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Festool and Tanos Systainers / Re: MIDI-Systainers
« Last post by SRSemenza on Today at 01:17 AM »
Can't say how long they will be available, maybe a long time. But the two sizes available are probably the most useful sizes in relation to the other dimensions. A size one would not be bad to have, but size four or five would be getting quite large. An expanded range with more options would be good but not sure how useful the other possibilities would really be.

I suspect that there are enough available and probably for the near future that you would not need to worry too much about availability. They still stack with regular Sys. if need be. I have a couple and have ideas for a couple more. If I were you and they are the size you need, I would just go ahead and use them.


My issue is the same with all "totes" is there are no standards.  I want something that isn't about availability for the foreseeable future, but the indefinite future.  I also don't like having mixes. I want a proper standard to exist.  If it looked like Tanos had intentions to complete the midi line or added something to it from time to time it would show it's an active product.

The MIDIs work, it's like using a 45ft conex mixed with 40ft conex containers.  I just wish it's was more complete and was in use just the same as the normal size.

    Well in this case there is a standard ...........  the regular size Systainers. Unless you mean cross brand standards. Just because the Midi exists (and does work with the rest) doesn't mean the whole line is a jumble of incompatible sizes and styles.   A standardized system is the whole point of Systainers.  Can't get much more standard and still have modular usability.  And really the Midis are just as much a standard compared to the regular size as a regular size Sys-I is to a taller one , say a Sys - V.  It is taller so not standard. The Midi is wider so not standard.  But they do work together and are part of the same modular system.

     So it would be better not to have the Midi option? Or if the situation were reversed not have the regular size option?

      I guess the best would be to have both regular and Midi be complete lines. Drawer Midi, etc. as well. That would actually be great. I would probably still use the regular size for most things. I just find it to be a more convenient footprint and the Midis would be too big for many things. I do prefer one footprint. I try to get everything into the regular sizes and everything into Systainers period. But I still wouldn't pick just one line. That would be a loss of versatility and I would have to end up putting some things into other cases that would not work with Systainers at all.

    If both regular and Midi were complete lines and worked together would you really use only the Midi line? Even if they were too large or a stack became cumbersome due to size and or weight?

     The regular and Midi play well together because they are standard in height increments, depth, and are connectable. Even the Classics still work, which is good due to the usefulness and variety of the older drawer units.

    The Maxi Sys is a bit of a dinosaur and does not work well with anything else. Yes, regular Systainers attach to the top of it but not in a very usable way. And the handle is on the side. This less than optimal compatibility is not he case with Midi.

   It is a modular system with a variety of sizes so that they can be used to hold a lot of different things and rearranged, reorganized, expanded, contracted as needed.

   I guess it depends upon how much indefinite future you really need. I am sure you will be able to buy them for quite some time even if they are discontinued.

Seth
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Other Tools & Accessories / Re: NEW TSO TPG-30 Parallel Guide
« Last post by rj_mccall on Today at 12:30 AM »
All: your interest and patience is appreciated - thank you [smile]
Our patience is even more put to the test as we work to complete the remaining tasks before shipments can begin [tongue]

We do think the mid-march time frame represents the best estimate for shipment launch. Last week we completed another production run of T-track extrusion - literally more than a mile (!) long. Now cutting, de-burring, machining, anodizing and laser engraving before assembling and kitting.

We have completed our packaging multi-corner drop tests in a lab environment. As I write this, we are road testing our packaging designs by shipping multiple actual products across the country and back using our regular parcel carrier, UPS. Barring unexpected test results,we will receive production packaging in time for mid-march shipment start.

Hans

To be clear, when you say you will start shipping, you mean take orders and start shipping?? I assume up to now we have not been able to make any orders for the early adopter sets??
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I think you have that right. The Musclechuck itself is 1/2" only - with collet reducers for 6, 8 and 12 mm and 1/8", 1/4" and 3/8".

I asked them about the 1010 and got a reply that they thought that was a mistake - I suggested they remove the 1010 from their list, but for some reason they haven't done so. I think there are a lot of small companies that contract out their webmaster work and I wonder if it is a question of the cost of getting someone to do the work or the possibility that that person is no longer around...

Anyway, I've been super happy with the quality of the product and the support that they provide.

They offer to produce custom chucks (and custom sized collets) - I wonder if they could/would produce one for the 1010 and 700 if we showed them enough potential volume.
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Other Tools & Accessories / Re: (It's here!) Just ordered a Hammer A331!
« Last post by Alanbach on Yesterday at 11:57 PM »
Cool, I’m glad to hear that! When I looked at the picture you posted of your sub panel the only double pole breaker that I saw was a 50 amp. I’m glad that you changed it out. Glad to hear that it is up, running and purring!
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Thanks everyone for the replies!

I powered it up last night. She purrs like a kitten.

I'm going to hit up Lowe's shortly to see if I can find that one @rvieceli

@Alanbach that's not a problem at all - electricity-wise, the smallest breaker will always break first. You could also have a 1,000 amp breaker connected to the line and that would be fine, as an extreme example - so my breaker size is 30A (the one in the sub panel I installed).

I probably could change it to 20A and be a little safer, but since my wiring is rated for 40A, it's totally fine.

@deepcreek I saw that one too! I want to order it but it'll take so long to get here. I hope I find one at Lowe's. If not I'll go to Rockler Saturday - the closest one is 1.5 hours away from me though.

@derekcohen thanks...I'll have to look into that.

And I know the bag will fill quickly. I'll figure something else out. Just want to try it for now.

Matt
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Festool and Tanos Systainers / Re: MIDI-Systainers
« Last post by DeformedTree on Yesterday at 11:03 PM »
Can't say how long they will be available, maybe a long time. But the two sizes available are probably the most useful sizes in relation to the other dimensions. A size one would not be bad to have, but size four or five would be getting quite large. An expanded range with more options would be good but not sure how useful the other possibilities would really be.

I suspect that there are enough available and probably for the near future that you would not need to worry too much about availability. They still stack with regular Sys. if need be. I have a couple and have ideas for a couple more. If I were you and they are the size you need, I would just go ahead and use them.


My issue is the same with all "totes" is there are no standards.  I want something that isn't about availability for the foreseeable future, but the indefinite future.  I also don't like having mixes. I want a proper standard to exist.  If it looked like Tanos had intentions to complete the midi line or added something to it from time to time it would show it's an active product.

The MIDIs work, it's like using a 45ft conex mixed with 40ft conex containers.  I just wish it's was more complete and was in use just the same as the normal size.
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Festool and Tanos Systainers / Re: MIDI-Systainers
« Last post by DashZero on Yesterday at 10:38 PM »
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Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: Blade Left Development
« Last post by DeformedTree on Yesterday at 10:37 PM »
I like the term "left blade" ,   people shouldn't use terms like left handed/right handed on something like a circular saw because was that means is different to different folks.  2 people could look at the same saw and one will say it's left handed, the other right handed. But neither will debate what side the blade is on.

I don't think there is much pattern to which side it's on. It's like fuel doors on cars, same brand has them on either side.  I have 3 Milwaukee's, 2 on one side, 1 the other side.
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Festool Jigs & Tool Enhancements / Re: More fun with 80/20...??
« Last post by TSO Products on Yesterday at 10:24 PM »
@Cheese  - there is much more for us to do in the workholding area. RUWI's products are serious tools and aim at applications we also have in our sights. They've been on my list to talk to for too long - time to talk with them.
email me which of their items intrigues you if it's not germain to this FOG thread.

Hans
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Hand Tools / Re: Router Plane.
« Last post by krudawg on Yesterday at 10:20 PM »
Those dovetails look very good. I took a Fundamentals of Wood Working and for two weeks thats all we did was cut half-blind and Through-Dovetails.  Never used the Router Plane except when we started hand-cut  Mortise and Tenons.  That Router plane is great for sizing the thickness of the tennon.
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