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Old 04-28-2013, 09:59 AM   #141
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I have one, not many hours on it yet. It does take a minute to work out the handling of it.
I picked up a ro125 and its awesome, sanding a bunch of veneer panels in rotary mode with 180grit and I can sand it to a nice finish in about 3min compared to 10 with my bosch orbital.

Still getting used to the sander though, RO mode is crazy and the sander bounces and jerks all over, sounds like I just need to learn to handle it better from the reviews I've been seeing
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:01 AM   #142
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You need to use acetone and a razor blade. While the acetone is wet, glide the razor blade along the surface at a 45° angle.

Mineral spirts will not clean the rail properly.

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Old 04-28-2013, 10:06 AM   #143
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The sanders in the RO mode can be tricky to use. Make sure the vacuum is not set to full, let the weight if the machine do the work. It takes done practice. I still don't have the 90 figured out completely and I've been using RO's for 5 years.

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If the blade is sharpened won't that affect the saw accuracy on the rail?
It won't, but if you imagine that it did, replace the strip, as rrk says. Still much cheaper than throwing away a $70 blade.
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The sanders in the RO mode can be tricky to use. Make sure the vacuum is not set to full, let the weight if the machine do the work. It takes done practice. I still don't have the 90 figured out completely and I've been using RO's for 5 years.

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Yep as Tom says make sure the vac is on less than 1/3rd the power. its unreal how much the vac sucks the sander down onto the material.
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I've had the vac on full power, ill turn it down and see if that helps
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:02 PM   #147
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I finally found a use for that stupid fence and rail on my mft/3.

I cut expensive hidden vent aluminum soffit with it and my ts-55r today. Worked like a champ.
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Good thing you never answered my question of how much for the fence and brackets.

Did you reverse the blade to cut the soffit? Vac?

Starting down the path of using the MFT for all it's worth;-).

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Good thing you never answered my question of how much for the fence and brackets.

Did you reverse the blade to cut the soffit? Vac?

Starting down the path of using the MFT for all it's worth;-).

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I just used my oldest 48t factory shipped blade, running in the correct direction.

I was going to order an aluminum blade, but **** a brick when I saw they were 90 bucks guess it has been a while since I bought a festool blade.

I slowed the speed down some.

No vac, put a small tarp to catch most of the mess.

Did a little stamped concrete today too, used my cxs to make a removable section of forms so I could fit the tracked buggy in there. laughing:
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The Festool blade works better on thicker aluminum, 1/8" or thicker. Turning a stock blade around makes for a better cut on thin stuff.

The CSX is a pretty amazing drill for its size. I use that more than my T-15.

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I may try to turn it around, not sure it could be better, maybe last longer?
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When the blade is reversed, the approach angle of the teeth is very different than the blade in the proper direction.

The panel is probably softer than most wood we cut with the TS.

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Bought myself a PS300 today and I couldn't be more stoked about it.

Previously I'd been using the company's EVS which saw its trigger fail after a year of what I'll generously call "moderate" use, and a DeWalt whatever it doesn't matter I hated it which was the blade deflection king.

In the tool house today(AW Meyer for the Jersey guys) I price shopped the new Bosch models. $189 for the new 1590 before tax.
Strolled over to the Festool area and much to my delight the Trion was still going for $250, which I considered a great foot-in-the-door price for Festool buying. It was worth the extra 60 in my mind to not have to worry about whether or not the trigger was going to fail in a year and whether the base plate was going to fall off like the last Bosch I worked with did.

I know it's not very "adult" to come home and use a power tool for no reason but I couldn't wait until tomorrow so I ran a couple passes through some scraps I had around and man, it's so nice to use a good tool. hah
Been a while since I bought a really nice product for myself. It's going to pay for itself tomorrow when I install shelving in a closet which is going to require every shelf to be notched around pipes.

I know I'm years late to the party, but better late than never I guess. Even having only tried it out for about 15 minutes on some scrap boards I was very impressed with the thought they put into their design. Chip prevention, dust collection, even the cord lock all functions so much better than the previous saws I've used.

I understand why this can be habit forming.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:43 PM   #154
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Bought myself a PS300 today and I couldn't be more stoked about it.

Previously I'd been using the company's EVS which saw its trigger fail after a year of what I'll generously call "moderate" use, and a DeWalt whatever it doesn't matter I hated it which was the blade deflection king.

In the tool house today(AW Meyer for the Jersey guys) I price shopped the new Bosch models. $189 for the new 1590 before tax.
Strolled over to the Festool area and much to my delight the Trion was still going for $250, which I considered a great foot-in-the-door price for Festool buying. It was worth the extra 60 in my mind to not have to worry about whether or not the trigger was going to fail in a year and whether the base plate was going to fall off like the last Bosch I worked with did.

I know it's not very "adult" to come home and use a power tool for no reason but I couldn't wait until tomorrow so I ran a couple passes through some scraps I had around and man, it's so nice to use a good tool. hah
Been a while since I bought a really nice product for myself. It's going to pay for itself tomorrow when I install shelving in a closet which is going to require every shelf to be notched around pipes.

I know I'm years late to the party, but better late than never I guess. Even having only tried it out for about 15 minutes on some scrap boards I was very impressed with the thought they put into their design. Chip prevention, dust collection, even the cord lock all functions so much better than the previous saws I've used.

I understand why this can be habit forming.

First time I used the festool jig saw was on some 2" hard maple. My makita was cutting on the line on the surface but on the bottom of the block the blade was about an inch off. The blade bent over so much it was crazy it didn't snap. Borrowed a festool and man what a world of difference. Way smooth, much more accurate, way more power. They sure are a nice jigsaw.
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Welcome to the club Gibson The PS300 makes great cuts – my only complaint is the splinter guard makes it so you can’t see your line very well.
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Bought myself a PS300 today and I couldn't be more stoked about it.

Previously I'd been using the company's EVS which saw its trigger fail after a year of what I'll generously call "moderate" use, and a DeWalt whatever it doesn't matter I hated it which was the blade deflection king.

In the tool house today(AW Meyer for the Jersey guys) I price shopped the new Bosch models. $189 for the new 1590 before tax.
Strolled over to the Festool area and much to my delight the Trion was still going for $250, which I considered a great foot-in-the-door price for Festool buying. It was worth the extra 60 in my mind to not have to worry about whether or not the trigger was going to fail in a year and whether the base plate was going to fall off like the last Bosch I worked with did.

I know it's not very "adult" to come home and use a power tool for no reason but I couldn't wait until tomorrow so I ran a couple passes through some scraps I had around and man, it's so nice to use a good tool. hah
Been a while since I bought a really nice product for myself. It's going to pay for itself tomorrow when I install shelving in a closet which is going to require every shelf to be notched around pipes.

I know I'm years late to the party, but better late than never I guess. Even having only tried it out for about 15 minutes on some scrap boards I was very impressed with the thought they put into their design. Chip prevention, dust collection, even the cord lock all functions so much better than the previous saws I've used.

I understand why this can be habit forming.
The bad news for you, other than the fact that that PS300 is probably the last deal you'll ever get on a Festool purchase, is that the Festool jigsaw is the tool probably closest to it's competition.

So if that hooked you you are truly screwed.
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Might have a buyer for our 1 yr.old ts55...so I can get the new one!
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Welcome to the club Gibson The PS300 makes great cuts – my only complaint is the splinter guard makes it so you can’t see your line very well.
I did notice that I was craning my neck a little more than usual to get a good visual on the line. Thought about taking the guard off, but then thought that might be against the Festool owners code of conduct.
Then I thought a Festool owner would probably have a guide set up. Next time I'll set the guide up.
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The bad news for you, other than the fact that that PS300 is probably the last deal you'll ever get on a Festool purchase, is that the Festool jigsaw is the tool probably closest to it's competition.

So if that hooked you you are truly screwed.
You're among friends here. And just remember, if you're ever discussing Festool products, and things start to get hostile or out of hand, or you're worried in any way, all you have to do is say the universal Festool safe phrase: "Dust Collection".
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I have a Bosch 1591 jigsaw which is kind of a copy of the Trion as far as I can tell. I never use the chip guard and the dust collection still works fine. Might be worth trying with the Festool.

I actually think it's the Festool blades that make the most difference with the jigsaws.

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