Scheppach cs55 / Woodstar Divar 55 Track Saw Review (festool alternative)

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Blog entry by JordsWoodShop posted 09-27-2012 03:51 PM 15900 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since the first time I used a “festool ts 55″ track saw I knew I wanted one, it wasnt untill I found out the price of the tool that I decided it was going to have to wait or find an alternative.
Being impatient I decided against waiting for a festool saw and started looking at other options, Makita’s sp6000kt was still too expensive to justify, just as the Bosch GKT55 and DeWalt DWK520k were.

It wasnt until I discovered the Schappach CS55 (same as the Woodstar Divar 55) that I decided it was time to bite the bullet.

The price-tag certainly helped my decision in buying this saw being just a fraction of the price of the others, and the quality seemed to be up there with the others.

In this video I review the Sheppach CS55/Woodstar Divar 55 and give you a quick break down of the

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#1 posted 09-27-2012 05:48 PM

I looked at the one after seeing it on UK sites. Unfortunately, Scheppach has a pretty dismal distribution setup in the US and finding out simple bits of information on it were very hard. It’s a shame really as they seem to have a nice range of machines available in the UK.. The other thing that was silly was it came supplied with the normal length track cut in half??

In the end I bought the makita but had there been some better info available I probably would have bought the scheppach.

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#2 posted 09-27-2012 07:24 PM

Good review, however wattage isn’t such a great gauge of actual power. More relevant is the amperage at a particular wattage. TS55 is 10 amps, Scheppach 9, Dewalt 12, Makita 12. Just FYI :)

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#3 posted 09-30-2012 02:26 PM

Thanks for the review. Do the rubber floor mats cause your saw blades to become dull quicker?

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 09:39 AM

What is MiniMoose on!

watt => SI unit of POWER
amp => SI unit of CURRENT

Since power (in watts) = current (in amps) x voltage (in volts) the current draw for a specific power (‘wattage’) directly depends on the supply voltage. As the majority of the world, apart from USA and its dependencies, use 220-240V this means the 1200w motor in the TS55 draws 5 amps, not 10. In the USA it needs to draw 10 amps because there’s such a low voltage there.

So – in fact, power (in watts) is a more useful measure of actual power (rather than amps) as it doesn’t depend on what country you live in.

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