Track Saws for Deck Builders

When you’re making bevel cuts with the Makita SP6000K, a tab in the base of the saw engages with the track, which prevents the saw from tipping.

The Festool TS 75 EQ has a 2 3/4-inch cutting capacity; here it is being used to trim decking so that the deck can be picture-framed.

Makita and Festool tracks can be connected to make a very long rail. For even longer cuts, the author snaps a chalk line and aligns the track edge with the line. Clamps can be used to lock tracks in place but aren’t usually needed thanks to soft rubber friction strips on the bottom of the tracks, which grip the cutting surface.

A track saw is the tool of choice when decking ends need to be trimmed to fit a seam board.

Because the track has rubber strips on the bottom, a little foot pressure is all that’s needed to keep the track from slipping during the cut.

When decking meets decking at a slight angle, the author installs a saddle, which requires perfectly straight and parallel end cuts in the opposing decking.

This unusual project required retrofitted posts tied to the existing posts with plywood sheathing.

To create the mini shear walls, the author had to accurately rip the sheathing to size, a job that the track saw excels at.

Once the track is in the proper position, the saw can be operated with either hand, with no loss in accuracy.

Instead of buying PVC trim boards, the author buys PVC in 4x8 sheets, then quickly and accurately rips his trim to the exact size needed with his track saw.

Trimming deck boards generates a large amount of sawdust. The dust-collection port isn’t connected to a vacuum here, but if it were, the jobsite would remain virtually dust-free.

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