Festool TS-55 or Festool TS-75 Plunge Cut Saw

I'm about to throw a bunch of money into the Festool Plunge Cut Saw, simply because I cut alot of plywood and I cut off doors onsite. A panel saw setup just isn't portable and it's too spendy. I've seen this bad boy in action and it looks like it's exactly what I need. I'd like to know if there is any real advantage to getting the heavy duty TS-75 Model if I'm only cutting plywood and an occasional hollow or solid core door. Should I pay the extra $120 for the TS-75 or should I buy the TS-55 and spend the $120 on accessories for the system? I'd really like to hear your opinions. There hasn't been alot of discussion online about this tool.
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You might want to check out "http://www.festoolownersgroup.com ".
Also, there is a competing guide system (that uses whatever circular saw you already own) at "http://www.eurekazone.com ". They have a forum at "http://www.sawmillcreek.org/forumdisplay.php?f &".
Chris
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Chris, Thanks for making me aware of the Festools Owner Group. Marc

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Decisions, decisions. The smaller of the two will "almost" cut 2" deep at 90 degrees using the guide rail. The guide rail is as much a part of the features as anything.
The larger of the two will cut to 2 3/4" with the guide.
Will it be important to be able to cut thicker than 1 15/16" deep?
I'd go with the smaller one if it will satisfy your depth cutting needs.
The larger one is 36% heavier than the smaller one.
Something to also consider, you can easily cut doors on site "inside" with out making a mess if you add the Festool vacuum to the order. If you are carrying the doors outdoors to make the cuts this may be a major advantage. There is a slight break in price if purchased together. I use the Festool Vacuum with the Domino and no dust gets away.
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I asked the same question on the Festool site. Answer was to buy the small one unless you need the extra capacity. It seemed to me that the extra power from the big one would be nice, but they say it is not necessary.
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For sheet goods - and cutting down doors - the TS-55 would do the job and comes with Festools edge guide. Add their accessory equivalent of a miter gauge and you can not only cut a nice straight edge, but have is square to the edge you set the miter gauge against.
As for the Eurekazone straight edge system, I semi-agonized over getting their set up - the two 4+ footers and the joining accessory to permit ripping 4x8 sheets lengthwise AND their Square attachment - or the Festool TS55 and the guide that comes with it PLUS the angle attachment and an extension to allow for 8' rips. Went with the Eurekazone - and have some buyer's remorse. The guides are nice and wide, pretty rigid - but HEAVY relative to the Festool guide. I also thought the Eurekazone's replacable plastic edges for making a zero clearance edge was as good as Festools replacable equivalent. But the EZ plastic is pretty thin and brittle - easily damaged, given the weight of the guide itself. Now wish I'd gone the Festool route, but the EZ works as advertised.
I got the Festool CT22 "dust extractor" at a combo price with their saber saw - and it a) keeps chips and sawdust from getting away and b) keeps the cut area nice and visible instead of surrounded by chips and dust. Not absolutely necessary with the saber saw, but is, more or less, with the DOMINO. And, like Goldy Locks & The Three Bears, the CT22 is not to large, not too small, but just right -and part of the Festool "system". something no other tool manufacturer seems to be even thinking about.
charlie b
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