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Offline Christopher Fitch

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My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« on: May 19, 2020, 12:41 AM »
I had some of the parts for the set - I decided to fill out the rest of the parts and make my own.

I think it worked out fine - I may still end up getting a couple of Veritas Surface Dogs.

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Offline AstroKeith

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2020, 03:22 AM »
Nice. I'm on the same road as you.

I got the Festool lever clamps first, and so then buying the set wasn't a good option. about a week ago I decided to treat myself to the mft-sp work clamps and was really impressed. Although expensive these Festool accessories do work well and save time and hassle allowing me to concentrate on the job.

Now I'm trying to  assemble a set of general purpose dogs and fences, but cant really find much I like. Perhaps being in the UK there is less choice. Benchdogs.co.uk have the best so far, but not a good fence system. The UJK fences out of stock and has been for a while.

When I get them sorted I'll try to cut some foam to house them all in my SYS-MFT systainer.
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Offline mrB

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there's nothing like the right tool for the job

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2020, 11:29 AM »
Mario

Offline Peter_C

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2020, 03:07 PM »
So where does the next set of clamps go? What about the other accessories for the MFT you will be getting? Pretty soon they will be in a full SYS3.

First rule of buying a "tool box" is to always have plenty of extra room for the things you haven't even thought of buying yet. At least that is what my experience has taught me.

Offline Peter_C

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2020, 03:12 PM »
I'll be carefull with those. Looks like it's only the ratchet part and no bumpers.
They look like a viable option to me, and I would buy a couple sets if I didn't already own a couple of the Festool sets. The link posted above is wonky. Try this one. The kit includes everything needed for a 20mm hole pattern.
https://usa.banggood.com/2pcs-Quick-Ratchet-Release-Speed-Squeeze-Woodworking-Clamp-Clip-Kit-Spreader-Gadget-Tool-DIY-p-1454253.html?cur_warehouse=CN

Offline Christopher Fitch

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2020, 04:50 PM »
So where does the next set of clamps go? What about the other accessories for the MFT you will be getting? Pretty soon they will be in a full SYS3.

First rule of buying a "tool box" is to always have plenty of extra room for the things you haven't even thought of buying yet. At least that is what my experience has taught me.

I have three empty systainers - I expect I can find some room somewhere [wink]

Offline Tom in SoCal

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2020, 05:32 PM »
I'll be carefull with those. Looks like it's only the ratchet part and no bumpers.
They look like a viable option to me, and I would buy a couple sets if I didn't already own a couple of the Festool sets. The link posted above is wonky. Try this one. The kit includes everything needed for a 20mm hole pattern.
https://usa.banggood.com/2pcs-Quick-Ratchet-Release-Speed-Squeeze-Woodworking-Clamp-Clip-Kit-Spreader-Gadget-Tool-DIY-p-1454253.html?cur_warehouse=CN

Look for the Youtube review by "Hooked on Wood" -- he was pretty lukewarm at best.

Offline xedos

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2020, 08:41 AM »
Cheaper MFT clamps, that I saw a positive review of. . .

https://m.banggood.com/2pcs-Quick-Ratchet-Release-Speed-Squeeze-Woodworking-Clamp-Clip-Kit-Spreader-Gadget-Tool-DIY-p-1454253.html?akmClientCountry=GB&p=R9011426175690201811&custli<x>nkid=852971

I'll be carefull with those. Looks like it's only the ratchet part and no bumpers.

Well, it looks like a set complete with bumpers/stops, and the under table locks.

Now, the description says 2 x Woodworking Clamp.   Which sounds like just a bad translation given the rest of the copy, but you're right to be skeptical.  Who knows what or even if you'll get something from these guys.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2020, 10:04 AM »
@xedos, the second link (Tom link) seems to be more legit  [big grin] It describe all components. Looking at the Hookedonwood video, I don't like the play with the bumpers/stops  [crying]
Mario

Offline slackula@gmail.com

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2020, 11:46 AM »
Pretty soon they will be in a full SYS3.

Funny, I'm in the process of putting all MFT and rail related accessories into a sys 3 with a sys mft lid. Just waiting for my benchdogs fence and dog set in a sys to ship, that's going in the drawer.

Benchdogs.co.uk have the best so far, but not a good fence system.

Oh goddamit! I read it was good.

Offline ben_r_

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2020, 12:47 PM »
I'll be carefull with those. Looks like it's only the ratchet part and no bumpers.
They look like a viable option to me, and I would buy a couple sets if I didn't already own a couple of the Festool sets. The link posted above is wonky. Try this one. The kit includes everything needed for a 20mm hole pattern.
https://usa.banggood.com/2pcs-Quick-Ratchet-Release-Speed-Squeeze-Woodworking-Clamp-Clip-Kit-Spreader-Gadget-Tool-DIY-p-1454253.html?cur_warehouse=CN

Look for the Youtube review by "Hooked on Wood" -- he was pretty lukewarm at best.
Here's the link to that video:
Looks like the guy reviews a lot of chinese knock-off tools. Pretty cool.
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Offline AstroKeith

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2020, 12:51 PM »
While I think the Festool clamp is over priced - I wouldn't buy a Chinese knock-off on principle.
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Offline Peter_C

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2020, 03:23 PM »
Funny, I'm in the process of putting all MFT and rail related accessories into a sys 3 with a sys mft lid. Just waiting for my benchdogs fence and dog set in a sys to ship, that's going in the drawer.
I am at the point a SYS3 isn't big enough anymore. This is an old picture and now I have the bench cookies stuffed into it too. Thinking I might be moving to a SYS4 which matches up with a TS55 SYS. Easy enough to move the MFT top around. Then building a layered system. Problem is weight as it is already getting heavy and requires two hands to move around.


Offline slackula@gmail.com

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2020, 11:46 AM »
Foolish of me to think I was doing something unique.  [big grin]
Why not a sys combi 3? Get all those small bits in the drawer, throw in a strip of wood and some t-nuts for the knobs and you'll free up a ton of space.

Offline Peter_C

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2020, 04:18 PM »
Foolish of me to think I was doing something unique.  [big grin]
Why not a sys combi 3? Get all those small bits in the drawer, throw in a strip of wood and some t-nuts for the knobs and you'll free up a ton of space.

The Combi Systainer's weren't available when I set mine up originally. At this point I could use a SYS4 anyhow, and will layer it with inserts. Plus I already have a bunch of empty Systainer's, including 2x SYS2, 2x SYS3, 1x SYS4, and 1x SYS5. Already paid for is good. If I am buying more tool boxes they will be Milwaukee Packout's, as I'd like to get rid of all my Ridgid tool boxes.

Offline nicholam77

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Re: My Poorman's SYS-MFT-FX
« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2020, 09:16 PM »
To anyone interested in the Bangood knock-off clamps, I have them. They do come with the full set and underneath lockdowns. My biggest gripe is they lift the workpiece way too much when clamped. The hooked on wood review is very accurate as to their performance. I’ve not used the Festool ones but I’m sure they are much better and I wouldn’t expect these in any way to be equivalent. That said, especially when secured from underneath, they aren’t completely worthless either, and hard to complain about for the price.
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