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Offline Coen

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Re: Cutting along 8 foot sheet?
« Reply #30 on: September 22, 2020, 06:42 PM »
+1 on a holy 3000

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Offline jcrowe1950

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Re: Cutting along 8 foot sheet?
« Reply #31 on: September 22, 2020, 08:35 PM »
About the DIY parallel guides. I would give em a try since they cost almost nothing. I also don't like the fact that most parallel guides are attached to the rail.

    That most parallel guides attach to the rails is the reason they are so accurate. Pushing against the calibrated stops takes the guesswork out of the process. If you don't use the method of work for which parallel guides makes sense then that's fine. Today I processed seven sheets of plywood at 10 3/8" width with Festools parallel guide for a kids project during our anniversary sale. It would have been unsafe on our Sawstop as well as inaccurate. For cabinet work, it makes sense to use parallel guides to rip to final width accurately, safely and quickly. Then squaring up and cutting to length is typically done using something like an MFT or TSO's squares and parallel guide combinations. As always, YMMV and if your method of work does not fit parallel guides, it's easy to eschew their use. One other issue with the DIY setup mentioned, they are calibrated to a single rail....I don't see how could be recalibrated easily.
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Offline JimH2

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Re: Cutting along 8 foot sheet?
« Reply #32 on: September 23, 2020, 09:45 AM »
+1 the 3000. Joining is a rig at best and you need a jig to get it just right. Until I flipped to Mafell I had a 3000. Do keep in mind that you need to be careful to make sure you are not applying any lateral force as you can get some deflection.

Offline Coen

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Re: Cutting along 8 foot sheet?
« Reply #33 on: Today at 06:07 PM »
One of the reasons I didn't buy a 3000 yet is that it isn't holy. Longest holy rail is the FS 2424/2-LR 32 but for ripping 2440 sheets that is simply too short. The last thing I want to do is buy a 3000 and find out that one month later Festool releases a holy 3000. Alas... I've been waiting a *few* years.