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I love this Track Saw!
« on: November 09, 2019, 10:59:27 PM »
I've had this Festool TS 75 since last winter and had not set it up and tried it.  Honestly I was a little intimidated after someone showed me how he gouged his track the first time he tried to use it.  But now I had to use it to true up one edge of the beautiful 2x6 walnut for a stair landing.  I watched a couple youtube vids on it last night, then this morning I unpacked it and as it turned out, was pretty east to adjust the play out of the the track, and cut the zero clearance strip.  It was then so easy to use to rip the edge of my boards!  I love this thing!  Cuts nice!!!


 
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Re: I love this Track Saw!
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2019, 08:00:33 AM »
That model is on my short list of tools to get. How much track do you have?

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Re: I love this Track Saw!
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2019, 08:08:43 AM »
I notice you are cutting on sawhorses.  If you will put a piece of 1 or 2 inch thick pink foam board down on a flat table, the wood will stick to it and wont slide.  Just set the saw to cut slightly into the foam so you dont cut into the table.  The wood never moves, especially heavy slabs.  No clamps, no cut fence guides, works great.  Since this picture, Ive been using the 2 inch thick foam, it doesnt crack with the saw kerfs in it.  




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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2019, 06:08:13 PM »
I have the 42", 75", and 106" guide rail with connectors.  I took a long time figuring out which lengths to get based on most common lengths and my maximum lengths.  I figured the 106" will let me do 8-9' pieces easy enough with room to start the saw outside of the board.
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2019, 08:30:45 PM »
A Track saw  is on  my list of things to aquire, thanks for the tip with the foam.  Woohoo not a wasted day I learned something new..

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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2019, 09:22:13 PM »
I have the same saw.  Also use the 2" foam board, too. 
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Re: I love this Track Saw!
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2019, 06:37:32 AM »
Ive had the smaller version, TS55, for about 10 years.  Its a great saw and we use it for glue line rips all the time.

Good tip on the foam board Robert and Danny.
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2019, 03:54:49 PM »
The soft start and brake is excellent. Quality saw and track system, we use it all the time.
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2019, 04:38:43 PM »
I have the same one and both long and short tracks.  I use it on foam to break down sheet goods right on the back of my pick up.  It's also great for putting a straight edge on flitch cut slabs where one edge is ruined.
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2019, 07:59:44 PM »
Yes, perfect for straightening one edge of a live edge slab without having to put it back on the sawmill or otherwise having to wrestle with it. 
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« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2019, 11:05:20 PM »
I have a dewalt saw with the one hundred and something inch track.  It works great, but the track is not as straight as it should be.  I should get a shorter piece of track to go with it too.
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Re: I love this Track Saw!
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2019, 07:56:04 AM »
We call ours the "Operating Table."  Here we are cleaning up a pallet full of walnut slabs.  The Festool Tracksaw, along with all its accessories, is overpriced.  However, its well worth it.  



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« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2019, 08:07:11 AM »
When I researched track saws, I found that the depth of cut on the DeWalt is 2 1/4", on the Makita 2 5/16", and on the Festool 2 3/4".  I saw my thick slabs at 2 3/8" thick, so neither the DeWalt or the Makita has the depth of cut to work with a 2 3/8" thick slab without planing the slab down first.  So, I went with the Festool.
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« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2019, 09:25:29 AM »
When I researched track saws, I found that the depth of cut on the DeWalt is 2 1/4", on the Makita 2 5/16", and on the Festool 2 3/4".  I saw my thick slabs at 2 3/8" thick, so neither the DeWalt or the Makita has the depth of cut to work with a 2 3/8" thick slab without planing the slab down first.  So, I went with the Festool.
That's what I keep seeing too and I keep dragging my feet hoping one of the other guys will offer a saw with a deeper cut for less $$$. Might have to break down and buy the Festool before it happens.
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« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2019, 11:20:21 PM »
We use the Festool TS55 in our shop and it replaces most of the functions of the table saw.  Its pricey but very versatile and accurate.  Can't beat it for breaking down sheet goods.

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« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2019, 09:38:36 AM »
Thinking about getting one of these. Is connecting two pieces just as good as having a long piece? For example a 75+32 instead of buying a 106?
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« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2019, 02:45:07 PM »
Two tracks together are extremely straight and accurate
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« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2019, 03:32:40 PM »
I finally broke down and bought a Festool TS75. Only did a couple test cuts so far but it's nice. Have a lot rough sawn boards to straight line soon and I'm hoping this will do the trick.

I bought Makita track. Much less expensive than Festool track and it seems to work fine with the saw. I got the 39, 55, and 118" track. Was reading online and a lot of people like the Makita track connectors better than Festool as well. As far as I could tell the Makita connectors would work with Festool track.

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« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2019, 08:16:55 PM »
I have the Festool tracksaw, and to answer your question, I would get the single longer track than the two shorter pieces.  If you are off even a smidge when joining two tracks, it will make a difference, but then again, I am persnickety about that kind of stuff :).  You do need a shorter track for cross-cutting big slabs or for trimming stuff like a tabletop.
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« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2019, 08:25:12 PM »
Before you ever cut with the Festool you need to know a couple things. 1) you have to adjust the play out of the saw to guide rail fit.  2) Become familiar with the lever on the handle that lets you run the saw and the plunging action. 3) If you are going to do a plunge cut to start your cut, beware of a wicked kickback.  I was warned and forgot about it.  I plunged and it jumped up off the track and the blade walked across the surface of the track.  I was lucky and the damage to the track was not significant and I was lucky the blade didn't hit me.  The solution to plunge cutting is to use the black bracket that is parked on the saw foot.  You attached it to the track where the back of your saw will contact when plunge cutting.  The bracket will  keep it from kicking back.  It works.
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