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Offline Snowy

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New member from Queensland, Australia
« on: May 07, 2022, 12:54 AM »
Hey all,
Joining this group was never on my radar until yesterday  [big grin]. In fact, until recently I knew very little about Festool. I arrived down this rabbit hole a few weeks ago after finishing another one of my woodwork hacks where I learned that I needed to learn how to get better straight cuts with my trusty little Bosch jigsaw. So I looked at YouTube and the many ways to achieve this. Then, I came across videos about table saws and had practically decided that a table saw was the solution to my problem and a way forward to building better quality wood works and level up on my house renovation capability.

But as I continued my research, I discovered the wonderfully versatile track saws. Since a track saw could do pretty much all I needed to do and was far more space saving, and safer to use, I decided on a track saw. But what model? So many out there!

I had the options whittled down to two: Makita and Festool. Corded or cordless? I decided on corded because they were slightly cheaper and I didn't want the hassle with batteries. I don't own any other Makita or Festool gear and I am unlikely to need any more power tools since I am pretty well kitted out with Ryobi and Bosch. So there was no extra benefit to battery power. I'm OK with corded because I only work around my home.

Next: Makita or Festool track saw? That was very very hard. There is little between them, except one thing: the kickback control that Festool offered but not Makita. Since safety is always top of my list of requirements, that was the clincher. The price difference was a bit steep but what price my health? I think I was at a slightly higher risk of having a dumb day with my track saw than a pro who works with this gear on a daily basis. So, I sweated out the $$$ and brought home the Festool track saw TS 55 :)

I'm looking forward to discover its capabilities and how much further it will advance my home renovation skills. I live in an old timber house that needs a lot of work done to keep it going and tradies are hard to find so I've got to help myself. That alone will make my Festool pay for itself in my very first project.

I'm also looking forward to learn a lot from you all here on the forums. 

Offline me_two

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Re: New member from Queensland, Australia
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2022, 01:00 AM »
Hi Snowy
Welcome to the group. I started last year with my Festool gear and enjoying using it.
I’m also in Queensland.

Mark
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Offline Snowy

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Re: New member from Queensland, Australia
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2022, 01:11 AM »
Thanks for the welcome, Mark  :)

Offline SRSemenza

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Re: New member from Queensland, Australia
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2022, 10:36 AM »
Hi Snowy,

  Welcome to the forum!  [smile]

      Look forward to seeing your reno. projects.


Seth