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Offline Papajoe

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Re: Guide rails for plywood - 106” or 118”?
« Reply #30 on: September 06, 2018, 04:08 PM »
Hello!

I picked up my TS55 the other day and I love it. That said it came with a 55” rail which isn’t long enough to cut an 8’ sheet. I do actually need to make some 88” cuts today as well.

My local woodcraft has both the 106” and the 118” in stock. I know the 106” should work but for $30 more I’m considering going for the slightly longer 118”. My only real concern is having extra rail sticking out further than necessary when making a cut.

I do have some festool clamps to attach the rails to what I’m cutting and I planned on getting a 32” rail while I was at it for shorter cuts.

Thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks!

based on the requirements of squares and straight edge clamps required to connect 2 rails, i wouldn't consider this process. if your a hobbyist only, spending time alining rails may be ok, but to run production, grab a long rail and go. dont worry after a few cuts to recheck and aline the connection. COUNTER PRODUCTIVE!

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Offline IndyMike

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Re: Guide rails for plywood - 106” or 118”?
« Reply #31 on: September 06, 2018, 05:14 PM »
I am a hobbyist, at this point, but I'm big on efficiency because what time I have to do this is very limited.

Beyond dust collection - the sheer fact that I can set up cuts quickly and get them done was one of the main reasons I went for the TS 55.

When you only have an hour here, or an hour there, taking a few minutes to set up each cut - really kills your available time.
Mike

Offline rst

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Re: Guide rails for plywood - 106” or 118”?
« Reply #32 on: September 06, 2018, 08:43 PM »
Indymike, time being the case , buy the 3000mm, 118".  I joined rails for a couple years until I decided that the 5 minutes or so joining rails was not time efficent.  I own all the rails excepting the 197" and use the one most appropriate as time is a real issue when using professionally and when time is an issue.   

Offline Papajoe

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Re: Guide rails for plywood - 106” or 118”?
« Reply #33 on: September 07, 2018, 09:47 AM »
rail connectors with a normal "festool connection and straight edge can be off .040" on 8' cut.

not for me!

Offline ben_r_

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Re: Guide rails for plywood - 106” or 118”?
« Reply #34 on: September 07, 2018, 11:56 AM »
I use the Betterley too.
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Re: Guide rails for plywood - 106” or 118”?
« Reply #35 on: September 07, 2018, 12:18 PM »
I just bought the Betterley.  I'm dumb because I missed the note that said the guide rail connectors are sold separately.  I need to pick up a pair of the connectors now.
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Offline IndyMike

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Re: Guide rails for plywood - 106” or 118”?
« Reply #36 on: September 07, 2018, 03:44 PM »
rail connectors with a normal "festool connection and straight edge can be off .040" on 8' cut.

not for me!
I did go ahead for the 118" track - although storing it is fun.  I leave it upside down on my assembly table for now.

I'll have to look at what you linked :).
Mike

Offline IndyMike

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Re: Guide rails for plywood - 106” or 118”?
« Reply #37 on: September 07, 2018, 03:51 PM »
That betterely looks awesome - too bad I didn't see that earlier :).

As it stands I have a 32", 55", and 118" so I should be good to go - but it would be nice in an odd situation to connect even the longer tracks together to cut something really long.  For example I have some 12' boards I'd like to cut in half but no track long enough.

That said I'd really like to be able to do short cuts / cross cuts with my TS 55 - I'm thinking that's really only doable with an MFT style setup?
Mike

Offline rst

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Re: Guide rails for plywood - 106” or 118”?
« Reply #38 on: September 07, 2018, 05:44 PM »
Buy the Makta rail joiners.

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Re: Guide rails for plywood - 106” or 118”?
« Reply #39 on: September 07, 2018, 05:52 PM »
That betterely looks awesome - too bad I didn't see that earlier :).

As it stands I have a 32", 55", and 118" so I should be good to go - but it would be nice in an odd situation to connect even the longer tracks together to cut something really long.  For example I have some 12' boards I'd like to cut in half but no track long enough.

That said I'd really like to be able to do short cuts / cross cuts with my TS 55 - I'm thinking that's really only doable with an MFT style setup?

Add a 75" and you really have a complete range  [big grin]

I have the Betterley and it works very well. I use it for rails I take to sites. But for shop use ?  No, thanks. Assuming no storage problems one piece, ready to use is the way to go.

Seth