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Good useful tool at a bargain price.
on March 24, 2013
A track saw, aka "plunge-saw", is a new category of tool, a job-site substitute for a table saw. It does not replace a table saw for cabinetry shops as the production is much slower. However ripping sheet goods with a table saw requires two people whereas a track saw needs one and with a little extra time one can achieve the same quality of cuts.
There are suddenly many track saws on the market: Festool, Bosch, Mafell, DeWalt, Makita, and now Sheppach. Sheppach is a German table saw maker so it was interesting that they decided to enter a market that was "cutting" into their main business. Their initial product is strikingly inexpensive, a third of the other German brands, and half that of Dewalt and Makita.
Their saw plunges forward as do most brands, with the exception of Dewalt. Dewalt plunges parallel to the work surface making it the best design in my opinion. The Sheppach has a constant speed motor with no speed control on it, most the others have a continuous speed motor which adjusts for load, I did not find this a problem. Like the others it has a dust ejector which attaches to a vacuum, useful in situations where dust would be a problem.
I docked them a star for a small track problem: the track comes in only 25", oddly short and less than half the length of the other manufacturers who typically issue 59" sections, which attach together with two splines. Sheppach also attach together with two splines, but only one spline was in the box, when I ordered an additional length of this too-short track it also had one spline even though two is required. Their Chicago distributor listened to my issue and sent two additional splines gratis. This should have been in the box. Once both splines were in place the Sheppach worked well even without clamps as it has rubber strips on the bottom to prevent movement, useful for cuts where clamps are impractical. The track is particularly wide such that I could clamp the top and the saw would run right past it, a better feature than narrower tracks which require proprietary clamps from underneath.