Masterforce 6-1/2" Plunge Cut Circular Saw Kit with 110" Guide Track
Model Number: 2410706
Menards SKU: 2410706
6 1/2" blade
10 amp motor
1 1/4" dust collection
Track saws are expensive...so, against my better judgement, I bought a Masterforce tool from Menards. I'm a hand tool guy, but I'm remodeling my shop space and the wife has a few projects lined up for me that will require a lot of plywood. In the past, I would just measure and line up a straightedge to use with a cordless circular saw to break down sheet goods - but this is time consuming and doesn't produce accurate cuts.
The kit comes with everything shown in the photo below:
- Track saw
- 4 sections of track (with 3 connectors)
- 2 blades
- 2 Track clamps
- 2 Hex wrenches
- Bag for track, bag for saw
First thing after unboxing, toss the blades in the trash. I wouldn't even use them as drink coasters. Most blades that come with power tools are crap, but are at least serviceable until you can get something better. These blades are worthless. Fit and finish on the saw itself is what you would expect for a cheap tool. The plunge action and trigger are a little stiff, but not bad.
My biggest complaint is with the track sections. They went crazy with gluing the plastic glides to the aluminum sections and I had to pry them apart. Then I spent 2 hours with Goo Gone removing glue so the saw could even manage to slide along the track. I was so irritated by that whole experience, I sent an email to Masterforce about it. I guess you get what you pay for.
Using the saw is pretty straightforward, with one exception: it's not a true zero clearance. The blade is about 1/8" away from the edge of the track, so you still have to do some math when measuring. You can't just mark your lines and then line up the edge of the track next to it. There are two adjustment knobs on the shoe of the saw to make sure it rides perfectly along the track - make sure you dial those in or your first cut will be wavy. Ask me how I know.
Dust collection works well. After breaking down 3 full sheets of plywood, I had a minimum amount of dust on the floor. Enough to maybe fill a soda can.
I'll chalk up the Goo Gone fiasco as my bad luck picking the wrong box off the shelf. I can't imagine they all get packaged like that - even for a cheap tool. That aside, my only complaint is the zero clearance. I was really hoping to just measure out 26", butt the edge of the track to my line, and cut a 26" piece. It's a small thing, but it takes extra time to fart around with shop math.
Overall, 7/10. The saw works fine (with a decent blade) and is accurate. Considering name brand track saws are easily double this price and higher, the Masterforce is the right price point for DIYers and non-pros who just need a simple solution.