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Offline moho

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TKS 80 fence design flaw?
« on: November 08, 2020, 09:48 AM »
Some gripes for someone who owns the TKS 80 as the Festool product.

I bought TKS 80 table saw in September. After receiving the tool I immediately noticed that the lamination on the fence is not dead straight at the bottom. See the photos below.

One one side the lamination disappears from the bottom.

On the other side the lamination protrudes a little.

This isn't too much problem if the fence is used at the regular position. But if I want to use the bottom side to cut thinner material it will definitely affect the accuracy of my cut. Anyway I contact the Festool customer service and they agreed to send me a new one a month ago which I still haven't received yet.

I recently bought the LA TKS 80 stopper which is the full length rip fence. This time the problem is even more serious. The lamination protrudes the aluminium profile by 1 - 2 mm.
Fence used at taller position

Now if I want to flip it to do thin material, tightening the fence will tilt the bottom of the fence, making it impossible to register against the fence.
Fence used at lower position

Has anyone else also noticed this problem? Or am I wrong to assume the fence can be flipped around to use for thinner profile?






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Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: TKS 80 fence design flaw?
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2020, 10:39 AM »
Hi,
I own a CS50 where the LA fence is identical apart from the laminate and length.
Yes, the sliding part of the fence is supposed to be used flipped down as you show in the photos.

You should address this to Festool. It’s poor assembly.
Same with the standard fence; it’s not possible to see in your photos, but I get what you are writing.

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Offline Alex

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Re: TKS 80 fence design flaw?
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2020, 11:07 AM »
Poor assembly indeed, a serious lack of quality control at the assembly line.

Are those laminate parts glued on or screwed?

I wonder why they changed from all aluminium fences with the CS50 & 70 to this plastic and laminate, perhaps to keep electrical condictivity down?

Offline moho

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Re: TKS 80 fence design flaw?
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2020, 11:24 AM »
Poor assembly indeed, a serious lack of quality control at the assembly line.

Are those laminate parts glued on or screwed?

I wonder why they changed from all aluminium fences with the CS50 & 70 to this plastic and laminate, perhaps to keep electrical condictivity down?

They are glued. I think the laminated fence is new to Festool because they need worry about the bare aluminium inadvertently triggering the saw stop. Even so there are stickers on the fence warning you not to get the rip fence closer than 3 mm to the blade. They suggest screwing a sacrificial fence to the face to rip < 3 mm material. 

Offline Gregor

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Re: TKS 80 fence design flaw?
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2020, 03:52 AM »
They suggest screwing a sacrificial fence to the face to rip < 3 mm material.
Which IMHO is a good idea even for a normal saw.