Festool Guide Rails are available in eight different lengths from 32" to 16-1/2 feet. The guide rails are constructed from rugged, lightweight extruded aluminum. The individual rails are easily joined together creating custom lengths as needed. The guide rails are designed to work with all Festool plunge saws, routers, jigsaws and multifunction tables while providing unmatched precision.
(Items FES-491501 and FES-491500 are too long to ship UPS and must be shipped on a pallet via Common Carrier.)
The Guide Rail Tote Bag is designed to hold up to two FS 1400/2 rails 55" long or shorter. The Tote Bag provides protection and convenience when transporting guide rails. Guide Rails sold separately.
LR32 models feature 32 mm holes for use with LR 32 hole drilling system
About to use my rail system for the first time. In checking where the cut would be I determined I would be cutting the clear strip at the edge of the guide. Is this normal with the 55 saw?
Yes, that is correct. Your first cut sizes the edge strip to the saw blade. After that, you'll place the edge strip on your layout marks to cut precisely on your marks.
I setup the guide on the edge of the door i was going to trim just clear of the edge of the door and ran a test cut just to let the blade trim the plastic edge. Then aligned the edge for the final cut. I have found these guides extremely handy to cut nice square ends on long wide boards that were to difficult to man handle on the tablespoon in a small shop.
Yes, the strip is made over-wide so the saw cuts through it. That way the edge of the trimmed strip is exactly where the saw cuts, so you can line up the strip on the material you want to cut and it will be exact
Yes, the first cut will cut the clear plastic strip, which afterwards will serve as a guide. Check to make sure the strip adheres well to the underside of the track so it cuts cleanly.
The strip on the guide rail is replacable. You do not have to glue the new strip very precisely in place, as the first cut you make trims the edge. So, yes, it is designed this way: The first cut is meant to cut the clear strip and adjust the edge. Next time you can use the edge as to know exactly where the cut is.
yes cut a piece of scrap first ,then the clear plastic strip is your cut line it also does a great job of stopping tearout .this is the advantage of the festool system you just line up the clear plastic strip with your cut line and cut no measueing of blade distance . Make sure when you measure take into account the blade location
I had the same question when I first received my guide rail. You are supposed to cut the clear strip (splinter guard) the first time you use the rail. After the clear strip is cut, the edge marks exactly where the blade will cut on all future cuts.
You are correct. The first time you make a cut, it will cut a portion of the clear strip. After that, you will have an accurate guide for knowing where the blade will fall on a given cut. The clear strips are replaceable, but should last a good long time depending on use.Hope this helps.Mark
The clear strip on the edge of a new rail extends out a bit beyond the actual cut. Your first cut with your saw should travel the whole length of the rail clamped on a scrap piece of wood/plywood to trim the clear strip to where the edge would be. Make sure to adjust your saw base to the rail so there is no side way play before you make your cut.
Shipping was fast but packing was poor, the track arrived with one corner dented. I needed the track to complete my project so I just file down the burr and used it. Suggest better packing in the future.