Hmmm... the Grizz doesn't stack up all that well. If you want some real ut
ility value out of a track saw, get one that can be used to dimension your
work accurately. Otherwise, you can use this:
http://goo.gl/WAMAjK or some variant of this:
Both can be used to rough dimension lumber for breakdown. I used to carry
one in my truck, and the Johnson worked surprisingly well with <<some>> saw
s, as long as no one dropped it or bent it.
When I thought I was going to be building some simple shelves for a custome
r, I was looking at the different track saws. Two competitors, Makita and
Dewalt had their pros and cons, each having their strong points, each comin
g equipped differently, making it hard to compare.
But the one that won in quality of cut every time was the Festool. Never s
aw DeWalt or Makita beat the Festool, except in price. But when comparing
apples to apples, I think Festool is actually fairly competitive in their o
ffering of this tool and after careful comparison there is only a couple of
hundred or so dollars difference between the DeWalt and Festool.
The capper on that for me was that I saw the quality of cut that Karl was g
etting on year when visiting as he had been breaking down the sheet goods a
s needed for a cabinet order. I remember thinking then, wow... if I had th
is I wouldn't need to worry about a table saw on a jobsite. And at the end
of the day, take it apart, unplug the saw and take the whole thing home wi
th no fuss at all.
But the cut edges... really, really nice. At that time he had been using t
he saw for about 3 years (IIRC) and the original blade still left a perfect
cut edge on the micro thin veneer of the birch cab ply. I think in this s
etup that the blade alone is probably worth $80 or more, a component OFTEN
overlooked in regards to the quality and accuracy of cutting with one of th
ese saws. If the Festool setup lasts that long and cuts that well with the
original blade, no doubt, the Festool would be my choice if I am put in th
at position again.
Personally, I would take my Johnson guide and Makita sidewinder all day lon
g over that Grizzly.