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Posted on Am I expecting too much of this saw?

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#1 posted 06-15-2019 03:01 AM

They are a tool designed for the building trades. The Festool was the first with anything of an eye toward specialty trim. Take any of them and firmly grasp the deck, and take your other hand and grab the handle. Holding the deck still, just move your handle hand back and forth a little bit. LOTTA flex going on there, and that range of places it can come down, as you change your grip, angle of your forearm, the angle you come down, virtually any movement will be different, and each different is a messed up cut if you are looking at accuracy. That is just a chop style Miter saw, jump up to a slider, and all that flex goes up at least 10%, probably more like 30. Simply because you have introduced more movement, with the slider, Glide, what have you. Lumber cutting tools. In the shop, make rough cuts with them, when you are allowing an inch overage.

You don’t get that “flex” on a TS. You might get a degree or 2 of deflection if you use TK blades, but I am not going to suggest a TK blade if you want real accuracy. TS’s make the best, most accurate cuts in the woodshop. TS’s with a tight sled can increase cut quality quite a bit.

Some folks with really expensive CNC machines say I’m full of beans, those guys may be right, they may be more accurate. If they know how to drive the software.

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