A couple of years ago, Craftsman came out with the Trak-Cut, a small guided circular saw. The idea was a good one, but the saw has since been discontinued. Good news – if you’re looking for similar functionality, Genesis’s TrakRunner plunge-cutting circular saw works in the same way.
The Genesis TrakRunner is not a true track saw in the same way as Festool’s corded track saws (or the new cordless TSC 55), other brands’ track saws, or Grizzly’s mini track saw. Update: An optional track is available, discussed below.
Instead, like the Craftsman trak-Cut, the Genesis TrakRunner is more intended for trimming, mitering, and cross-cutting smaller materials.
The TrakRunner could be used with or without the included cutting guide. Without the cutting guide, it can plunge-cut up to
3-1/2″ 1-1/8″. The TrakRunner also comes with a rip guide, so you could use it on larger sheet materials if you wanted to.
I know little about Genesis, other than that they offer a range of budget-priced power tools and accessories. If you give this a try, please let us know how you like it!
The Genesis TrakRunner comes with the saw, a cutting guide track, a rip guide, a dust collection hose attachment, a 24T wood-cutting blade, 80T metal-cutting blade, and a diamond blade.
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Although the saw comes with a rip guide, it’s only suitable for certain types of cuts. Since it’s basically an edge-following cutting guide, your material needs to have crisp and straight edge, and you can only make parallel cuts a short length away from the edge.
For other cuts, such as wider rip cuts, or for cutting angles in sheet goods, or in the middle of a sheet, you’ll want a cutting track or other straight edge guide.
Genesis offers a cutting track that fits their TrakRunner saw. It’s $50 for a 3-piece 50-inch system.
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VonHaus also offers a mini circular saw with cutting guide, but I’ve never heard of the brand.
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