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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:51 pm 
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Had to get a new blade for my TS55 at Fasteners today and Pete gave me a new Festool catalog hot off the press. Had a laugh later eating dinner while scrutinizing the cover a little closer. The subtitle reads "unprecedented tools for the uncompromising craftsman" So does uncompromising mean he does or doesn't care that he's about to leave an obtuse kerf mark in his $575 MFT table?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:00 pm 
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Silly question, but it seems to me like Festool is pretty damned expensive for the type of work they are depicting here. They've been standing up new houses around here left and right and every job site you can go by is mostly DeWalt, Milwaukee, or Rigid, with the occasional Makita among a few of the other smaller mainstream names. I've yet to see any of these crews roll up with Festool track saws and MFT tables. More like a Skil saw, maybe a portable table saw, and some makeshift sawhorses whipped together from the various construction lumber scraps available.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:42 pm 
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I think that is the self-healing MFT.
It's NAINA.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:18 pm 
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I just cut five 5-step stringers for my deck on my Kapex. I made up a set of spacers the length of the hypotenuse and used the UG extension stop. It worked pretty slick with a bit of sabresaw cleanup in the corners...it would have been a lot slower and more tedious setting up a track for every cut!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:18 pm 
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jayed_coins wrote:
Silly question, but it seems to me like Festool is pretty damned expensive for the type of work they are depicting here

Yeah - I'd expect them to depict some kind of finish carpentry going on. You can cut stair stringers with just about anything, like a sawzall... :mrgreen:

It would also make sense to depict this job using the angle gauge that comes with the MFT!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:09 am 
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It looks like he has the stringer slightly elevated off of the table for the cut. It never occurred to me to just put a spacer under the material. Probably won't help much when he picks up the jigsaw though.

The track he's using has the angle gage built into it. You move one peg to the desired angle, push the track against the material and, viola, an accurate and repeatable angle cut.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:52 pm 
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That is a hybrid track saw, the track is short and stays attached to the saw. I've seen Tommy on TOH use it, I'm not a Festoolie but the unit does seem to be useful.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:13 pm 
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If you want to get technical that saw will not start with ANY binding of the blade. So the guy has to be clearing the table just to get it spinning. I have one.


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