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Offline constuctionman

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TS55 v TSC55…?
« on: January 25, 2015, 04:35 PM »
Hi All,

Im taking the plunge (ha ha) from Makita to festool and wanted a little advice. I have been using all the cordless tools from Makita all 18v and love the cordless simplicity hence the question as the title says.

My questions are:
Has anyone used the cordless TSC55 and found it heavy?
I see its only half a kilo heavier than the plug in version. Is it powerful enough?

Is the power as good as the electronic version?
Im sure it is.

Are there any disadvantages of the battery version?

Im buying quite a few tools to replace my Makita range so any advice would be much appreciated. List included.

Chop Saw:Kapex KS 120 E GB.
Plunge Saw: TSC 55/TS55 Plunge cut saw.
Jig Saw: Carvex PSBC 420 Li 18
Guide Rail FS 3000/2 £259.56
Lever Clamp FS-HZ 160 £48.12
Table and side extensions
Stand UG Kapex
Festool Crown Stop
Router: OF 1010 GB 1/4
Drill: T18 impact drill driver
FS rapid clamp

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Offline D1llig4f

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2015, 05:10 PM »
I can't help you much on your question as I don't have the tsc55 just the ts55 and I couldn't do without it.

Reading through your list I just wanted to point out that the crown stops won't work with the ug stand. The alternative is to purchase brackets from multiblades.com http://multiblades.com/kapex/ka-ugbracket.html

These connect to the ug wings and imo is a much better solution than the crown stops as it provides support across the workpiece.

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2015, 08:34 PM »
Please clarify the comment about the crown stops not working with the UG stand.
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Offline D1llig4f

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2015, 02:49 AM »
The crown stop and the ug wings both clamp onto the v groove on the kapex. If you have the ug wings installed you are unable to use the crown stop or vice versa.

Offline Kev

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2015, 05:02 AM »
The TSC is noticeably bulkier than the TS (but hey ... no cords!)

The TSC will chew through the batteries, but it does have heaps of power - I was very pleasantly surprised.


Offline mac sparrow

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2015, 12:02 PM »
I opted for the TSC55; this was from a position of not having a circular saw period.  With hindsight, it would have been a better idea to have gone for the TS55.

How do you intend to use the saw?
Might sound silly but if you always plan to use the saw with a dust extractor then it makes perfect sense to go with the TS55 because you are already dealing with an "umbilical chord" so by adding an extension chord along with the dust extractor hose, it's no big deal.  You can use insulation tape or something to attach the cable to the dust extractor hose thus limiting the entanglement issue.

If you plan to use the saw as a genuinely cordless device by utilising the dust bag then the TSC55 is the one to go for.

Having had time to digest my purchase and use the TSC55, I can see it's a wonderful saw that cuts just as well as the TS55.  If you/I intend on having only one circular saw then the TS55 makes more sense - the TSC55 is great as an addition to the TS55 for tradesmen especially who work with wood all day every day and need to make quick cuts in a loft or to do a small job in a house to save lugging the dust extractor inside.

Much the same way owning a Senco fusion gun is great for small jobs to save lugging a compressor to the job but I'm less sure you'd want it as your primary nailer, maybe if you had multiple batteries it becomes feasible but it's yet another battery platform.

The TSC55 does eat batteries in my experience and you need 4 to use it comfortably all day.  My comment is based on cutting 18mm plywood and wishing I had 2 more batteries.

Another consideration is if you plan to buy into the Festool 18v battery platform?  If the answer is no perhaps the TS55 is a better choice but if you plan to buy a couple of 18v Festool drills then it might help your decision because like with your existing Makita tools you can cycle the batteries between any of the tools in that range.

No one solution, have a think about how you intend on using the saw.

Thank you

Offline constuctionman

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2015, 03:02 PM »
Hi All,

Thank you for all your helpful replies.

I do intend to buy into the cordless Festool range (see list) so the cordless saw is right up my street. I work at the moment with the Makita 18v cordless range and find them really good but looking forward to the Festool range. A couple of mates that work in the area have the Festool range of tools and they used to use all the Makita range and have never looked back.

Having trouble in the UK to get all the kit I want…ill keep you posted.

Items wanted:
Chop Saw:Kapex KS 120 E GB
Table and side extensions
Stand UG Kapex
Plunge Saw: TSC 55
Jig Saw: Carvex PSBC 420 Li 18
Guide Rail FS 3000/2
Lever Clamp FS-HZ 160 £48.12
Router: OF 1010 GB 1/4
Drill: T18 impact drill driver
FS rapid clamp

Offline neeleman

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2015, 03:42 PM »
On the items wanted list there is a T 18 impact drill driver.
I think you mean T 18+3 drill driver. And that is a very fine dill but NOT an impact driver!

Festool did have an TI 15 Impact driver but that's recently been discontinued.
And the Festool PDC 18/4 is only a light percussion drill.

We are all waiting on a TI 18 Impact Drill but may be that's wishful thinking?
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Offline fshanno

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2015, 10:35 PM »
One of these days one of the big tool makers is going to break down and offer a battery emulator for their cordless tool line.  Plug in the emulator and the coal pile down at the power plant becomes your battery.  That's a lot of amp hours. 

That would pretty much make your question disappear.  You buy the cordless of course.  Heck, Festool could offer the emulator and simply stop making the corded saw.

I'm surprised some enterprising outfit hasn't done this already.  They could offer a unit for each of the major cordless tool manufacturers.  It's not trivial but certainly doable.  I can see someone like Fluke in that game.  Their parent, Tektronix has all sorts of heavy weight capability in it's various companies and huge stable of patents to boot.
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Offline Mavrik

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2015, 12:53 AM »
Shew. That's a good idea. Isn't it as simple as providing an 18v DC source? Having a unit shaped like a battery, but actually a power supply with a plugit socket in it
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Offline adcolor

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2015, 02:07 AM »
Now that's funny.  An emulator.

Coming from a different direction I did just that a few years ago.  The idea came from an Instructables article.
I had an old Porter-Cable 12v drill (remember Magnaquench?).  Great in its day, but not worth new batteries. I took and old battery pack, a ~20' extension cord, and a connector for the trailer port on my truck.  Worked great for drilling holes in a new fence I was putting up.  It works for about any DC powered tool, as the truck supplies more current than any of the battery packs do.

It's not a large stretch to make a battery pack with a rectifier and voltage regulator that would work.  Might be a bit heavier, but a lot cheaper than battery packs when you need extended run time.

Oops-- there you have it!
Until one of the major tool brands does it, then within a year they all will.
 

Offline David Miles

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2015, 10:07 AM »
Hi, I also have a mix of Makita and Festool, a TS55REQ and a Makita SP6000 I like the Makita saw much better it is smoother, easy to use, more power, to me all round better, 1mm score cut very good, Better tracks and the bag is very much better padded and tougher.   Dust collection is also good. It is good to have a mix of tools. Regards.
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Offline ach_78

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2015, 07:31 PM »
Since that's a TS55 v TSC55 thread, I would be curious to learn about the TSC55 motor noise versus the funky TS55 "rattle" noise.

Is the TSC55 sound smoother ? Louder or softer ?

Offline Mavrik

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2015, 11:03 PM »
The "rattle" noise isn't a problem; it's the speed control in action. Having said that, because it "feels" the same as something broken it is hard to persuade the brain that something isn't broken
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Offline Larso

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2015, 03:08 AM »
I have both and would buy both again but the batteries dont last as long as they should imo and it can bog down in a cut pretty easily.No big deal but worth considering and if you can only have one or the other i would stick with the plugged version.
I only carry the cordless in my work truck and it has more than earnt its space in a pretty short time.

I also use the Makita  18V cordless range and would not be without them,the new brushless tools are excellent.You can even get an adapter for the circular saw to run on the track which is really handy.
The brushless jigsaw is equal to or better than festool one.I have both and like them both but if i had to choose one the makita would be the one.

Offline constuctionman

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2015, 04:14 PM »
Thanks again for your thoughts.

Interesting that you have both Makita and Festool Larso, The Makita tools are very good too…Ill let you all know how I get on. Still waiting for the order [huh]

Offline constuctionman

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2015, 03:09 PM »
On the items wanted list there is a T 18 impact drill driver.
I think you mean T 18+3 drill driver. And that is a very fine dill but NOT an impact driver!

Festool did have an TI 15 Impact driver but that's recently been discontinued.
And the Festool PDC 18/4 is only a light percussion drill.

We are all waiting on a TI 18 Impact Drill but may be that's wishful thinking?

Thanks for your reply. Yes I did think this was an impact driver with in the drill package. Wonder why they discontinued the T15…?

Offline tino_ale

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2017, 06:04 PM »
Hi all,

The TSC 55 has now been out for a while, I'd be interested to have feedback on side by side comparison between the cordless and the corded version (TS 55 REBQ)

- is the cordless version as powerfull as the corded (when two 18V batteries are in)
- does it sound different, better, quieter ? (maybe because of the brushless motor)
- is the electronic brake as efficient as on the corded version
- how does the bag dust collection compares to a dust extractor connected to the corded version

I have a TS55REBQ and might have an opportunity to upgrade to the cordless version and I would be using it with the dust bag. I would like to know exactly what I might regret...

Thanks

Offline neilc

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2017, 06:14 PM »
Can't answer your power question.  But I can answer my experience with the bag.

I have the bag retrofit option on my TS55 and find that it does a good job.  Not quite as much collection as a dust collector, but much better than no bag or collector at all.  I do like the flexibility of not having the hose in the way on some cuts, however. 

Offline Holmz

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2017, 02:23 AM »
The "rattle" noise isn't a problem; it's the speed control in action. Having said that, because it "feels" the same as something broken it is hard to persuade the brain that something isn't broken

The Iranians thought the same with their stuxnet virus.
It doss not sound great to rattle the speed.
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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #20 on: March 03, 2017, 11:19 AM »
Hi all,

The TSC 55 has now been out for a while, I'd be interested to have feedback on side by side comparison between the cordless and the corded version (TS 55 REBQ)

- is the cordless version as powerfull as the corded (when two 18V batteries are in)
- does it sound different, better, quieter ? (maybe because of the brushless motor)
- is the electronic brake as efficient as on the corded version
- how does the bag dust collection compares to a dust extractor connected to the corded version

I have a TS55REBQ and might have an opportunity to upgrade to the cordless version and I would be using it with the dust bag. I would like to know exactly what I might regret...

Thanks

Hi,

    I haven't cut anything more than 3/4" plywood or hardwood with the TSC but the power seemed the same  on those cuts.

   I have not compared the sound but the TSC hasn't given me any reason to notice either. So I guess that's  good.

   I find the dust bag is a nice option. It collects very well but not as well as the vac.

    I am not sure I would call it an upgrade, more of a move across to the same saw with different capabilities do to being cordless.


Seth

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #21 on: March 03, 2017, 12:46 PM »
Personally I view the TS saw as more of a workshop or site with power type tool (especially now more sites require on tool extraction if you are working inside and cordless tools don't autostart the extractor) but if I was going for sites without power or outside its got to be a HKC 55,

I have the TS 55 and a HKC 55 and have to say that the HKC is one heck of a tool. Far more versatile than I thought it would be.
Battery life could be better but its nice and light, plus its an absolute game changer when it comes to cutting repeatable angles.

False stringers for concrete staircases, roof trusses, pipe boxing, even skirting boards that are too deep to fit in my compound mitre saw.

Offline Cheese

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2017, 02:17 PM »
Possibly a good source is @Edward A Reno III, I believe he owned both and used both on his video set project.  [big grin]

Offline Cheese

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2017, 02:23 PM »

I have the TS 55 and a HKC 55 and have to say that the HKC is one heck of a tool. Far more versatile than I thought it would be.


I agree, where I would normally reach for the TS 55 and a vac, I'm now grabbing the HKC and the dust bag. I have everything I need to make the cuts in 1-hand. [cool]

Offline RickyL

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2017, 07:04 AM »
The TSC is a pain with dust extraction so I always use the bag. The bag IMO is 90% as good as the dust extraction. Although I when using certain blades its struggles for some reason.

I think it has every bit as much power as the corded version and it sounds much better.

The TSC does eat batteries though.
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2017, 07:14 AM »
One of these days one of the big tool makers is going to break down and offer a battery emulator for their cordless tool line.  Plug in the emulator and the coal pile down at the power plant becomes your battery.  That's a lot of amp hours. 

That would pretty much make your question disappear.  You buy the cordless of course.  Heck, Festool could offer the emulator and simply stop making the corded saw.

I'm surprised some enterprising outfit hasn't done this already.  They could offer a unit for each of the major cordless tool manufacturers.  It's not trivial but certainly doable.  I can see someone like Fluke in that game.  Their parent, Tektronix has all sorts of heavy weight capability in it's various companies and huge stable of patents to boot.

DeWalt does offer a battery eliminator for their 120V portable SCMS which runs off a pair of their new 60V FlexVolt batteries. The tool uses two 60V batteries but comes with an adapter that will power it from the mains. Strangely they brought out a 60Volt table saw at the same time but do not offer a battery eliminator for the table saw. I also thought it strange they went with a dual battery configuration on the SCMS but only a single battery on the TS. The 60V FlexVolt batteries can also be used in their 20Max tools, the battery configures itself to the correct voltage depending on what tool it is connected to.

At any rate I have been saying for years the same as you in that I am surprised that no one has brought to market battery eliminators for various cordless tools after all this time.
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2017, 10:25 AM »
I have been looking at the TSC 55 also. Looking to replace
my DeWalt Track Saw and also go cordless at the same time.

If I do then I could replace my cordless CS and the DeWalt track saw.

My question though is the TSC 55 available now or not until April which
I know is only a few days away but still curious as I would like to pick up
the saw and some other goodies this week if possible.
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Offline ScotF

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2017, 06:13 PM »
I have been using the TSC for the last few months and it has become my go-to track saw - it is very powerful for a battery operated tool and it has not slowed down or struggled with any cuts - I have made lots of cuts in 8/4 walnut for a dining set I am making and it has performed flawlessly. The TS55, although I do not have one (but used it in Festool class) seemed under-powered to me. Not so with the TSC. I do own and have used my TS75 extensively and now that I have the TSC, that has become my saw of choice. It is so nice to be able to cut without hoses or power cords getting caught on the track and it is very light-weight. Batteries have lasted for a long time, but I did buy an extra set to allow for all day cutting. I am very happy with the saw and everything about it - no regrets whatsoever. And, I was close to pulling the trigger on a Mafell tracksaw when I acquired this one and I am glad that I went the cordless route.

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #28 on: March 19, 2017, 07:29 PM »
Hi,
I have both and use both in different situations,
Large sheet cut down = cordless less chance of catching the cord or hose.
MFT with vac undernieth and boom arm = corded.
The TSC has a higher pitch whinning noise but I would say quiter.
I would seriously think about what you need the Jigsaw for.
The carvex is not good at keeping a straight cut in thicker material.
The Carvex corded is light. the battery makes it heavy. I use the cordless a lot for cutting out complex forms where the cable and cord are often in the way. I sometimes rig up the dust extraction on the cordless. The capex is ok but the few times I used a Mafell it was clearly better with straight cuts.

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Offline neilc

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Re: TS55 v TSC55…?
« Reply #29 on: March 19, 2017, 07:36 PM »
@Bob D. - the new airstream batteries and chargers ship after April 3rd.  They apparently charge a bit faster than the currently shipping product.  I believe there is a new 6.2AH battery that will be available then.

The current TSC-55 with batteries ships with the 5.2 and I understand the new airstream version will also be 5.2 batteries.  You can always add 6.2 batteries for an extra set.  But for best performance in charging, you need a new charger and batteries.

So if that's important to you, it might make sense to place an order for delivery after April 3rd.

Also, even the battery-less cordless versions of tools have new product numbers that are effective after April 3rd due to new systainer inserts for the new chargers which are a slightly different size.

Hope this helps -

neil