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TS55 or ???

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TS55 or ???

Postby MattS » 09 Jan 2017, 23:54

So I am going to buy a new saw and rail system. With the amount of wood working planned in our new house I can justify upgrading my Skill saw and EZ rail system. I've hankered after the Festool for some time but there seems to be alternatives that I hadn't necessarily seen before. The two I've looked at are Bosch and Scheppach. Now the most critical thing for me is accuracy of cut - I could never get the old system to work perfectly and it always annoyed me! I'm only a hobby user so if there is another system which gives accuracy but is cheaper as its not rated or such high usage would be fine for me.

Or should I just get the Festool?!
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Re: TS55 or ???

Postby TrimTheKing » 10 Jan 2017, 09:11

Can't talk for the others by I bought a 2nd hand TS75 on eBay for less than £300 and have been delighted with it.

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Re: TS55 or ???

Postby Andyp » 10 Jan 2017, 10:44

If I have a lot of accurate stuff to do and I could envisage using it over many years I would not hesitate. IMHO there is a reason why the pros use what they use.

For the limited stuff I do a self made cutting board and a B&D saw have managed fine.
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Re: TS55 or ???

Postby Tusses » 10 Jan 2017, 11:09

Andyp wrote:....... I do a self made cutting board and a B&D saw have managed fine.


Similar here .. home made track and skil saw .
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Re: TS55 or ???

Postby Rod » 10 Jan 2017, 11:49

From what I've read, Mafell and Makita are other makes to consider too, though if you hanker after a Festool you probably won't go wrong.
I don't cut up boards or sheets regularly but like others, I got by over many years with my B&D circular saw and various straight edges.

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Re: TS55 or ???

Postby Harv-53 » 10 Jan 2017, 11:57

TheTS55 was my first festool purchase, It was a a big step for me parting with that amount money for a tool, but five years later on and I've acquired quite a bit of festool equipment.
I've had home made rails and the trend guide rail clamps, but I could never get the accuracy I wanted.
I was lucky at the time, my local tool shop let me have a trail of the makita and festool to see which I preferred, the TS55 was by far the superior system.
I dare say you'd get the same accuracy from Bosch,makita or scheppach, but I think you've answered your own question saying you've hankered after festool

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Re: TS55 or ???

Postby Doug » 10 Jan 2017, 14:17

I never got on with the DeWalt track saw, never tried the Makita, Mafell tend to be more expensive than Festool.
Plus points of the TS55 is easy of use, compatible with a MFT table & the track can be used with their router, very useful if you need that kind of thing, plus usual stuff same power lead, extractor hose fits most Festool power tools etc.
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Re: TS55 or ???

Postby RogerS » 10 Jan 2017, 18:21

Another vote for Festool.
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Re: TS55 or ???

Postby MattS » 13 Jan 2017, 23:38

Thanks all - the week's gone quick with work. Just read your replies and you've made my mind up to buy a TS55.
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