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Posted on A streamlined shop, New tools, not dream tools - aka to festool or not

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 04:42 PM

The Festool track system is not unique to the brand. The dust
collection is very good though and this makes Festool excel
in installation work where a mess is unacceptable.

I don’t have a Festool track saw anymore. I didn’t sell it because
I didn’t like it though. Even though I have other Festool stuff
and they are really superior tools, I am ambivalent about the track
saw and MFT system. I think the one from Eurekazone offers
more practical cabinet making precision with a more flexible and
incremental dollar investment. For installations, Festool is still
king due to the lightweight rails, systainers, MFT and dust
collection. It goes out of the truck and up the stairs faster,
makes the cut, cleans up and gets out.

My real question for you is what kind of work are you going to
do and in what materials?

See, furniture is different from cabinetry.

If you wanted to do fine furniture, a 6” jointer and a portable
planer, and 16” or larger band saw, a shaper and drill press
are more essential than a table saw to do a wide range of
work. You can cut your rabbets on the shaper and make
tenons on it too. Tenon cheeks can be cut with precision
on a quality band saw as well. A mortiser comes in handy
for furniture as well.

If you want to make cabinets and stuff like that out of sheet
goods, you’ll get more exact cuts with a track saw than
with a table saw that isn’t totally built out with extension
and outfeed tables. Such a saw will take up half a 2
car garage. I know it is great to flip a 4×8 sheet onto
a saw and make a square cut with it, but the space
such a capable setup consumes is too much, imo, for
a shop under 600 square feet.

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