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Offline darita

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Anyone Adjust New Saw To Old Rail?
« on: August 03, 2013, 06:55 PM »
Wondering if anyone has successfully done the adjustment of a new saw to your old guide rail splinter guard?  I don't want to have two sets of rail and I did read how to make the adjustment, however I'm kinda paranoid about screwing up the whole cut by messing with it.  I'd like to know if it is an easy adjustment to do right or is it more difficult than it looks to get it right?  I don't want to mess up the cut quality.
Also, does that adjustment change any of the other adjustments on the saw?

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Offline ccarrolladams

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Re: Anyone Adjust New Saw To Old Rail?
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2013, 07:15 PM »
Personally I do not consider adjustment of the toe-in of any Festool plunge track saw difficult to perform. However, I suggest receiving coaching from an experienced expert.

The first TS55REQ I received functioned as if the factory standard fit to guide rails was identical to that of my 3 most recently received TS55EQ, so it did not need any adjustment to fit my many existing guide rails.

It is possible to adjust TS75 to also fit guide rails used with the TS55EQ. Of course this is for the thinner kerf TS75 blades.

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Re: Anyone Adjust New Saw To Old Rail?
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2013, 07:16 PM »
Hi Darita,

I purchased my TS 75 first, then added my TS 55 EBQ about 6 months later.
 I had the same concerns as you have and found that after reading how to "Tune" one saw to match the other and my existing guide rails, that it was quite straight forward. I haven't found that by doing this adjustment to the TS 55, that it had any effect on the other settings of the saw. I also took the opportunity to set the "Toe In" on both saws to match with the use of a Feeler Gauge at the same time. Now, I know I can safely use either saw on all of my rails without any problem with any offset or difference of the cut from the splinter guard.

Regards, Tim.

Offline darita

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Re: Anyone Adjust New Saw To Old Rail?
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2013, 08:02 PM »
Hi Darita,

I purchased my TS 75 first, then added my TS 55 EBQ about 6 months later.
 I had the same concerns as you have and found that after reading how to "Tune" one saw to match the other and my existing guide rails, that it was quite straight forward. I haven't found that by doing this adjustment to the TS 55, that it had any effect on the other settings of the saw. I also took the opportunity to set the "Toe In" on both saws to match with the use of a Feeler Gauge at the same time. Now, I know I can safely use either saw on all of my rails without any problem with any offset or difference of the cut from the splinter guard.

Regards, Tim.
Tim, which  instructions did you use to help you tune the saw?

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Re: Anyone Adjust New Saw To Old Rail?
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2013, 04:39 AM »
Hi Darita,

If I remember correctly, it was this http://www.festoolusa.com/media/pdf/TS_55_EQ_US.pdf

Someone on this forum asked the same question as you, and at the time I had a need to do the same thing.

Hopefully, this will help you out.

Regards Tim.

Offline darita

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Re: Anyone Adjust New Saw To Old Rail?
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2013, 05:19 PM »
Well, I tried the adjustment this morning.  Wish I could say it was easy, but it really wasn't.  It took me about 4 hours to get it pretty close.  I have a new 55REQ and didn't want to mess with the settings.  Also, the 55REQ left a little more of the splinter guard, so that was what I wanted to adjust my new 75 EQ to.  They are now close enough to be able to split a pencil line with either saw, although they are not dead on...that's using the splinter guard as the guide for the marks. 
After 4 hours, this is as close as I got, so I accepted it as close enough.  Should I keep tweaking till dead on?  I can only estimate that I'm within a few thousandths.

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Re: Anyone Adjust New Saw To Old Rail?
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2013, 05:32 PM »
Well, I tried the adjustment this morning.  Wish I could say it was easy, but it really wasn't.  It took me about 4 hours to get it pretty close.  I have a new 55REQ and didn't want to mess with the settings.  Also, the 55REQ left a little more of the splinter guard, so that was what I wanted to adjust my new 75 EQ to.  They are now close enough to be able to split a pencil line with either saw, although they are not dead on...that's using the splinter guard as the guide for the marks. 
After 4 hours, this is as close as I got, so I accepted it as close enough.  Should I keep tweaking till dead on?  I can only estimate that I'm within a few thousandths.

I suppose it will depend on just how "Accurate" you feel it needs to be...!!!!

I adjusted both the 55 and 75 to my existing splinter guards on my rails. There is no noticeable difference in the cut of each saw when I swop from one to the other on the same rail.

Tim.