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Offline Tutorwood

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The Protool SSP, Sword Saw
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:57 PM »
Hi Guys,

The Protool SSP sword saw has been on the market for over 18months now and Im still getting a lot of question from some of my clients who want to know a bit more information about the tool. For those of you who haven't heard of the SSP, it's a chainsaw mounted onto a circular saw base which runs along standard Festool or Protool guide rails.

Its an awesome tool which has a 200mm, (8inch) depth of cut yet is easy and safe to use.

More information on the SSP and a couple of videos or on my blog site at www.tutorwood.com

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need more information

Cheers
Bryan

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Offline Deansocial

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Re: The Protool SSP, Sword Saw
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2012, 01:58 PM »
been wanting 1 of these for a long time

Offline Mauri Motti

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Re: The Protool SSP, Sword Saw
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2012, 02:57 PM »
Watched the video and then noticed this PROTOOL ACCESSORY 777939 Quick-action cl GRP-RAPID/L. I assume they'd fit the Festool rails too?

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Offline andyman

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Re: The Protool SSP, Sword Saw
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2012, 03:18 PM »
 [big grin] Thats an awesome piece of kit for big timbers, I wish I had 1 of those 15 yrs ago when doing a lot of roof work & joists

Offline neeleman

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Re: The Protool SSP, Sword Saw
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2012, 04:21 PM »
Watched the video and then noticed this PROTOOL ACCESSORY 777939 Quick-action cl GRP-RAPID/L. I assume they'd fit the Festool rails too?
Of course there is a Festool version as well.
Festool FS-Rapid/1 (489790) at the cost of 32 euros. The Protool version costs 42 euros. All prices from http://www.gerschwitz.net
And I think they are identical.

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Offline Steve R

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Re: The Protool SSP, Sword Saw
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2012, 06:00 PM »
Watched the video and then noticed this PROTOOL ACCESSORY 777939 Quick-action cl GRP-RAPID/L. I assume they'd fit the Festool rails too?
Of course there is a Festool version as well.
Festool FS-Rapid/1 (489790) at the cost of 32 euros. The Protool version costs 42 euros. All prices from http://www.gerschwitz.net
And I think they are identical.



I saw Steve use one during a training class... order one right away. Really fast to use.

Cheers,
Steve
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Offline joiner1970

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Re: The Protool SSP, Sword Saw
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2012, 06:08 PM »

Offline jmbfestool

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Re: The Protool SSP, Sword Saw
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2012, 07:01 PM »
I have some of those Festool FS rapid clamps they are handy for using with the Chain saw for clamping the rail as often the timber your cutting in that kinda work is to deep for your regular clamps to hold.

I only really use them with my PRotool SSP sword  and my TS75  cutting  Oak usually.  


I dont find them clamps hold well enough for .25 precision cuts  [tongue] when cutting sheet material.  



The Protool Chain saw is also  available in a 330mm bar (called the PROTOOL ISP 330 Insulaion)  Which is the same Tool just with a longer bar.

BUT  I was told only to use the 200mm in wood   not the 330mm thats just for cutting softer material like insulation  BUT I believe as long as you are steady and dont push the sword to hard you should be able the use the 330mm bar in solid wood.  

Well when the time comes and I need a longer bar  I think I will get the 330mm bar for my Protool Sword.

JMB
« Last Edit: June 08, 2012, 07:06 PM by jmbfestool »
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Offline Alan m

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Re: The Protool SSP, Sword Saw
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2012, 07:15 PM »
what kind of surface does it leave.
is it like a normal chain sawn surface.
does the rail ect help control the slight movement.
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Offline jmbfestool

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Re: The Protool SSP, Sword Saw
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2012, 07:22 PM »
 

I have some curved piece down the bottom of the garden I cut out of some wide sections of Oak which are going with the grain.   

You get cleaner cuts cross cutting then you do with ripping.   When curving like the pieces I have the results arnt brilliant but thats because like you said about the rail I was free hand chain sawing.     The rail does improve the cutting quality  I believe.

JMB


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Offline Mauri Motti

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Re: The Protool SSP, Sword Saw
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2012, 09:49 PM »
Nice review there joiner1970. Somehow I'vo totally missed out on these clamps.

Offline Jalvis

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Re: The Protool SSP, Sword Saw
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2012, 11:52 AM »
The US has a version that fits most circular saws called the 'Prazi Beam Cutter.'  The unit is less than $200 and has 12" cutting capacity.
 
http://www.praziusa.com/


Offline Deansocial

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Re: The Protool SSP, Sword Saw
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2012, 04:23 PM »
yeah and from what i have read the prazi beam cutter is naff