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Forum topic by WOODIE1 posted 02-29-2012 05:42 AM 2008 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-29-2012 05:42 AM

Hi guys and gals i guess I am the new guy here. I recently moved and downsized. I lost a full tilt basement shop to now having no space in a 1 car garage with a car.

I need to break down 4×8 sheets and then do face framing, etc. I also need a good dust set up.

I looked at the Festool TS55 $525

MFT/3 $495 with purchase of the above

I have researched versions of the above and I am open to suggestions. I can’t get a TS but will down the road.

I thought of Peachtree guide which is super rigid but what circular saw has a dust port that is a quality saw? Without saw it is the best deal at about $175-$200 not incl saw.

Makita and Dewalt are actually same or more money when you consider the MFT/3 comes with the extra track to cut full 8’ sheets. I would buy them in a heart beat otherwise to save the money. The Makita is cheaper without considering the table. Th Makita with 8’ is approx $525.

So is the a circular saw I can put on the PT set up that would have great dust control and a splinter free cut? They do have a zero clearance adapter.

What other fold up benches are there?? Then add the miter guide?

I always see how expensive Festool is but when I put the numbers to paper I am maybe $100-150 more and for that I get a no playing around take it out of the box and go set up.

Saw with dust collectio, splinter free cuts, cut 8’ straight, foldable movable bench, miters….$1060

How would you spend the above?

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 06:18 AM

MFT3 does not include an 8’ rail guide. That will set you back
another $250 or so.

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 06:55 AM

No the combined rail incl with the T55 is 55” and the rail with the MFT also $55 $13 addtl. In any even the 2 of them connected ($30 connectors) will cut a 8’ panel.

That is where the savings comes in.

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#3 posted 03-01-2012 03:18 AM

I have the Festool set you mentioned since I acquired an MFT, T75 and CT33 last year. My boss bought the same for the workplace as well. I’d buy them again if I needed to. Most people do prefer the T55 over the 75 though since it’s much smaller and handier. I only got the 75 because I anticipated doing some deep cuts but it is quite bulky.

I haven’t seen another portable bench equal to the MFT yet. There are the Workmates but those aren’t nearly as versatile as an MFT.

The DeWalt track saw did get good reviews in a tool test. It’s not been out long enough for people to talk about it’s longevity yet. I’m also not sure how DeWalt’s customer service these days since I’ve not dealt with them in awhile. I do know that Festool has excellent service. The MFT for the workplace shipped with a rail that had somehow been hit hard enough to dent it in two places and render the T-slot unusable. Festool replaced it immediately and didn’t even ask us to send back the damaged rail.

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#4 posted 03-01-2012 03:41 AM

Regarding the tracks for the TS 55. Being too long is as much of a hassle as being too short. The TS 55 comes with a 55” track. You can buy an additional 42.5” track and a set of extenders. The extenders work well. With these 2 pieces you can cover a 8’ piece of sheet material. Further, when working on various smaller projects you will often find that you like the 42.5” better than the 55”. It is less unwieldily.

Can’t speak about the MFT – don’t have one.

Regarding dust collection – I don’t understand why so many people buy the large capacity units (like the CT33). IMO, the smaller midi or mini are perfectly adequate and they work great. The only downside is that they need to have their bag replaced more often. That’s not a big deal.

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#5 posted 03-01-2012 04:47 AM

Festools rock. There’s a ton of information on their site. You can make your own MFT3. There’s qwas dogs to align your rails. You can use dust deputy’s to save on bags.
Well worth the research to spend your funds wisely.
You can’t beat the resale value of Festools, no how, no way.

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#6 posted 03-01-2012 09:03 PM

Go with the Festool ,you won’t regret it ,where are you located at .If you decided you want to go with the TS55 and want to save money ,let me know .I’ve a new one that never been use and still have the warranty that I want to sell .I also have a use one that for sale also .

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#7 posted 03-02-2012 12:36 AM

Ok, I ordered the Makita track saw from ToolBarn. I also ordered some Qwas dogs, and a 180 MFT top $105.

Of course everything was to ship the same day but Toolbarn is MIA. Qwas is backordered. MFT top went out and was best deal of them all. Th elarger top for the 1080 is almost $50 cheaper because it fits the obsolete 1080 table.

I am going to give the Barn till tomorrow to get me a track number or I am going elsewhere. Hong I am sending you a PM for saw.

All in all I saved about $700 which will buy more tools vs the name. I do wish I could just order the Festool stuff as after some serious research it would be great to have tools that are all designed to WORK with each other right out of the box. That alone is probably worth the extra money.

The Makita and above came to $860 the Festool stuff with the table was $1300.

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#8 posted 03-02-2012 02:06 AM

I wonder if the qwas rail dogs will fit the Makita rails? If so, you can crosscut or rip with ease.

Congrats on your purchases.

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