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Forum topic by Adrian A posted 03-23-2012 09:46 PM 1893 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Adrian A

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03-23-2012 09:46 PM

I can deal with paying for $550 for the TS 55 saw and 55” track, but another $300 for the 106” guide is rediculous!!

Why no combos with both rails?

This big track price is going to steer me to another name brand.


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Manitario

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#1 posted 03-23-2012 09:52 PM

because it’s Festool and they can get away with it…

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Durnik150

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 09:54 PM

You can put two 55” tracks together and make one 110” track. All you need to get are the track connectors. A lot cheaper than buying the $300 guide.

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 10:18 PM

Hello, actually you can add up two or more tracks, I do.
You can, like me, purchase purchase smaller tracks and link them up with an accessory called fsv (actually two of them.) be careful those are sold by one piece. A pair should cost you 25$ that’s about the price here. You can also make them : it’s nothing more than a metal bar with four screws in it. Take the mesurement of the two tracks inside your track (there is one facing up and one facing down). Buy a metal bar of the same width and about 12 inches long, drill and tap four holes and put four screws in those. be careful that the screws aren’t proud of the bar and your done.
Buy it or make it. it works well but you do have to verify the straigthness of the assembly before you cut anything even with the commercial one.
Cheers from france.

-- joel.

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Adrian A

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#4 posted 03-23-2012 11:47 PM

YUCK! Having to connect 2 pieces with screws means I need another tool near by, then I have to make sure and align them? That sounds like a PIA!!

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Loren

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#5 posted 03-24-2012 01:07 AM

Those long rails cost a lot to ship too… they are oversized and
come in a box with masonite faces.

Anyway, you do have a point about the Festool system and really
while the rails work with the routers and jig saws, sort of, they
are really just for the saws. Other manufacturers make rail
saw systems and there is some ability to mix and match:
Festool, Makita, DeWalt, Mafell and Bosch are all currently
making saw and rail systems with varying levels of brand-to-brand
compatibility. Then there is the Eurekazone system which
has some really good ideas incorporated in the designs.

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hdgis1

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#6 posted 03-24-2012 01:46 AM

Get 2 55” connect them with the guide rails connectors. Stick a business card between the ends of the two and do what festool refers to as ‘bridging the gap’. On the right side of the saw plate there is a V pattern with a dot at the tip. Its about halfway between the front and back of the plate. Place this directly over the gap and tighten down the cams on the left side of the plate and it will pull that rails into alignment.

Chris

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#7 posted 03-24-2012 01:51 AM

This big track price is going to steer me to another name brand.

But do you think they care?

I can’t help but think that their price structure is just an eentsy-weentsy bit smug.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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