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Offline Ray.DuBose

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What Length Rail to buy with the TS 75?
« on: January 10, 2020, 04:03 PM »
Newer to Festool, have a Domino 700 and a Midi.  Taking my next step and getting a TS 75 and a MFT/3. 

Buying the TS 75 from Beaver Tools it looks like they allow you to upgrade (or downgrade) your fence length.  It comes with a 1900 / 75" track but wondering if I should go ahead and upgrade to a something like a 103 (or possibly 2 shorter lengths).  I've also read that the 1900 track has some issues/weirdness when splicing any other track to it although I can't tell if that's still a issue or if that's from an old review (seems all reviews are older reviews. 

I also have a Hammer K3 Winner sliding Table Saw with a 72" table so this isn't my only way to break down lumber.  I'm just a home hobbyist, the only other Festool I'm really looking at currently is the 1400 Router so I can't imagine I'll want a huge collection of track. 

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Offline PeterJJames13

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Re: What Length Rail to buy with the TS 75?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2020, 04:05 PM »
Due to the size of the footprint of the saw base, 75" for crosscutting sheet goods and 118" for ripping sheet goods. IF you plan on using it for sheet goods that is....

Offline Marven

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Re: What Length Rail to buy with the TS 75?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2020, 04:27 PM »
I wouldn't replace the 75 with the with the 103.  It would be very difficult to use the 103 to cut 48" plywood.  Just keep the 75 and try it out.  Then buy the 55 and a set of joiners (to cut 96" plywood).  Then if you cut a lot of 8' plywood buy the 103.  Each time, you take another sip of the green KoolAid.

Offline cpw

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Re: What Length Rail to buy with the TS 75?
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2020, 04:49 PM »
I bought mine from Toolnut and upgraded to the long rail, and purchased a separate 55" LR32 rail.  The 55" rail can be tight for cross cutting a sheet, but does work.  I later added a 1080 with the MFT and a second 55" LR32 rail.  I would like to add a 75" rail to the mix for more convenient cross cuts.

Offline Chris Cianci

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Re: What Length Rail to buy with the TS 75?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2020, 05:13 PM »
Hi
Whatever rail you settle on get the holey rail (for LR32) that way if you later decide to get the LR 32 system you will have the rail you need. If you never get the LR 32 it doesn’t matter. The 1400 will also work with LR 32 as well, so will the 1010 router. I just think you can do more with the 1400 in my opinion especially if you got just one Festool router. You are smart to ask these questions prior to your purchases
Best

Offline ScotF

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Re: What Length Rail to buy with the TS 75?
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2020, 08:33 PM »
You only get the savings when you buy the rail intended for the saw - so the 1900 gets the most savings with the TS75 and the 1400 length with the TS55. If you change the rails, I think you pay the full difference in price - so you are better offer getting the saw with the bundle and then adding whatever length you need to it.

My 1900 and 1400 are my most used rails by far. A 3000 is great for ripping full sheets and longer hardwood rips.

Highly, highly, highly recommend TSO guide rail connectors if you need to join rails - they are very accurate and solve the challenges of joining rails many have experienced over the years. About the same cost as Festool versions.

Offline GilbertV

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Re: What Length Rail to buy with the TS 75?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2020, 08:53 PM »
I bought the 75 with the stock 75" rail. Right after that I bought the 32" rail to cut 8' plywood sheet and a 55" rail to cross cut a 4' x 8' plywood sheet.  This allows maximum flexibility.

Offline Jim_in_PA

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Re: What Length Rail to buy with the TS 75?
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2020, 10:42 AM »
Ultimately, you'll have multiple length rails based on what you use the saw for. I didn't have the really long rail initially when I bought my Festool track saw years ago, but a project came along that was better suited to having a long rail and I bought one. Recently, I had the opportunity to pick up a shorter-than-my-existing-short-rail rail (different name on it, but identical extrusion) and it's perfect for small jobs in my shop including modifying existing casework, etc., with less rail overhang. I consider the rails "a tool" and having the right tool for the job is a good thing. Folks are correct that with the physically larger TS-75, you have to account for the longer tool base. Keep in mind that you can also use your rails with other Festool tools, such as the routers and the jigsaws.
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Offline waho6o9

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Re: What Length Rail to buy with the TS 75?
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2020, 11:19 AM »
The FS3000/2 works well on sheet goods.  I use a middle support to mitigate side movement.

Dimensioning 2 or 3 sheets of plywood is an added dividend of the 75 saw.

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Offline Shawnrader

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Re: What Length Rail to buy with the TS 75?
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2020, 03:20 PM »
I have the same MFT/3 setup with TS75.  Here's my current rail setup:

- 1080 42" rail which came with MFT/3
- 1400 LR32 holey rail
- 1900 75" rail
- TS Products guide rail connector

The 1900 rail was the most recent rail I purchased.  Originally I avoided it because it seems like a weird tweener size, but quickly learned that in order to cross cut a 4' sheet of plywood with the TS75 and a 1400 rail I needed to carefully position the guide rail and overshoot the end of the rail in order to get a complete cut (either that or set a very deep cut depth).  Now that I have the 1900 I use it all the time.  It's long enough to make cross cuts in 60" wide baltic birch, but still short enough where it is not unweildy to move around my 1 car garage shop.
The TSO guide rail connectors make connecting tracks super easy, they are the best I have used by far.  With two sets and my existing rails I can rip over 12', so I think my rail collection is complete.

Offline rst

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Re: What Length Rail to buy with the TS 75?
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2020, 07:22 PM »
I have every rail length but my most used are the 75 and 118 lengths.