As a disclaimer, I am not paid by Makita and so the following tool review is my own opinion.
I, like many other wood workers, have drank what we call the “Green Cool-aide”. What that means is that we tried at least one Festool product and have loved it so much that we started purchasing different ones. I myself, for example, bought the Festool Domino as well as the Festool Roxtex sander. I justified spending the money on those tools because nothing came close to those tools on the market by other brands, so it was a no-brainer. But, when it came to the track saw, there are at least 4 other big name tool companies out there that market a similar tool. I’ve demo-ed the Festool TS55 and it was amazing, so whatever tool I decided to go with would have to compete with the amazing experience I’ve already had. Below are 5 competitive points that the Makita Track Saw won me over by.
First of all, just like the Festool, the Makita stores beautifully in its own stackable/carrying sustainer to prevent damage.
2) Dust Collection
The dust collection system is also equally as confident and functional.
Just like the TS55, the Makita has the same 5,200 RPM motor to zip through any job.
While the saw doesn’t have the riving knife or the zero clearance like its competitor, I’ve tested the saw on Maple ply on a cross cut, and it has produced a crisp, flake free and beautiful finishing cut.
Now this is where the Makita wins most of all. I paid half the price of the Festool for the Makita, and to me it speaks volumes. The only thing I needed the track saw for was to break down big bulky sheets of ply or to trim table ends to prepare for bread boards. Everything else goes on my table saw. So with that in mind, I couldn’t justify paying so much for the Festool.
I hope this helps you make the decision that you have been on the fence about.