Quite a few of you wrote in (thank you!), excited that *drum roll* the Bosch track saw is now available in the USA!
The new Bosch saw, GKT13-225, looks a lot like the GKT 55 GCE plunge-cutting saw that Bosch released in Europe back in 2011.
By itself, the Bosch GKT13-225 is a plunge-cutting circular saw, allowing for clean and precise cuts in wood and sheet materials such as plywood. Combine it with a Bosch track, and it’s a track saw capable of breaking down plywood sheets with long straight cuts.
There are 4 track sizes you can use, from 31.5″ to 82″. Two of the sizes are also available with shelving pin holes.
- FSN800 (31.5″)
- FSN800-32 (31.5″ with shelving pin holes)
- FSN1000 (43.3″)
- FSN1600 (63″)
- FS1600-32 (63″ with shelving pin holes)
- FSN1600X2B (2x 63″ tracks, connector kit, carrying bag)
- FSN2100 (82.5″)
Regarding guide rail compatibility, Tool Nut says that “the Bosch GKT track saw is compatible with Festool and similar guide rails, as well as Mafell and Bosch guide rails.”
Optional accessories include a track miter guide (FSNWAN), and rip fence (GKTPA)
Being a plunge-cutting saw, the Bosch GKT13-225 also features a built-in dust collection port. It’s optional to use a vacuum or dust extractor with the saw, but that’s one of the perks of a saw like this.
Vacuum hose compatibility:
VH1035 and VH1635 (by means of VX120 adapter included with those hoses), VH1635A (by means of anti-static adapter included with that hose), VAC005, VAC006, VAC008, and most other 35 mm hoses
Vacuum Hose Adapter for 1-1/4″ and 1-1/2″ Hoses: VAC024 (Incompatible with VAC002)
- 6.5″ blade diameter
- 20mm arbor size
- Variable speed dial
- 3600-6250 RPM (no-load)
- Weighs 10.4 lbs
- 13A power draw
- 12.5′ power cord
- Combined inch and metric depth scale
- Magnesium foot plate
- Easy 3-step blade change system
- Single bevel pivot point
- -1° to 47° bevel range
The Bosch track saw comes with: (1) GKT13-225 Plunge Track Saw, (1) PRO648TS 6-1/2 In. 48-Tooth Track Saw Blade, (1) Blade Wrench, (1) VAC024 Vacuum Hose Adapter, (1) L-BOXX-4 Carrying Case.
Tracks are available separately.
Price: $599 (As of the time of this posting, an Amazon market seller has it for $560)
Generally, you’ll want to buy a guide rail to go along with a track saw. So, factor in another $119 for a 63″ guide rail. You can save some money by going with a shorter guide rail if you don’t need one that long. But for making cuts up to 48″ long, you need that 63″ length (FSN1600).
For your first track saw, more purchase planning is usually required. Some of you might be saying “$599 for just the saw!?” Yep, that’s a reasonable point of entry for a pro-grade corded track saw.
Once you understand the system, and have your settings dialed in, track saws are simple to use and produce fantastic results. Splinter guards help create clean cuts with reduced tear-out. The plunge-cutting mechanism helps you make stopped cuts, where you start in the middle of work rather than the end, that are more precise and accurate.
It can help to think of a track saw as a table saw replacement, for easier and safer cutting of larger sheet goods. How much shop space is needed to break down a full sheet of plywood? How many hands, helpers, or accessories are needed to break down a large sheet on a jobsite table saw? For a plunge-cutting circular saw, you need supports for your sheet material (strategically placed 2x4s work great), a guide rail, and that’s about it.
A lot of people have been hoping for Bosch’s plunge-cutting track saw to be available in the USA. Well, here it is!
Here’s Bosch’s UK video showing off the European version of the saw and what it can do:
One question that’s often asked is whether this Bosch saw is made by Mafell, as the two brands’ saws bear striking similarities. I haven’t investigated this fully, but here’s a FOG forum thread that discusses the matter.