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Track saw plus extra tracks and guides -$600 only purchase that truly made sense most likely.
Mitre saw-$125 got a second one that came with stand just because was on Black Friday sale.
New set of drills just because were on sale-$350 impulse buy and already had same kit in dewalt form lol. Black Friday yet again.
Kreg jig and accessories- $200 these were very handy and probably worth the addition
Bunch of clamps-$200
Router-$225 bits- $100 old router was just that, old lol.

Think had pretty much everything and could have gotten by with what I had but it's always fun to add new tools to one's collection. So under $2000 in major tools that will get use for years to come. I'm sure I left off some smaller stuff like the electrical fishing assembly that just popped in my head.

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I've got my eyes on the Makita track saw, the Festool, and the Dewalt but still having trouble deciding.

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I've got my eyes on the Makita track saw, the Festool, and the Dewalt but still having trouble deciding.
Track saws are pretty expensive, but if you're going to use it after the theater build, you might as well get a good one.
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I think I would use it for speaker and sub building... and folding horns. I like me some horns.

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I've got my eyes on the Makita track saw, the Festool, and the Dewalt but still having trouble deciding.
Festool has more of a system. The Guide rail (Track) can be used with other tools, Like the router. If you want to do more research visit the Festool Owners Group website at http://festoolownersgroup.com/ Plus Festool has great customer service and a 30 day use it and if you do not like it return it.

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I think I would use it for speaker and sub building... and folding horns. I like me some horns.
Sub building :drool:
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I want the worlds loudest single cab subwoofer. That's one of my theater design goals.

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Whenever they email me stupid stuff like this I end up buying it...
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Talk to me about the Festool tracksaw (REQ) vs say a dewalt or Makita ... Anyone have opinions or insight ? This track saw thing keeps bugging me... It's like an itch that needs to get scratched.

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Look, the thing to realize about Festools is that when you own one, you don't just have a tool -- you're now part of a community. I think you might be required to go on every forum and tell everybody how wonderful Festool is, after you buy one!

In all seriousness, I'm trying to remember even one example of a comparative review containing a Festool where the Festool didn't win. Or an active Festool owner who regretted his purchase. I'm coming up blank. There are few who would disagree that Festool makes the best tools in the business, if you are willing to pay the price.

So simply put, if you did buy their track saw and were totally okay with spending that kind of money on that kind of tool, then you'd almost surely love it.

If you're not okay with the price, then you're into more varied opinion territory. I tend to prefer DeWalt tools (never had a bad one) but I know that quite a few people swear by Makita. I'm looking at the Grizzy, personally.
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I can get the FESTOOL REQ TS 55 REQ for $369 refurbished. Comes in T-LOC container.

It is screaming buy me.

I'm trying to resist.

Worth it for that price (refurb) over a new Makita or Dewalt ?

http://www.amazon.com/Festool-561556...iglink20246-20

It's this one.

Should I? Worth it?

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I said screw it. I bought it.



I could not help myself.






Let's hope it's good!


The videos and web page really show it off well. http://www.festoolusa.com/power-tool...ack-saw-561556


I guess I need to make some stuff now. Speakers and subs I think.

I hope I did not make a mistake.
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Like others here have posted most of my tools are re-usage tools for the DIY mindset people.
More than a few times I've show my wife "look, the right tool for the job" when I do some task non HT related that uses a HT originated bought tool, helps her grasp the big picture ROI.

However I've been looking at tracksaw's lately, which will be a pure 97% HT usage tool I imagine, that's the danger of hanging out in the DIY Audio section....

Other is my "vintage" 2003 18v Dewalt combo set, I've purchased 2 sets of batteries for that over the years, and instead of buying a 3rd set I'm looking at the new lightweight Lithium powered stuff....Hopefully a Black Friday combo set buy.
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I have the TS55 RQ, and thought I can't provide any comparison to its competition, it's a well built tool. Perhaps the only complaint is that its markings are metric, so I have to convert. Big deal.

Makes really good cuts, feels much safer than a tablesaw to this noob, and has been worth every penny I spent.
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I have the TS55 RQ, and thought I can't provide any comparison to its competition, it's a well built tool. Perhaps the only complaint is that its markings are metric, so I have to convert. Big deal.

Makes really good cuts, feels much safer than a tablesaw to this noob, and has been worth every penny I spent.
Metric?? That is so ... 1976 in USA
I remember in school they said USA would be 100% Metric....yea right, try and tell that to a whole arrogant tooling industry...
The Auto industry is 99.9% metric, just some legacy items are imperial, tire rim size, etc.

Seriously though I work in metric daily, at home it's imperial measurements so do they offer feet/inches scale?
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Just measure in metric and there's no problem. It's actually easier. It makes sense.
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Talk to me about the Festool tracksaw (REQ) vs say a dewalt or Makita ... Anyone have opinions or insight ? This track saw thing keeps bugging me... It's like an itch that needs to get scratched.

With Festool you are buying into a SYSTEM, not just the single tool.
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Just measure in metric and there's no problem. It's actually easier. It makes sense.

What, and give my brain a break from converting 12" = 1' , and 1/16" is close enough?
Before you know it we will be talking of fuel economy as Km/liter ,weight in Newtons , mass in grams, temp in C......like the rest of the civilized world.


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http://www.grizzly.com/products/H553...campaign=H5532




Whenever they email me stupid stuff like this I end up buying it...
Lol, I'm the same way...nowadays I don't even open emails, I just delete them

Looks like a great set for a very good price, I think I paid around $20 for a single Freud straight bit
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I said screw it. I bought it.



I could not help myself.






Let's hope it's good!


The videos and web page really show it off well. http://www.festoolusa.com/power-tool...ack-saw-561556

http://youtu.be/ClhwvC0mKQU

I guess I need to make some stuff now. Speakers and subs I think.

I hope I did not make a mistake.
Wow, that is seriously awesome
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Wow, that is seriously awesome
haha. Thanks. Should make working with sheet goods a lot easier.

I'm looking for a decent but high valued hole saw kit. Mine now is tired, seems like I use these a lot. Anyone have suggestion ?

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I'm looking for a decent but high valued hole saw kit. Mine now is tired, seems like I use these a lot. Anyone have suggestion ?
MILWAUKEE Ice Hard Hole Saw Kit, 3/4 to 4 3/4 19 Pc
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haha.. that's the one I got now. It's beat up though. No paint left on them, teeth tired.

It's expensive though. $70. I was questioning if it's worth that $...

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haha. Thanks. Should make working with sheet goods a lot easier.

I'm looking for a decent but high valued hole saw kit. Mine now is tired, seems like I use these a lot. Anyone have suggestion ?
What do you use a hole saw for? If for speakers, a router circle jig is more versatile. Commercial models are a good price for the value they provide, but you can also DIY a jig pretty easily too.

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What do you use a hole saw for? If for speakers, a router circle jig is more versatile. Commercial models are a good price for the value they provide, but you can also DIY a jig pretty easily too.
I use it for all sorts of stuff. Speaker terminal blocks or small tweets would be my only speaker related use. I use a router for the speaker cut outs with a home made jig, the speakers I make use 15" or 18" holes Or a waveguide...which is a big cut out. Tweeters are for *******.

Speaker terminals are handy with circle bit or hole saw kit. Once you get small it's harder with a full size router and big bit, especially on 3/4" MDF. I find the router works better on larger holes, basically anything larger than a hole saw cuts.

I really only need one or two sizes, my milwakee kit is half decent, half worn. I might just grab a cheap kit at Harbor Freight for that specific size I need. I just know it will be dull after ten cuts.

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I use it for all sorts of stuff. Speaker terminal blocks or small tweets would be my only speaker related use. I use a router for the speaker cut outs with a home made jig, the speakers I make use 15" or 18" holes Or a waveguide...which is a big cut out. Tweeters are for *******.
Good point on the tweeters, it's been a while since I've done those.
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Speaking of circles...

Best router Circle Jig ? Jasper? Advice?

Got advice?

I've always used a self made jig for my router to make driver cut outs. But it's not exact science and I always waste time setting it up, testing it on Masonite or some cardboard.
I should probably own a real jig. Advice?

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