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FESTOOL DISCUSSIONS => Festool Tools & Accessories => Topic started by: arewhatyouit on April 09, 2019, 11:22 AM

Title: TS55 Track lengths
Post by: arewhatyouit on April 09, 2019, 11:22 AM
Hi all! I am quite new to the Festool world and I'm really excited to own some new tools. I recently got a ETS EC 150/5 EQ sander and a CT MIDI for a slab table job, which I love, and yesterday I went to my local dealer and picked up a T55 and a FS 1400/2 55" track. Beautiful tool!

My question is about track sizes. I think the 55" track is great for cross cutting 4'x8' sheets of plywood, but I'm finding it very unwieldy for cutting smaller pieces. Because I don't have a table saw or a miter saw I was planning on using this tracksaw for as much work as I can. Considering the expense buying it I would like to avoid any other major power tool purchases for a while. With this in mind does it make sense for me to pick up the smaller FS 800/2 32" track for use with smaller cross cuts? What are peoples experiences with using this combo?

When linked the 55" and 32" track are about 8" shy of 8', but I'm thinking in a pinch I could use them linked together for full lengths of ply and just move the track for those last 8". Anyone doing that?
Title: Re: TS55 Track lengths
Post by: denovo on April 09, 2019, 01:24 PM
I purchased a second 55” rail and cut 32” off which also left me with a 23” rail.  That short rail is probably my most used rail!  If you bought a lot of rail connectors you could also connect them all to cut a 8’ sheet.  However you will end up buying a 118” rail for that job :)
Title: Re: TS55 Track lengths
Post by: arewhatyouit on April 09, 2019, 02:22 PM
 Great idea! I consider this as well... I really love the idea of a little short rail. But wasn't sure how I'd get a super straight cut, as I only have a sawzall and jigsaw for cutting metal. Both of which I don't totally trust myself to cut a straight line that long with.  [tongue] How'd you cut yours?
Title: Re: TS55 Track lengths
Post by: denovo on April 10, 2019, 12:07 AM
Great idea! I consider this as well... I really love the idea of a little short rail. But wasn't sure how I'd get a super straight cut, as I only have a sawzall and jigsaw for cutting metal. Both of which I don't totally trust myself to cut a straight line that long with.  [tongue] How'd you cut yours?

I just used my miter saw with a fine tooth blade.  The aluminum is pretty thin so one cut shouldn't kill your blade
Title: Re: TS55 Track lengths
Post by: pixelated on April 10, 2019, 09:13 AM
I have the 800mm rail, it's very handy for small stuff, much easier to deal with than the 1400 rail.
Before I bought additional rails I cut full lengths of ply by repositioning a 1400 rail. It works fine if you're careful, but it's easy to get saw marks at the transition point between the cuts. Using one of the aftermarket parallel guides or similar helps to get the rail repositioned precisely.
Title: Re: TS55 Track lengths
Post by: arewhatyouit on April 12, 2019, 11:44 PM
I ended up getting a 800mm rail and some connectors. Its much more manageable than the 1400! Happy I got it. Thanks for the help everyone!