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Offline scooter_500

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MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« on: November 02, 2020, 11:51 PM »
Longtime woodworker here but I have been out of the hobby for many years because of space limitations.  I have convinced my significant other to let me use the garage as long as I clean up every night and put the cars back in the garage.  That means that my shop needs to be “portable” and won’t be able to fit a table saw.  Can you survive with an MFT and TS55 instead?

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Offline Rene_H

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2020, 12:19 AM »
I think you could - it may not be the quickest or most efficient, but yes, there are ways to do many things a table say does. Lots of ideas here and on YouTube for jigs and setups.

Offline ScotF

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2020, 12:21 AM »
Yes. Been doing it for years. The right  accessories, patience and practice will yield you good, accurate results. Welcome to the FOG.

Offline ChuckM

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2020, 12:45 AM »
By portable, you mean foldable right? A table saw can be the size of an MFT. If you plan to fold up your MFT after every use for the cars, extra work but doable.

Do understand that the MFT and TS55 struggle with certain tasks as compared to a table saw such as dado cuts, repetitive narrow rips, slot cuts, resawing, etc. If those tasks are not your standard requirements, you should be fine.
« Last Edit: November 03, 2020, 12:48 AM by ChuckM »

Offline Alex

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2020, 02:36 AM »
I couldn't live without my portable table saw, the CS70. I guess you can do most things with the MFT if you're willing to take 10 minutes to set up the cut instead of 10 seconds.

Offline scooter_500

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2020, 03:51 AM »
By portable, you mean foldable right? A table saw can be the size of an MFT. If you plan to fold up your MFT after every use for the cars, extra work but doable.

Do understand that the MFT and TS55 struggle with certain tasks as compared to a table saw such as dado cuts, repetitive narrow rips, slot cuts, resawing, etc. If those tasks are not your standard requirements, you should be fine.
Correct, there isn’t really enough space for a contractor table saw once the cars are pulled in the garage.  The MFT will need to get folded up every night. 

I think you hit the nail on the head with dado cuts and narrow rips being my big worry.

I fear getting back into it and finding that I wasted a ton of money because the setup time and lack of efficiency remove the fun.  I used to have a fully outfitted shop with a unisaw, jointer, planer, bandsaw, and a large 4x8 assembly table.

Offline Pant

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2020, 04:21 AM »
Narrow cuts are easy and acceptably fast to setup with jigs if you work with a few standard thicknesses as you will need some scraps of same thickness everywhere under the rail to support the rail. If you have random thicknesses then it's a no go as you will first have to make scraps of same thickness as the stock before you can even start to cut it.


Offline Birdhunter

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2020, 05:24 AM »
Based on your description of the large tools you had in your old shop, I think you are going to be highly frustrated with just the MFT and track saw. Without the jointer and planer, you will probably limited to working with sheet goods or very expensive milled hardwooods.

All my large power tools are on mobile bases. I can move them to accommodate big projects or just get them out of the way. Is using 1/2 of the garage for a car and one side for tool storage a possibility?
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Offline scooter_500

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2020, 05:38 AM »
Based on your description of the large tools you had in your old shop, I think you are going to be highly frustrated with just the MFT and track saw. Without the jointer and planer, you will probably limited to working with sheet goods or very expensive milled hardwooods.

All my large power tools are on mobile bases. I can move them to accommodate big projects or just get them out of the way. Is using 1/2 of the garage for a car and one side for tool storage a possibility?
Unfortunately I can’t use up 1/2 the garage.  The cars have to go back in at night.  I have no problem paying for milled hardwoods.  I can also get a lunchbox planar to do small stuff.  I just can’t fit a table saw, jointer, and necessary dust collection.  Living in the city has its limitations.

Offline woodferret

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2020, 06:55 AM »
No table saw here in my transient workspace.  It's doable using expensive milled lumber and some hand planing.  A small hand router can do your dados and rabbets.  I did grab a small 9" bandsaw though for lathe blanks and splitting narrow edge trim wood - trying to use a jigsaw only for that saps the enjoyment quickly for me.

Offline Eric J

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2020, 09:17 AM »
I've been using an MFT and TS55 to work around this same constraint (everything needs to be packed up and put away in a small storage area). I'm very happy with the setup.

Offline ChuckM

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2020, 09:43 AM »
If you're willing to share the size (× by x) and car type (a truck?) we'll have a better idea of your constraints. My garage is for two cars (at night for some 20 yrs until this year) but I have a PCS, bandsaw, full size work bench, etc. in it.

One way to get rid of dadoes is to use dominoes. I don't use dadoes anymore. Dadoes can be a pain to use as if you get the cuts off a little, the shelves or partitions could come too long or, worse, too short. Routing rabbets is fine, but doing dadoes ACCURATELY in alignment on all pieces with a hand-held router and jig (usually too big for a router table) is no small achievement, when compared to dadoeing on the table saw.
« Last Edit: November 03, 2020, 10:23 AM by ChuckM »

Offline jobsworth

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2020, 09:50 AM »
I went for a very long time w/o a table saw. I gave mine aha to a friend along with almost all my stationary tools except my 6" jointer (which I dont use all that much).

Its very doable to go w/o a table saw. Only really good for thin cuts but can be done with TS55 . Yes it will take a bit more time setting up. There have been advances in technology that make useing a TS 55 more versatile . The TSO GRS PE with the TSO parallel guides(once set up properly) make cutting thin strips very easy and accurate .

So I say why not. With that being said.

 In full disclosure, I have a CMS with a TS75 insert.
 I dont use it all that much but I do use it.

Offline ChuckM

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2020, 09:53 AM »
Snip. I guess you can do most things with the MFT if you're willing to take 10 minutes to set up the cut instead of 10 seconds.

+1 about trying to keep set up time to a minimum.

That's why I own multiple numbers of some tools just to cut down the set up times for some tasks. Doing simple routine tasks with complicated or time-consuming procedures or using pricey aftermarket accessories may work for some woodworkers but not me. I look for fun in woodworking not unnecessary frustrations, at least not on a regular basis.
« Last Edit: November 03, 2020, 10:15 AM by ChuckM »

Offline Vtshopdog

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2020, 10:03 AM »
Yes. Been doing it for years. The right  accessories, patience and practice will yield you good, accurate results. Welcome to the FOG.

Second above as I work in similar constraints.  If you can add a Domino, lunchbox planer and a stow-able router table all the better.

If your goal is to build large pieces at production shop speed then frustration will ensue.  If you simply want to get back in the hobby and make some stuff then choose to construct smaller, lighter objects that are in keeping with the equipment you have.

For me I’m happy designing projects that play to strength of my equipment and simply accept the tedium of setup/tear down as another task in the chain. I’ve learned to carefully plan my workflow to do most of my routing or planing in one shot.  I got rid of my portable table saw this summer as I’m spoiled by dust collection on my TS 55 and am happy moving slower while getting less dusty.

In other words you can still have lots of fun building if you pick reasonable projects so go for it.

Offline JimH2

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2020, 10:03 AM »
Longtime woodworker here but I have been out of the hobby for many years because of space limitations.  I have convinced my significant other to let me use the garage as long as I clean up every night and put the cars back in the garage.  That means that my shop needs to be “portable” and won’t be able to fit a table saw.  Can you survive with an MFT and TS55 instead?
Nope. There is no substitute for table saw. Pick up one the smaller portable table saws like the Dewalt with geared fence.

Offline tsmi243

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2020, 10:32 AM »
Most people will tell you that a jobsite table saw can't make good enough cuts for furniture.

Those people are wrong. 

I got rid of a beautifully well-tuned cast iron contractor saw due to space constraints, and now use the DW7941RS.  It hasn't caused me any trouble at all, and it folds up into a dolly you can wheel around.  Dado stacks fit fine.  The fence is excellent, but obviously won't stand up to a power feeder.  Dust collection is an A- right out of the box.  If you can justify TWO shop vacs for it, then you can turn that into an A+.  The quick-release riving knife absolutely rocks.  And the miter slots are standard, not T-slots, so you can use any aftermarket miter gauges/bars. 

Cut quality?  With a Freud blade, it's within rounding errors of perfect.  Seriously.  I don't even have a blade stiffener on it. 

The only serious downsides are modest power (eats 3/4" sheets for breakfast, but takes its time on 1" oak), and that I can't use magnetic stops, since the top is aluminum.  So you'll have to use stops that clamp into the miter slots, which isn't difficult.

It's a really good fit for the Festool ecosystem.  Cuts are on par with a TS55, and the portability/usability features are extremely good.  If you gave me one painted beige with green knobs, I'd believe it was a Festool.

Offline DeformedTree

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2020, 10:54 AM »
MFTs are not small.

The sub-contractor size table saws are an option.  Both Dewalt and Bosch have them, they are tubular framed design cubes you can put on side and tuck away.

Or you go with a CS70/Mafell Erika type saw.  A saw designed to fold up and be put away (if needed).


Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2020, 11:32 AM »
Have you gone in the garage and looked up? I have a 2-1/2 car garage with tons of tools. My car sits outside but need to bring in my wife's car - so 1/2 the floorspace is mine. But, I still need more.

Years ago I purchased two 250# capacity Racor HeavyLift's (they were around $100 ea. back then). They are ceiling cable lift platforms. I use one to store ply/wood and the other right now holds my 3 MFT slabs and sawhorses that make up my 4'x8' work table.

Also, look at your garage door. I store my 4 tracks and TSO equipment there.

As far as TSless shop - I tried twice but gave up. I tried a Bosch table top saw and a folding worksite saw but ended up with a 1950 Uni. It's a nice size in that it has a smaller cast top than modern day saws.

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2020, 03:38 PM »
I gave up my large table saw just before buying into Festool. One does need a capability to do rip cuts in narrow stock which can be done with a bandsaw (followed by planing machine) or with a very cheap and cheerful small (even folding) table saw.

Build a tracksaw cutting station and you will not look back !

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Offline grbmds

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2020, 04:37 PM »
I sold my tablesaw and bought a TS55/MFT about 6 years ago and will never regret that. However, over time, I felt that, for some operations like ripping (especially smaller pieces), nothing beats a tablesaw. You might consider one of the brands of job site saws (Sawstop, Dewalt, Bosch, etc.) which would allow you to fold it up on its stand and roll it out of the way when done. I have found the Sawstop Jobsite saw to be accurate and a solid tablesaw within the limitations of a saw the size of a job site saw plus it has the added safety feature of the blade brake. Anyway, I hope this doesn't degenerate into a Sawstop discussion because that isn't my intent. Any of the job site saws will likely serve your needs as long as they are mounted on their appropriate stands which fold up.
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Offline Roachmill

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2020, 04:58 PM »
Not sure I'd get on with having to put a MFT up then down every time I wanted to do something as it's not quite the easiest thing to do. It's also not the sturdiest of benches if you see any hand planing in your workflow but, if it is a thing for you, you may well have some space for a sturdy bench somewhere.

There's plenty portable MFT type solutions ranging from a bit of MDF on saw horse up to a "PaulK" type system that will accept a portable table saw. If you have good height in your garage perhaps something like the PaulK idea could be hoisted up the way and lowered down as needed... not the cheapest of ideas there!

With a set of parallel guides, a track saw and rails can do most of what can be done on a table saw but with added setup time. It's how I work (enthusiastic hobbiest with limited space) and manage fine enough.

As mentioned above, a domino can be a real time saver... all be it an expensive one!

Offline DeformedTree

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2020, 05:02 PM »
I gave up my large table saw just before buying into Festool. One does need a capability to do rip cuts in narrow stock which can be done with a bandsaw (followed by planing machine) or with a very cheap and cheerful small (even folding) table saw.

Build a tracksaw cutting station and you will not look back !

Peter

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Offline bijeshj

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2020, 12:11 PM »
Longtime woodworker here but I have been out of the hobby for many years because of space limitations.  I have convinced my significant other to let me use the garage as long as I clean up every night and put the cars back in the garage.  That means that my shop needs to be “portable” and won’t be able to fit a table saw.  Can you survive with an MFT and TS55 instead?

I asked the same question to this group 10+ years ago and started with the MFT/TS55. I now own a sliding table saw. It is doable, but almost impossible in practice, and I am a hobbiest. Even a portable table saw is better.

Offline Bertotti

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2020, 08:23 PM »
A table saw is so convenient. I had a 20x20 garage once. Now I don’t have a garage. You can take a corner of that shop and stack your tools there. A cable lift to hoist a bench/shelve up out of the way when not being used. Over head affords a lot of storage and there are some good drop down systems out there if you look. You could also build upper shelves to hold tools above on the back or side walls. And a fold down home made mft style bench. I have seen a few plans for those floating around the net as well.
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Offline Sci

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2020, 11:32 PM »
I woke cabinets for a living.  I have a table saw in my trailer.  I almost never use it.

Look into a centipede and a sheet of sacrificial plywood instead of an off.  Cost is less and area while working is larger.  These are what I use in clients homes. 

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Offline scooter_500

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2020, 02:17 AM »
Thanks everyone for the feedback and creative ideas.  I don’t think it will work out though without a table saw.  I know of ways to work around all of the other tool limitations but probably not the t.s.  At best there is only ~30” in front of the cars, no spare space to the sides once the cars are pulled in, and the garage height is only 8.5’ with the door only 6” off the ceiling.  Literally, my only option is to use a few MFT that get put away every night.

Offline Grev

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #27 on: November 05, 2020, 08:15 AM »
After retiring, I was in the exact same situation as you. I gave up my dedicated shop (as well as Powermatic TS) for a small section of my garage.  I had to completely change the way I did things. I purchased my first Festool Track Saw (as well as many other tools) and tried a few portable work stations, including the MFT3, but found they didn't work for me.  Most my projects include sheets goods, so I ended up using my sawhorses, a pair of aluminum extrusions (TrackTubes), and a couple Festool MFT3 replacement tops. I've refined my portable work station over the years, but it has worked really good for me ... very quick and easy to step up/break down, and stores along a wall anywhere in the garage.  I do have a small table saw and Kapex Miter Saw I store in a closet for cuts better suited for those saws, but I use my Track Saw 90% of the time. Good luck with your decision.
« Last Edit: November 05, 2020, 08:22 AM by Grev »

Offline Mortiser

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #28 on: November 05, 2020, 08:43 AM »
@scooter_500 , you really should look at the Track Tubes option. With and MFT/3 style top, there is lots of versatility there and lots of modification options. And very easy to move and store, easier than an MFT/3.
Good luck with your new set-up.

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #29 on: November 06, 2020, 11:11 AM »
I just finished cutting up the materials for 20 drawer fronts and all of the individual face frame parts for a 10' long built-in cabinet using a MT 55 and a couple of guide rails.

Did it work?...yes it worked well.

Was it slow?...yes very slow.

It can be done but there is a price to pay as far as the amount of additional time that you need.

I've seen a small Dewalt table saw hung on the wall like a picture after it was used for ripping lumber...that could be a possibility.

Another thought is the Festool CMS system. The CMS stand folds up and stows nicely once the individual insert is removed. Inserts are available for Festool routers, TS 55, TS 75 and the Carvex & Trion jig saws.

Here's the basic CMS stand.




Insert for the TS 55




Insert for the jigsaws




Insert for routers



Offline GigaWatt

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2020, 12:00 PM »
Scooter_500, I have a similar situation to yours. I'm in my mid 70s and started rethinking my method of woodworking. I have a 50' X 70' shop, 150' from my home, which housed all of my large tools and is unheated. I also have a 16' X 32' shop, roughly equivalent to a 2 car garage, in my basement which has HVAC. As I've gotten older, I really dislike walking to and working in the large shop during the hot summer months and cold winter. I'd much rather be in the climate controlled shop!

Several years ago I bought a Kreg Adaptive Cutting System but have found it lacking in several areas including the amount of accessories available and quality of some of the plastic parts. Although it has served me well for the cost, I've decided to go all out and switch to Festool.

I recently sold my Delta Uni Saw, 24" planer, Kreg ACS and several other tools. I've started using the money from those sales to purchase Festool & TSO products. I'm also in the process of designing and building a 48" X 32" MFT style table that will fold up to hang on a wall. Also a 4' X 8' dog holed table on casters that will fold up and rest on a wall bracket when not needed.

I know this type of system may require more time on some projects however I enjoy staying comfortable!

Pic attached of what I've received so far.

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #31 on: November 09, 2020, 11:00 PM »
I sold my tablesaw and bought a TS55/MFT about 6 years ago and will never regret that... I have found the Sawstop Jobsite saw to be accurate and a solid tablesaw within the limitations of a saw the size of a job site saw plus it has the added safety feature of the blade brake. Anyway, I hope this doesn't degenerate into a Sawstop discussion because that isn't my intent. Any of the job site saws will likely serve your needs as long as they are mounted on their appropriate stands which fold up.
I purchased the SawStop JSS pro and sent it back to woodcraft the next day. I didn’t like the fact the back of the fence didn’t lock down. I’ve cut into Poplar before, where the wood splays and other times I need to keep the stock tight against the rail, when feeding through with a push block , gripper. I think in the end a Table saw is useful. I purchased a Bosch 4100 and noticed the price dropped $100 during the 90 day return policy and  I paid $400 approx. today I needed to do a few fine cuts, I was too lazy to use the TS so used a Japanese Dozuki Razorsaw to make a few cuts.

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #32 on: November 09, 2020, 11:48 PM »
I sold my tablesaw and bought a TS55/MFT about 6 years ago and will never regret that... I have found the Sawstop Jobsite saw to be accurate and a solid tablesaw within the limitations of a saw the size of a job site saw plus it has the added safety feature of the blade brake. Anyway, I hope this doesn't degenerate into a Sawstop discussion because that isn't my intent. Any of the job site saws will likely serve your needs as long as they are mounted on their appropriate stands which fold up.
I purchased the SawStop JSS pro and sent it back to woodcraft the next day. I didn’t like the fact the back of the fence didn’t lock down. I’ve cut into Poplar before, where the wood splays and other times I need to keep the stock tight against the rail, when feeding through with a push block , gripper. I think in the end a Table saw is useful. I purchased a Bosch 4100 and noticed the price dropped $100 during the 90 day return policy and  I paid $400 approx. today I needed to do a few fine cuts, I was too lazy to use the TS so used a Japanese Dozuki Razorsaw to make a few cuts.

I still have a small TS, just didn't have a need to keep the Delta cabinet saw. I with you on having the fence lock down on both ends. In the past I used the Uni-Saw often to break down sheets of ply & mdf. In my older years I can't handle full sheets so I find the track saw a lot more useful for me.

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #33 on: November 11, 2020, 12:26 PM »
I sold my tablesaw and bought a TS55/MFT about 6 years ago and will never regret that... I have found the Sawstop Jobsite saw to be accurate and a solid tablesaw within the limitations of a saw the size of a job site saw plus it has the added safety feature of the blade brake. Anyway, I hope this doesn't degenerate into a Sawstop discussion because that isn't my intent. Any of the job site saws will likely serve your needs as long as they are mounted on their appropriate stands which fold up.
I purchased the SawStop JSS pro and sent it back to woodcraft the next day. I didn’t like the fact the back of the fence didn’t lock down. I’ve cut into Poplar before, where the wood splays and other times I need to keep the stock tight against the rail, when feeding through with a push block , gripper. I think in the end a Table saw is useful. I purchased a Bosch 4100 and noticed the price dropped $100 during the 90 day return policy and  I paid $400 approx. today I needed to do a few fine cuts, I was too lazy to use the TS so used a Japanese Dozuki Razorsaw to make a few cuts.

I still have a small TS, just didn't have a need to keep the Delta cabinet saw. I with you on having the fence lock down on both ends. In the past I used the Uni-Saw often to break down sheets of ply & mdf. In my older years I can't handle full sheets so I find the track saw a lot more useful for me.

While I would agree that the ideal is for the fence to lock down at the rear also, I haven't had a single problem with the back of the fence being pushed or forced out of alignment. The Sawstop JSS is a solid, accurate saw. For me, it's only limitation is the short distance of the table in front of the blade, which is a limitation on other jobsite saws also. The newest Sawstop JSS has increased that distance by a couple of inches, but that will not likely resolve the problem. Other than that, it has sufficient power for my uses, the cuts with the original Sawstop blade are very smooth, the rip fence is very accurate to the scale, and it is easy to fold up and roll out of the way when I need the space for other tools in the center of my shop. Are there better saws on the market? I'm sure there are but, for a small saw, I think it performs very well.
Randy

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Re: MFT and TS55 instead of a table saw?
« Reply #34 on: November 12, 2020, 07:37 PM »
Man, don’t jump through hoops to make this work. Buy a Kreg track saw and a decent job site saw. Have the benefits of both for less cost.