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By Lons
#1267355
I've decided I need a track saw rather than the home made version I use with my circular saw, mostly used to break down sheet materials but would look at other uses.

I don't want to spend as much as a Festool will cost, however much I might be encouraged by other members to do so. Neither do I want a bottom end machine I won't be happy with so have done a bit of research the one that interests me most is the Makita SP6000j1
Axi have it including 2 tracks at £349 though I can't see a track bag included but would see if room for negotiation or may be around at other suppliers cheaper.

Any thoughts from current users? I've done a search but all I can find are several years old.
https://www.axminster.co.uk/makita-sp60 ... r-ax656310
By memzey
#1267357
I’ve got one and like it a lot. I only use it for wide cross-cuts on sheet goods though (I think that’s what track saws are best for) so I’m not an advanced user. It’s also the only track saw I’ve owned and used. I do use it with an MFT style top and it’s very accurate. It’s also got lots of power, soft start and very good dust extraction. Even the blade that comes with it is pretty good. One last thing that marks it out as different and preferable for me (although maybe not for you); it’s made in the UK.
By Distinterior
#1267366
memzey wrote:...... One last thing that marks it out as different and preferable for me (although maybe not for you); it’s made in the UK.


Well,....You live & learn. I didn't realise Makita manufactured anything here in the UK.....
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By Eric The Viking
#1267378
They do a few items - one of my Makita sanders is made here too, IIRC.

On topic, I too have a SP6000(k) and like it.

The only two issues have been that the 3m rail I have isn't straight (enough for me), and that the original rails I have are marginally different dimensions to the 3m rail so joining them is tricky. I think all the recent stuff should be fine though (i.e. buying new or nearly so). And it doesn't have a riving knife, so don't get silly with it.

But it does have anti-tipping and a scoring cut function (use this backwards!), both of which I have found really useful.

Get rail clamps (Festool ones were cheaper when I last looked - any that fit will do). You won't regret it.

In the Systainer mine came with, there is a place for the clamps and spare blades under the saw.

HTH, E.
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By Lons
#1267413
Thanks guys, appreciate the input. I have several bits of Makita kit and always been happy with them.

I just assumed that clamps came supplied Eric so a bit surprised by that.

I had read it was made in the UK Memzey and regard that as a plus as well
By memzey
#1267417
Good man. I have a sander and a jigsaw that is also UK made Makita and I believe their top end mitre saws are made here too. Their plant is up in Telford I believe and European HQ in Milton Keynes.
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By Doug B
#1267421
I’d suggest you go for the cordless option Bob, I’ve been using a corded Festool TS55 for years but bought the cordless Mafell MT55 a year ago, the Festool doesn’t get a look in these days so much more convenient & no more snagging the power lead on the end of the track :evil:
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By Lons
#1267460
Will have a look at that Doug thanks, hadn't considered cordless tbh.
By memzey
#1267472
The vacuum hose snagging is the most annoying part of track saw use I find. I’d love to hear of a way to avoid it happening.
By Bodgers
#1267514
Lons wrote:I've decided I need a track saw rather than the home made version I use with my circular saw, mostly used to break down sheet materials but would look at other uses.

I don't want to spend as much as a Festool will cost, however much I might be encouraged by other members to do so. Neither do I want a bottom end machine I won't be happy with so have done a bit of research the one that interests me most is the Makita SP6000j1
Axi have it including 2 tracks at £349 though I can't see a track bag included but would see if room for negotiation or may be around at other suppliers cheaper.

Any thoughts from current users? I've done a search but all I can find are several years old.
https://www.axminster.co.uk/makita-sp60 ... r-ax656310


I have quite a bit of Makita stuff and was tempted by the Makita tracksaw, but the thing that put me off the Makita was the fact it has no riving knife, when pretty much all the others do. I read some bad experiences about the tracks arriving damaged as well.

I have the Dewalt tracksaw, and I'm pretty happy with it.
By mynamehere
#1267579
I got the Makita saw package last year from Axi in Warrington, I thought it would be better to pick it up in store as I was afraid the rails might get bent if they were sent by courier, when I got home I found that the sole of the saw wasn't straight (it wobbled on a flat surface) and both the rails were cupped.
I returned to Axminster and had to get the whole set replaced, just check in case you buy it in store...

Cheers!

Ferenc
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By Lons
#1267609
Thanks Ferenc

Got home 30 minutes ago from Axi complete with saw package and a couple of track clamps they did a deal on. Haven't yet had time to check anything so hopefully will do so later today
By Bodgers
#1267636
mynamehere wrote:I got the Makita saw package last year from Axi in Warrington, I thought it would be better to pick it up in store as I was afraid the rails might get bent if they were sent by courier, when I got home I found that the sole of the saw wasn't straight (it wobbled on a flat surface) and both the rails were cupped.
I returned to Axminster and had to get the whole set replaced, just check in case you buy it in store...

Cheers!

Ferenc


Yeah, I read a lot of this kind of report on the Makita saw. Put me off.
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By Lons
#1267647
Didn't get time to cut anything but thoroughly checked over and looks ok so far, will be a few days before I can test it properly.

Interestingly though I had a long conversation with the Axminster guy who I've dealt with a number of times since the store opened and we were discussing the various saws they had on show, Festool, DeWalt, Bosch, He told me that in the time they've been selling the Makita he hasn't seen one come back while in comparison there have been issues with a number of the small Festool saw. It was out of my price range anyway though I have to admit it was beautifully engineered.

Hopefully I'm lucky enough to get a goodun. :)