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Forum topic by Micah posted 01-22-2021 06:58 AM 983 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah

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01-22-2021 06:58 AM

Which parallel guides have you guys found to be the best option (and why)... the Festool, the TSO, or the Woodpecker guides?


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 01-22-2021 11:38 AM

I have the Festool guides, and don’t like them much. I’d rather have the ones like the other choices that have a stop butting against the work piece. That said, the Festool guides work good. But if I was buying now I’d get the TSO guides….in fact I may get them to replace the Festool set I have. I’m sure the Woodpecker set would be just as good, especially isnce they are gold plated.

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#2 posted 01-22-2021 01:28 PM

Not even close – TSO

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#3 posted 01-22-2021 01:38 PM

On the very low end, I just unboxed the Bora. It is so stiff on the guide, not sure it will work. A bit if wax and some use I hope is all it takes. It was $170 though. I can let you know later today. I expect to use it dozens of times, not thousands so that is a big difference.

The Makita seems highly rated.

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#4 posted 01-22-2021 02:23 PM

I would agree with the TSO guide system. Very nice.

My guides and track square are just shop made. I figure they will get me by for a time. I might upgrade to the TSO though.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#5 posted 01-22-2021 03:07 PM

My daughter 3D printed me some adapter blocks similar to the wooden shop built adapter that Ron Paulk originally did with the Emily Adams parallel guide. I connect a long strip of plywood with adjustable stop block to those.

Looking at the various models on the market, i like the looks of TSO ones.

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#6 posted 01-22-2021 06:50 PM

Seems like TSO is the way to go! Unfortunately they appear to be completely out of stock of their parallel guides at the moment on TSO’s site. Anyone know if these have been sold out for a while, or if they come back in stock periodically? Are there any other places I can get them other than TSO’s website? Thanks!

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#7 posted 01-22-2021 07:19 PM

It looks like most of the components – rails, connection adapters, and flip stops – are in stock as separate items. I didn’t see the rod thing that lets you rip pieces narrower than rail.

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#8 posted 01-22-2021 07:30 PM

I like that the Woodpecker guides fit in a Systainer.

You won’t be disappointed in the TSO square though. I don’t have the guides but I have the square and it’s very well made. If I decided to buy some I’ll probably get the TSO.

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#9 posted 01-24-2021 02:43 PM

I bought all the parts separately, did not get the long pins that allow ripping narrow parts.

I asked them if they were available, they said they only come with the kit…

I asked to buy them separate, they gave me a runaround, asking if I bought the kit…

When I told them I bought all the details separately, they never emailed back. I guess that was my final answer.

So if you have the pins, don`t damage or lose one…

The system works great, but TSO seems to have a strange way of doing business.

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#10 posted 01-24-2021 04:16 PM

Out of the three systems int he original post, Festool takes third. TSo and Woodpeckers systems look similar, with TSO being half the price. The TSO system doesn’t match all of the other red in my shop however.

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#11 posted 01-26-2021 05:25 PM

Seneca Woodworking has a blemish sale going on. You can get their system for $150 right now. Please note that you will still have to purchase the Incra T-Track Plus rails separately because they are not included in this price. The rails can be purchase inexpensively from many sources. Copy and paste this link into your browser please as I can never get them to work correctly. www.senecawoodworking.com.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#12 posted 01-26-2021 05:53 PM

thanks for the heads up on the blemish sale northwoodsman, I just made an impulse purchase.

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Fred Hargis

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#13 posted 01-26-2021 06:40 PM

They must not have had many of the blemished units…sold out as I just looked.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#14 posted 01-26-2021 08:12 PM

I wouldn’t mind having one, but can’t justify it would be one of those things that lives 99% of its life on a shelf.

This seems like something you could make and I’ve thought about something that employs one of those large adjustable T’s with a slot in it.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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