The Hercules 20v saw was no closer to condensing out of vapor, the Honey-Do list was not getting any shorter, and sheet goods were not getting any narrower...
So I used a Menards rebate check to buy a Worx Exactrack 6.5" cordless circular saw during a recent 11% rebate event. I get the feeling that using rebate checks to buy products with rebates on them is like juggling money with Menards. Yeah, it's kind of in my hand, but it's also kind of in theirs to the point where I don't know who's coming out on top. That makes it hard for me to exactly figure out what the saw cost me. It was $89.99, but, with the Fun Bucks I got back, the total price was closer to $80. I was intrigued by the ExacTrack system. I figured it, along with a 100" edge guide might make for a decent track saw substitute. It's a bit more complicated than that, however.
To start with, the saw is perfectly functional, and the included blade is crude but decent. It's a pretty bog standard cordless circular saw. I've been using it to break down sheet goods to fit into my car, and it does a good job being portable and powerful enough to rip full sheets of OSB in big box store parking lots. I haven't tried it on finer grades of plywood or particle boards, but my initial use makes me suspect it would be good for fairly rough cuts with the factory blade.
The ExacTrack system is a bit frustrating. Even with the factory blade, there is still about a 1/16in gap between the outer edge of the blade teeth and the line formed by the ExacTrack guide faces, so it does not cut flush to your guide. I tried moving the blade out a bit with some muzzle device timing shim washers, and got the kerf closer to the guide, but not without doing some damage to the guide itself. To its credit, the saw had enough power to shave my aluminum edge guide for several inches before stalling. Furthermore, any blade with a different kerf width will require a new set of washers to properly align the kerf with the guide. Pairing this with the fact that the system requires 9in of guide before and after the cut in order to not run the blade into the guide, makes the ExacTrack system, at best, a tool for rough cuts and, at worst, a novelty. It's a well made novelty, though. The entire base plate is solid metal (probably aluminum), and the articulation of the ExacTrack part of the plate looks very solid and works smoothly.
So, it's a decent tool for the price. It's not a miracle by any means, and I've only had it about a month. If HF ever releases the Hercules 20v circular saw, I might end up relegating this one to the loaner bin. I already have a few Herc batteries and keeping it consistent would be best.