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Forum topic by mobie posted 09-02-2012 09:36 PM 1555 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mobie

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09-02-2012 09:36 PM

I was wondering which one would be better for cutting sheet with a TS-55, the festool multi or the benchmark ?
The benchmark is bigger but I have read its not very stable. I would like to use the multi but it seems too small.
Anyone use the Multi-function table for full 4×8 sheets ? I’m comparing the two because both are around 500.
I know two multi tables can be put together but 1000 for a table is a bit much. Anybody have the benchmark ?
Looks like alot more can be done with the festool, just trying to decide.


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Loren

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 10:26 PM

MFT really excels at work holding, not breaking up 4×8 sheets.

When I was doing some cabinet work on an MFT, I would break
down 4×8 with a TS55 on a pair of sawhorses with a pair of
2×4s laid across them for crosscuts. When the whole sheet
needs to be ripped in half, add another pair of 2×4s so each
half of the sheet is supported.

I never ripped on the MFT, I just used it for crosscutting. It
works well for squaring pantry sides and other long panels
under 25” wide.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#2 posted 09-03-2012 12:05 AM

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Walko-4-Professional-Workbench-Table-works-with-Festool-THREE-AVAIL-8-2

Walko 4 totally rocks, you can lay it flat on the ground to rip up sheet goods and then it folds
up to make different configurations of saw horse type work.

There’s a Walko3 or a Walko4. They are on ebay under Festool, the above link will only take you
to ebay, so the rest is for reference.

What Loren said.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ffTkhrs-7A
You tube offers Walko insights as well.

HTH

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 09-03-2012 12:07 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks Mobie!

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mobie

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#4 posted 09-03-2012 12:17 PM

Thanks guy’s, that Walko looks really nice but hard to find. Is there a problem with thier US distribution ?
I plane on getting the MFT down the road so maybe I’ll get one now and one later. Sheet goods with 2 ?
How about a sheet of foam on the floor, not very portable unless I cut it in half. I’m just not cazy about saw horses
and 2×4s. At least I know the MFT won’t go unused. Oh and HD sells the benchmark for 400.

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waho6o9

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#5 posted 09-03-2012 04:27 PM

Walko’s aren’t available for whatever reason, that’s just the way it is.

http://jerrywork.com/ Jerry has excellent tutorials on getting the most
out of your Festools.

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Loren

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#6 posted 09-03-2012 04:36 PM

If you don’t mind crawling on the floor, a sheet of foam is fine.
You also can’t use standard Festool clamps on the Festool guide if
you put the stock that close to the floor. You really have to
crawl along with the saw because if you try to stand and lean
down the guide rail will be prone to shift.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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mobie

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#7 posted 09-05-2012 11:17 PM

Ok, after visiting the Dovetail joint (very nice shop) and seeing what is available, looks like the MFT is the way to go. And with the new router table next month, I think I’m in festool trouble $$$ . But buy them once and I’ll be all set, right ;)

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CplSteel

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#8 posted 09-05-2012 11:35 PM

The MFT does some things well, breaking down sheetgoods is not one of them. The standard route is to cut the goods on a sacraficial top. The Walko thing looks very cool, but it doesn’t seem to make breaking down sheetgoods any easier. The hard part, if it is that hard, of breaking down sheetgoods with a tracksaw is lining up the track to be perpendicular to the edge you are cutting from. There are accessories, jigs, ect.. to solve this (on a table saw, lining up the distance of the blade from the reference edge is easy, just set the fence, running it through the saw is much harder.) In any event, the Walko doesn’t seem to help you set the track quickly and the MFT does set the track quickly, but only if the piece fits on the table.

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Dan Lyke

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#9 posted 09-05-2012 11:44 PM

I’ve got the older MFT, and I break down my sheet goods on sawhorses. The (older) MFT is great for once you’ve got pieces in < 2’ wide bits, you can set a longer rail the other way for wider materials, but like CplSteel and Loren, while I’m getting all the bits for the carcase to width I work on the horses.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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