Works well but expensive
Posted January 17, 2014
First, yes they are too expensive, but that's standard with Festool. I have had two 55" (1400) guide rails for the last 9 years. I use them to rip cut full sheets all the time. If this is your primary use, I suggest buying the 3000 track (The 2700 is too short for an 8' sheet). However, two short rails does work if you set them up well. First, insert both connectors in the track. Use a 4' level or another guide rail on the back side of the joint to ensure they are straight. It also helps to put the saw on the track, bridging the gap. Lock down one side and flip the rail. Mine never moves but I still check it with the straightedge on the back before tightening the second connector. Bottom line: If you set it up correctly this works and works well. Two 1400s are a lot easier to transport and store than a 3000.
I've generally been loving my Festool...
Posted August 26, 2013
I've generally been loving my Festool TS55 and track setup (among other Festool products), but this solution is a complete failure. I have some long boards to cut to width and needed to get these guide rail connectors to support the length! I use 2 as recommended. I've used them a good number of times the past couple of months, and thought I was going crazy with some odd wood that was consistently bent and couldn't get a straight edge out of it. It took confirmation with a local woodworker who had the same problem to make me realize the problem is the connectors. The entire mission of this track setup is to guarantee a straight edge. Given this product failed in its mission, and the price of their very long single pieces I'm quite disappointed. I highly suggest not wasting money on buying a new small-size track and relying on the connector! if you need long cuts, the very expensive long track might be on the only solution.