There is absolutely no problem with using a thin kerf blade on the TS5, I’ve been using one from time to time for years now.As I understand the main (only ?) difference is the new models have a thinner blade which is why they cut quicker. You can't put the thin blades in the old model because the riving knife is too thick.
100% this. The number of times I’ve started a cut to find resistance about 5 seconds in only to realize I‘ve snagged the vacuum hose again because the outlet has rotated down. Again.My main issue with the ts55 is the stupid dust extraction connector, there is no reason it should swivel and also it should come out higher up or at a more vertical angle. If mine dies I will buy the Maffel one, but to be fair I use the hkc 55 much more these days.
They may have removed the Riving knife, but they have replaced it with an electronic anti kickback system if my understanding is correct...???Guess it will be interesting to see if Festools new thinner riving knife will fit the previous model saw
I do find it amusing how Festool used to push the fact that the TS55 had a riving knife, something the Mafell didn't have, now on the cordless version Festool drop the riving knife and copy Mafell.
There is a fix for this problem. The swivel is useful, but it is badly designed because the little plastic fingers that engage in the teeth are too flexible. I have stiffened mine by adding some plastic spacers (probably fixed with superglue, I don’t recall) to partially fill the gap under the fingers. The two pictures below show one unmodified and one modified - this mostly solves the problem, whilst still being able to ratchet the connector around (in fact, next time I will make the spacer a smidge longer to stiffen it a little bit more, but this is nearly perfect)....
My main issue with the ts55 is the stupid dust extraction connector...