Excerpt: I have been using the Festool track saw for about 12 or 13 years. Unfortunately, the motor finally gave out. Since I am semi-retired now, buying the new Festool was cost prohibitive. Plus, I am assuming that I will not put as many hours on the new tool as I have in the past. After researching the newer alternatives such as the Dewalt and Makita, I chose to go with the Makita for two reasons. One, the Makita has gotten better reviews than the Dewalt.
Summary: What a super nice tool to have. It works great! You DO NEED the larger 18 volt battery. The smaller ones will not work. It cuts true and is well built. I've used it many times. It's not heavy and has adjustable blade depth. In order to get to know this tool, I made some lines on some practice wood. That way I knew where the blade cuts and how true it is. Then when I got to my real tasks I knew where along my measurements the blade was going to cut.
Summary: Plenty of power but you need to be careful of the cord. I have already nicked the cord with the planer while using it. The depth controls work perfectly and allows me to shape the wooden paddle board I'm making.
Summary: Pretty light compared to a lot of other models, but not as strong as others. Battery lasts a while and charge is pretty fast. I'm more of a DIYer, and have worked on 20 units. This gets 70% of the job done. It is a bit weak when it comes to screwing or bolting something down. Bought a Makita Impact (body only) and used it with this body.
Extremely fine and accurate depth adjustment makes this tool a pleasure ...
12 August 2014
Summary: More than enough power allows for fairly rapid removal of stock. Extremely fine and accurate depth adjustment makes this tool a pleasure to use. A spring loaded foot drops down to protect the blades from damage when you set it down after use. If you appreciate a really good power tool, look no further. This is the one to buy.
Summary: I can do so much with this saw I can go on and on but you have to let the tool do it's job or you get poor results... Best saw I've ever owned besides the first version without a light or dust blower..... This saw can cut anything that a regular skill saw can from 2/12 lvl or 3/4 plywood it will do it with ease with the 40 tooth blade it turns anything in its path to butter...
Summary: Everything about this planer is well thought through and executed except the edge guide. The single point attachment, and lack of solid, simple bevel capabilities make this planer useless for cutting door edges. I doubt I'll ever use the chamfer grooves, or the rabbit capability either.