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Offline zero4

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Guide rails
« on: January 16, 2023, 11:51 AM »
     Interested in purchasing corded TS55 .  I sold the old model of this saw with a rail.  The quetions  I have are:  55inch guide rail is about 15 years old.  The new connector to combine two 55 inch rails is different.  Would the old rail work  Plan on purchasing newer version of the corded plunge saw.  Also,  would two 55 inch rails connected together be enough to cut  8' piece of plywood.  It has been suggested to buy a 75 inch rail.  I have a Makita 10 foot rail because of the cost Festool rail.  If I had to buy another rail would a Makita rail work with the newer connector.  I realize I have a 10 foot rail but it is hard to store.  The newest version of the ts55 is supposed to cut much quicker than the old because of the blade size.  True.  Thank you for any advice or answers you could give.

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Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Guide rails
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2023, 05:49 PM »
Two 55" rails will indeed cut the length of a sheet of plywood (4 x 8 )  but I would go with the 75" to go with the existing 55". The versatility of the extra 20" is worth it.
People use the Makita connectors on Festool rails all the time. Many favored them over the older style Festool connectors, though they have been updated recently.
« Last Edit: January 17, 2023, 05:34 PM by Crazyraceguy »
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Offline neilc

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Re: Guide rails
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2023, 09:21 PM »
Check out the TSO connectors.  I like them a lot.  They are tapered which helps with getting two rails to be aligned when snugging them up.

Offline TSO_Products

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Re: Guide rails
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2023, 09:54 PM »
Hello Neil and Happy New Year to you,

and thank you for the recommendation of TSO's  GRC-12 Guide Rail Connector. This product has matured into a solid performer for our customers that it is a recommendation you can continue to make in complete confidence.