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Offline HappyCamper

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Replacement Festool Track Saw Purchase or ?
« on: January 24, 2023, 04:38 PM »
I have an old Festool tracksaw, the immediate predecessor to the TS 55, the ATF 55 E.  I bought it before there was a Festool dealer in Canada. At that time, I had to register as an importer to buy these from a US dealer, so well over 15 years ago.  The saw is still working well, as it has light hobbyist usage,  but it has always been a little underpowered.  I am considering replacing this saw with a newer version.  Any recommendations?  I have seem a You tuber that has complained about the longevity if the corded TS 55 recommending the cordless.  Any thoughts on that issue as well as the lack of power.  I have also seen reviews of the new Milwaukee track saw which is cordless, but looks a bit bulky. I think it is made in China, which despite have a 5 year warranty, is not a factor in its favour.  The Milwaukee saw does run on the Festool rails, so bonus point for that.  I also see that Festool is coming out with another saw, which will possibly replace the TS 55.  I have looked at the Makita, but I prefer having a riving knife.  Any experience and suggestions would be appreciated.

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Offline Lincoln

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Re: Replacement Festool Track Saw Purchase or ?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2023, 05:15 PM »
If you want more power, try the Mafell - corded, or cordless. Great saw, in all ways.
But, can't imagine you would be disappointed with the current TS55 or TSC55, but I'd probably wait for the new TS60, if you don't mind the cord. 1500watts vs 1200watts and greater cutting depth.
Re. riving knives, don't think any of the current Festools have one, they've swapped over to the electronic kick back protection instead.

Offline ChuckS

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Re: Replacement Festool Track Saw Purchase or ?
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2023, 06:02 PM »
TS 55 FEQ-F-Plus, essentially a TS55 REQ with a thinner kerf blade, does have the riving knife.
« Last Edit: January 24, 2023, 06:05 PM by ChuckS »

Offline NiteWalkerGR

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Re: Replacement Festool Track Saw Purchase or ?
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2023, 08:09 PM »
I have an old Festool tracksaw, the immediate predecessor to the TS 55, the ATF 55 E.  I bought it before there was a Festool dealer in Canada. At that time, I had to register as an importer to buy these from a US dealer, so well over 15 years ago.  The saw is still working well, as it has light hobbyist usage,  but it has always been a little underpowered.  I am considering replacing this saw with a newer version.  Any recommendations?  I have seem a You tuber that has complained about the longevity if the corded TS 55 recommending the cordless.  Any thoughts on that issue as well as the lack of power.  I have also seen reviews of the new Milwaukee track saw which is cordless, but looks a bit bulky. I think it is made in China, which despite have a 5 year warranty, is not a factor in its favour.  The Milwaukee saw does run on the Festool rails, so bonus point for that.  I also see that Festool is coming out with another saw, which will possibly replace the TS 55.  I have looked at the Makita, but I prefer having a riving knife.  Any experience and suggestions would be appreciated.
Honestly, if you already have festool tracks I'd be inclined to give the milwaukee a shot. Even more so if you have any M18 batteries. While I vastly prefer tools not made in china, just being made there doesn't necessarily mean bad quality.

I have the TS 55 FEQ (most recent corded TS 55) and love it. No issues with power or reliability in the (almost) year I've had it. The job I bought it for was ripping down some parawood worktops for an L shaped workstation. I used the 28 tooth general purpose blade and it went just fine.

I'm still tempted by the M18 saw though.

Offline thudchkr

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Re: Replacement Festool Track Saw Purchase or ?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2023, 08:16 PM »
If you want more power, try the Mafell - corded, or cordless. Great saw, in all ways.
But, can't imagine you would be disappointed with the current TS55 or TSC55, but I'd probably wait for the new TS60, if you don't mind the cord. 1500watts vs 1200watts and greater cutting depth.
Re. riving knives, don't think any of the current Festools have one, they've swapped over to the electronic kick back protection instead.

The Mafell saws can also be run on the Festool tracks, even though the Mafell/Bosch rails have some advantages to them.
Clint

Offline Cheese

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Re: Replacement Festool Track Saw Purchase or ?
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2023, 08:28 PM »
I have a Mafell MT 55 corded and a Festool TSC 55 K cordless, both use Festool rails and I'm happy with both.