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Forum topic by MikeDVB posted 08-27-2018 06:03 PM 1012 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MikeDVB

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08-27-2018 06:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: festool ts55 ts 55 ts75 ts 75 festool ts

So I’m getting really tired of a normal straight edge + clamps + lining up my circular saw + etc to break down plywood / sheet goods. I spent a good part of yesterday evening doing only that – lining up the straight edge, checking my measurement, and then trying to make sure that I cut along that straight edge without wobble.

Both of the track saws are pretty expensive and I figure if I’m going to buy one I may as well buy the one I’ll get the most use out of. I guess I don’t want to buy the TS 55 and wish I got the 75 or vice versa.

I really don’t work with thick wood – at least not right now – and I don’t think I’ll mind too much if I have to cut, flip, and cut again at least with as accurate as the TS 55 is. If it came down to it where I was cutting thick goods enough that it was a huge pain in my rear I would hope I’m making enough money to justify having both.

The TS 55 is smaller and a bit easier to handle/use from what I understand while both apparently are fantastic.

I plan on having the 56” track and the 106” track so I can cut both 4’ and 8’. I thought about getting a shorter track as well for making shorter cuts without the track hanging off on either end by too much but I’m honestly not sure if that’s really an issue at all.

At any rate – if you had the choice – which would you choose and why? I feel like this should be an easy decision but I tend to be indecisive – and when faced with two very similar tools for similar prices …. Ugggh :).

Thanks!

-- Mike


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#1 posted 08-27-2018 06:35 PM

Why not just make one of these?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 08-27-2018 06:38 PM

If not doing bevel rips or thick lumber, there may not be too much additional advantage in the 75. One can not really compare a track saw with proper dust collection set up to a circular saw and straight edge. Night and day difference. I have the DeWalt one and have been pretty happy with the results and would buy another tomorrow if something happened to the current one.

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#3 posted 08-27-2018 06:46 PM

Wen also has a track saw that’s a grizzly, shepech clone. I just got one and it’s decent. It’s no festool, but it’s also 1/6 the price. It comes with 2 27” tracks and the connection sucks, but with a longer track I don’t see any issues with it.

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MikeDVB

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#4 posted 08-27-2018 06:51 PM


Why not just make one of these?

- Andybb


I’m also wanting dust collection – the circular saws I have throw dust EVERYWHERE – plus I want the ability to plunge cut. I will probably get a festool vac at some point but for now my big blue shop vac or my dust collector will work :).

-- Mike

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#5 posted 08-27-2018 07:00 PM

I have the Makita – same size as the TS55. I’ve used it to rip 5/4 maple. As mentioned, unless you are making bevel cuts in thicker stock, the TS55 will probably work fine. Whatever you decide, I’m sure you will love the saw.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 08-27-2018 07:26 PM


Why not just make one of these?

- Andybb

I m also wanting dust collection – the circular saws I have throw dust EVERYWHERE – plus I want the ability to plunge cut. I will probably get a festool vac at some point but for now my big blue shop vac or my dust collector will work :).

- MikeDVB


Ah. Makes sense. A buddy has the Wen and likes it.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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MikeDVB

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#7 posted 08-27-2018 07:41 PM

Why not just make one of these?

- Andybb

I m also wanting dust collection – the circular saws I have throw dust EVERYWHERE – plus I want the ability to plunge cut. I will probably get a festool vac at some point but for now my big blue shop vac or my dust collector will work :).

- MikeDVB

Ah. Makes sense. A buddy has the Wen and likes it.

- Andybb


I’ve been watching a lot of review videos on the different track saws trying to make sure I want to go with the Festool. I’m sure just about any of them will cut a straight line based upon a track but there are some things the Festool does better. Dust collection is one of the things I’m trying to improve as I work out of my garage and as it stands I get a very heavy layer of dust on everything extremely quickly.

I know there will never be 100% collection – but the more I can cut back on it the better.

Being able to install a splinter guard is also really nice and something I haven’t seen from others. The depth adjustment is also really smooth/easy.

-- Mike

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#8 posted 08-27-2018 07:46 PM

I’m jealous. You will have a very nice saw.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#9 posted 08-27-2018 08:56 PM

Mike,

I went through the same dilemma with the Domino. Ended up getting the 500 (smaller version) and will likely get the larger in addition. I use the small dominos a lot and they are really different from each other and can handle different work.

The track saw is a little different. The 75 can do everything the 55 does, so unless you know you are limited to sheet goods or similar, or you have a limp wrist and cannot handle the larger saw, I would get the 75. If you know the materials will be limited in size, then the 55 combo with the vac is excellent.

The Festool track saws are superior saws. You will love either one! Don’t forget to factor in the vac. I use a CT Mini and it does a great job. I would HATE having to deal with a shop vac after the convenience of the CT.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#10 posted 08-27-2018 09:16 PM

I have had my ts55 for quite a few years and very happy with it. I bought the smaller one as I do not expect to cut thick wood with it. And, more important is that I am getting older and have arthritis so the lighter weight is important.

I use it mainly for breaking down plywood and it cuts with no splinters. Looking back, I have no regrets purchasing this tool.

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#11 posted 08-27-2018 10:52 PM

So I pulled the trigger and picked up the TS 55 as well as the CT 36. With the 10% discount the difference between the CT26 and the CT36 was $54.

-- Mike

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#12 posted 08-27-2018 10:57 PM

-- Mike

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#13 posted 08-28-2018 12:38 AM

NICE, you will love that saw.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#14 posted 08-28-2018 12:56 AM



NICE, you will love that saw.

- BroncoBrian


All I’ve had a chance to do was just take it out of its case and look at it so far. 3 kiddos keeping me busy tonight lol.

-- Mike

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#15 posted 08-28-2018 01:10 AM

Congrats on your purchase!

When funds allow maybe get a Dust Deputy to save on Festool bag replacements.

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