Ive used the shorter template for long projects. It can be done. I had some festool rail connector which fit in the template. The connectors allow you something to clamp onto and still use the entire length of the template. Just dont over clamp, otherwise it bows the template without spacers. I would even rubber band the dd40 in the plunged position and use it to align the template.
Thanks for the tips. I have ordered the larger template guide (which I should have done in the first place), but will give this a go over the weekend.
I also put an order in today with TW Tools for both templates and it was suggested that I purchase two different clamping items. One was the 093280, mentioned in an earlier post, and the other was 093281, not explicitly mentioned, to my knowledge. Now I didn't see these listed on the webpage so if you or anyone is in the same boat, I suggest calling and speaking with David or Jeff to get properly outfitted.
The Festool track saw screw clamp fits the DD40 Templates, so its unnecessary to pick-up the Mafell 093281 clamp if you're already invested in Festool track clamps. But if you want to zero your work, or don't want to modify another screw clamp, then check out the M. 093280 clamp.
Here are some pics of the clamps :
Starting at top left, festool Screw clamp, might be the same exact as Mafell 093281. Starting bottom left, Mafell 093280 and Mafell track saw clamp, just for reference and will not fit DD40 Templates.
Two short (80cm) can be connected together but you'll have to do some "work". They offer a 80cm rail (pictured below) and a 160cm rail.
I only have 2x 80cm rails which come with a self contained clamping system of their own (visible in the pictures below).
As I understand it the larger 160cm rail comes without this self contained clamping system, but uses more traditional screw clamps instead.
You can see how the clamping and connecting of the indexing rails work in this video (08:55) and (11:10)
And now for some pictures. The rails have a t-track in the bottom. On the short (80cm rails) Theres a threaded rod that runs in that t-track that's used to clamp the rail to a workpiece.
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The way it works is the clamping block (left) can quickly be slided up to the edge of your workpiece and you then turn the round knob (right) to tighten the left block to the workpiece, and thus clamping it.
By removing this threaded rod and clamping mechanism, you can simply connect 2 (or more) rails together with a connector bar. (which looks very similar to what Festool uses to connect their rails by the way.)
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Anyway, once you take the clamping system out and connect 2 rails together, you can then just use the special mafell screw clamp in the t-track (pictured below) to index your rail. On the other end you can just use a simple standard scerw clamp in the t-track.
See 11:10 in the video above.
So in essense you clamp it like any other regular guide rail as with other manufacturers.
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What stops the 'Stop Clamp' from sliding up and down the track?
abdon: I stand corrected , the angle fence is only attaches with F -Tracks , what confused me was , that the Timberwolf site mentioned it will work with the NFU machine, yes it will work but only I guess when you use the Ftrack , with other tracks Like the KSS L.
Nov 28, 2020 22:52:01 GMT -5
glynnco: Did you order from GereedschapPro? I see them as in stock but I'm located in the US and am not sure if they ship here. I sent them an email asking about shipping but it was returned undeliverable...
Dec 10, 2020 7:37:40 GMT -5
jonathan: I've purchased a lot of stuff from our neighbours @ GereedschapPro.nl As far as I know they are one of the larger Mafell dealers in the EU. I can recommend them, they usually respond quickly.
Dec 11, 2020 13:58:36 GMT -5
NFU 50 Transportation?: Hi Guys, is there some Systainer for the NFU 50?
Dec 11, 2020 14:30:12 GMT -5
frezik24: Hello everyone
Dec 13, 2020 9:20:00 GMT -5
lasse: Thanks for the tip! I have own a mafell rail which is 160 cm and one that is 80 cm. Will it work just as well or will I need to buy rail that is 110 cm?
Mar 18, 2021 15:35:15 GMT -5