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  • Looking to start cutting dibond and really interested in the Festool option?

     Erdy Cem updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago 7 Members · 18 Posts
  • Russell Huffer

    Member
    July 6, 2020 at 5:02 am

    Looking to start cutting dibond and really interested in the Festool option you mention, have had a look at the Festool website but unable to work out exactly what i would need to buy.
    I only want to cut dibond so not got a requirement for V grooving, would you be so kind as to advise what part numbers are needed to cut 2440×1220 sheets.

    Many thanks

    Russell.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    July 6, 2020 at 5:03 am

    Just get a Festool plunge saw & rail, simple 90 degree cuts would be a doddle

  • Russell Huffer

    Member
    July 6, 2020 at 5:03 am

    Thank you for quick response, what length of rail would be best.

    Kind regards

    Russell.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    July 6, 2020 at 5:05 am

    I’d recommend the 3mtr one, with a piece of sacrificial acm at either end & you’ll get a decent cut. Dreadful mess unless you buy the extractor as well though

  • Russell Huffer

    Member
    July 6, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Thanks for your help, will have a look tomorrow.

    Kind regards
    Russell.

  • David Wilde

    Member
    July 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Can ask what the appeal of the Festool is over other brands? I have no real knowledge of these. Is the festool simply better quality or is it set up differently with ACM in mind?

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    July 7, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Not many v groove saws on the market & I won’t slate any of them as I only saw the Festool model on a demo at our place, haven’t seen any others working. Even the demo guy hadn’t used Or even seen one before. He set it up & showed it’s capabilities. I placed an oder inside of 30 minutes, it really was that good. German built, works like a dream pretty much out of the box. We can make a tray faster than a cnc start to finish, & we’re still on the original blade

  • David Wilde

    Member
    July 7, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks Kevin.

    Can I ask which model you have?

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    July 8, 2020 at 5:22 am

    This is the one I bought, had a vacuum, the 3m rail & the 1.2 rail at the same time. Not cheap but I ‘ve had my money back in what bought in trays used to cost me

  • David Wilde

    Member
    July 8, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Thanks Kevin

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    July 8, 2020 at 10:55 am

    We have the festool also, takes a little getting used to the offset of the blade but does a good job.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    July 8, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I made these spacers for it Rob, just lay them on the edge of the acm, butt the rail up against them & have our spacing sorted without messing around with that silly sliding guage. Never really needed to adjust the blade in 3 years

    • Robert Lambie

      Administrator
      July 9, 2020 at 1:06 am

      could you do me a favour Kev, next time you are using your Festool, could you take a picture of the jig in position and I will show our lads and they can make one up? we have had ait a few years and I’m not the one using it, so I am probably missing the obvious looking at these guides. Thumbsup

  • Erdy Cem

    Member
    July 8, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    There is also Makita CA5000XJ for the same purpose. Much cheaper than Festool, but not sure if anyone has used and happy with it?

  • Mike D

    Member
    July 9, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Kevin ref still on the first blade , we have 2 of these and the company that comes round and resharpens our circular saw blade has re-sharpened these a couple of times before we have had to replace them .Obvs have to reset the cutting depth when re-installed but saves a lot of money .

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    July 9, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Very interesting Mike, the Festool demo guy gave us a new blade for free when we ordered the machine by way off apology for their dealers being so unhelpful. But at £500 a pop, these things are expensive when new blades are needed. Who does the resharpening for you?

  • Colin Crabb

    Member
    August 3, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    We have the Makita V groover with a 3m fence, plus a Evolution saw blade to fit – great piece of kit, can’t fault it.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by  Colin Crabb.
    • Erdy Cem

      Member
      August 3, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      Colin, could you share some photos or video please..

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