Five Minutes With Festool – The TS55
Let’s assume that we’ve just had a blade sharpened and we need to check the calibration between the cutting depth and the depth scale. Remember that when a blade is sharpened you invariably loose a small amount of the blade diameter. After one sharpen it may not be noticeable, but after two or three sharpens there can be a noticeable variation in your cutting depth.
This method can also be used to fine tune the cutting depth if you’re using the saw on a different brand of guide rail, (not that I’d recommend that), as there can be a variation in the standard 5mm thickness between brands.
To calibrate the blade on a TS55R, place the base of the saw on a piece of paper (A4 copy paper is ideal), on a flat smooth surface and set the depth guide to zero. As we’re not on the guide rail make sure you use the unmarked indicator rather than the FS indicator.
Once set, gently plunge the saw down until it stops and look to see if the tips of the blade are touching the paper
Adjust by turning the calibration knob on the top of the saw until the tips of the blade just touch the piece of paper and you’re done.
A good habit to get into is to periodically check this to make ensure that you TS55 is working at its best at all times.
I hope you found this “Five minutes with Festool” useful and as always your questions and comments are appreciated.
Have fun and be safe,
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