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Old 10-27-2015, 07:43 PM
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Default FS 3000 and TS 75

Does anyone know if a 3000 rail will allow cutting a whole 4x8 sheet longwise without plunge cutting the ends when using a TS75? I am using my 1400 and 1900 joined but it is a PITA.

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Old 10-27-2015, 09:30 PM
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Default Re: FS 3000 and TS 75

The 3000 rail is the recommended one to cut a full 8' sheet with the TS75 due to that saw's longer footprint. The TS55 can use the 2800 rail.

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Old 10-27-2015, 10:52 PM
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Is it a PITA because they don't line up well or simply because you are tired of joining them?
There is a joining jig available I believe to make joining the festool rails more consistent. I just use a long straight edge personally.
Joining the festool rails has received a lot of complaint because often the rail ends aren't cut square and the joining system isn't foolproof.
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Old 10-27-2015, 11:02 PM
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Default Re: FS 3000 and TS 75

Thank you.

It is a pain because they seem to move in relation to each other every time I need to move the track.
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Old 10-27-2015, 11:13 PM
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Default Re: FS 3000 and TS 75

Right, gottcha!
That's probably a case of the ineffectiveness of the festool joining system. It's not the best rail system by a long shot.
Are the steel rail joiners screwed down snug (not too tight otherwise it'll distort the rail)?
How much gap between the rails are you experiencing when joining them?
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Old 10-28-2015, 01:22 AM
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Default Re: FS 3000 and TS 75

Very little gap, just wiggles when I move them. I am using Seneca Woodworks parallel guides.
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Old 10-28-2015, 02:03 AM
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Default Re: FS 3000 and TS 75

I see.. It seems very delicate..the joining system isn't great, anyone that's joined the rails often will tell you.
Maybe you'll be better with a long rail or go to the Mafell/Bosch system. Their rails and joining are superior.
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Old 10-28-2015, 01:08 PM
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Default Re: FS 3000 and TS 75

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Very little gap, just wiggles when I move them. I am using Seneca Woodworks parallel guides.
I have heard that the Betterly[ spelling could be wrong] system of joining the rails works well for the people that have bought them.
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Old 10-28-2015, 10:12 PM
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I have heard that the Betterly[ spelling could be wrong] system of joining the rails works well for the people that have bought them.
Thanks for the tip, I just went and ordered one https://www.festoolproducts.com/Bett...-R-p/slc23.htm

I had been using a 78" level, but that Betterley Guide seems like an easier way.
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Old 10-28-2015, 11:41 PM
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Default Re: FS 3000 and TS 75

$100 and a lot of brain damage for connecting two rails, about $300 for a 3000 mm rail starts to sound like a good deal, doesn't it?
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