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Posted on Festool for ripping vs table saw

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#1 posted 09-03-2012 04:23 AM

I had a TS55, I bought it because I thought it would make for a great table saw replacement and what I was wrong. Yes it does rip stock but not well, sheet goods all day but when you get into harder woods like purple hard and hard maple the saw bogs down and the cut is not as clean as on a table saw. I only had a few tools so I was limited by how much stuff I could really make, got frustrated and ended selling the TS55 and have not bought anything else since selling it. The TS55 is a good if you are working primarily with sheet goods but I would recommend a table saw, which has a lot more versatility IMHO. I got caught up in the Festool hype and thought I would find woodworking bliss. Unless you can get several other tools to complement the TS55 is just not worth it.


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