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Offline Jarrett

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Track saw or mft3 table?
« on: March 02, 2017, 10:09 PM »
  Evening FOG,
 
I build children's furniture for my evening job.  Right now I use reclaimed lumber, but I need to make a cheaper alternative and also make the build process of the high end furniture faster.  I have a few festool sanders and a domino that help greatly.   I will eventually purchase both the table and the ts55, but I am thinking that the table will raise production rate faster since I spend majority of build using domino and sanding.   I have a couple tablesaws, radial arm saws, and sliding mitre saws already, so I feel tracksaw isn't as much of a priority as the table as I'm not quite starting production on plywood folding/breakdown furniture. 
Thoughts?  Table worth it? 
Thanks in advance! 
-J

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Offline RKA

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Re: Track saw or mft3 table?
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2017, 10:17 PM »
Are you a sucker for discounts?  The MFT is 10% off if purchased with a TS55! (And perhaps the other tracksaws too?)
-Raj

Offline Jarrett

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Re: Track saw or mft3 table?
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2017, 10:21 PM »
Ha, my bank account doesn't allow me to be a sucker for the discount on the combo deals.

Offline Thebesciak

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Re: Track saw or mft3 table?
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2017, 10:26 PM »
get the TS first then... you will build your own MFT ;)

Offline Jarrett

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Re: Track saw or mft3 table?
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2017, 10:40 PM »
That's the road I was starting to go down, but the ability to clamp on the side of the festool table with ease is pretty dang slick.  I welded a few pieces together for a frame of a paulk type table, but as I got infected with the festool bug, the project has sat idle

Offline RustE

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Re: Track saw or mft3 table?
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2017, 11:34 PM »
Random thought:  Get the UJK Parf Guide Drilling System and finish the Paulk table.  Also, several Festool dealers sell replacement tops for the MFT/3 that you could use to build your own workstation.

Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: Track saw or mft3 table?
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2017, 07:35 AM »
I'd say go for the MFT/3.
I absolutely love it.

Just the plain ability to set up anywhere in a couple of minutes is brilliant. Get some 20mm dogs and clamps. It improved my workflows hugely!

...and soon after you'll want to get the TS55/75 anyway. ;)

In my opinion the versatility of the MFT can not easily be reached with a selfmade version.


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Offline Holmz

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Re: Track saw or mft3 table?
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2017, 08:11 AM »
Random thought:  Get the UJK Parf Guide Drilling System and finish the Paulk table.  Also, several Festool dealers sell replacement tops for the MFT/3 that you could use to build your own workstation.

^this^
And custom bench which is sturdy and has the feature you need would be optimal.
If time is not easy then an MFT may be wise, but it may not be optimal.

Offline Ross 71

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Re: Track saw or mft3 table?
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2017, 07:16 PM »
The MFT is an excellent bit of kit-but it isn't that simple. You'll want to get the additional leg braces(495502), and a few the lever clamps will quickly prove their worth.

If your plan is to eventually buy a track saw, it might make sense to get the full set up with angle protractor and guide rail, even if you can't really use them yet- cost less than buying them later. When I bought my MFT there was a promotion and the full kit cost the same as the basic table. See what your dealer is prepared to offer....
If you need a tool and don't buy it, You will ultimately find that you have paid for it but don't have it- Henry Ford