- What track saw?
EDIT: If you own one, perhaps don’t watch it.
Not really sure what he was expecting to find, a solid gold body, diamond encrusted bearings? It’s a nicely designed tool, fit for purpose and well liked by its users.
So you pay a premium for a ‘quality’ brand, same as DeWalt, Makita etc.Posted 1 week agodmortsSubscriber
The guy behind BOLTR seems to really know a fair bit about electronics, mechanics and materials. However, of the few videos I’ve watched, they follow the format of: Unbox, dismantle, slate construction/mechanics/electronics, leave item in pieces on workbench for a bit (weeks sometimes), put it back together, use for the first time then be surprised that the item is better than he expects/predicts.Posted 1 week ago
So you pay a premium for a ‘quality’ brand, same as DeWalt, Makita etc.
Makita SPJ600, box and rail – £299
Festool TS55, box and rail – £441
You pay a premium for quality tools but for Festool, the price is even more premiumerer…
Festool make good tools for sure, but they’re overpriced. Difficult to see £140 worth of better in their track saw for instance.Posted 1 week agonickjbMember
Festool make good tools for sure, but they’re overpriced. Difficult to see £140 worth of better in their track saw for instance.
I got the Festool HK55 (with a box and rail) for less that the price of that Makita. In fact almost enough change to buy a second rail, so not really a premium pricePosted 1 week agofinishthatSubscriber
The track saw is one of their most competitively priced products.. , the others are more expensive, you do get 3 years warranty and 3 years theft insurance which is quite attractive for mobile workers , originally there were no competitors Festo brought out the modern track saw in 1980 ,Posted 1 week ago
It took time for them to become popular and then workers soon saw(sorry) others using them and how much faster and more accurately they could work especially in a mobile environment – add to that the dust extraction – a very real long term worry that Festool made a point of having a solid solution for each application it was and still is a major selling point.
The track saw is one of their most competitively priced products.. , the others are more expensive, you do get 3 years warranty and 3 years theft insurance which is quite attractive for mobile workers , originally there were no competitors Festo brought out the modern track saw in 1980 ,
Didn’t know that. That’s very good, and yes they undoubtedly innovate.
Still blummin expensive though 😂Posted 1 week agoBigJohnSubscriber
The rafter squares etc. have all turned out to be too inaccurate for my work. Peter Millard has a Youtube feature on making your own.
I use 2 only – the little 150mm Bahco Combination square which is a real gem, and a kitchen cupboard door. Get a nice B&Q square edged MDF door, screw a piece of hardwood onto the bottom edge so you can butt it up against the piece you’re cutting and there you go.
As a further refinement you can cut it into an L shape (makes it lighter) and the offcut can be re-cut into a smaller framing square.
There’s a sure way to see if it really is square. Use it to make a right angled line on a board, turn it over and draw a second line a few mm away. If the lines are parallel, it’s square. If not, not.Posted 1 week ago
What’s eye-watering in terms of price to you?
If you’re already invested in a battery platform then that one, providing the brand make one.
I’m not sure there is really that many options for them currently.
As I say above, I’d certainly recommend my Makita, but it’s by no means cheap.
Cheapest way might be to find the bare tool, then get eBay batteries, but it’s a risk and probably a false economy.Posted 1 week agotillydogSubscriber
I bought a Lidl one last year – Very impressed. It doesn’t cut into the splinter guard when canted over (but does undercut it very slightly (<0.5mm) at full tilt which you can allow for when cutting 45 degree bevels). Seems better made / “nicer” than the Titan one in Screwfix. For @AlexSimon it has double markings on the depth stop – for use with / without the track.
I bought a Freud blade for it at the same time but the blade that came with it was pretty good, TBH (I was cutting laminated plywood and melamine faced chipboard). Extra track sections are available cheaply so I have two sections accurately aligned and permanently joined / epoxied together for a 1.4m track, along with the original 700mm long one. (Either that or get a Makita / Festool compatible track). Makita track clamps also fit the Lidl track and I have a pair of these for extra insurance when cutting £130/sheet laminated ply.
I used it pretty much every day for 3 months last summer and it’s still like new. It’s not a professional quality tool (no soft start, no blade brake, no quick scribe cut, mediocre dust capture, etc.) but it’s pretty damn good. It beats the hell out of the DIY guide / circular saw that I had been using previously in terms of accuracy, speed, ease of use and edge quality.Posted 1 week ago
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