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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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Offline mkasdin

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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.

Offline GigaWatt

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  • Life long woodworker & retired Electrical Engineer
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.

Offline grbmds

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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

Offline Weens1

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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.