Author Topic: Festool saws and rails for Lefties?  (Read 17057 times)

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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Festool saws and rails for Lefties?
« Reply #30 on: July 15, 2008, 07:38 PM »
........Also, the way I use my saw is to release the plunge lock with my thumb and pull the trigger with index finger then plunge the saw, move my thumb off the plunge release and saw ahead. If the saw should kick back and come off the rail (unlikely with the splitter) the saw will quickly un-plunge and be locked from re-plunging...........

Michael, great tip! I knew it was just a matter of time before you posted something worth while, it only took you 1200+ posts to do it.  ;) ;D

Thanks Brice but if that's the one sentence of mine that you like I better add in the bit I left out. I'll add it into the quoted section above.

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Offline d.epstein

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Re: Festool saws and rails for Lefties?
« Reply #31 on: July 15, 2008, 08:58 PM »
Nice tip releasing the plunge lock.
The plunge spring is very quick and I can see the safety benefits if the saw jumps straight up.

With or without the riving knife when something goes wrong the saw walks backwards.
Step on the cord and the safety device, the spring, creates the kickback.
Do the same with the plunge spring locked in plunge position and the saw
stops without a kickback.

The riving knife prevents the wet and twisted wood from pinching
 the blade and may cause a kickback.
I don't see the need for a riving knife on panels and stable materials.

I can only  see one safety benefit with  non retractable riving knifes on circular saws.
You have a kickback. The non retractable riving knife forces the saw to jump off the rails instead of the saw walking back on you.

 Cutting from the opposite side of the blade is  always safer.
« Last Edit: July 15, 2008, 09:34 PM by d.epstein »