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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Why I bought HK55 + FSK420 instead of TS55 + Kapex
« Reply #30 on: December 31, 2016, 02:42 PM »
Will the TS55 work with the FSK420 rail such that the TS55 can
do cutoff and miters like you can with the HK55+FSK420 combo.

So I guess what I am asking can you mount the TS55 on a FSK420
rail and have it operate like the HK55. I know the TS55 is a plunge
saw and the HK55 is normally not used in plunge mode.
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Offline copcarcollector

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Re: Why I bought HK55 + FSK420 instead of TS55 + Kapex
« Reply #31 on: December 31, 2016, 02:48 PM »
@Bob D

Will the TS55 work with the FSK420 rail such that the TS55 can
do cutoff and miters like you can with the HK55+FSK420 combo.

So I guess what I am asking can you mount the TS55 on a FSK420
rail and have it operate like the HK55. I know the TS55 is a plunge
saw and the HK55 is normally not used in plunge mode.

No. The TS saws will only work on the FS rails, the HK saws will work on the FS and FSK rails

Offline JimH2

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Re: Why I bought HK55 + FSK420 instead of TS55 + Kapex
« Reply #32 on: January 06, 2017, 10:50 AM »
I don't think there is anyway to avoid the fine dust particles that MDF puts off atleast not with a portable dust collector.

Offline johnbro

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Re: Why I bought HK55 + FSK420 instead of TS55 + Kapex
« Reply #33 on: January 06, 2017, 03:54 PM »
Just found this thread and appreciate the great write up! I've played with this saw in the store and think it would be awesome for construction/framing. I used to either drag out my Kapex on the rolling stand or more commonly set up my older 10" Makita SCMS for cutting 2x lumber. I personally hate using the Skil 77 saw I have as it's heavy, kicks hard on startup, and will fling itself into my face if the wood pinches the blade. And I've dragged my TS 55 and long rails out to job sites for cutting sheathing. However I think I may have built the last outbuilding our little farmette will ever need so I'm not sure I'll ever justify getting one :(

Offline demographic

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Re: Why I bought HK55 + FSK420 instead of TS55 + Kapex
« Reply #34 on: January 07, 2017, 11:46 AM »
I have a HKC and initially didn't see the point to them (the advertising showing a bloke cutting roof battens didn't help show its capabilities off much) but then I saw David Stantons Youtube thing. Bought one and what a great tool it is.

I have to unload and load my tools from/to the van every workday so I can't stand the big numb sliding compound mitre saws, I just have a small light Makita but for a greater length of cut the HKC is a real timesaver.

Plus I have a TS55 set up for ripping sheets and the HKC for crosscutting. Great for making up pipeboxing.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Why I bought HK55 + FSK420 instead of TS55 + Kapex
« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2017, 12:04 PM »
...and the blade is more exposed during the cut so dust collection isn't as good out of the box.   Aside from these two small downsides, is there something else I am missing since I dont have experience using the TS55?

Actually, the dust collection with a just a bag on the HKC is pretty impressive for an open blade saw. Festool did a great job in channeling all of the sawdust to the outlet port of the saw. Haven't tried it with a vac attached yet, that should be even better.

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Re: Why I bought HK55 + FSK420 instead of TS55 + Kapex
« Reply #36 on: January 07, 2017, 12:29 PM »
Actually, the dust collection with a just a bag on the HKC is pretty impressive for an open blade saw. Festool did a great job in channeling all of the sawdust to the outlet port of the saw. Haven't tried it with a vac attached yet, that should be even better.

I've used my HKC with an extractor (my CTM 26) and its pretty good, Not as good as my TS55 as the dust shroud/blade cover isn't as big but its still better than any other saw I've used.

Obviously being a cordless tool it doesn't switch the CTM on when I start it but thats not rocket science to flick a switch.