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Online jarbroen

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Re: Help! Custom Closet and Taking the Plunge
« Reply #30 on: February 15, 2019, 01:16 PM »
Congrats on the purchase.  That's exactly how I started on the slippery slope that is Festool, CT26 and TS55.  That was AFTER I built a couple of cabinets and shelves for our walk in closet... My wife saw how much of a pain I had using a cheap Skill saw and home made straight edge.


For connecting the two tracks check out TSO's new guide rail connectors.  About the same price as the Festool version and it looks like they are a lot more fool around proof.  You'll want something quick and reliable when you are doing rips down the 8' length of plywood.  And get their GRS-PE guide rail square while you are at it. ;)
And the pink, hard foam insulation works great as a cutting platform.  They come in 1" or 2", either works.
I took a 4'x8' sheet and broke it into two pieces that fit my MFT's and make it easier to store.
I used the foam on the floor before I had a workbench or MFT.  Which, I would strongly suggest looking into the MFT next.  It's excellent for clamping and cutting on.  Either that, or you might want to look into a router like the OF1400 - if you don't already have a router.  The Domino looks great, but with cabinets there are a ton of options for joints like rabbets and dado.  And you can easily make those with the OF1400 and the tracks you have.
Like the TS55, the OF1400 was one of those game changers for me.  I couldn't believe I'd gone so long without a router.  And to get one that makes it so easy with the rails and accessories.

Also, check out the Woodpeckers box clamps.  They work really well for helping you get square corners when assembling a cabinet.

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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Help! Custom Closet and Taking the Plunge
« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2019, 04:17 PM »
Didn't read through the whole thread, but I would consider the TSC-55 over the TS55. You will come to appreciate the cordless advantage and I do not see any problem with power on mine after over a year but I don't cut much over 1" thick, use it mostly for ply and 4/4 and under material.
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Offline pettyconstruction

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Re: Help! Custom Closet and Taking the Plunge
« Reply #32 on: February 15, 2019, 05:59 PM »
Didn't read through the whole thread, but I would consider the TSC-55 over the TS55. You will come to appreciate the cordless advantage and I do not see any problem with power on mine after over a year but I don't cut much over 1" thick, use it mostly for ply and 4/4 and under material.
I second the TSC-55 , nice saw.
For a router , the 1400 or 1010 have really good dust extraction.
And the pink insulation is a plus , helps with the dust.
Charlie


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Offline rst

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Re: Help! Custom Closet and Taking the Plunge
« Reply #33 on: February 16, 2019, 07:57 AM »
I use all the Festool saws.  My TS stays with my MFT in the shop but if I was to settle for one it would be the TSC.  Plus if you do not have any other Festool battery powered saw it will give you an excuse to try another.  After I bought the cordless jigsaw I now own the C-18, TSC, the Syslites, the TSC and have six or eight batteries.  I bought a PDC also but only because it was used on Ebay and was really cheap...turned out the only thing used in the kit was the right angle attachment.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Help! Custom Closet and Taking the Plunge
« Reply #34 on: February 16, 2019, 09:18 AM »
Not a fair comparison but I needed to put a straight edge on some wet pressure treated 2x stock and the HKC was extremely reluctant. Put a Panther blade on the TSC and it sailed through.

PS the little dust bag for those saws only holds about 24 feet of dust @1.5”.

Offline mcooley

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Re: Help! Custom Closet and Taking the Plunge
« Reply #35 on: February 16, 2019, 09:27 AM »
I will put in my two cents here. The Festool product line is indeed robust. But as it goes with any tool they are not perfect. I think for some things the price makes it impossible. For example, I own the 500 Domino but simply because it is so unique and easy to use, plus, accurate. But the Kapex I have never been convinced by for what it offers and the high price. Same goes for variety of other tools. I will just add some things like clamps or the now infamous "plug-it" cords are way over priced and the latter not being that reliable etc. My "plug-it" cord broke clean off one of the connector pins in the Domino socket which meant a new cord was needed as well as a repair since the pin was stuck in the socket on the machine (BTW, the repair service told me worn cords will do this). But for $50 a cord I expect more. 

Also I have had to send in a number of tools. The one which surprised me the most was my 500 Domino. After 4 years of moderate use I had to send it in for what turned out to be a nearly $200 repair including shipping. On the ethical side though I do feel better about using a company that probably pays their employees sustainable wages and when you do call service you get experts etc. Not sure I would be able to handle the cost if when I called I never got sufficient responses. So on a good day when I am feeling optimistic I tell myself they are doing the right thing (or better than most) by not just having everything made by a different company and factory.

One last note Festool could do a lot better in the ergonomics dept as well as giving our tools more features that make sense. LED lights in critical places and an actual ergonomic grip on the 500 Domino because I know like most everyone else here we aren't gripping and pushing it where it is intended! To do that feels like we have less control and feel for the machine. Instead making the plunge from the rear-end where the vents are make the machine much easier to handle. Plus, if you have large knuckles and were gripping it farther up on the main body then the dust shroud starts to cramp your style, plus, it just feels less than ideal. Balance is probably the most critical factor in using this machine and there really aren't any intuitive features that help with that like better form factor and an actual level on board, plus, high visibility plastic for our cross-hair!

Anyhow, I devolve as usual but my hope is the company does listen to our feedback and suggestions. Good luck with your projects and stay realistic about the nature of any tool which ain't perfect.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Help! Custom Closet and Taking the Plunge
« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2019, 09:40 AM »
@mcooley , agree with you about handling the Domino 500. If you’re doing simple edge plunges the Seneca Domi-plate helps keep the machine steady.