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Bosch hose works fine. The end that sticks in the saw is pretty nice. The overall diameter is kinda big IMHO, but nothing crazy.

I think the rockler one may be better, but not enough to make me go buy another hose. This is the hose I'm talking about.


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So when does he next festool refurb deal start ?
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So when does he next festool refurb deal start ?
It varies. I personally would not give up 2 years of warranty for the savings. The 30% off ones have been used fairly significantly so most stay with the 20% off tools and once you pay tax there isn't much savings. YMMV
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Mine was nearly brand new. I could not tell the difference between a brand new REQ55 and mine I got refurbed and it was clearly worth the price I paid, it came with 55" track, storage container, and accessories.

I could sell it in actual used condition today for more than I paid.
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Mine was nearly brand new. I could not tell the difference between a brand new REQ55 and mine I got refurbed and it was clearly worth the price I paid, it came with 55" track, storage container, and accessories.

I could sell it in actual used condition today for more than I paid.
Prove it...
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I had some pictures a while back...
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I had some pictures a while back...
Nah, he meant prove that you can sell it!
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Nah, he meant prove that you can sell it!
Maybe he wants to buy it?
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Maybe he wants to buy it?
I think he does.

Hey Mike, how much are you going to charge Popa to ship it to Doha?
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I thought he just bought the Makita ?
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I thought he just bought the Makita ?
Just busting you dude. You know you want everyone lusting after your Festool!
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You should try one
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You could lend it out to your AVS family... ?
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It's kind of funny, my brother who is an actual woodworker, got a chance to use the Festool recently on a coffee table project he was doing. I pointed it out in a pic that he sent me of his project and asked him about it. Mind you, he had never used a track saw before of any brand. His reply was "meh". Lol. Sometimes my brother gets in a pretty dark place about life.
(Please don't take this as criticism about the saw. I just thought the response was funny coming from someone who has way more experience than I do and who officially commissioned fine furniture for a living. He won't be buying any brand track saw anytime soon.)
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I have a TS75 - the bigger version of the 55, along with an MFT, several sanders, a router, and the domino and a fein turbo vacuum. Most all purchased on the refurb closeouts.

I have previously had a full commercial grade table saws. I was doing high end installs, and the like when I was between jobs. I will say that the track saw does 80% of what a table saw can do, and a table saw does 80% of what a track saw can do. There are some things that a track saw cant really do, and some things a table saw has issues with. They really compliment each other. If I had room for both I would have both, but in a small garage, a full size cabinet tablesaw is difficult to use with sheet goods. To do 8' cuts you need 18 or so linear feet, in a 20X20 shop, not really possible. For stuff like building speaker boxes and case work they are outstanding. I resisted getting the MFT for a long while, seemed really expensive for a table. I always struggled getting right angle cuts before I got it. With the MFT, it is just there accurate and square. The track saw is 70% part of the system, the MFT makes 20%, parallel guides 10%. Even if I had a full table saw, I would break down my sheet goods with the tracksaw, and there are some cuts the track saw is the only good option.

For breaking down sheet goods, I use a sheet of rigid foam under the piece I am cutting. It really aids in dust collection, not dustless, very minor cleanup.

So love mine.... but would still like a full tablesaw
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I agree it's nice to have both a track saw and a table saw.

For me, I find I use the track saw mostly for sheet goods, for which it's rather excellent.

But for ripping long boards I still prefer the table saw with fence.
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My Festool is missing and this greatly angers me.
wow. that sucks. sorry to hear

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Anyone have a link or suggestion for a dust bag for the REQ55?
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Anyone have a link or suggestion for a dust bag for the REQ55?
Did you find your saw?
Why not just use a shopvac?
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Did you find your saw?
Why not just use a shopvac?
I have been doing general remodel work with it and it is just not feasible to set up shop vac all over the yard and stuff like that.

Dust collection is kind of a shop only thing. I've been just letting it pour sawdust on the floor and track... haha.
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Hard to argue against Festool warranty support, or general life expectancy and reputation for reliability IMO, but certainly easy to argue against the high cost to purchase.

I'd bet both my arms a Festool anything is generally more reliable than say a competing Dewalt for example. But the cheap guy in me probably won't be buying too many full retail Festool purchases. If I was a pro, I would. The reduction in weight, the ease of use, and the accuracy is worth it IMO.
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Any reason the stock festool branded blade can't be or should not be sharpened ?

I bought and replaced it with a Freud industrial but in considering sending it out to get a second run at life
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Anyone looked into the new Festool cross cut track saws? They are less expensive than the regular track saws, but as they are designed for crosscutting they are not as capable. Did not read enough to see if tracks can be expanded, looks like 24" max if not.

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Anyone looked into the new Festool cross cut track saws? They are less expensive than the regular track saws, but as they are designed for crosscutting they are not as capable. Did not read enough to see if tracks can be expanded, looks like 24" max if not.
that's about what i paid for a ts 75 4 years ago they sure are ramping up their prices every year.
i paid $2600 for a powermatic 3520b in 2010 they retail now at 4000.
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Tool prices have seemed to outpace inflation.:eek

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Anyone looked into the new Festool cross cut track saws? They are less expensive than the regular track saws, but as they are designed for crosscutting they are not as capable. Did not read enough to see if tracks can be expanded, looks like 24" max if not.
How is their cross cut version any different that their traditional track saw? Can their standard track saw not handle cross cutting? Doesn't make much sense to me. I would imagine that with a new Freud or Forrest 96 tooth blade their standard unit would be just as capable.
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Based on the website it seems less capable than their standard track saw, lower price would be a driver I would think. Full size Festool would be my weapon of choice.

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Based on the website it seems less capable than their standard track saw, lower price would be a driver I would think. Full size Festool would be my weapon of choice.
Though an old thread it is dredged up a lot and I saw a couple of unanswered questions near the end.

The HK saws are really designed for site work carpentry and while the only real capabilities they lack are plunge action and reduced DC capability they really aren't as much use for fine woodworking, cabinets or box making. They will work on either FS or FSK guide rails. Unless you plan to cut a lot of 8/4 hardwood or cut over 2 sheets of ply/MDF at a time the TS55 makes the most sense. I like the light weight better for cutting sheet goods, when using a bridge to crosscut (like on the MFT) I tend to use the TS75 since weight is less of an issue and I tend to cut a lot of hardwood with it.

As for resharpening the FEstool blades most of the usual suspects like Cooks, Ridge and Dynamic can sharpen them, one major player that doesn't is Forrest. The Festool (Leitz) blades are very good, I have used Festool, Oshlun, Dewalt, Freud, Tenryu and Forrest tracksaw blades and my favorite is probably Tenryu, but besides the Oshlun they are all good.
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I bought the 55 REQ about 2 months ago and I've put my sub build on hold due to the frustrations of not getting accurate cuts. I discovered that I received a unit with the splinter guard was installed crooked. I've purchased a new one but have yet to install it. For the guys that are having success, what method and or tool are you using to insure a right angle throughout a 24" (or longer) cut? At some put I'll restart my project and see if I can figure out where I'm going wrong. If I can't, I'll sell it at a loss and just get a table saw.
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