|Review by woodtechbbq||posted 10-11-2011 02:31 AM||9890 views||1 time favorited||23 comments|
This is the Festool Multi Function Table. This was my big surprise Christmas present from my wife last year. She surprised me big time with this one and I think I surprised her very well by putting it together as soon as I got it through the front door. She was lucky that it didn’t become a permanent fixture in our living room. But after she finally convinced me I didn’t need to keep it in the living room, I folded it back up and got it to my basement shop.
The MFT/3 measures 45 9/16” x 30 7/16”, weighs 62 pounds and is 36 7/16” tall. The guide rail system is crucial to the functionality of the MFT table. It’s attached to adjustable brackets that adjust to allow up to 3” material to be cut. The fence is attached to the angle unit which is attached to the table using the V-Groove side rail. The Angle unit allows for repeatable accurate angle cuts.
The top for the MFT/3 table is a replaceable MDF panel. It’s perforated to allow for easy attachment of work pieces to the table. Festool makes several clamps for use with the V-Groove side rails and the holes in the top.
The screw clamps 4-11/16” (product # 489570) and the 11 13/16” (product # 489571) as well as the Quick clamp (product # 491594) work within V-Groove side rails (these clamps also work with the guide rail system to secure the rails to the work piece). They can also be used to clamp work pieces to the table top by slipping the metal pieces through the perforations in the top.
Festool also makes clamping elements that allow us to clamp oddly shaped work pieces securely.
I’ve been using this table for almost a year now and have only run into one problem. I’ve had to readjust the fence on a few occasions to ensure that it is still cutting square. Other than that it’s great.
I rate this tool at a 4 out of 5. It’s a 5 out 5 if someone can tell me how to fix the issue of it going out of square from time to time!
-- Jason Leinberger, http://woodtechbbq.squarespace.com/