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Offline treesner

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tracksaw: 5x5 and 4x8
« on: March 20, 2017, 05:52 PM »
trying to figure out a battery powered track saw kit to cover my needs that includes working with 5x5 baltic birch and 4x8.. I hear a lot of people say its worth getting a long track opposed to connecting so trying to figure this out.

tsc55 kit: 2 5.2AH batteries and 55” track: $825
to show saving if bought all those separately it would be $793

But since 55" doesn't cover 60x60 sheets (or does it?) maybe saving the $35 isn't worth it.

this is the kit i'm thinking of

tsc55: $465
2 18v 5.2AH batteries: $65+ $65= $130
charger: $65
75” for 60x60 sheets: 206
32" $85 (connected will give me 107" for 8ft sheets)
2 connectors $36
total: $987


 a 103" track would be nice to have but is $331 which really starts to add up!



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Offline rst

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Re: tracksaw: 5x5 and 4x8
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 05:56 PM »
Don't buy the Festool connectors, get the Makita connectors...Makita P-45777...Toolbarn has the best prices.  To use my TS75 I connected rails for lot of years before investing in the 3000.  Personally, going your route, I would buy the 1080/42" rail to give a little more length.
« Last Edit: March 20, 2017, 06:01 PM by rst »

Offline treesner

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Re: tracksaw: 5x5 and 4x8
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 07:10 PM »
Don't buy the Festool connectors, get the Makita connectors...Makita P-45777...Toolbarn has the best prices.  To use my TS75 I connected rails for lot of years before investing in the 3000.  Personally, going your route, I would buy the 1080/42" rail to give a little more length.
maybe it's worth just getting the kit with he 55" and 75" and the connectors on the side totaling $1067

how much overhang do you generally want off the board beginning and end?
i'm assuming it would be hard to get accurate cuts by doing a cut as far as you can then moving the track and finishing the cut?

Offline rst

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Re: tracksaw: 5x5 and 4x8
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 08:43 PM »
With my 75 I use about 9", it will not be as much for a 55 or HKC.  I would buy the 55/1900 LR rail just for future purposes in case you later decide to use the 32mm shelve and drawer system.

Online Samo

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Re: tracksaw: 5x5 and 4x8
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 09:38 PM »
Dealers may offer to substitute the 75" rail for the 55" rail when you order your TSC-55 kit.  Worth asking for it and I would get the bigger rails first.

Offline Paul G

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Re: tracksaw: 5x5 and 4x8
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 11:06 PM »
I went with the 118" track so I could do a diagonal cut on a 4x8 if ever needed, sort of a no limitations approach to breaking down a 4x8. YMMV
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Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: tracksaw: 5x5 and 4x8
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2017, 12:22 AM »
Remember that the kit comes with two chargers, so the kit with the guide rail really does save money - if you need two chargers.