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Offline ScoFF

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Should I sell and upgrade to the TS60 (from TS75 and TS55)?
« on: September 25, 2023, 09:00 AM »
This is a weird post but I'd like to know what you would do in my shoes.

I have a TS75 I bought about 8 years ago new in the Sys3 style systainer.   I'd used it about 10 times.  I bought it because I wanted a tracksaw and I thought then I could only afford one so I bought the larger capacity for my lifetime use.    I have a STM 1800 and a MFT/3 for breaking down plywood, I mostly work with just 1/2-5/8" plywood when I'm not working with hardwood.    I have a full woodworking machinery shop in my garage so I'm mostly using my large tablesaw.   I have the tracksaw because my garage is packed and I have to break down plywood in the driveway.   I don't do off site work, just a hobby in my garage.

The TS75 I think I also got a good deal.   8 years ago things were cheaper, I bought the TS75/CT36 combo package so it was even cheaper.  The TS75 is heavy and large but I don't mind because I don't use it much.

I recently scored a relatively new TS55 REQ used locally.   I got it to either sell if I don't need it or keep it for a light nice plywood user.    I like the extra features of the TS55 REQ, seems the saw got updated a little.

My thought is to sell both and buy the new TS60.  (I'd get a new warranty, HK rail support and kickback features) I think 60mm would be enough for me, if not I can use my tablesaw.  I can't see plywood needing any more than 55" to be honest, I'm not stacking multiple sheets together.  I would basically get the upgrade for free and maybe some change but I'd go from 2 to 1 saws.

What would you do?    Keep what I have (sunk cost), sell the TS55REQ and pay bills?   Sell both for the TS60?   
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Offline Jim_in_PA

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Re: Should I sell and upgrade to the TS60 (from TS75 and TS55)?
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2023, 12:43 PM »
Upgrading the smaller saw to a TS60 or TSV might make sense if you want the new features and elevated cutting power, but I'd hold onto that TS75 because it serves those times when you need that extra depth capacity.
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Offline ChuckS

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Re: Should I sell and upgrade to the TS60 (from TS75 and TS55)?
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2023, 05:56 PM »
I'd get the TS60 and dispose of all three other Festool tracksaws, including the TS75 (which I owned for a short of period of time, having used it in only one project). With a TS60 and a tablesaw, I could conquer anything.

Offline rmhinden

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Re: Should I sell and upgrade to the TS60 (from TS75 and TS55)?
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2023, 06:17 PM »
While it's always fun buying new tools, my answer is no.   The new features are pretty minor and the saws are reliable.   You won't be adding any capability to what you have now and you will be loosing the ability to cut thicker material that is  too large to handle on the table saw.   

My version of this is that I have a TS55, TS75 and a SawStop PCS (purchased in that order over a few years).    I use the track-saws less now that I have the PCS, but I still use track saws for material too large for the PCS.   

If you have a table saw that can handle full sheets of plywood, then you probably don't need any track saws :-)   


Online Crazyraceguy

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Re: Should I sell and upgrade to the TS60 (from TS75 and TS55)?
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2023, 06:25 PM »
Already having the TS55, which is fantastic for sheet goods, there isn't much to gain with the TS60.
If the choice was between the 2 new, it's a different question.
I totally get it that the TS75 is a comparatively heavy beast, but I wouldn't part with it. It would get old quickly when using it on the thinner materials.
I would hold fast where you are. TS55 for sheet goods and TS75 for the thick stuff that the 55 can't do.
Like I said, if you didn't already have the TS55, I would go with the TS60.
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Offline smorgasbord

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Re: Should I sell and upgrade to the TS60 (from TS75 and TS55)?
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2023, 08:35 PM »
If you make thick tabletops, the extra depth of cut of the TS75 might come in handy, as moving a big tabletop across a tablesaw, especially for cross-cuts, isn't easy unless your tablesaw has a sliding table.

Other than that, I'd do for the newer TS60 myself to have just one tracksaw.