Author Topic: Does Anybody Like Makita Guide Rails Better Than Festool?  (Read 1941 times)

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Offline Rollin22Petes

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Does Anybody Like Makita Guide Rails Better Than Festool?
« on: January 07, 2017, 10:45 PM »
So I have a local liquidation company close buy that sales a lot of Amazon returns and such. Well I stopped in today and they had a Makita 55'' rail for $35 new in the box I figured at that price why not try it. It seems like a little better rail the anti slip strips are wider as are the glide strips on the top plus I really like the black splinter guard verse the clear what do you guys think?

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Offline RustE

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Does Anybody Like Makita Guide Rails Better Than Festool?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2017, 10:50 PM »
Is the guide rail flat and straight?  I saw many negative comments about the Makita guide rails when looking through reviews.  Some of these reviewers mentioned using the Festool guide rail for the Makita track saw.
« Last Edit: January 07, 2017, 11:32 PM by RustE »

Offline Rollin22Petes

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Does Anybody Like Makita Guide Rails Better Than Festool?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2017, 10:58 PM »
Although I haven't used it yet it seems to be it lays nice and flat. I laid it back to back with my festool 55'' and it was straight.     

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Does Anybody Like Makita Guide Rails Better Than Festool?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2017, 11:21 PM »
I've heard a lot of complaints about Makita guide rails not being straight. I find the translucent splinter guard very practical when aligning to marks on the material.
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Offline duburban

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Does Anybody Like Makita Guide Rails Better Than Festool?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2017, 12:21 AM »
the anti-tip tab makes some accessories not work. i cut mine off.

i have a 118" makita that i use as a beater rail. cutting rough ply etc.
helper: i used a festool "circular saw" to do something simple and it made it really hard

me: exactly, it makes simple cuts complicated and complicated cuts simple

Offline Rollin22Petes

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Re: Does Anybody Like Makita Guide Rails Better Than Festool?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2017, 12:17 PM »
Well I guess I dodged a bullet mine seems pretty straight. I only bought it because it was so cheap but with what you guys have said and a few YouTube vids I seen about peoples rails not being straight I definitely won't be considering anymore of there rails.