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Offline Cheese

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Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« on: July 01, 2020, 12:52 PM »
I just picked up this Mafell guide rail and set it next to the Festool guide rail and noticed quite a few differences. The Mafell MT 55 track saw can be used on the Festool rail or on a Mafell rail and that's what started everything off.



Here's the rear of both rails. They both have 2 each anti-slip strips and a splinter guard. However, the Mafell has 2 clamping positions versus 1 on the Festool. Also, the locations of the anti-slip strips and the clamping slots are a lot closer to the splinter guard on the Mafell so that narrower pieces of wood will be easier to cut.
On the Mafell the distance from the anti-slip strip to the splinter guard is 1 3/8" and 5 5/8" while on the Festool it is 4 3/8" and 6 1/4".
On the Mafell the distance from the clamping slot to the splinter guard is 7/8" and 5 1/8" while on the Festool it is 5 1/8".




The Mafell rail is narrower than the Festool item, is not nearly as stiff and does NOT have glide strips on the top surface. The glide strips do allow the MT 55 saw to glide more effortlessly on the Festool rail.




All of the strips on the Festool rail are attached with adhesive while on the Mafell everything is retained with extruded recesses.




To join Mafell rails one of the rail end covers needs to be removed. A simple task but it's also an extra item that can be easily misplaced. However, the Mafell rail can easily be converted to an Aerofix rail that uses the vacuum from a dust extractor to adhere the rail to the floor or any flat & smooth surface.

https://www.timberwolftools.com/mafell-aerofix-f-af-1-suction-clamping-system





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Offline Reff@218

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2020, 10:24 PM »
Thank you for the write up. I have the Mafell system. Losing or breaking the end clips has crossed my mind every time I join track. I do like that I can stow the track connector inside a section of track, without fouling the operation of the saw.

Jim

Offline Svar

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2020, 10:45 PM »
I do like that I can stow the track connector inside a section of track, without fouling the operation of the saw.
Not trying to compare functionality, but you can store Festool connectors inside the track too.

Offline ScotF

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2020, 12:20 AM »
I have both systems and each as its pros and cons.

The FT rails have more grip on the bottom and the saws glide on them better.

The Mafell's antisplinter is FAR better and the dual slots on the bottom allow for clamping thin material right on edge for safer cutting.

With the TSO guide rail connectors, it is not a big deal to connect Festool rails. It is fast with the Mafell system, though.

The narrower Mafell rail can cause some complications if using rail dogs since the side of the motor will hit the dog if cutting thinner material.

Offline socaljohn

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2020, 01:23 AM »
 "have both systems and each as its pros and cons.

The FT rails have more grip on the bottom and the saws glide on them better."

Interested in knowing: If you were to take the saw on site to a job would you prefer the Festool rail over the Mafell?

Offline ScotF

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2020, 01:29 AM »
"have both systems and each as its pros and cons.

The FT rails have more grip on the bottom and the saws glide on them better."

Interested in knowing: If you were to take the saw on site to a job would you prefer the Festool rail over the Mafell?

Great question - if I were cutting prefinished ply or melamine and not able to clamp I would probably give the edge to Festool rails. If working solid lumber, being able to clamp right at the cut edge gives an advantage to the Mafell-style rails.

There are also more accessories for Festool style - the guide rail squares, parallel guides, etc... are all available for Festool. Mafell is still limited in this area - there are some companies across the pond offering setups for this style rail, but not readily available in North America. Hopefully this will change in the future.

Offline yetihunter

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2020, 03:17 AM »
@Cheese

Now that you have the rail, you should get the KSS40 to go with it.  It’s my most used saw.

Offline socaljohn

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2020, 03:37 AM »
"have both systems and each as its pros and cons.

The FT rails have more grip on the bottom and the saws glide on them better."

Interested in knowing: If you were to take the saw on site to a job would you prefer the Festool rail over the Mafell?

Great question - if I were cutting prefinished ply or melamine and not able to clamp I would probably give the edge to Festool

rails.

Thank You!

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2020, 07:37 AM »
I got my Bosch rail last week as well. It's identical to the Mafell at a fraction of the cost.
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2020, 10:27 AM »
@Cheese

Now that you have the rail, you should get the KSS40 to go with it.  It’s my most used saw.

Ya that's pretty funny...I was thinking the same thing yesterday while cutting some 2x materials. I really like the HKC but was interested in what the Mafell equivalent was. It looks like it's the KSS 50.

You mention the KSS 40 and I looked at the pricing of it and it's whacky. The bare KSS 40 is $915 while for an additional $84 you receive 2 batteries, a charger and a Flexi-Guide.  [scratch chin]

https://www.timberwolftools.com/mafell-kss-40-18m-bl-cordless-cross-cutting-system

Offline jarbroen

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2020, 12:05 PM »
The KSS40 is pretty awesome.  Especially for outdoor projects like siding, decks, fencing, etc.  The mitre settings are super accurate and easy to switch/repeat.  I have bogged it down and caused it to beep beep several times, but part of that is improving my technique.  I also did some interior trim with it and had good results if I held it properly.  I did bring out the Kapex for complex bevel/mitre cuts though.
It's a huge time saver when needing accurate cuts quickly.  No need to drag out a cord and a bunch of tools to make the cuts.  Just that little box and you're good to go.
I also considered the HKC.  The extra capacity for cutting would have been nice, but I wasn't as confident about the accuracy of the angle settings.

The pricing is funny on the KSS40, but the set is a pretty good deal.  Those batteries if purchased alone are pretty expensive.  Plus it comes with the flexi rail and a couple other things that I don't think come with just the base saw.  I debated the saw, $1000 for the set seemed steep at first, but now I've come to realize how much you get and how useful it is.
The weird price is part of their 'promo' along with the drop in price on the P1CC and MT55.

And definitely look into buying Bosch rails when possible.  I just got the angle fence thingy and the Bosch version was less than $100.
Same with finding a deal on the shorter rail for cross cutting on the MFT.
After using Festool rails for a few years I really appreciate how easy it is to join Mafell tracks and be confident that they are aligned.  The extra clamping groove at the front of the rail is also super handy for narrow cuts.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2020, 04:46 PM »
My neighbor asked me to cut a couple inches off the length of some readymade Melamine shelf boards.

Following the make it quick and easy principle I got out the KSS40. So nice to have it all in one easy to carry box. Only to find out length of cut was an inch too short. The Flexirail is way too long and floppy for a one foot plank and then I have to get a square.

Got out the HKC 55 and short rail. That rail is also too short. The medium rail is long enough but discovered that the cut qualify of the standard blade would be embarrassing to present.

Got out the TSC 55 and an 800mm rail and TSO square. Using the standard fine cutting blade. Set depth to 1mm below the rail to score coating then made another pass deep enough to cut through. The result was excellent and easily achieved.

Think I’ll get a fine cut blade for the HKC and KSS40 but I really wish the KSS40 could cut a little farther. I’d put up with a Sys 5 container to have a little longer rail.

The full kit of the KSS40 is obviously the best deal but it might make you start buying Metabo stuff. It did me...

Offline HowardH

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2020, 02:42 PM »
I got my Bosch rail last week as well. It's identical to the Mafell at a fraction of the cost.
+1  I will ordering a longer bosch track with the connector soon.  I could have used it today.  arhggg....
Howard H
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Offline HowardH

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2020, 02:46 PM »
\Set depth to 1mm below the rail to score coating then made another pass deep enough to cut through. The result was excellent and easily achieved.

That's a cool function of the MT55cc.  It has scoring function built in with the flip of a lever. 
Howard H
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Offline Reff@218

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2020, 10:37 PM »
I do like that I can stow the track connector inside a section of track, without fouling the operation of the saw.
Not trying to compare functionality, but you can store Festool connectors inside the track too.

Thanks for heads up. Just got the Mafell kit.... previously used a piece of poplar with a strip of plywood for track. A 7 1/4 Milwaukee circular saw doing the rip.  Finally hit the 21st century.

Offline RKA

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2020, 08:35 AM »
Just to follow up on @socaljohn ’s comments.  I’m not sure I agree that the Festool rail grills better.  On bare wood I haven’t found much of a difference in how the track grips the work.  Maybe the surface of the material being cut can bring out the difference?

I do agree the saws don’t ride on the Mafell tracks as smoothly (at least mine doesn’t move as smoothly as the Festools).  I’ve waxed the rails and it helps, but not for very long.  I purchased some ultrathin clear UHMW tape to see if a few lines run down the track will improve things, but I haven’t tried it yet.  I suspect that will help.
-Raj

Offline Cheese

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2020, 12:00 PM »
I do agree the saws don’t ride on the Mafell tracks as smoothly (at least mine doesn’t move as smoothly as the Festools).  I’ve waxed the rails and it helps, but not for very long. 

I purchased some ultrathin clear UHMW tape to see if a few lines run down the track will improve things, but I haven’t tried it yet.  I suspect that will help.

Ya there's a significant difference in smoothness when using the MT 55 on Festool rails vs Mafell rails.  [sad] [sad]

I'll be very interested in the results of your UHMW tape experiment.  [big grin]

FWIW...just received the Mafell track connector today and it comes with a combination hex wrench/screwdriver. The first thing I thought was this tool is just another item to lose. However, I then thought that Mafell is more thorough/thoughtful than that and decided to look at the MT 55 to see if there was a place on it to stash the new wrench. Sure enough, just remove the original hex wrench from the saw and the new combination wrench resides exactly in the same place. So...one combination wrench that allows for blade changes on the saw and also tightens up the track connector, that's pretty slick.  [cool]

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2020, 12:46 PM »
@Cheese  so maybe that tool is the difference between the Mafell track and the cheaper Bosch track?

Offline Cheese

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2020, 01:27 PM »
@Cheese  so maybe that tool is the difference between the Mafell track and the cheaper Bosch track?

Actually no Michael because the Bosch connector also comes with the same tool.


Offline RightAngleDesign

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2020, 09:26 AM »
Hi all,

FYI this bracket set is compatible with Festool and Bosch/Mafell rails:

https://dashboardpws.squarespace.com/products/guide-rail-brackets

Cheers,
Rob
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2020, 11:07 AM »
That is a great bracket Rob! Perfect for people who want to build their own MFT style table.

Can it be fitted to a Festool MFT for those who want to upgrade?

Offline Svar

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #21 on: July 10, 2020, 12:46 PM »
I do agree the saws don’t ride on the Mafell tracks as smoothly (at least mine doesn’t move as smoothly as the Festools).  I’ve waxed the rails and it helps, but not for very long.  I purchased some ultrathin clear UHMW tape to see if a few lines run down the track will improve things, but I haven’t tried it yet.  I suspect that will help.
It's not just the plastic strips, it's also how the saw contacts the guide rib of the rail. Newer Festool saws have plastic pads on both sides of the groove. Older ones still have a bump in casting across from the green adjustment knob. On Mafell the entire length of the machined groove grinds against the rail causing greater friction. There is not much you can do about it.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2020, 01:06 PM by Svar »

Offline RightAngleDesign

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2020, 09:46 PM »
That is a great bracket Rob! Perfect for people who want to build their own MFT style table.

Can it be fitted to a Festool MFT for those who want to upgrade?

Yes. It's a direct retrofit for the MFT.
Kapex, Domino, multiple sanders, 1400, LR32, TS55

Offline phase3

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #23 on: July 11, 2020, 12:06 AM »
Thanks for the post, Cheese!!
I just got a KSS60 2 days ago, and I was wondering about the regular Mafell rails.

I'm still getting used to it, but since I appear to have been forced into carpentry rather than just finish work, I treated myself to a nice dedicated saw. Besides, trying to bang out cuts of 2x4's etc with a plunge saw and no rail was horrifically dangerous. I was fighting the TS55 blade retraction while I tried to follow the line and keep the baseplate planted. An alternative was to bring each piece back to my MFT which was taking way too long and I didn't need that level of accuracy.

I like the saw so far, but there's still a lot I'm getting used to.

Question: Do Mafell saws on regular rails cut right at the edge of the splinter guard? My KSS60 cuts about 1/16" away from the rubber edge of its special guide track. Maybe there's some adjustment mechanism that I missed seeing in the manual, or maybe the saw on that carpentry guide track is just different from the saw on the regular guide rail.

The full kit of the KSS40 is obviously the best deal but it might make you start buying Metabo stuff. It did me...

LOL -- I went the other way around. I had my eye on a KSS-something as some wish-list, far-off-in-the-future possible purchase, and the Festool stuff were still in battery-transition, and I was absolutely fed up with the horrendously uncontrollable throttle on my Milwaukee impact driver, so I tried Metabo because of the CAS cross-compatibility. The first drill I bought, though, was the 18V hammer drill since the batteries on my older V18 Milwaukee hammer drill had died. Oh wow what a powerhouse. I even abused it by mixing concrete in a 5-gallon pail. It did that without any trouble at all!  Then I got the little 12V drill. Very nice and able to drive finish screws carefully. Superb trigger modulation on both. So I bought the impact driver. Beyond fantastic. Immediately I was no longer stripping screws! For once, the problem was actually the tool, not the idiot at the other end. Milwaukee can make some nice stuff, but gosh I hated that cheapo impact driver. (e.g. I just bought their cordless framing nailer, which is magnificent. I can now return my very kind friend's 20-yr-old Porter Cable and 80 lb compressor.)

Great drills, though I will gripe that I'm frustrated by the current fad of putting the giant battery pack forward toward the business end of the drill. I am so very often swearing at not being able to wedge the drill into a tight corner because of that stupid battery placement. I curse "BEING A FOOT IS NOT ITS MAIN PURPOSE!" and then I climb down from the ladder to go find the right length extension rod so I can get my job done. And Festool's done the same thing with their new ones. Ugh.
Sorry -- Total digression there. Back to Mafell saws and rails...

So while I was going broke on tools, and getting pushed further into carpentry duty while there aren't any *real* carpenters available for our remodeling project, I splurged on the KSS60 without the batteries & charger, since I already had those.

Offline Svar

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #24 on: July 11, 2020, 01:45 AM »
Question: Do Mafell saws on regular rails cut right at the edge of the splinter guard? My KSS60 cuts about 1/16" away from the rubber edge of its special guide track. Maybe there's some adjustment mechanism that I missed seeing in the manual, or maybe the saw on that carpentry guide track is just different from the saw on the regular guide rail.
Larger KSS saws do not cut on splinter guard and there is no adjustment unless you put a new one and trim it.

Offline yetihunter

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #25 on: July 11, 2020, 01:51 AM »
@Cheese

Now that you have the rail, you should get the KSS40 to go with it.  It’s my most used saw.

Ya that's pretty funny...I was thinking the same thing yesterday while cutting some 2x materials. I really like the HKC but was interested in what the Mafell equivalent was. It looks like it's the KSS 50.

You mention the KSS 40 and I looked at the pricing of it and it's whacky. The bare KSS 40 is $915 while for an additional $84 you receive 2 batteries, a charger and a Flexi-Guide.  [scratch chin]

https://www.timberwolftools.com/mafell-kss-40-18m-bl-cordless-cross-cutting-system

Yup, it’s part of a special promotion for summer of 2019.  Suffice to say, they extended the promotion. 

The KSS 50 is, indeed, positioned against the HKC55.  It’s jab at Festool is that it can cut a 2x4 at 45...I haven’t used it but I’ve handled it a bit, it’s nice but if you have an HKC55, @Henrik R / Pingvinlakrits can probably chime in because he has owned both and has a betty and veronica relationship between the two.   I understand that the cordless version isn’t that much more powerful than the HKC.   I like Mafell’s depth adjustment (two router like rails) infinitely more than the common pivot style but Henrik feels the opposite. 
 
Also ran, I run HK blades in my Mafell tracksaw.  It should work the other way around (just not the included blade that is a bit wider).

The KSS40 has a tiny blade and so it performs very well with only one battery (it is as powerful as the <900 watt corded version).   I’m not going to lie, it isn’t the most balanced or ergonomic tool
but it gets 90% of the job done.  Crosscuts at max depth all day long, but also powerful enough to rip 3/4” and 1” material.  Blades are Leitz like Festool, so good stuff. 

Let me tell you the bad stuff:
The systainer that the kit comes in is practically exploding.  It was a tight fit with the older Mafell/Metabo batteries.   Now it’s shipped with the new more gigantic batts and you can’t put the tool in with a battery attached.  Add that to the height having to be adjusted a certain way and the flexi rail having to be wrapped the right way and in a perfect position...I’m telling you these things so that you won’t be surprised when you inevitably buy one. 

I bought one of these and now I don’t miss the Festool rails.  I have one of these too. Rad device, just don’t rely on it for perfect 90.

As a side-note, lots of people who buy the newer cordless Mafell products find themselves going on a Metabo purchasing tangent despite my protests.  Don’t fall into that trap.  They sell a lot of bad tools to fill out their line.

« Last Edit: July 11, 2020, 01:58 AM by yetihunter »

Offline Cheese

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #26 on: July 21, 2020, 11:28 AM »
This is rather interesting...I was ripping 8' lengths of birds-eye maple yesterday using the MT 55 and 2 Mafell guide rails. After the first rip I noticed that each end of the guide rail and maple were flush with each other however, the middle of the maple was proud of the guide rail by about 1/64", or approx .5 mm.  LH end...middle...RH end.








I then placed the saw back on the rail and performed the cut again. Same results, ends flush, middle proud. I did this 4 more times trying to figure out where the real issue was. This plainly shows the extra material in the middle section of the maple.




I finally decided to clamp the Mafell rail on both ends, to the maple. That fixed the problem.

So, there's a slight movement of the Mafell rail if it's not clamped into position. That makes sense as the non-skid strips on the Mafell rail are very narrow compared to the Fetool version, 3 mm vs 19 mm.




Offline JimH2

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #27 on: July 21, 2020, 12:16 PM »
Excellent points on the Mafell rails. The amount of rubber contact the wood is rather lean and I noticed it when I ran my MT55 for the first time. The connector with no jig required insert makes up for it as does it not putting dents in the rail.

I have both types of rails and there is no question the Festool ones are more solid, but the design elements of the Mafell beat it in every other design area one of the most important being the length of usable rail for cuts.

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #28 on: July 21, 2020, 12:52 PM »
As a recent purchaser to the Bosch/Mafell rail (I bought a short length Bosch rail) for my newly acquired jigsaw. .I won't be moving my tools over. I like the features of the Festool rails too much. If the selling point is that the Mafell/Bosch rails link up easier, that's solved with aftermarket accessories for the Festool rails and is a moot point. I do like the Mafell/Bosch rails lean low profile feel but that's about it.

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Re: Festool FS Guide Rail vs Mafell F Guide Rail
« Reply #29 on: July 21, 2020, 01:20 PM »
1. The connector with no jig required insert makes up for it as does it not putting dents in the rail.

2. I have both types of rails and there is no question the Festool ones are more solid, but the design elements of the Mafell beat it in every other design area one of the most important being the length of usable rail for cuts.

1. Ya the Mafell rail connector is beyond awesome...leagues above other solutions. The option for the Festool rail is to use the TSO GRS-12 rail connector as the screws have a large flange on the bottom so they resist denting the rail.




2. Another thing I noticed is that because the clamp slot is very close to the anti-skid strip on the Mafell rail, narrow pieces of wood are easily ripped. Anything wider than 3/4" is doable. Here's what I was left with yesterday.




Another observation is that the Mafell splinter strip when cut by the saw, is a lot smoother than the Festool version. The Festool strip seems to have some smooth spots, some rough spots and is sometimes missing material. The Mafell splinter strip is ultra smooth which makes rail alignment with a pencil line a much easier task. Also the red color contrasts nicely compared to the Festool clear version.

Installation of a new splinter strip in the Mafell is also a breeze. Strip out the old, lubricate the slot and install the new splinter strip. It's a 3-4 minute task at the most.  [big grin]  No need for the removal of old adhesive.  [crying]

The only thing lacking in the Mafell rail is the lack of a TSO Guide Rail Square...however, I'm sure Hans @TSO Products is working on it as we speak.  [big grin]  [poke]  [big grin]
« Last Edit: July 21, 2020, 01:25 PM by Cheese »