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Old 08-04-2017, 07:36 AM
Crane Built Crane Built is offline
 
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Default Festool HK 55 on EZ Rail?

G'day, I'm finally ready to pull the trigger and purchase a track saw. I've been a lurker here for quite some time and I know all about the Universal saw base and all the accessories that go along with the EZ tracks.

I'm curious to know if any of the dedicated plunge saws from Festool Dewalt or Makita will work on the EZ track without the universal base. I've been eying off the HK 55 from Festool because of the FSK track which basically makes the saw a compound mitre saw.

The Festool accessories are way out of my price range once I get everything I need but if I could just get the saw and FSK track and then use the EZ rails and accessories it would be a pretty great combo.
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:46 PM
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The short answer is no, the euro track saws won't work on the EZ track without the EZ Base.
The longer answer is that the euro Track saws may work on the EZ track without using the EZ Base if you mill the center raised rib off the EZ track flip the track over and put the EZ Ridged Connector in one of the slots on the track.
Also if you do use a euro saw on an EZ track with an EZ Base you will lose about 3/8" off your depth of cut.
Also the euro track saws are designed for the thin euro track, they have the same cut line whether square cutting or bevel cutting. In using the thicker EZ track you will lose that feature.
As an example a 72" EZ track is about $25 cheaper than a Festool track, depending where you are you might be able to find a store that has the Festool track so you'd save shipping. At that point the tracks are about the same price. Makita track is cheaper than EZ but only 2 different lengths.
Played with a HK-55 the other day, very cool.
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:12 PM
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Should have also mentioned, that at least, from my little experience with the HK-55 I don't think it'd have the accuracy or utility to replace a miter saw. That doesn't mean it wouldn't be fun to have and the angle cutting feature would be handy for some cuts.
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:54 PM
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The HK appears to run on both a side and center rib on the FSK track. That's what made me think it might work with the EZ. I didn't think about the extra thickness of track and how that might affect angled cuts.

I think for my current budget the Makita track saw is the way to go. And if I save my pennies I can get the HK down the track and use it with the Makita rails.

Thanks for the replies.
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