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Paddy Roxburgh

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Has anyone bought/tried 3rd party tracks for festool saws? I need a new track and have noticed a few 3rd party ones considerably cheaper. There's 2 things I suppose, are they proper straight and does the saw fit on ok?
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pollys13

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I expect you already have but if not. Have you had a look on this forum for any posts on possible compatability?
 

DBT85

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I have the st2800 evolution track and it's fine for my uses and for my cheap titan plunge saw.

A makita one will be cheaper than the festool and probably better than the evolution.

What happened to the festool one?
 

petermillard

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Are you looking to extend your existing track, or replace it due to damage? Whilst it’s possible to mix & match tracks from different manufacturers, I wouldn’t recommend it as there are subtle differences between the brands - even ‘quality brands like Makita & Festool - that can make life difficult, depending on what you want to do. I have a video coming out on the subject soon, probably next week, just FYI.

As an example, Makita tracks have an extra ‘anti-tipping’ lip on the Upper-facing t-slot that interferes with some accessories eg parallel guides or rail stops. Also, the main ‘rib’ that the saw runs on is slightly under size on the Makita rail - only by less than 1/5th mm, but enough to stop my Festool saw snugging down onto the rail, which could cause issues if you join Makita & Festool rails together.

That said, I picked up a 3-metre Makita rail back when they were 1/3 the price of the Festool equivalent, cut it down to 2100/900 and it’s been excellent - but I don’t try and mix it with rails from other makers.

HTH. P
 

Keithgrif

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Hmm, guess I've not been here long enough to post links ( checks rules... yep, need 3 posts) sure you can find it yourself on YouTube .
 
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