by David Lyell
In my shop, the track saw doubles as a second table saw – and if you’d like a low-priced alternative to a track saw, consider Kreg’s newest offering: the Accu-Cut Circular Saw Guide System. This jig uses set screws to attach a sled to the top of just about any non-worm-drive circular saw shoe (left- or right-hand blade) to allow it to perform like a track saw.
The kit includes two 24″ tracks that provide a 48″ rip capability when coupled. A “starting block” provides a steady platform for your saw before the cut begins. There is, however, no option to extend the track length to 96″ – for that, Kreg’s Rip-Cut jig, is a convenient option because they share the same sled.
The Accu-Cut’s “guide strip” forms a zero-clearance fit with the blade after your first pass along the track. When equipped with the recommended 40-tooth blade, I had virtually no tear-out on 3⁄4“-thick veneered plywood. But I did experience some slight flex between the saw, sled and track that resulted in a slight bevel. The Accu-Cut is suited for breaking down sheet goods, not for making finish cuts (arguably true for any track saw in most fine furniture applications).
Kreg states that the track will stay in place during use without clamping, but I felt more comfortable with the optional “track clamps” (#KMS7520, $14.99) cinched down.
Dust collection, a keystone feature of track saw systems, is not integrated here (because there’s no dust port on circular saws). So keep that in mind and don proper protection. Still, for less than $100, you get an almost-track saw, for a lot less cash.
From the October 2017 issue, #234