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Forum topic by pcox posted 04-22-2016 07:52 PM 2022 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2016 07:52 PM

I am new to woodworking and would like to purchase some power tools that are compact and can be used in my garage and then put up as needed if I want to pull my car into the garage. I have looked at some small table saws and believe the best option for me would be the Dewalt DWE7491RS if I go the Table Saw route. However I have also recently discovered the track saw systems like the Festool and EZ Smart. These seem like safer options and I find myself interested in going this direction. Although this will be a bit more expensive.

I plan to use the tools for building things like a new bench for our front porch and a linen cabinet for our master bathroom. Maybe a bookcase as well.

Here are the options I am considering…

TS55 Saw – $660
MFT3 Table – $504
Total – $1164

EZ Smart
Makita 5008 Saw – $319 (setup to work with the EZ System.)
EZ Smart Table – $999
Total – $1318

Dewalt DWE7491RS Table Saw with Stand – $579

I would appreciate your comments on these options for a new woodworker.


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#1 posted 04-22-2016 08:28 PM

Save your lungs and get a track saw with dust extraction :)

+1 for the Festool system

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#2 posted 04-22-2016 08:32 PM

Save your lungs and get a track saw with dust extraction :)

+1 for the Festool system

- waho6o9

That’s a good point because I do have allergies and mild asthma at times. Thanks for your reply!

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#3 posted 04-22-2016 11:37 PM

Festool track saw for sure. I have a ts75 track saw an love it. It’s a little bulky for some stuff but The 55 is to small for some stuff. I also love a few other Festool tools I have. There expensive but in my oppoion there worth the cost if your serious about woodworking. Easy, accurate, versitle, quality is what you get with Festool.

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#4 posted 04-23-2016 12:07 AM

I’d go tablesaw. Festool is amazing, I drool over them constantly, but for a beginner you may not need such a precise and professional tool. Wear a dusk mask while you use it and you’re fine. Use all the leftover cash to buy other hand tools you’ll need (sanders, clamps, router, etc).

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#5 posted 04-23-2016 01:44 AM

Hi Pat
What sold me on the Festool system was primarily the dust collection capability. When your evaluating your options you need to consider the additional cost of a dust extractor for the TS55, unless you already have a dust collector. In my case, I purchased the CT26 ($675), I don’t recommend anything smaller. I also purchased the larger 50mm diameter hose ($125) which further improved dust removal when using the TS55. No doubt the Multi Function Table and Dust Extraction are a bit expensive, however they do form the heart of the Festool system, which makes the cost a little more tolerable. Should you go with the Festool setup you’ll find the table knock-down and set up a breeze. The track saw cuts are very accurate, repeatable and glass smooth, and thats with the TS55 stock blade. The table is so much more than just a cutting surface. The perforated top with some of their accessory clamps make difficult clamping and hold-down a breeze.

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#6 posted 04-24-2016 05:37 PM

Ok, I have decided for safety and dust reasons that I am going to start out with a TS55 and a dust extractor (I have not decided yet between the Midi and the 26.) Along with that I have a 10” miter saw that will cut up to 2×6. So any crosscuts larger than this will need to be done with the TS55. Would I benefit from the MFT3 table or could I easily make my own table with rails and save some money? I like the idea of the rails on the MFT3 table. It looks like it makes it easy to make square cuts.


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#7 posted 04-24-2016 11:21 PM

I have a DeWalt table saw but if I were buying a new saw I’d get the SawStop.

I was lucky and found a SUPER deal on the Festool TS55 and LOVE it! My shop is in my garage where the central vacuum for the house is located. I ran a new line from the CV to my work area with a drop from the ceiling and connect the TS55 to it and it captures a huge percentage of the dust when cutting. I’m really surprised as to how much I use it and for full sheets of plywood it is a must. I cannot do all of my cuts with it but I use it a lot more than I original though I would.
I suggest getting an extra track. I purchased the DeWalt clamps for the track mainly because they were about 1/2 the cost of the Festool clamps.

I have a bunch of 2×4’s 24” long that I use to support whatever I’m cutting

-- JohnT

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