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Offline Mario Turcot

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Guide Rail Accessory Kit or not
« on: January 04, 2018, 09:33 AM »
Hello all,

I am about to pull the trigger on a second FS 1400/2 to be able to strip full sheet goods. I will also need the rail connectors and was wondering if it would be better to get the Guide Rail accessory Kit. The kit contain;

1 Angle Unit (142$)
1 limit stop (18$ I already have two)
1 splinterguard (~32$ useful but how long this one is?)
2 Rail connectors (56$ I need these)
2 screw clamps (62$ I will get those anyways)
1 Systainer to hold everything (98$ useful only if I get the Angle unit)

This comes to 378$ separately and the kit is 314$. So the only factor to get the kit is the angle Unit, how often do you use it for cabinet/desk scenario. By the way, I have the TSO square if that make any difference.

Thanks, Mario
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Offline BarneyD

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Re: Guide Rail Accessory Kit or not
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2018, 11:08 AM »
I'm just a hobbyist.  But I bought the whole kit a couple of years ago.  I've used the angle unit exactly once. Just not real useful for me as I also have the TSO rail square.

Cheers,
Barney

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Re: Guide Rail Accessory Kit or not
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 11:25 AM »
Don't bother and don't buy Festool rail connectors...the Makita rail connectors are much nicer although more money.  The TSO angle unit is much more useful.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Guide Rail Accessory Kit or not
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 01:36 PM »
Thanks for the tips, I will look for the Makita connectors :)
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Re: Guide Rail Accessory Kit or not
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 01:45 PM »
Being a Festool dealer I may be shot for saying this, but I tell my customers not to bother with the kit.  Let's break it down:

Limit stop:  You got one with your saw

Splinterguard (1400mm):  Your better off buying the 5 meter box and cutting to length as needed, the small one is only big enough for the smallest of rails.

Deflector:  Sometimes useful, modifications and custom ones that are sometimes better are discussed here on the fog.

Guide Rail connectors:  Useful, possibly better options out there.

Screw clamps:  Useful, but the ratchet style clamps are preferred by many.

Angle unit:  Drawer your own conclusions, I have not used it except in demos for other people. 

Sys 1:  Useful, but probably more useful by being re-purposed.

The items I recommend buying from here are the connectors (or other versions of them) and the deflector.  Not that much value in the box beyond that.

Ken

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Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Guide Rail Accessory Kit or not
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 04:17 PM »
The angle unit is pretty useless. It even doesn’t look nice on a wall…
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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Guide Rail Accessory Kit or not
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 10:23 PM »
Tooltown, thank you for your comment. I did not realized that the kit contains a deflector. I already have one  [eek]

Bert, you made me smile  [smile]
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Offline Peter_C

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Re: Guide Rail Accessory Kit or not
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2018, 01:36 AM »
Before you buy the rail and connectors you might want to think about buying either a 2700mm, or 3000mm rail. The reason being it will always be true, without having to get an 8ft level to make the two rails true. Plus you can swap back and forth between the long rail and the 1400mm instantly. If you are making a lot of cuts you will find it far easier to have a long rail and a short rail. There are times I have switched every other cut.

If you are going to buy another 1400mm rail you should also consider buying the LR32 rail. You may not want it for years but you will have it when the time comes.

Also agree the Makita rail connectors are superior.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Guide Rail Accessory Kit or not
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2018, 06:58 AM »
Peter, thank you for your insight!

I actually have the FS 1400/2 LR32 and my plans was to get another LR32 just in case and because they are the same price. I thought of the FS 1400 because the it is 180$ compare to the 2700 being 448$CAD. Something I don't get, it's not twice the lenght but more than twice the price [eek]

I looked into the Makita connectors and watched a few videos. Seems to me that you have two pieces of metal creating pressure against each other instead of stressing the rail directly  [blink]

You made me reconsider the 2700, but shop ceiling is exactly at 106" so horizontal storage might be the only way for that one. anyone with a 2700 can tell how cautious you have to be in order to move that beast in the shop without kinking it or is it sturdy enough to not worie at all?
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Re: Guide Rail Accessory Kit or not
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2018, 07:17 AM »
I have the 3000 and I treat it just like I would the large glass that I typically move...tip it to vertical when moving to prevent sagging on the horizontal.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Guide Rail Accessory Kit or not
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2018, 07:42 AM »
I have the 3000 and I treat it just like I would the large glass that I typically move...tip it to vertical when moving to prevent sagging on the horizontal.

Thanks for the comment!

Now I have to measure if I can carry it with my SUV  [big grin]
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Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Guide Rail Accessory Kit or not
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2018, 01:34 PM »
If you're going to be connecting two rails often, consider the Betterley straight line connector.

https://www.toolnut.com/betterley-slc23-straightline-connector-for-festool-guide-rails.html