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Thread: High Buck Skill Saw

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Bloomington MN USA

    High Buck Skill Saw

    This is only a new tool to me, it's been around for some time. I could never justify spending that kind of money for a skill saw. Even when it bears the name Festool! That is until one day when I had to make 3 podiums for the Knights of Columbus. I had 3 sheets of 4X8 1/2" plywood to work with. I have a friend that has one of those high buck skill saws and I borrowed it for this job. Big mistake.... after using that high buck skill saw, I was hooked! That is not a skill saw, it's a table saw in your hand. Sure I had read about it saw lots of stuff on You Tube, but after using it I had to go out and buy my own. What a great product it is. I will be looking at other Festool products in the future with a much different attitude.
    If you make a mistake it was part of the original plan!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Seems to be a common reaction to using Festool stuff. I've not had the experience yet... probably a good thing, for the sake of my wallet.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Vaughn, I second that!!!

    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA

    I don't have any problem getting good results with much less expensive stuff! And...I can get more stuff with the money I have left!!!
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
    My Weather Underground station

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Never tried fesstool stuff either. Just seems way too expensive for what work I'd do with them. Great quality tools though.

    I don't get why folks would pay 3 or 4 times the cost of a brand name battery drill for a fesstool drill.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Their drills, and their Rotax sanders are very good, too. I have the 12v drill kit, and the 5" Rotax sander, as well as the saw, and I wouldn't trade any of them for another brand!
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

  7. #7
    Skill saw and Festool has to be an oxymoron
    Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it
    still sings!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I've tried a few items. Rotex 150 sander, RC-12 drill and the KAPEX. They're nice. They didn't follow me home but, they're nice.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 05-09-2013 at 10:46 PM.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  9. #9
    I've used the ts55 before and it didn't impress me. Every time you pulled the trigger it growled like something was in the gears. Could never get straight cuts either when two 55" rails were joined together no matter what we did to align the rails. Glad your happy with it.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post

    I don't get why folks would pay 3 or 4 times the cost of a brand name battery drill for a fesstool drill.
    And you wont until you use one than the light will go on and you will say. I don't get why someone would wast money on that cheap stuff that doesn't really do the job it was designed for?
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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