|Review by Woodwrestler||posted 07-10-2012 02:20 PM||4564 views||0 times favorited||75 comments|
I am somewhat new to woodworking but have done a few successful projects. Much of what I have had to do is break down large sheets for cabinet projects in the shop, built in cabinets, etc. Trying to do that by yourself on a table saw is difficult and I just can’t seem to get my wife interested in helping ;-).
There is always a debate about the cost of tools and value. Time for me is the most precious resource. Consequently, as someone that is earlier in their woodworking journey, I believe that anything that can reduce my stupidity and increase my accuracy or make my life easier will save me time. Festool tools so far have achieved those goals.
The TS 75 is a great product. I opted for the larger version as it lets me stack 2-3 sheets of plywood and make perfect cuts every time.
1) For a circular saw this is the quietest tool I have ever seen.
2) All adjustments are simple and straight forward.
3) Festool’s tool cords, that are interchangeable, are so badly needed in this field one wonders at the silliness of other vendors not adopting such a simple concept.
4) The dust collection is amazing. The Makita setup I initially had still spewed dust all over the place. Even when hooked to a solid dust collection tool. The TS 75 left virtually nothing left over from making cuts. When you think of how much time you spend cleaning up saw dust that alone make this tool worth while.
5) All track saws make good cuts with the splinter guards so I am not going to make some silly claim that their splinter guard and track are straighter ;-)
6) Their tools are all systems and as such they have a thoroughly thought out set of accessories that really help you have a complete track saw system. They can get a bit pricey but most of them are nice to haves not need to haves. One thing I think they have done a good job with are their clamping tools. They have several that help you clamp the track tot he sheets.
7) One really nice feature is the sticky strips on the bottom of their track allow you to make great cuts without clamping the track tot he piece.
This was my first review post so feel free to criticize everything I said. ;-)
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