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Forum topic by steffen707 posted 08-29-2018 01:52 AM 943 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2018 01:52 AM

I’ve read that some people don’t like how the festool brand rail connectors can mar/dimple the track. Is this really a problem? Will that somehow reduce its effectiveness somehow? I know others use the makita connectors and they somehow don’t mark the rail.

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#1 posted 08-29-2018 09:21 AM

My tracks are dimpled a little, and it doesn’t seem to be much of a problem. I have both Festool and a set of Bosch connectors (long story) and they both do it when you tighten them down. What would the Makita connectors have to prevent it?

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#2 posted 08-29-2018 12:47 PM

I have no idea what the makita ones would have that would prevent it. I would assume if the aluminum dimples, it’ll hold the two tracks together better, but maybe I’m wrong.

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#3 posted 08-30-2018 01:34 PM

anybody else have any insight on to why a little marring of the guide rail extrusion would cause a functional problem with the tracksaw?

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#4 posted 08-30-2018 04:24 PM

It sure escapes me what the problem might be, unless some hamhanded guy drove the set screw through the track. I can’t imagine why folks would complain about it.

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#5 posted 08-30-2018 05:26 PM

I kinda like the idea of the set screw going into the aluminum, means its a solid connection. The track shouldn’t wiggle free of the set screw.

With the makita one, its just pushing against the track extrusion, not actually biting into it…....

Anybody else have a thought on this before I buy 4 $26 makita, or 4 $20 track connectors?

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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