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Offline TheSergeant

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Re: MFT 3 ideas for small shop
« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2018, 02:11 PM »
THese are some great mods. The fact that they're necessary really frustrates me.  I've owned 3 MFTS, which all gone now, as I made an MFTC that is much, much better.  These mods also really highlight the major issues with the MFT3 and the need for a major redesign/upgrade.  $720 for something that you have to modify the heck out of is crazy.   I'm tempted to go off on a rant here but won't.   

Excellent work OP for adapting the system to suite your needs. 
« Last Edit: March 24, 2018, 02:13 PM by TheSergeant »

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Offline Mgildersleeve

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Re: MFT 3 ideas for small shop
« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2018, 06:19 PM »
A great upgrade.  Nice work.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: MFT 3 ideas for small shop
« Reply #32 on: March 25, 2018, 08:18 AM »
@TheSergeant   What mods do you think are necessary?

The MFT is a portable work table that facilitates using the tracksaw at a job site. No modifications are required for that.

Did you expect to use the MFT for a different purpose?

Offline cubevandude

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Re: MFT 3 ideas for small shop
« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2018, 01:11 PM »
I really like this idea.  I do not have the Festool hinge for the track as I have a Makita.  Does anyone have an idea how to make a hinge to work with this if they do not have the Festool setup as shown?

I spent a little time on 8020 working up a hinge with a plate. After using the Festool plate and hinge I never ordered anything. You might consider ordering the parts from Festool parts catalogue.  I can’t seem to copy the link from my iPad but google Ekat Festool.  Lookunder Workplace organization then MFT3.

Do you think something like this would work?  15 Series Universal Standard Structural Pivot
https://8020.net/shop/4356.html
I see your pieces are 10 series though.

Offline Hal M

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Re: MFT 3 ideas for small shop
« Reply #34 on: March 25, 2018, 01:16 PM »
I really like this idea.  I do not have the Festool hinge for the track as I have a Makita.  Does anyone have an idea how to make a hinge to work with this if they do not have the Festool setup as shown?

I spent a little time on 8020 working up a hinge with a plate. After using the Festool plate and hinge I never ordered anything. You might consider ordering the parts from Festool parts catalogue.  I can’t seem to copy the link from my iPad but google Ekat Festool.  Lookunder Workplace organization then MFT3.

Do you think something like this would work?  15 Series Universal Standard Structural Pivot
https://8020.net/shop/4356.html
I see your pieces are 10 series though.

I am happy to reach out to my 8020 salesman and ask him for an idea for the hinge if you would like this week.  I used the 10 series because I was trying to minimize space.

Offline cubevandude

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Re: MFT 3 ideas for small shop
« Reply #35 on: March 25, 2018, 01:30 PM »
I would appreciate that.  I do see these are available in 10 series also.  A plate on the top with a way to attach the track and it might work.
10 Series Universal Structural Pivot Nub, Part Number: 4186
10 Series “L” Structural Pivot Arm, Part Number: 4149

Here it is assembled:
10 Series Universal Standard Structural Pivot, Part Number: 4156
https://8020.net/4156.html
« Last Edit: March 25, 2018, 01:56 PM by cubevandude »

Offline Sean KS

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Re: MFT 3 ideas for small shop
« Reply #36 on: March 25, 2018, 10:41 PM »
I think this pivot would be an option as well.

https://8020.net/shop/14011.html

It would allow you to attach and hinge the Festool rail without any further modifications.

The one thing I don’t know is the height from the top of the linear bearing to the top of the MFT. The pivot I’m recommending  could be too tall. Not sure, and I don’t have an actual MFT to check? It’s just shy of 2in tall when the Festool rail is lowered for a cut.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2018, 10:46 PM by Sean KS »

Offline Hal M

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Re: MFT 3 ideas for small shop
« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2018, 06:58 AM »
I think this pivot would be an option as well.

https://8020.net/shop/14011.html

It would allow you to attach and hinge the Festool rail without any further modifications.

The one thing I don’t know is the height from the top of the linear bearing to the top of the MFT. The pivot I’m recommending  could be too tall. Not sure, and I don’t have an actual MFT to check? It’s just shy of 2in tall when the Festool rail is lowered for a cut.

I actually considered that hinge.  My concern was getting more than one connection to the rail so it had a better chance of keeping the rail square. I also thought the wider profile would help it stay square in the vertical plane in the bearing. After using it for a while it may make no difference. I will ask my sales rep today if he is working.