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Peteyb

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03-14-2015 02:07 AM

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I think that I have hade enough of my dewalt circular saw. I am ready to upgrade to a Festool TS 75 EQ Plunge cut saw. My only question is being my first Festool purchase is what will I need?

I plan to use this to break down plywood project so they are a little easier to deal with on the table saw. I would also use it on some of my ruff lumber projects.

Thanks,
Pete


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Mike Throckmorton

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#1 posted 03-14-2015 02:20 AM

If you’re going to be ripping 4×8 sheets along the 8 ft dimension, get the longer guide rail (106” or 118”) rather than joining two smaller ones as you can do. Its not effort free to join them perfectly straight with the “joining” kit or keep them straight after.

Also, unless you need the extra depth of cut, consider the TS55. Much lighter.

If youve got the shekels, get a festool dust extractor to go with the saw.

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#2 posted 03-14-2015 11:40 AM

I’ve got the 55, and bought it with 2-55” rails. What a mistake, what Mike said about joining them is true (I could never get mine perfectly stright) , I would suggest: 1-55”, 1-75” (or whatever length it is) and the 106”. The longer one is not only useful for sheet goods but for straight edging rough sawn lumber. You will find it to be so good that you aren’t breaking down sheet goods, you’re cutting to finished size. One other thing, a lot of suppliers now make blades for these saw, so get a good rip blade (the straight edging thing) and maybe one additional crosscut. If you choose to join the rails you do need 2 of the connectors, which are apparently made of a very rare metal….gold, or something.

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#3 posted 03-14-2015 11:52 AM

Think about what depth of cut you need. The TS75 weights about the same as a worm drive saw, while the TS55 more like a sidewinder. A lot of guys prefer the TS55.

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#4 posted 03-15-2015 12:01 AM

The saw comes with a 55” rail so you only need to buy the additional 106” rail to rip lengthwise.

I got the T75 because we do some strange cuts with the track saw such as trimming the ends of curved, crown molding to fit up against a wall. The extra depth is needed for that sort of work. Not so much for plywood.

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felkadelic

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#5 posted 03-15-2015 01:17 AM

I’d consider a dust extractor to be absolutely essential.

Either get a longer guide rail or look into the Betterley guide rail connector. Supposed to be easier to get a good union between rails than the Festool connectors.

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waho6o9

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#6 posted 03-15-2015 02:33 AM

Ask them to swap the rail for the one with the LR32 holes and pay

the modest up charge and then get the longest rail possible.

A Dust Deputy comes to mind as well as this will save on bag
purchases.

You’ll need a couple of clamps as well to hold the rails down.

HTH

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#7 posted 03-15-2015 02:11 PM

I know guys who do not even use their table saw any more once they have acquired a Festool track saw.

Can not go wrong and their dust extraction solutions are the best in the industry.

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#8 posted 03-15-2015 03:35 PM

I’ll also recommend getting the 106” rail. I have 2 55” rails right now with connectors and it’s a real pain-in-the-ass solution; I just don’t have enough room for a single 106”. Also, I got a smaller 32” rail as well and ended up using that much more than I thought I would. There are times where the 55” is a little too bulky and the 32” fits the bill quite nicely.

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Peteyb

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#9 posted 03-16-2015 12:20 AM

Thanks everyone for the help. I ended up getting the 55 Saw 36 dust collector along with106” rail. I wasn’t able to even try it yet but have a few projects since I just got my new Sawstop 3hp Professional saw too

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#10 posted 03-16-2015 01:20 AM

Congrats Peteyb great choices.

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#11 posted 03-16-2015 06:12 PM

You won’t be disappointed, the TS 75 is my favorite tool, though I could have probably gotten the smaller saw and been even more pleased (the 75 is heavy). You’ll be amazed how effective the dust collection is.

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