Dewalt vs Festool Track Saws

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Forum topic by ZiggyZ posted 07-18-2012 02:15 PM 8836 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2012 02:15 PM

Hi everyone,

I’m finally ready to purchase a new track saw and am looking for some advice/input. I’m considering the Festool TS55 and the Dewalt corded version.

Does anyone have any experience with both of these units? I’ve used the TS55 extensively but, am not convinced it is necessarily THE best for the money. What does it offer that the DW doesn’t? I’m not brand loyal, just want the most for my money. Thanks to anyone that can lend me some advice!

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 02:26 PM

Don’t rule out the new Bosch. As far as I’m aware it’s been developed in collaboration with Mafell, their tracksaw is considered by many to be the new King of the Hill.
The one thing my DWS520 could benefit from is the splinter guard for cutting melamine, but that might not be important depending on what kind of work you’re doing.

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 03:27 PM

Festool works well with the system. Nothing even comes close. I haven’t used other track saws and don’t
see the need.
MFT3, Domino, Router, Parallel guides etc. make the system unbeatable plus their resale is close to what you
paid for it.
Mafell rock as well:
If you want the best for your money and only a track saw you have many options, good luck on your choice.
Dust extraction is a plus as it saves time and makes for a clean working environment.

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#3 posted 07-18-2012 03:33 PM

The Dewalt looks good as well. If you can use a router on the track like
Festool, the Dewalt might be a wise purchase.

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#4 posted 07-18-2012 03:44 PM

Well, I’d look at how good the panel squaring accessories are and,
if available, if there’s a stop system for repeated panel cuts.

Festool has these accessories. The cost does add up. Maybe
the Festool accessories fit the Dewalt too.

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#5 posted 07-18-2012 10:49 PM

The Dewalt works on the Festool tracks but not the other way around. There is a Dewalt router guide for the track. I bought the Dewalt Cordless and the Dewalt corded version with a short and long track for less than the price of the TS55 set with the short track. At the sale price I am much happier than with the Festool (which I have also used) BUT had it been at retail I would have bought the Festool if for no other reason than the long term parts availability. I do have several other Festools but nothing to use the guide rails for so for me the HUGE difference in price based on what I paid made perfect sense.

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#6 posted 07-18-2012 11:31 PM

Thanks for the advice everyone.

renners: Have you heard when the Bosch will be introduced in North America?

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#7 posted 07-19-2012 04:03 AM

Honestly, having owned the Festool and used the Festool
router with the track, it’s not such a great system. Half
the router is up on the track and you have to make sure
you don’t cut into the rubber strip so the idea of lining
up the edge of your cut is not as slick as it is with the saw –
and then the router is sitting up there cantilevered on the
guide rail because more than half is off-the-rail. If you want
to plunge, what happens? Ok, the Festool routers have
a little foot you put down to ride on the work and keep the
router square, bit when you thing about it, just drawing
a line and clamping a straightedge to the work offset
by “x” dimension works just as well if not better and the
setup is less fussy and there’s less to mess up and fewer
things to forget to do.

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#8 posted 07-19-2012 10:42 AM

You’d have to talk to a Bosch main dealer about availability, but this is the Bosch entry into the plunge saw market.

The video is worth watching.

Here’s a review as well

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#9 posted 07-19-2012 01:46 PM

Loren, I have used the router with the track quite a bit and find it very easy and accurate.

There is a photo on my blog here.

I would recommend Festool.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#10 posted 07-19-2012 03:20 PM

Don’t forget the Makita track saw. I have one and so far have been very pleased with it. It will lock into the track where the Dewalt will not. The saw has plenty of power and it will use both the Dewalt and Festool accessories (though I don’t own any except the Dewalt hold down clamps.) The best price I found for the saw was through Home Depot’s web site.

-- Mark - Pueblo, Colorado

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