What’s the best plunge saw for me?
Here is a comparison table of all the plunge saws we review further down. Swipe/scroll to the right to be able to see all seven of them.
|Makita SP6000J||Festool TS 55 R FS||VonHaus 1050W Circular Saw||Bosch Professional GKT 55 GCE||DeWalt DWS520KR||Triton TTS1400||Scheppach PL55|
|Guide rail not included. A highly appreciated plunge saw that deliver clean cuts.||Guide rail included. A very popular product, one of the best plunge saw available.||Multi-purpose circular saw with guide rail included. Best cheap plunge saw alternative for smaller jobs.||Another popular and well-made model that deliver clean cuts. Yet again, guide rail not included.||Best high-end plunge saw with 1.5m guide rail included. Being amazingly precise, it is the most expensive tool of our list.||The cheapest product of our list that is designed specifically for plunge cuts. Again, guide rail isn't included.||Comes with 2x 1.4m guide rails and a spare blade. Good value for money.|
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So, I was planning a Rustic inspired kitchen renovation in my home and needed a good plunge cut circular saw for the job. With so many great legacy companies out there and many agile yet robust newcomer companies thrown into the mix, I was in a whirlwind of thought into which saw is best for this job. So I did what I do best and started researching. I’m sure these plunge saw reviews will be of assistance to both beginners and professionals alike!
What is a Plunge Saw?
So to start, what exactly is a plunge saw and why is it so important for my kitchen renovation? Furthermore, why is a plunge cut saw different than a regular circular saw? These are all questions that will be answered momentarily.
Like mentioned before, I’m going for a bohemian rustic inspired kitchen. This will involve thick wood countertops that I will need to precisely cut out insets for the modern sinks I intend to install. I have this idea in my mind of contrasting the rustic natural curves with more modern sharp lines and stainless steel facades. Contrasting textures and patterns will add an almost ethereal feel to the space. Anyway, let’s get into the nitty-gritty and make this a reality!
A plunge cut involves any cut that is in the interior of a piece of wood. Think a square cut out of a rectangle. These drills have a specific job of being precise and clean with the cuts as often times tight and specific parameters are needed for whatever may be installed into the hole. This is something that a regular circular saw simply can’t do efficiently. So we need to add some kind of guide rail for the saw to precisely run along. This ensures stability and precision.
Most of the plunge cut circular saws we are gonna test will come with a guide rail. This is where the alternative term ‘track saw’ comes from as the saw runs along a track. You will see both plunge saw and track saw used interchangeably in reviews. It’s just different woodworking jargon per se.
Which plunge saw should you buy?
Whatever words are being used, it is all about results now, isn’t it? So with that said, below you will find seven short plunge saw reviews highlighting the key points as well as price comparison. Working through all these saws and trying them out for the same job but different cuts in my rustic kitchen build im taking a systematic approach to reviewing these saws.
Hopefully, by the end we will have a clear cut winner, the pinnacle per se of plunge saws. Inversely, I also want to identify a saw for the average man. One that is a perfect balance of price point and functionality. All saws below will be directly linked to Amazon for your convenience. So go through each review carefully and try to decide whether any of these products would satisfy your specific needs.
Best Plunge Saw Reviews
Makita Plunge Saw Review: Complete with Connector Case/ Hex Wrench
I’ll start this off with saying that I am as a person partial to Makita products as I have faithfully used them for years.
Trying not to be biased, this saw does excel in almost all areas and also is also very attractively priced. The only downfall – it doesn’t come with a guide rail, that will set you back an additional £60, approximately. With the saws 1300 Watt motor I found it easily pushed through any type of wood I threw at it and the cuts were extremely clean.
Festool TS 55 R FS Track Saw Review (guide rail included)
First off, this Festool track saw is attractive from a visual level. Then again it seems most of Festool tools are meant to look great together. This doesn’t necessarily make cutting wood easier but it surely makes you look good while doing it.
With that said, this is an amazing saw with great ergonomics. It just feels good in the hand. With the slightly higher price point, I was expecting a little more power but I was surprised to see the 1200 watt motor handle pretty much everything and was more than ample.
Also, did I mention it looks great? Reading over reviews online it seems everyone is raving about this plunge saw.
VonHaus 1050W Review: best cheap plunge saw
As the cheapest saw in this list, this is optimal for those on a very tight budget.
To get right to the point, if the funds are available I would highly recommend spending just a little bit more on the Triton Saw if you are looking for budget. For its price, it will work for small jobs but I consistently found the cuts to be less than desirable with ample evidence of wood splintering. On softer wood, this saw excelled but fell short on the thick countertops. This was partly because of is limited plunge depth of only 28mm at 90 degrees. As an added bonus though, this saw does come with a 2 year manufacturer warranty which is pretty unheard of on cheaper products.
DeWalt DWS520KR Review: best track saw if money were no object
Being one of the most expensive saws on this list, I was looking for superior build and quality. As expected, DeWalt definitely delivered and went above and beyond in all areas.
Of all the saws tested, the plunge cuts were the cleanest. As mentioned before, the Festool comes very close in cut precision but this saw takes that level of precision to the next level.
Also, I was very happy to see it come with two guide rails, connecter bar and a bag. Plus, the plunge depth is an impressive 55mm.
Bosch Professional GKT 55 Review
As a mid-priced saw, the Bosch name is well known in the woodworking and construction industry.
This particular saw comes with ample power with its 1400 watt motor. I was able to plow through any type of wood that I threw at it. Keep in mind you will still need to buy a guide rail but you are in luck as this unit works with both a Festool and Maxell.
Much like all Bosch products, the build quality and engineering was perfect. On the list below is a Scheppach Saw which is very similar in price that is definitely worthwhile checking out as well.
Triton TTS1400 Track Saw Review: best budget
As the second from cheapest saw on this list, I was really pleased with the quality of build as well as its cutting power.
I really enjoyed the soft grip handles for comfort and control. Also, the Universal vacuum system adapter with 360 rotation was a nice added feature. I had a bag laying around and was easily able to attach it to this. On a final note, for its price, the Tritons motor was 1400 watts of raw power which is normally only reserved for models that are a couple of hundred pounds more.
Also, the saw was a pleasure to handle with its soft grip handles.
Scheppach PL55 Review
The Scheppach is comparable to the Bosch in terms of the price point but you get a little more for your money if you are not concerned with names.
The power is slightly less than the Bosch at 1200 watts but it still performs well. Included in this price you are getting not one but two 1.4m Guide Tracks as well as clamps, a joining piece and a limit Stop. Also included is a spare 48z Blade.
Best Quality Track Saw
If money is no object to you or you simply demand the best plunge/track saw that will consistently perform for you then you need not look any further. Through my tests and the ample user reviews online it is clear that the Dewalt Plunge Saw excelled in every and all the criteria. The Festool TS55 is a really, really good runner-up.
Best Value Plunge Saw
For this category, I looked for a saw that had a good quality build as well as a price that wouldn’t break the bank. Even though I stated from the beginning that I was partial and personally own multiple Makita products, but being unbiased it is still clear that the Makita plunge saw is a perfect combination of the aforementioned criteria. Keep in mind though that the saw does not come with a guide rail and you will have to buy this separately. Even given that, the price is still considerably lower than the most expensive saws. A very close and also great choice would be the Scheppach plunge saw.
Best Budget Plunge Saw
Money is tight and you have a really small job that doesn’t require super deep or perfect cuts? Then the VonHouse multi-purpose track saw might just be perfect for you. Given the price, it performed very well. As mentioned, just don’t expect the cleanest cuts on an aesthetic level, it’s a circular saw after all. For a better experience, you could just as well look into the Triton for not a massive difference in terms of price.
There are quite a few benefits of using a track saw. Hopefully, these reviews were able to help you choose the best plunge saw for you. All brands above make amazing products in their own right but really most purchases boil down to your specific needs, budget and brand loyalty. In that same aspect sometimes it is good to switch it up as after all isn’t variety the spice of life?
Stay safe and happy cutting guys!