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Offline waho6o9

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2010, 07:28 PM »
If you had to choose between a Walko 4  and a MFT3,  and you could only pick one, which one would it be?
 Me thinks the Walko4 is more versatile, so I'd pick the Walko4.  [cool]

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Offline Timmy C

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2010, 07:53 PM »
If you check out the www.walkousa.com site you will find numerous dealers across the country that are stocking the tables.

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2010, 09:56 PM »
I have a Walko
If you could have only one workstation which is the best?

If you cut down sheet goods and build cabinets in the field the Walko is a MUCH better product than a single MFT
If you worked primarily with small hardwoods 1xS' than the crosscutting feature of the MFT is a better tool.

I think two MFT's  is better in the field than a single Walko
I think a Walko CAN be better than 2 MFT's

At $650 that is a STEAL

I have said it before here and i will say it again now.   The biggest flaw that an MFT has, is it cannot Crosscut Standard 4'x8' sheet goods (it can't even be used as a work surface for them with out detaching the rail guides and miter).

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2010, 11:15 PM »
Thanks Craig, I appreciate your view point.

Offline richard.selwyn

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #34 on: February 03, 2010, 04:53 PM »
I have a Walko
If you could have only one workstation which is the best?

If you cut down sheet goods and build cabinets in the field the Walko is a MUCH better product than a single MFT
If you worked primarily with small hardwoods 1xS' than the crosscutting feature of the MFT is a better tool.

I think two MFT's  is better in the field than a single Walko
I think a Walko CAN be better than 2 MFT's

At $650 that is a STEAL

I have said it before here and i will say it again now.   The biggest flaw that an MFT has, is it cannot Crosscut Standard 4'x8' sheet goods (it can't even be used as a work surface for them with out detaching the rail guides and miter).

Craig

I used to lug my MFT to site but find it too heavy and cumbersome now (I think I'm getting old)- where I was fitting a kitchenette today there wouldn't have been room for it and that is often the case.  I use two folding metal trestles with mini MFT drilled tops attached in which I use Veritas holdowns, dogs etc. If width is a problem I can skew them and for small items - like laminate flooring just use one.
But the point of my post is not that, it is that I haven't used the rail attachments on the MFT for years.  I just find it quicker to measure and slap the rail down to a 7mm pencil line - accurate enough for my wood butchery - and I hardly ever need to clamp the rail in place.  So I think it would be possible to cut an 8' x4" on an MFT if you put two sheets of insulation board underneath - I use some that is thick enough to support the offcuts;  But its still easier with two trestles.  If Festool would make folding trestles.....  I am always looking to improve efficiency and lug around less stuff - I only have a small (micro by US standards) van - so what does everyone else do?

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #35 on: February 03, 2010, 08:47 PM »
Richard

your post is just right.  The key being about what is easiest to use,  one of the keys to the Walko is you DON'T have to use any foam board when cutting down sheets.    There is still room for improvement in both systems.  the Walko is faster  to get set up on the job-site (provided you have the optional wheel kit installed)  the Mft could be awesome If Festool would introduce a cross cut attachment that would clamp on the side of the table
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Offline HowardH

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #36 on: February 03, 2010, 10:08 PM »
It certainly is versatile enough but it doesn't appear to have any kind of setup for precise cross cutting i.e. the MFT.   I have the old 1080 and I like how I can align the guiderail with the holes (thanks Qwas for the dogs!)and use it for crosscutting perfect 90's since I don't yet have my Kapex.  I use my MFT more for that purpose than anything else, it's my main cutting station.  Maybe one of each?   [big grin]
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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #37 on: February 03, 2010, 11:26 PM »
Howard
you are right about there not being any way to quickly set up crosscuts, that was one of the MAJOR reasons I built a crosscut jig for the rails (discussed in this curent thread http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-wish-list/guide-rail-speed-square-dedicated-90-for-crosscutting-and-shelf-dadoes/msg89987/?topicseen#msg89987 )
 I do think that both tables working together could prove to be an optimum combination
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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #38 on: February 23, 2010, 01:28 AM »
I've been demoing a W4 for a few weeks and it is big. Heavier than the MFT1080. Having said, there is the obvious benefit of unfolding it to cut a sheet. But the original post was between the W3 and W4, and I think I'd go with the W3. It can fit in the boot of a car, as opposed to the W4, which must go on the roof rack. Wouldn't make much difference to truckers or Van-ites, but the smaller is not necessarily less useful.
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Offline WarnerConstCo.

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #39 on: February 24, 2010, 09:22 PM »
Those things are pretty sweet!!

I usually just use two saw horses and a couple 2x4's for cutting up sheet goods on site.
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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #40 on: February 25, 2010, 10:18 PM »
well, yeah. That has it's advantages. ;D
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Offline jvsteenb

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #41 on: April 18, 2010, 02:49 PM »
Sorry for the late reply.

I've seen it in the Netherlands. I saw it quite some time ago I believe it was at a specialty woodworking store: Baptist in Arnhem - I tend to steer away from that shop as it's quite addictive - everytime I walk through their front door I end up getting out with a silly smile and several hundreds of Euro's lighter....
Just the other day I saw the Walko 4 displayed at my local Gerritse tool wholesaler. I'm afraid I can't steer away from them....
It's out there, and it's sweet ! It's got to stand in line though, as the current going price of Euro 499 excl. tax for the big brother is quite a bump in the buying road....
However I'm convinced I'll get a sweet deal from them if I decide to buy one.
The clamps are a nice add-on as well:  they look very much like the Festool clamping elements, but retail for Euro 50 a pair instead of Euro 90......

Anyway: I'd really like to get one of the Walko-4 sets. In the flesh they feel very solid, and the functionality could be a superb add-on to my MFT3.
I think the Bamboo tables are a big pro as well - I try to run my bussiness as Eco-friendly as possible and worktables that are essentially made of clipped grass go a long way eco-wise :)

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