay their way day after day, I'll stick with Festool (for the engineering alone), but for the price some might find it suitable for occasional shop use and breaking down sheet goods.
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Looks like Hitachi might be making the saw for Griz.
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Well Karl, that is about the most impressive tool I have seen discussed here in a long time. I don't know about anyone else, but that could be huge for me as far as utility value goes.
I told you this before, I was raised and trained as an on site carpenter and woodworker and probably 75% of any shop time I can claim is had by spending it in an on site shop. So I am used to breaking down sheet goods with saws and guides, and even finishing out whole cabinet projects with electric hand tools.
Even now, I have no table saw. I sold my table saw many, many years ago as it swamped my little shop. I do have easy access to a couple of different saw setups so if I need a table saw I can use one, but frankly just don't. Like all other woodworkers, you develop your techniques that suit your tools the best.
So looking at that saw and track I could see some immediate use for me. I was seriously looking at a track saw system after seeing your Festool a couple of years ago, and I thought that would be the thing for me. But even then I don't saw down enough material anymore to make a $1000 tool worthwhile. It would see use two - three times a year.
But that Grizzly... that could be the stuff. I went to the website after reading the review you posted, and they have already corrected one of the problems (unstable when ripping at an acute angle), and one of the other problems they had was simply improper technique on their part (changing the saw blade) so to me that one doesn't count.
The deluxe package from Grizzly comes with the saw, a piece of track, two "C" type clamps, and a metal bar to be be used as a connector to add another piece of track. Price for the deluxe is $249. Add another piece of track, and you are at $300 plus shipping.
I have a couple of jobs I bid that I could use that set up to build some built-ins in one, and a small set of utility cabinets on another. I think if I get either of those I will get that track system. I had one before from a maker that went out of business and it finally just wore out, so I am without.
I just want to say here Karl, that I appreciate it when you take the time to post and share things like this you find, or to share your ideas and techniques. Outside of being interesting, as in this occasion, this post could be not only a time saver but a money maker.
Robert
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