|Forum topic by kennymac||posted 05-14-2015 01:41 AM||1610 views||0 times favorited||20 replies|
05-14-2015 01:41 AM
Been meaning to post here more, just no spare time between work and the damn yard work. I love spring but it certainly brings me a lot of work. Okay, on to my question…
I just ordered the TS55 with one of their vacuums, and it came with the 55” rail. Looks nice, haven’t had a chance to put it to use yet (the front yard is starting to really look good though) but I’ve got plans for the saw once I really get some shop time. One of my goals this summer is to get some cabinets built for our walk in closet, along with some shop cabinets, and I will need to be able to cut out pieces anywhere from 60” right up to a full 8’ sheet of plywood. Looking at the rails online the price of the 106” rail is over $300 without shipping whereas the 55” rail is only $130. One would assume that joining the two 55” rails would yield me the length I need to tackle any cut, however I am not sure if joining rails would compromise the quality of the cut.
So I am asking those of you with experience with the festool rails, would joining the two 55” rails be as secure and clean a cut as using a 106” rail? Or would there always be an apparent defect when cutting with the two rails joined?
Just a side note, I have two thin flimsy aluminum rails that join together with a small plate with two screws. Last time I used it with my circular saw to cut a full size sheet of 3/4 birch plywood the cut had a big bow in the middle, leaving the cut with a slight curve. Practically a waste of a sheet of plywood had it been anything but a shop table top I was cutting. I’m of the mind that I’d rather spend a little more $$ up front to ensure I have a reliable tool then have to fix this again.
Thanks in advance for any help.