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Old 08-14-2016, 04:29 AM
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Default HK 55 Saw looks impressive

I finally watched Peter Parfitts video on the HK and HKC ( cordless version) saws after scratching my head about the 'retracting' rail system that these saws use. Festool feels the 420mm rail will be its most sold version from the choice of the 3 that are offered in various lengths, so that's the only one being paired with the saw as a package deal.
I believe there is some disappointment on the pricing and rail offering for the cordless model( HKC) as compared to the 'corded' HK package, so what is offered here in the US for the September 12 preorders is what we get for now , but might be tweaked for the US market if enough requests/complaints get heard... Well maybe....
At any rate , the real downside is different blades than what the TS series saws take . Different part numbers due to the narrower kerk of the HK only blades( 1.8mm) as opposed to the 2.0mm TS blades....
So , more blades to buy that you probably can not swap between saws if you own both.....
Dust collection, speed control , rails with adjustable angle locks to allow a guided cut that is quickly repeatable .....:eek
Seems almost unreal compared to something from years back . But, on a job site, will a HK really push a Miter Saw out of the picture?
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Old 08-14-2016, 10:44 PM
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Sweet tool for a framing contractor or even if you had a basement to finish or a deck to build. I can't see myself getting enough use out of it to justify a purchase.

I think a feature that they should try and ad is some sort of quick clamp- I know in many cases the anti-slip would be fine, but so much construction stock is not close to flat. You would spend too much time using their standard clamping on a large framing project.
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Old 08-16-2016, 03:04 AM
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Hey Rutager -

Festool saw rails have a t-slot on the bottom that accommodates a clamp for just that purpose!
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:52 AM
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And it looks like you can get a dado blade for it! Cool!
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:58 AM
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Hey Rutager -

Festool saw rails have a t-slot on the bottom that accommodates a clamp for just that purpose!
Hi Neil,

I did know that and maybe the squeeze type clamps are faster than the standard ones I have, but I was thinking along the lines of a system that locked on quickly; maybe holding rough alignment between each cut and an above the guide way to lock down.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:45 AM
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And it looks like you can get a dado blade for it! Cool!
I thought only the larger NAINA HK85 got the Dado blade, not the HK55?
Am I wrong about this?
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Old 08-17-2016, 07:47 AM
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Could be true - I was just basing my comment on something that appeared in my Facebook feed. Could have been straight from Europe...
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