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Offline StephanHolt1986

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Festool tsc 55 REB ripping capacity
« on: November 08, 2018, 12:51 AM »
Hey guys! I’m new to the forum but not new to festool or the addiction. I’m currently looking at purchasing the tsc 55 reb track saw for cutting live edge slabs and my sheet goods, and I want to know if you can rip 2x4s with this saw and guide rail. I would virtually like to do away with the table saw if possible. Any insight on the capabilities and restrictions of this saw would be great.
Cheers
Steve

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Offline lwoirhaye

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Re: Festool tsc 55 REB ripping capacity
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2018, 01:16 AM »
I don't have the saw, but I can say that whatever work you're doing will have the most effect on whether this or that power tool will be adequate.   If you're working on site cordless tools are terrific.  There's little doubt that ripping 2x stock will burn through battery charges though,  so its a matter of how many lineal feet you need to rip between charges.

You could invert any 8" corded circular saw in a piece of plywood and make a rough fence and rip 2x4s all day if the size of benchtop table saws bothers you.   It bothers me sometimes when I have to go to a site and make a few cuts.  I won't tell you track saw setups for simple rips in narrow stock is quick - it's not.  With a table saw of any size you set the fence and rip.  With a track saw there's all kinds of workholding hassles involved and it's simply more time consuming.

For straightlining rough boards that are wide enough to clamp the track to, track saws are great.   I used to snap a chalk line and cut to it with a band saw before taking a rough board to my jointer, but today I use a track saw if the board isn't too thick or so dense it will strain the motor and make a lot of smoke, in which case the band saw method is more pleasant.
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Online usernumber1

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Re: Festool tsc 55 REB ripping capacity
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2018, 03:16 AM »
should work just fine, and i'd say with the edge guide it beats the table saw in tight work areas since you need lot less space ; 1x length of your board, and not 2x.



Offline Gregor

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Re: Festool tsc 55 REB ripping capacity
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2018, 04:23 AM »
TS(C) 55 maximum cut capacity at 90° is 55mm, when used with a rail 50mm.

As a nominal 2x4 actually is 38 × 89mm you'll be able to rip it along 38mm dimension - but not the 98mm one without flipping it and completing the cut from the other side.

Offline JD2720

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Re: Festool tsc 55 REB ripping capacity
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2018, 07:26 AM »
It will work fine, but you will need a different blade. You will need a ripping blade.
If you will be ripping a lot of thicker lumber, I would suggest you consider getting the TS 75.

Offline Joe Felchlin

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Re: Festool tsc 55 REB ripping capacity
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2018, 07:48 AM »
I “ditto” JD2720’s thinking.👍
I’ve got both the TS 55 REQ and TS75 EQ.
“On site” - Although setups do take longer - Nothing beats the TS75 .
It’s a “beast”. Cuts through anything, including long/thick rips.
In the shop, for ripping, I use my Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Table Saw.
Works better for ripping narrow stock; and setups are just quicker/easier.
And in either case, using a rip blade (less teeth) makes a huge difference.
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Offline StephanHolt1986

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Re: Festool tsc 55 REB ripping capacity
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2018, 08:20 PM »
Ok that sounds good. I also like to make a lot of endgrain cutting boards and if you’ve ever made one you’ll know you have to crosscut your face grain board into about 1.25” strips about 14” long.  Can this be done with the track saws and keep a nice uniform cut?  I find table saws splinter the wood a lot and I end up planing the boards a ton to get rid of the tare outs and the track saw is suppose to leave a glue ready cut that would save me a ton of time.
Cheers