Having trouble with your Festool power tool? Well, we're here to help you. Before posting to the forum, give us a chance to diagnose and resolve your issue. In the U.S. and Canada, call us toll-free at 888-337-8600 on Monday-Friday between 8a-5p EST or contact us via email at service@festoolusa.com. For other countries, please visit http://www.festool.com for contact information for your local Festool service department.

Author Topic: fs 3000/2 not straight  (Read 2472 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline denmark

  • Posts: 4
fs 3000/2 not straight
« on: June 16, 2017, 07:29 AM »
My FS 3000/2 is not straight.  After cutting two pieces of 18mm birch plywood 1500mm in length with the TS-75 the gap formed between them is 1.19mm.  Indicating my track is out of straight by .60mm every 1500mm.  Is anyone else experiencing the same?  What should the tolerances be?

Festool USA does not pre-approve the contents of this website nor endorse the application or use of any Festool product in any way other than in the manner described in the Festool Instruction Manual. To reduce the risk of serious injury and/or damage to your Festool product, always read, understand and follow all warnings and instructions in your Festool product's Instruction Manual. Although Festool strives for accuracy in the website material, the website may contain inaccuracies. Festool makes no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness or timeliness of the material on this website or about the results to be obtained from using the website. Festool and its affiliates cannot be responsible for improper postings or your reliance on the website's material. Your use of any material contained on this website is entirely at your own risk. The content contained on this site is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.


Offline denmark

  • Posts: 4
Re: fs 3000/2 not straight
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2017, 03:15 AM »
It appears to be fairly true on one end but from the middle to the other half it begins to deviate. 
« Last Edit: June 17, 2017, 03:19 AM by denmark »

Offline Holmz

  • Posts: 3764
Re: fs 3000/2 not straight
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2017, 04:54 AM »
What is the return policy there?

Offline JimH2

  • Posts: 459
Re: fs 3000/2 not straight
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2017, 09:12 AM »
I have two of them and they suffer from the same problem. I also know of another whose suffer the same issue. I never noticed it until I had a fit issue during assembly. From that point on I went back to using two shorter rails and then after over analyzing it switched to the Mafell saw which has a significantly better rail connect system. A rail length of 3000 is not necessary if Festool made a decent connector.

Offline Holmz

  • Posts: 3764
Re: fs 3000/2 not straight
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2017, 06:09 PM »
Long rails not straight... and short rails have dodgy connector.
(I too overanalysed it and ended up with the MT55)

You either need to accept that the rail is bowed, or exchange or return it.

Offline McNally Family

  • Posts: 431
  • Festool Atomic Phaser Particle Blaster (APPB Set)
Re: fs 3000/2 not straight
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2017, 06:16 PM »
A rail length of 3000 is not necessary if Festool made a decent connector.


One of the main reasons I went with Mafell for my saws, is their rail system.  It was fortunate I had not yet invested in numerous Festool rails, or spent well over $300.00 for the 3000 rail, which besides having this accuracy problem, is difficult to ship or store.

GREEN: In order of purchase = | CT26 w/Installer Cleaning Set | C18 5.2 Set w/Centrotec Installer's Set | RS 2 E | Hose w/ Sleeve 3.5m | 115mm X 226mm Hand Sanding Block | 80mm X 133mm Hand Sanding Block | HSK D21.5 5m hose | CT Boom Arm Bundle Set |  Won the CXS Li 2.6 90 Limited Edition on 06/20/2016 | Metric Parallel Guide Set | 1080 Plate for custom MFT | OF 1400 EQ Router (metric) w/accessories | FS1400/2-LR 32 Guide Rail (x1) | Next  Purchase: Something else Metric |

RED: // Mafell P1cc  //  MT55cc  // KSS 60cc // Next purchase: TBD

Offline Untidy Shop

  • Posts: 2545
Re: fs 3000/2 not straight
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2017, 07:08 PM »

From its limited use so far, when setting up with steel ruler and or sliding square mine appears to be out by 0.5mm in the centre but accurate at each end. And frankly, I can live with that over this length.

However after the cut, the ply sheets appear to be accurate. Therefore I am wondering if this is due to how I initially cut the edge strip rather than any inaccuracies in the rail itself. 

However it's early days! 
« Last Edit: June 18, 2017, 06:21 AM by Untidy Shop »
If you don't like Signatures, just go to Look and Layout and tick No Signatures.

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Offline jobsworth

  • Posts: 4398
  • Burger Babe Says: I Even Buy Green Bananas
Re: fs 3000/2 not straight
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2017, 08:13 AM »
are you supporting the rail in the middle of the cut? Meaning the rail isnt sagging anywhere? Are you applying even pressure on te saw through out the cut ?

Have you checked to determine if the rail is bent? How did you check? Straight edge ?
Loving the Calif sun....

Offline rst

  • Posts: 1502
Re: fs 3000/2 not straight
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2017, 08:57 AM »
Anything produced in quantity will have a certain amount of deviations.  I have at least one of all the rails excepting the HUGE one.  When I bought my 55 during a recon sale the 1400 that came with the saw was out 2mm on one end from about 18" of the end.  I called Festool service and three days later I had a new rail.  I check all my rails against 8020 extrusions and used to use one of those extrusions to join my rails with the Makita joiners.  After a few years of that I bought my last rail the 3000.  It is dead on straight against a 96" piece of 1530 8020, an extrusion flat and straight enough to build CNC machines.  I just did a rough count and the nine rails I own excepting the one that was out (it's still in the box) are all perfect against the 8020.

Offline denmark

  • Posts: 4
Re: fs 3000/2 not straight
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2017, 06:25 AM »
are you supporting the rail in the middle of the cut? Meaning the rail isnt sagging anywhere? Are you applying even pressure on te saw through out the cut ?

Have you checked to determine if the rail is bent? How did you check? Straight edge ?

I have a long bench setup allowing it full support.  I only realized the problem upon needing it for a large project.  Two cuts placed together formed a gap.  I also have a long Stabila spirit level known to be straight and it indicates the same amount of error.  In the end to finish the job I had to join together two shorter rails and was able to produce a dead straight cut but I am quite sour with owning such a large expensive track that isn't true.

Offline kave

  • Posts: 14
Re: fs 3000/2 not straight
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2017, 04:32 AM »
My 1400 is also out by som mm's resulting in bad cuts. It is 5-6 years so I guess it is too late.

Offline denmark

  • Posts: 4
Re: fs 3000/2 not straight
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2017, 08:32 AM »
Update:

I just got confirmation from my Festool dealer that Festool will be sending me a new rail.  Thank you Festool.

Offline waho6o9

  • Posts: 1279
    • Garage Door Handyman.com
Re: fs 3000/2 not straight
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2017, 08:51 AM »
Frustrating no doubt, nice of Festool to make good on it.

I use a center stop when ripping to mitigate lateral movement as I cut.

264868-0