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In the YouTube video “Cheapest Track Saw on Amazon vs. Festool TS 60,” Drew Witt from Wittworks undertakes a detailed comparison of two track saws—the most affordable option available on Amazon and the premium Festool TS 60.

His review aims to determine whether there is a substantial difference in performance and value between these vastly different price points.

Drew begins by addressing a problem with the cheapest track saw and offers a simple, cost-effective solution to fix it.

He then proceeds with a direct, rigorous comparison of both saws by testing them on a tough two-inch thick hard maple board.

This method, although unorthodox as it avoids the typical plywood test due to circumstances, aims to push the saws to their limits to reveal their true capabilities.

The cheaper saw struggles significantly, requiring considerable effort and time (a minute and 37 seconds) to make the cut, accompanied by visible physical strain on Drew.

In stark contrast, the Festool TS 60 glides through the same maple effortlessly in just 30 seconds without necessitating any force, highlighting its superior power and efficiency.

Additionally, Drew comments on the cut quality of both saws. The cheaper track saw, even with a standard ripping blade, leaves burn marks and saw marks, though less severe than expected for its price.

Conversely, the Festool, equipped with a higher-quality blade, delivers a much cleaner cut, although there is slight burning on the offcut due to using an incorrect blade for ripping.

Through real-time video comparisons and hands-on testing, Drew illustrates the substantial differences in performance between the two saws, ultimately questioning whether the $700 price difference is justified.

He concludes that while the cheaper saw can accomplish basic tasks, the Festool TS 60 offers a remarkably smoother, faster, and more efficient cutting experience, justifying its premium cost for serious woodworkers.

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