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Posted on Festool for ripping vs table saw

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 07:56 PM

Festool’s system doesn’t rip narrow strip stock or tapers without
considerable fuss. Festool fanatics have managed to come up
with ways to do all varieties of straight cuts with the system.

The larger Festool plunge saw will do better work on 8/4
hardwoods. I had the smaller Festool saw for many years
and straight lined a lot of boards with it. It can do it but
it’s not that fast and the way the clamping system works
the board you are straight lining needs to be about 5” wide
or more.

There’s an aftermarket usa made guide rail system that does
a better job with clamping the guide to narrow boards.
People love to argue about the virtues of Festool versus
its competitors. Festool’s tool designs and integrated
dust collection are excellent. The dollar cost to make
all cabinetmaking and lumber straight and panel squaring
cuts with the Festool guide rail system really gets so
high that you could afford a professionally-fitted table saw
for what you’d spend on the Festool straight sawing gear.

For cutting 8/4 lumber straight lines a lot I’d bet on a
worm drive or hypoid saw getting the job done faster, though
the plunge saws have a riving knife that can make
ripping hardwoods feel more predictable and reduce
binding and burning.

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