How to use a tracksaw

Whether you are crafting closets, ripping out plywood or remodeling your sweet home, you need a versatile saw to get optimal outputs. As a DIY specialist or a service provider, having the right tools for the right job is the foremost priority. In all case, you can certainly put your trust on a consistent track saw.

Moreover, it is necessary that you get the finest device on your hand because it will make every task simple for you. But, you can’t fully utilize a tool until you know the proper usage of it. That’s why; I have made this informative article on how to use a track saw to help your next woodworking project. So, stay tuned.


Plunge cut, rip cut, flush cut, bevel cut and cross-cut; just pick a track saw and become a cutting specialist. Believe me; a track saw will open a new door for you in the woodcutting world. I know now you are more eager to learn its handling process. So, let’s begin

01: Introduction

Before start working with a new device, it is good to know different important parts of the machine. Generally, a track saw has 23 parts. Don’t worry; you don’t need to learn the name of all parts.

In that case, just follow the user manual that comes with the device and you are good to go. Make sure that you are aware of the location of different knobs, blade, lock buttons, mode selector and the power trigger button.

02: Preparing the saw

Carefully Unpack the track saw and slowly glide it onto the provided track. Now, test the track and track saw’s different parts. Make sure that every part is fine and functioning. If you find any damaged part, replace it immediately. Also ensure that fasteners like nuts, bolts are firmly attached.

03: Placing the wood

A wood piece usually has 2 sides. The outer side is called the good side and the inner side is called rough side. Make sure that you have placed the “good” side facing downward. Properly Setup the work piece so that you can place the cut on your right side. Saw’s base should be placed on the left side of the wood.

After placing the wood accurately, clamp it firmly so that it can’t move while cutting. As a newbie, you should always cut using the track. So, use 2 clamps to securely hold the track to the wood piece.

04: Secure the workplace

A stable platform will avoid blade drifting while ensuring minimum body exposure. Use clamps to lock the cutting object securely. Provide proper support under the workpiece for precise operation. You can also use a straight edge guide or rip fence to avoid blade binding.

05: Draw a line

Since you have firmly secured the object on the cutting board with the clams, it’s time to draw a guideline with a pen to make precise cutting. Draw the line according to your need before turning your saw on. Now, place the track on the guideline and get ready for the next stage.

Also, ensure that you have kept the cord in a safe place. You should Position the cord far away from the cutting area to avoid any accident.

06: Starting the machine

This is a corded device so you need to plug in the tool to a power socket first. Now, to start the saw, push & hold the plunge lock button. After that, pull the power trigger and the blade will start moving. Within 10 seconds the saw will reach its maximum speed. Finally, tilt the saw downwards to begin your cutting process.

07: Cutting

Though a track saw can be used for many styles of cutting, it is good at the cross and the rip cutting. So, position the front of the track saw on the wood piece without making any contact with the blade.

Line up the cut line marker of the base. Make sure that it stays on the right side of the drawn guideline. Start the saw by pressing the power trigger and wait until it gets the maximum speed.

After the saw reaches its desired speed, connect the fast-rotating blade with the workpiece.   You need to guide the tool forward while keeping the track saw flat. Follow the guideline until your sawing is done. Finally, release the power button and wait until the blade stops rotating completely.

08: Handling the device while cutting

While the blade starts rotating at its maximum speed, you have to handle the device very carefully. Grab the tool tightly with both hands. If you are right-handed, you should place your left hand on the front grip and the right hand on the rear handle. Do the opposite if you are left-handed. And, never place your hand on the cutting object while cutting it.

Handy Tips

  1. Never employ the blade into the workpiece until the blade attains maximum speed. This is because your track saw can kickback if it touches the wood piece at low speed. It could cause serious harm to you or your saw.
  2. You should not force or twist the track saw while cutting. Twisting and forcing the device will end in overheating the motor.
  3. Install a suitable blade for precise cutting.
  4. You should make some test cuts along with a guideline before applying this saw on any important project.
  5. Always wear the hand gloves and face mask at the time of cutting
  6. Do not switch on the device until it is perfectly assembled.

Final verdict

Using a track saw can be an uncomplicated task if you stick to the basics. Even if you have little knowledge about this wonderful tool, with this complete guide, you’ll easily learn the fundamentals and how to use a track saw.

So, are you fascinated to cut things with this convenient tool? Then purchase a track saw today and start!


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I love to buy a lot of products for the home, and dissect them out. I split them into duds and winners, and share the findings here on my site. As a reader of my site, I'm aiming for your next purchase to be an informed and inspired one.

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