Noticed the saw tracks on the sheet plywood to the right of that
picture. I'm assuming they're from your track saw. You get quite a bit
of use from that don't you? Makes me ask, do you ever miss cutting
sheet goods on the table saw?
Actually the saw tracks are hanging vertically just to the left of the
Laguna band saw. Drive by.... ;~)
The kerf slots you see on the plywood table are from the track saw.
Most of those were made when cutting plastic laminate on my last job.
But to answer your question, I do not miss cutting full sheets of
plywood on my TS. I did that for about 25 years and wish I'd had this
alternative 24 years ago. Keep in mind that the track saw could replace
the TS if quality of cut was the only factor.
I do still cut plenty of plywood on my TS, hardly a piece does not get
cut on the TS, the track saw simply makes large pieces into smaller and
easier to manage pieces for the TS.
I ask these questions in relation to my wheelchair. I can sit and feed
sheet plywood through the tablesaw, but I can't move and run a track
saw through plywood at the same time. I wish it was otherwise.
Two years ago, I bought a TS55 to see if there was some way I could
use it, but ended up exchanging it for an hl850e planer.
The only tracksaw method I can think of using is one of the self
feeding types. The Mafell PSS 3100e is an example. And, despite the
horrific cost of approximately $3000, it's something I'd seriously
Nor have I. But I did see someone try to do so with a joiner.
It was in a junior high shop class around 1946. When the teacher saw the
kid trying to cut through the board with the joiner he grabbed the kid, bent
him over a table and broke the board with the kid's butt. As I said, it was
1946 and things were different corporal punishment-wise then. And no, I
wasn't the kid.
The good old days, however It was 1969 for me. Use the jointer ONLY to
straighten or flatten a board, NEVER to clean up a cut or make the board
a specific thickness or width. Our shop teacher took base ball bats and
cut them long ways a few times to product 3~4 paddles.
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