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Offline RNEMTP

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Router guide stop on Makita rails
« on: November 03, 2018, 02:20 PM »
I just bought an OF 1400 router and want to accessorize it. I have Makita guide rails. I’m wondering if the guide stop will work with the Makita rails?

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Offline duc996

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Re: Router guide stop on Makita rails
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2018, 11:19 PM »
I am pretty sure the Festool accessories will work. The Festool rails and Makita rails  are almost identical except for the the guide the tool rides on. I don’t remember which is slightly bigger but, you can still adjust the play on the guide stops.

Offline Corwin

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Re: Router guide stop on Makita rails
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2018, 02:18 AM »
The Makita and Festool Guide Rails both have two T-track slots built into their extrusions; one T-track along the back edge of the Rail (left edge opposite the splinter strip) with the slot accessible from the top, and a second T-track toward the middle of the Rail (the one your track saw uses) with the slot accessible from below. On the Makita Guide Rail, the T-track along the back edge has a lip on the inboard edge. This lip serves as an anti-tip feature when using their track saws. However, this lip will prevent you from using a Festool Guide Stop on that outer T-track slot. Some people have actually cut off this lip so that they could use Festool's Guide Stop on their Rail.

The Festool Guide Stops fit over a T-track slot with more of the Stop's body on one side than the other. When the Stop is mounted on the middle T-track slot on a Festool Rail with the wider portion towards the outer T-track slot, the body consumes all the space between the two T-track slots, so it cannot fit this way on a Makita Rail due to that lip. Now, I don't have any Makita Guide Rails, but it looks to me that the Festool Guide Stop will fit on the inner T-track slot when oriented the other way around with the narrower side towards the back edge -- this, however, places the micro-adjustment screw towards to back edge thus won't allow you to use the micro-adjustment feature of the Guide Stops.

So, as far as I can tell, you are able to use the Guide Stops to mount your Router on a Makita Guide Rail as long as you only use the Rail's inner T-track slot with the Stop facing the wrong way to utilize the micro-adjustment feature -- Rather limiting compared with the Festool Guide Rails.

I hope this is all correct, and that it answers your question.  [smile]

« Last Edit: November 04, 2018, 03:44 AM by Corwin »
Looks like your rabbit joint is a hare off! ;)

Offline RNEMTP

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Re: Router guide stop on Makita rails
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2018, 03:47 PM »
The Makita and Festool Guide Rails both have two T-track slots built into their extrusions; one T-track along the back edge of the Rail (left edge opposite the splinter strip) with the slot accessible from the top, and a second T-track toward the middle of the Rail (the one your track saw uses) with the slot accessible from below. On the Makita Guide Rail, the T-track along the back edge has a lip on the inboard edge. This lip serves as an anti-tip feature when using their track saws. However, this lip will prevent you from using a Festool Guide Stop on that outer T-track slot. Some people have actually cut off this lip so that they could use Festool's Guide Stop on their Rail.

The Festool Guide Stops fit over a T-track slot with more of the Stop's body on one side than the other. When the Stop is mounted on the middle T-track slot on a Festool Rail with the wider portion towards the outer T-track slot, the body consumes all the space between the two T-track slots, so it cannot fit this way on a Makita Rail due to that lip. Now, I don't have any Makita Guide Rails, but it looks to me that the Festool Guide Stop will fit on the inner T-track slot when oriented the other way around with the narrower side towards the back edge -- this, however, places the micro-adjustment screw towards to back edge thus won't allow you to use the micro-adjustment feature of the Guide Stops.

So, as far as I can tell, you are able to use the Guide Stops to mount your Router on a Makita Guide Rail as long as you only use the Rail's inner T-track slot with the Stop facing the wrong way to utilize the micro-adjustment feature -- Rather limiting compared with the Festool Guide Rails.

I hope this is all correct, and that it answers your question.  [smile]

Thank you for the reply. I may just buy a festool rail with the holes in it for the lr 32 anyways. I was just hoping to use my Makita rails. I have 2 of them, the 55” and the 118”. I bought them because they were cheaper and I have a Makita track saw that I’ve been more than happy with. I’m looking to buy a mft/3 and will probably equip it with a rail with the holes. That way I could use it for both, the router and the saw.