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Offline presidentsdad

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Splinter Guard - How much should be left on the rail
« on: October 16, 2019, 09:45 AM »
Hey all,
I've been using my TS75 for a while now, but have noticed on a few on-line videos that it appears that there is a bit of splinter guard that should be showing.  Mine is practically about a 1/32" away from the rail.  That seems awfully close.  What "should" it be?  Thanks for the help.
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Offline neilc

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Re: Splinter Guard - How much should be left on the rail
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2019, 11:36 AM »
Mine is probably around 1/16" over with the standard blade on the TSC55.

Should is determined by the saw and blade.  Slightly wider kerf widths on some blades will shift the splinter guard width to be narrower. 

You can sometimes peel it back and slide over and restick the strip.  Then recut. 




Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Splinter Guard - How much should be left on the rail
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2019, 12:52 PM »
Watch this:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1zGaVOn0HY/

BTW Sedge is a good guy to follow — lots of good tricks and tips re Festool stuff.
Cheers, Bert Vanderveen

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Offline RKA

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Re: Splinter Guard - How much should be left on the rail
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2019, 04:46 PM »
2mm.  There is no rule about how much of the sacrificial strip remains, but you can adjust the blade to back it away from the rail if you like.
-Raj

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Splinter Guard - How much should be left on the rail
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2019, 06:13 PM »
For some dubious reason the TS 75 is delivered cutting about a millimeter closer to the rail than the TS 55. Go figure.

Offline rst

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Re: Splinter Guard - How much should be left on the rail
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2019, 09:12 PM »
Everyone of my four Festool saws (75,55, TSC, & HKC) are adjusted so that the saws cut 3mm from the aluminum edge.

Offline Gregor

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Re: Splinter Guard - How much should be left on the rail
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2019, 04:13 AM »
For some dubious reason the TS 75 is delivered cutting about a millimeter closer to the rail than the TS 55. Go figure.
You can adjust the TS so both cut at the same position for the splinter strip on the rail being in perfect position for both.
See the supplemental manual on how to do that.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Splinter Guard - How much should be left on the rail
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2019, 08:49 AM »
For some dubious reason the TS 75 is delivered cutting about a millimeter closer to the rail than the TS 55. Go figure.
You can adjust the TS so both cut at the same position for the splinter strip on the rail being in perfect position for both.
See the supplemental manual on how to do that.

My point is, why don’t they set all the saws to the same distance at the factory? What could be the justification for setting the 75 saws so close to the aluminum?

Offline Vondawg

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Re: Splinter Guard - How much should be left on the rail
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2019, 10:51 AM »
I bought a used 75 a few years ago, it was different, and had a kick up/back issue, sent it into service and after repaired, it came back the same as my 55.
There are no mistakes....just new designs.

Offline presidentsdad

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Re: Splinter Guard - How much should be left on the rail
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2019, 12:28 PM »
Is it just the cams that do the blade to splinterguard distance adjustments or is there something else on the saw to make that adjustment?
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Offline Euclid

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Re: Splinter Guard - How much should be left on the rail
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2019, 12:53 PM »
Is it just the cams that do the blade to splinterguard distance adjustments or is there something else on the saw to make that adjustment?
There is a page devoted to this in the (still not universally-known or widely publicised beyond the FOG?) Supplemental Manual (which can be found online). There it describes adjusting the base in relation to the saw body by loosening its mounting screws - but the procedure seems to be well documented and, if a touch fiddly, not horrendously difficult.

If I have understood this matter correctly (which is, by no stretch of the imagination, a certainty), the later TS55 model has a lesser degree of adjustment than other models (of 55 or 75), implying that a late-model 55, if owned, should be the one to which others are set to match. If I'm totally wrong here (I only have a single TS55 - and I'm assuming that the construction of the 75 is more-or-less the same?) then I've no doubt that more knowledgable users will set us straight!

https://www.festoolusa.com/service/owners-manuals#Sanders
« Last Edit: October 17, 2019, 12:57 PM by Euclid »