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Forum topic by sreilly24590 posted 04-11-2018 02:27 AM 276 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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sreilly24590

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04-11-2018 02:27 AM

So I snagged a refurbished TS 55 REQ Track saw and it shipped with a 55” track. So I read about how well the Dewalt clamps worked so I ordered a pair. So now I am thinking about needing to add to the saw guide as 55” is fine for crosscuts but not ripping an 96” sheet. Do I need another TS guide or will another brand work as well and join together as a working pair? I mean if I can save a few bucks I can invest in some other stuff I need but if I’m better off with the TS guides then I’ll do that. Just rather not spend more than needed to get the job done right. Suggestions?

-Steve

-- Steve, Virginia


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#1 posted 04-11-2018 02:34 AM

I modified an EzSmart 24” edge guide for
ripping with a Festool HK. It’s fine for cuts
that don’t require a splinter guard and where
the factory edge of a sheet is straight enough
for the work being done.

I’ve had a 8’+ Festool rail and they are just really
cumbersome. With a pair of aftermarket parallel
guides (not the Festool ones) or self-made ones
you can rip to 50” or so, move the rail and finish
the cut. Another 55” rail can be joined to the one
you have but it’s tricky to line them up straight.
Betterly makes a $100 jig to do it that is supposed
to work well.

Makita makes a 118” guide rail but straightness
deviation and shipping damage have plagued the
product.

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