Kreg Track Saw Review (ACS-SAW K3)

Today I will review the Kreg track saw – ACS-SAW K3.

Quick Overview

In case you are in a hurry, here is a quick summary of the Kreg ACS-Saw:

  • 12-amp motor
  • Bevels cuts from -1-degrees to 47-degrees
  • 2-1/8-inch maximum cutting capacity
  • Anti-kickback features
  • For use with a 62-inch guide track

Kreg ACS-Saw K3 is flexible and multi-functional. It is suitable for home and worksite usage.

To learn more, continue reading.

Features & Specifications

There are impressive features and specifications on the Kreg ACS-Saw K3 track saw.

I will give you a detailed guide on all the features present.

Specifications

Here are Kreg ACS-Saw K3 specifications:

  • Item weight: 28.9 pounds
  • Number of teeth: 48
  • Cutting angle: -1 to 47-degrees
  • Compatibility: 62-inch guide track, track connectors, project table
  • Cutting depth at 90-degrees: 0-2-1/8-inches
  • Cutting depth at 45-degrees: 1-1/2-inches
  • Motor speed: 2,000 – 6,000 RPM
  • Power: 120-volt, 12-amp motor

Motor

Kreg ACS-Saw K3 uses a 12-amp motor that delivers both cutting power and control. This powerful motor can generate speeds of 2,000 – 6,000 RPM.

Most brands have blade speeds of 4,800 – 5,500 RPM. With its 6,000 RPM, the Kreg ACS-Saw K3 delivers more speed and better performance.

Besides, the track saw has a variable speed control dial that offers optimum performance and incredible versatility. This enables operators to cut through various materials without creating splinters, burning wood, or dulling the blade.

It is pretty easy to adjust blade speeds with the dial setting knob.

Blade

A track saw is nothing without a quality blade.

For this reason, this Kreg track saw comes with a 48-tooth carbide-tipped blade that’s perfect for rip cuts and crosscuts.

The blade has a diameter of 165 mm and a 20mm arbor hole, which is a standard blade size. This means the Kreg saw is compatible with blades from other brands like Festool and Freud.

In addition, the size of a blade plays an important role, particularly when cutting through thick material. The Kreg ACS-Saw K3 uses a 6-1/2-inch blade that can cut through 2-inches of thick wood.

Furthermore, it is optimized for right-handed operators as it has a blade-left design. This design improves control and facilitates cutting visibility, too.

Bevel Capacity

A track saw is more flexible and versatile when it has adjustable bevels.

This model has a bevel capability of -1 degree to 47-degrees. The -1-degree override is beneficial when the bevel adjustment is under the 0-degree mark.

On the other hand, the 47-degree override compensates for a miscut bevel on the miter joint.

The Kreg ACS-Saw K3 can cut 45-degree bevels and 90-degree square cuts. This means you can use the saw to build furniture, bookshelves, or cabinets.

Guide Track

This Kreg model comes with two 62-inch guide aluminum tracks. The tracks have glide strips that guide the track saw smoothly. 

There are anti-slip strips, too, that work as clamps to hold the track in place. Moreover, it has an anti-chip strip to stop splintering.

You can connect the two 62-inch guide tracks with the provided guide track connectors. They hold the track securely when cutting or plunging.

Inclusions

  • Kreg ACS-SAW plunge saw
  • 2 ACS 62-inch guide track
  • Guide track connectors

Kreg ACS-Saw K3 plunge saw works well with ACS Project Table. However, the table is sold separately.

What Impressive Qualities Does the Kreg ACS-Saw K3 Include?

Safety

Perhaps woodworkers love the Kreg ACS-Saw K3 as it has plenty of safety features.

The track saw has a soft start that prevents recoil after the motor is switched on. The absence of this feature can cause the track to shift from the track, thereby jeopardizing safety.

Another safety feature is the electric brake. It automatically brings the blade to a halt once the trigger is released.

There is a retractable riving knife on board, too. It comes in handy when ripping natural woods and lumber. It distances the two cut sides when cutting to prevent them from closing back on the saw blade.

If the riving knife were absent in the Kreg ACS-Saw K3, users would be more prone to kickbacks.

Besides, the blade is fully shrouded for additional safety.

Anti-Kickback System

There is an anti-kickback knob at the base of the saw. This feature stops the model from jumping out of track in case of a kickback.

But did you know you can avoid kickbacks?

Yes, it all depends on how you hold the saw and position your body. Observe that you maintain a firm grip on the track saw and rest your arms in a position that can counter kickback forces.

Also, neither use dull and damaged blades nor interrupt the blade when cutting. Moreover, ensure the blade adjustment does not shift during the cut. And lastly, always position the blade in the kerf when restarting the track saw.

Dust Collection

Woodwork projects should not necessarily mean flying dust and debris.

This is why the model features a dust collection bag that manages dust. This makes it much easier to clean up after the project.

However, the dust bag does fill up fast when doing any repetitive cutting. I recommend connecting it to a dust extractor. This will reduce the number of times you have to empty the bag.

My Recommendation

Kreg track saw not only is it powerful, but efficient and versatile. Its 12-amp motor generates blade speeds of 2,000-6,000 RPM a minute to cut through soft pine plywood and dense woods.

Besides, the saw has a lot of safety precautions on board. These include an anti-kickback mechanism, a retracting knife, a fully-shrouded blade, and a soft-start-up feature.

It is worth mentioning that the track saw works much better with the ACS Project Table. Although it will cost you more dollars, it is worth it.

The table has precision-machined holes that facilitate exact material positioning. In addition, the integrated measuring scales deliver accurate and repeatable cuts.

Whether you are a beginner, a DIYer, or an expert woodworker, you will enjoy using the Kreg ACS-Saw K3.

I hope this review was helpful.

But I’d love to hear from you too. Leave a comment below, and I’ll be happy to respond.

James Thomas

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