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Offline derekcohen

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An early Festool tracksaw
« on: October 15, 2022, 10:52 AM »
Fairly recently, I picked up a Festool tracksaw which I consider to be something of a bargain. Others here might think of it as a novelty.

Those familiar with my work would recognise me as primarily having a preference for hand tools, although I have a very well kitted workshop with higher end machines. There really has not been the necessity for a tracksaw, and indeed my small double garage/workshop does not spare the space for a tracksaw-friendly bench. Part of the reason for the tracksaw is that I can see occasions when it would be the preferred tool over a Hammer K3 slider, such as trimming ends of house doors, cutting large panels, and bevelling panels. Part of the reason, also, is that I am a tool junkie, and was curious to see what the fuss is about.

I decided to build a small bench, which could also house the systainers which have been slowly appearing. This is 1200mm long x 600mm wide. Also, while one of the systainers contains a Domino DF500, all joints here were full-on mortice and tenon. I believe they will resist movement better than a domino.

Peel off the 1/2” black rubber pad (great for glue ups), and there is a 1” thick foam for cutting ..

Underneath this is a wooden bench top …

It’s not going to replace my workbench … :)

On to the tracksaw. It is a AT 65 E, and likely dates back about 18 years ..

Now I don’t mind old power tools, if they are quality tools. I have a few Festo sanders (which became Festool) and 4 Elu routers. But the thing about this tracksaw was that it was essentially new. And very cheap.

Open up the steel body and it is spotless …

These teeth have hardly cut anything …

48 teeth should be good for crosscutting ..

I made a dust cover …

In a separate thread I asked about the best length track for my purpose - noting that I only work with solid wood, and do not cut up sheetgoods. I was thinking the 1080mm but it appears that this may be too short for 800mm wide doors. I have a 1400 Makita, which is cut into 800 + 600. A test with the 800 quickly revealed that this may only do a 550mm length. A little more testing to do.

Regards from Perth

« Last Edit: October 16, 2022, 08:08 AM by derekcohen »
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Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: An early Festool tracksaw
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2022, 03:31 PM »
That thing looks virtually new, like somebody bought it for one job and has been stored ever since.
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Offline Jim_in_PA

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Re: An early Festool tracksaw
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2022, 08:08 PM » about pristine!!! That's quite a find! Congratulations, Derek!
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Offline Cheese

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Re: An early Festool tracksaw
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2022, 10:39 PM »
Ya that saw’s pretty nice Derek…I have a hunch that there are a lot of these Festool’s out there that have minimal to zero road time on them…simply collecting nice tools has been a popular enterprise for the last 20+ years. Before that, not so much…that disposable income thing.