Circa 1925 Festo Chainsaw in Action!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | Reader Comments | How-To | Paint

Projects by You

Maybe you remember in our last email newsletter that we noted a mid-1950s Festo Chain Mortiser in one of our customer's testimonial video. Well, when we saw a video posted on YouTube by our colleagues in Lithuania, we realized it was just too cool not to share with you.

You may know that one of Festool's (previously known as Festo) claims to fame is the invention of the world's first gas-powered portable chainsaw in 1925. In this two minute video, we see one of those antique Festo chainsaws brought back to life as it cranks up and then cuts through some timber. Please always wear proper safety equipment and operate your power tools per the manufacturer's instructions.



Win a TI 15 Hybrid Impact Drill/Driver

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | Reader Comments | Paint | Promotions

Festool Sweepstakes


Visit today to register for your chance to win a Festool TI 15 Hybrid Impact Driver. Since the contest starts fresh on the first of every month, you'll have more opportunities to win. Entering to win is quick and easy!

Don't worry, we won't spam you or share your information with others.

Want another chance to win great prizes? Well, you're just in luck. We've teamed up with our friends at Fine Homebuilding to give away an assortment of Festool prizes worth nearly $5,000. Head over to The Fine Homebuilding website to enter to win. See website for prize details and sweepstakes rules.

Good luck!

Festool reserves the right to change or cancel any promotion or sweepstakes at any time. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age to participate and a resident of the US or Canada, excluding Quebec. Festool employees and dealers are not eligible to participate. See website for list of prizes, dates, rules and restrictions.



A new way to learn - Festool Road School

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | Reader Comments | Festool Events

Festool Road School FREE Event


With the popularity of our end user training program and limited class availability, we are introducing a new way to learn how to get the most out of your Festool power tools. In addition to our regional demo eventsKatz Roadshow partnership, and end user training classes, we are now traversing the country with a traveling road school at participating Festool dealer locations.

These daylong training events will feature Allen Kensley, a Festool Applications Instructor with decades of experience in woodworking and comprehensive knowledge of the Festool System.

Learn how to build cabinets, doors and drawers, build a farm table, or just get a better understanding of the Festool system as a whole! Allen will cover all the tools and techniques during the event based on the event's chosen curriculum. Learn how to make more money by using Festool. Experienced woodworkers and novices alike will walk away with a range of time-saving, profit-building skills. Don’t miss this opportunity for Festool Training!

Don’t forget to invite a friend. This is going to be a fun and educational day.

We look forward to seeing you! Visit our website to search for regional events in your area and to subscribe for email notifications of future events. You can also follow Allen's travels across the country on Twitter @festoolroadshow.



Seeking Regional Sales Managers for Paint

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | Reader Comments | General Information

Tooltechnic Systems, LLC dba Festool USA, a German Manufacturer of high quality, innovative power tools for professional trades people, is seeking three promising salespersons to fill the Regional Sales Manager (RSM) Paint positions in three key markets. The markets include: New York, San Francisco/Bay area, and the Washington/Oregon region. Candidates should have strong B2B outside sales experience as well as experience calling on end users; college degree or equivalent preferred. Experience in the paint industry and/or sundries sales a plus but not a requirement. Must have the ability to lift 75 lbs.

We offer a competitive compensation package with benefits and growth potential.

Initiatives include sales of products by maintaining and expanding customer base, achieves regional sales goals through definitive sales plan, implements trade promotions and recommends product lines through surveying customer needs and promoting line through selling of core power tool systems. Candidate skills to include meeting sales goals, motivation for sales, territory management, presentation skills, performance management, build relationships, time management, emphasize excellence, negotiation, and be results driven.

Festool is an equal opportunity employer.

Requirements: B2B Outside Sales Experience, College Degree or Equivalent, Travel Required, Paint Industry Experience Required.

For more information, including method for applying, please visit our website at


The State of the Industry for Remodeling 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013 | Reader Comments | Festool Events

State of the Industry 2013


State of the Industry - Recap by Brad Holden


Festool USA, a regular participant of the JLC Live Conference, held an additional event at this year’s conference. After introducing Festool Connect in 2012, they’ve now taken it one step further to act as a source of expertise for the remodeling industry by holding the State of The Industry.

So, what is the State of The Industry (SOTI)? It’s an in-depth analysis of the remodeling industry to identify key findings that are helpful for remodeling business owners and employees alike. More specifically, SOTI looks at data points relating to housing starts, remodeling activity, types of projects homeowners undertook during the economic downturn and why, forecasts for the industry, and strategies for small businesses to grow.

Using assistance from expert research analysts, Festool looked at a number of different reports including the Residential Remodeling Index (Hanley Wood) and Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University), and pulled the most relevant information for remodeling businesses.

Here are a few highlights from the presentation:


  • Home Improvement Spending Reached $300 Billion in 2012 – 2nd highest in last decade
  • During the economic downturn, the number of high ROI projects (Window, Door Replacements) were least affected
  • 400,000 New ‘Replacement & Remodeling’ projects forcasted for 2013


In addition to these and additional points, Festool went through strategies for small remodeling businesses to grow, and gave examples on how to implement these strategies. The presentation also covered demographics by age and region as to where the highest opportunities are during economic up and downturns. 

At the conclusion of the presentation, there was a short Q & A that involved a number of questions relating to detailed points of the presentation. But one question stood out when someone asked “Why is Festool doing this? Aren’t you guys just supposed to make tools?”, Michael Williams, VP of Marketing for Festool USA, replied “Working with tools is lifestyle, and we want to do whatever we can to make the jobs of our customers and fans easier. With the State of The Industry, we are providing a tool, in presentation form, that will allow remodeling businesses to forecast expectations so that they can better prepare their businesses.”

To read the presentation in full and get all the research from SOTI, download the full State of the Industry for Remodeling 2013 presentation. In addition to the presentation, SOTI attendees walked away with a handout that highlighted the presentation. And now that handout is available for download as well.

Download the State of the Industry for Remodeling 2013 PDF


The New TS 55 REQ, Coming May 1st!

Friday, March 15, 2013 | Reader Comments | New Products | Saws

The new TS 55 REQ

In the spirit Festool's unwavering pursuit of perfection, we've refined our best plunge cut saw and made it even better. The new TS 55 REQ represents the most advanced plunge cut saw and guide rail system we've ever built. Watch the video!

The TS 55 REQ is not your standard circular saw. With its accuracy and versatility, a better comparison would be to the most advanced table saws, miter saws or panel saws available. Add in its incredible portability and unbelievable ease of use, and you have a precision-cutting solution like no other, at home in the highest-end cabinet shop as well as an onsite remodel. With the addition of micro-adjustable depth controls and a flat housing for flush-cutting against walls or adjacent surfaces, the TS 55 REQ is our most advanced plunge cut track saw ever, which is saying a lot.

But, don't take our word for it. Pros and editors agree that the Festool TS 55 is the best track saw on the market.



New Systainer System Components

Friday, March 15, 2013 | Reader Comments | New Products | Paint

New mobility accessories 2013

If you know anything about Festool, you know that organization is probably only second to dust extraction when it comes to our guiding design principles. The Systainer is the core of our organization system and offers many advantages over other solutions. In May 2013, we are introducing the newest components of our Systainer system: the new Sys-Roll dolly, the Sys-Toolbox open top Systainer, and a newly updated Sys-Cart.



Running a successful business

Friday, March 15, 2013 | Reader Comments | Reviews

Warner Remodeling

Hard work ethic, staying organized, and the right tools.

By Darcy Warner

When I was young, my summers were filled working with my grandfather and father on a wide range of jobs involving carpentry, farming, and mechanics. They taught me that when you put in hard work, you get quality results. While it wasn't fun at the time, those years instilled in me fundamental work ethics that help me run my business today.

My name is Darcy Warner, I run a carpentry, remodeling, woodworking business. I've been a carpenter for 12 years and most of my work is custom woodwork, onsite remodeling, finish carpentry, built-ins and trim work. Needless to say, none of the jobs I do are the same from one time to the next.

Doing totally custom work for my clients always brings a unique challenge, and I try to perform each project better and faster than the previous one. Inevitably you have to be shuffling tools from different job sites, so having the right tools will help you get to the finished product quicker.