Bigger isn’t always better. Grizzly’s 4-1/2″ mini-track saw is an intriguing tool because it is lighter and more compact than most other track saws and it is designed to cut a variety of materials including wood, steel, and stone. It is also far cheaper.
The saw uses a 4-1/2″ blade with a 7/8″ arbor hole. With such a small blade, the cut depth is limited to just 1-1/16″ when used with the track and 1-1/4″ without it.
Grizzly makes the saw body from aluminum and “engineered” plastic. This 7 pound saw features a 1.5HP, 10A universal motor spins the blade at 12,000 RPM.
To make straight line cuts, like all track saws, you can just rest the track right on the material you are cutting. The track won’t slip, due to the non-slip back, or you can attach the track to the material with optional rail clamps. The track is sold in 24″ long sections, and can be joined together with a track connector to make longer cuts.
The plunge cutting action of the saw also lets you start cuts right in the middle of a panel without mucking about with guards and blocks, which would be needed to make the same type of cut with a traditional circular saw.
Much of the dust created by a cut can be collected through the 1-1/2″ dust port.
Grizzly bundles the saw with four different blades:
- A 20-tooth carbide-tipped blade for cutting wood and wood-based material
- A 40-tooth carbide-tipped for cutting soft metals, melamine panels, and plastics
- An abrasive disc for cutting steel
- A diamond-tipped blade for cutting tile, slate, brick, stone, and concrete
Right now you can purchase the saw without a track from Grizzly for $90, it’s normally $110. The base saw does include the four blades. Shipping is showing to be $12.
Note: When this post was first published, the sale price was $70.
Price: $110 reg., $90 on sale
Buy Now (Mini Track Saw only)
You can also buy a kit that includes the track saw, the four different blades, a 24″ section of track, a track connector, two track clamps, and a limit stop for $140. Regular price is $163, and shipping is showing as $19.
Price: $163 reg., $140 on sale
Buy Now (Mini Track Saw Master Pack)
It is unclear as to whether the saw is compatible with any other brands’ tracks.
If I would have known about this saw when I was installing laminate flooring in our family room, I would have jumped to buy it. When I was installing the floor, I ended up going down to the basement to make all my cuts on my miter and table saws. I didn’t want to spread dust all over the house and I was too lazy to lug both saws upstairs. Sure I could have used my circular saw, but it spews dust everywhere.
A saw like this would have allowed me to make all the cuts quickly and accurately and suck up a good chunk of the dust as well — all for about a quarter of the price of a bigger track saw.
I’m sure I would have found a ton of uses for this saw after that project. Most of what I use my circular saw for is breaking down plywood before bringing it down to my shop, so the one inch cut depth wouldn’t matter. And with a track saw I could cut plywood to the final dimensions right in my garage without the added step of using my table saw.