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Offline linnlp12

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Schmitt 32 System
« on: January 05, 2017, 09:41 PM »
Anyone have any experience with the Schmitt32 mini?

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Offline fshanno

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Re: Schmitt 32 System
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2017, 07:54 PM »
I was looking for an idea to steal to rig up my LR32 for better turnaround.  And I encountered the Schmitt system this afternoon.  I was curious if other Festool people had found it.  So I searched the FOG and found only your post.

I'm not shopping but if I was it looks very interesting. 

Pretty cool deal.  Just a guy with an idea.  I hope he makes a billion dollars.

I'm going to call him tomorrow.  If get to talk to him I'll report back.

The obvious question I'll ask is about compatibility with the 1010 and the 1400.  Festool isn't mentioned or shown.  Could it be that he's unaware of the finest line of plunge routers on the planet?  Unlikely.  Certainly he knows about the LR32.
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Offline antss

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Re: Schmitt 32 System
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2017, 10:10 PM »
Looks like it'd be compatible with just about any plunge router. They're just mounted to a piece of MDF along with the pawls.  You'd just have to do some figuring for whatever offset your model has from the base edge to the centerline of the bit.

A neat piece of tooling if you want to make cabinets using HIS system.  The jig isn't very versatile though.  Can't take it to a jobsite like LR32, as S32 requires a fixed base.  And, a large one if you want to make tall cabinets. 

Nice to have choices though.

Offline fshanno

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Re: Schmitt 32 System
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 06:49 PM »
After watching all the videos my conclusion is that this system is faster, more accurate, more forgiving, more flexible and cheaper than my LR32. 

The only down side is that it's not as portable. 
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Offline antss

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Re: Schmitt 32 System
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 08:07 PM »
I can see faster - it's a fixed based system.
I can see more accurate -  for the same reason
I don't see more flexible - what am I missing ?
Cheaper ?   
Perhaps - Depending on which version you get; it could be more expensive.  Even more so if you already have a track saw and don't have to buy a guide rail.  If you already have one , an LR32 setup with 5mm bit can be had for less than $300.

Offline linnlp12

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Re: Schmitt 32 System
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 11:30 PM »
I agree with the previous poster as the Schmitt seems better than my LR32.  Was going to order the all metal today until I saw it only can use  the Dewalt 621 on the metal base.  I have 4 routers and for now holding off on the all metal.  A Milwaukee, Bosch and 2 Festool.  I may order the mini system, it's seem so much easier and repeatable.  I wish the LR32 had guides that allow one to position to drill all the holes in the panel front to back  based off the front edge of the work piece.

Offline fshanno

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Re: Schmitt 32 System
« Reply #6 on: Today at 12:16 AM »
Thinking more about it Schmitt's concept is better in a number of ways.   But perhaps we LR32 people can have it both ways.  We can adapt our holey rails and sleds into a fixed system solution.
 
We just utilize the holes at each end of the holey rail where the linear stop goes!  Build a big U shaped thing like Schmitt's with holes in the arms just like he did.  We mount pins in the last hole at each end of the rail.  Bingo!

If I was starting from scratch I might be inclined (probably be inclined?) to just go with the Schmitt solution.  But I'm not starting from scratch.  I've got several hundred invested in my LR32.  Plus I have the finest mid-size router on the planet which plunges so easy and smooth.  Heck, if you just give it a stern look from across the room it bores a hole.

Here's a rough diagram - not to scale. 

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