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Offline benbound

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The Festool Investmnet Begins!
« on: March 01, 2015, 03:08 AM »
A couple of weeks ago I fired up my faithful Rexxon mitre saw that has given me 15 years of reliable service to be met by a grinding noise puff of smoke and then silence. Having been one of my most useful purchases ever, I started to look at the DeWalts, Bosch etc for a replacement. I should add that I have been a Festool owner in the past and loved my TS55 but have always bought good machinery for a job then tended to sell it, often at very little loss and certainly less than hire costs once the job is over.
Once I started to look at the Kapex as the natural new replacement, it got me thinking a bit more laterally about what I do and how I do it. Maybe the cornerstone of the workshop (mitre station) isn't actually what I need and the system apporach now offers more flexibilty.
I am fortunate in having a sawmill and access to a wide range of timbers together with a drying kiln which has meant I produce one off commissions such as benches, gates etc, usually in Oak Mainly outdoor stuff which is fairly rustic. I am however getting more commissions for indoor items too, such as shelving, coffee tables etc. I also renovate houses so need to be able to complete tasks such as kitchen construction and installation, door framing etc.

My initial thoughts regarding a route into the Festool system (to keep this time, not sell on) are

TS75 plus rail
CTL26 dust extractor
Domino XL
OF1400 Router

I think that the above fill the gap left be having no mitre saw, admittedly the mitre saw will always be better for some tasks but I'm starting to think not as essential as it used to be.

Future considerations once the current tools give up

150mm Sander

I'm sure many of you have been in a similar position so as a new member here would be grateful for any ideas!

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Offline Knottys

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Re: The Festool Investmnet Begins!
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2015, 04:55 AM »
First off, Welcome!

Your initial investment is just about perfect.  I would definitely add the rotex 150 asap. Considering you have access to some larger slabs / timbers this sander will be a life saver. it will take you from 40grit bulk removal to mirror finish and anything in-between.   

Im sure you will get more great advise.


Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: The Festool Investmnet Begins!
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2015, 07:08 AM »
Yes, that is a good starting list and I agree with Knottys that the Rotex 150, for your sort of woodwork, would be a great idea. When you buy the DF 700 it is a good idea to get both assortment systainers with it as you then get the remaining cutters (8, 10 and 14 mm) as well as a useful startup supply of dominos.


Offline benbound

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Re: The Festool Investmnet Begins!
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2015, 01:42 PM »
Thanks very much for the advice, couple of items on back order so here we go!