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  • #583181
    vos
    Pro
    oswego, NY

    i just got my dewalt track saw with the 52″ and the 102″ track while checking things out i noticed the theres a slight crown to bought tracks that are consistent is that normal?

    #583182

    My Festool tracks and dead on . I know some guys have sent them back until they got a straight one from the lot .

    Always willing to learn .

    #583184

    Are they straight?…that is what is most important. Will thwy lay flat when you put them on a sheet of ply?

    Andrew

    A Working Pro since 1995!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #583191
    vos
    Pro
    oswego, NY

    yes they are straigh and yes they will lay down with slight presser on the saw i have not cut any thing yet tho

    #583196

    Are you storing your tracks against the wall? If you are try hanging them instead of laying them against a wall. I have Bosch/Mafell tracks I found my 1.1m rail has a small amount of bow to it as well and I’ve flipped the side that rests against the wall to see if it’ll bend the other way.

    #583198
    vos
    Pro
    oswego, NY

    thats how thay were out of the package

    #583221
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    Are they straight?…that is what is most important. Will thwy lay flat when you put them on a sheet of ply?

    I don’t think a bow will matter. Once clamped down it should lay flat.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #583246
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    yah there are the track saw clamps that you can use and it’ll straighten right out.

    #583268
    Doobie
    Moderator

    I almost never use the clamps to hold the tracks down. It is so rarely necessary.

    #583312
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    I have a few Makita tracks and they are straight. Did you put a good level of the edge of them?

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #583325
    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Moderator
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    depending on what I am cutting I use clamps it I want to be more precise. If I am just roughing something I do not. they have their purpose.

    I would say as long as the guide edge is straight a crown should not be an issue. I have never noticed any distortion of my Makita tracks however.

    Festool clamps will fit Makita tracks and vice versa, I am not sure about Dewalt tracks however.

    #583409
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    Are they straight?…that is what is most important. Will thwy lay flat when you put them on a sheet of ply?

    I don’t think a bow will matter. Once clamped down it should lay flat.

    90% of the cuts I make don’t require clamps. The crown will likely lay down when the saw crosses over that area.

    Jon P.
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    #583427
    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    My thoughts are in line with Kurt. I use the Dewalt clamps on my Festool track. Plenty of plywood is cupped a little anyway so better to clamp them.

    I dont on decks and not always on doors but thats a bad habit. Sometimes the extra time taken for the clamp is well worth the piece of mind.

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #583437
    Warren6810
    Moderator
    Akron, OH

    You gotta figure that a 9′ piece of aluminum will be prone to flex a bit from time to time. As long as you don’t get a twist in it, your fine.

    #583569
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    I almost never use the clamps to hold the tracks down. It is so rarely necessary.

    yah but sometimes i want it to be precise like the edge of my workbench top so i made sure everything lined up and i didn’t move it around.

    #583681
    Warren6810
    Moderator
    Akron, OH

    I have only clamped the track one time. That was when I was making a cut in some siding that was already installed. In that case, gravity mandated that it be clamped.

    #583696
    Dan
    Pro
    Mooreshill, IN

    I have several Festool tracks, I haven’t noticed a bend or bow in any of the. I rarely need to clamp mine either.

    No matter how good you think you are you there is always someone that is better, or can teach you something.

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