And The Winner Is...

Monday, May 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | Guide Rails | Reviews | Saws

And the winner is...


If you've been on the fence about which plunge saw and guide rail system is the best, wait no longer. Recently, Woodworker's Journal, the Journal of Light Construction, and Fine Woodworking have written articles featuring a head-to-head comparison of the options available. In all instances, the editors chose the Festool TS plunge cut saw and guide rail system to offer the best performance and value.

Chris Marshall, Field Editor for Woodworker's Journal, said, "Without question, it's Festool", when choosing the 'Best Bet' winner in the genre of power tools. David Frane, JLC Senior Editor, stated, "...if I were to run out and buy one today, it would be the Festool TS 55 EQ", when choosing the best of class. In the editor's review of a competitor's offering, Mark Edmundson of Fine Woodworking wrote if he were to pick between the available plunge cut saws on the market, "...I'd choose the Festool."


Jerry Work's Parallel Guide Tutorial

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | Guide Rails | How-To | Saws

Jerry Work - Parallel Rip Guide

Jerry Work, a well respected member of the Festool community and author of numerous Festool tutorials, recently was given the opportunity to review the new Parallel Guide Set (Product No. P00108) which launches on March 1st.

Jerry prepared an 11-page pictorial tutorial for the new Parallel Guide Set that we would like to share with you. From what's in the box, to set up, to demonstration and tips, this tutorial is a great resource for anyone considering adding the Parallel Guide to their Festool arsenal. In Jerry's own words, "This tutorial shows how these impressive guides can elevate guided rail cutting to the point that there is little need for a table saw any more".

We encourage you to visit "The Dovetail Joint", Jerry's website, to peruse the numerous other Festool documents and tutorials he has produced.

PDF Jerry Work's Parallel Guide Tutorial (PDF - 5MB)

Choosing A Plunge Cut Saw & Guide Rail System

Sunday, January 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | Guide Rails | Saws

Track Saw Guide

A lot of people still believe you can only get straight, splinter-free cuts in a shop using expensive panel saws, table saws, and CNC equipment. Getting quality cuts with portable power tools doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. The truth is… with the right power tools, anyone can get great results in the shop or on the jobsite. Straight, splinter-free cuts are easy, once you know the secret.


Little Known Facts About Festool Guide Rails

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | Festool Facts | Guide Rails | Saws

Guide Rail Facts

Obviously the guide rail is one of the main components of the Festool system. As such, we would like to share some things about our guide rails that you may not know.


Straight Talkā€¦ About Straight Cuts.

Saturday, October 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | Saws

TS Plunge Saws

There are a lot of people who still believe you can only get straight, splinter-free cuts in a shop using expensive panel saws, table saws, and CNC equipment.  Getting quality cuts with portable power tools doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.  The truth is…that with the right tools, anyone can get great results in the shop or on the jobsite.   Straight, splinter-free cuts are easy, once you know the secret.

We patented our innovative guide rail system in 1964, and have continuously set new and higher standards for precision cutting with plunge cut saws.  Learn why professionals continue to turn to Festool when they need perfectly straight, splinter-free cuts on both sides of the blade in our new Festool TS Plunge Cut Saw brochure.

Festool's MFT Grows UpDownload a PDF version of the "Festool TS Plunge Cut Saw Brochure." (1MB).

The Eye of the Tornado

Friday, January 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | Saws

Festool Saw Blade Teeth

Did you know that several inconspicuous features on the TS Series Plunge Cut Saws are actually designed to aid in dust extraction, prolonging the life of the tool and creating a cleaner, healthier work environment?

The rectangular opening in the side blade cover is not only for removing the blade, it also serves as an air intake port. The opening allows air to flow into the center of the spinning blade and forced out of the dust port by centrifugal force along with the sawdust. Dust extraction for the TS saws works best if that opening is NOT covered.

To find accessories for your TS Plunge Cut Saw, visit the Festool USA website.

Does rattling mean it's broken?

Sunday, November 4, 2007 | Reader Comments | How-To | Saws

Did You Know The "Rattling Sound" From Your TS-Series Saw Means It's Working, Not Broken?

MMC Electronics

The "strange noise", often described as a rattling sound, is caused by the MMC electronics in the tachometer regulated speed control sending power to the motor in a stream of various sized bits.The motor is constantly being turned on and off to keep the saw blade rotating at a constant speed.

Most of the sound is being produced by "gear backlash" between the small pinion gear on the rotor and the larger gear that drives the saw blade. The saw blade behaves like a flywheel and has inertia that keeps it rotating while the small gear has slowed down. The opposite sides of the gear teeth tap against the mating teeth of the large gear and the vibration conducts to the saw blade, where it becomes sound which radiates from the blade like a speaker. Some of the noise is created by the field coil wires and plates vibrating from the pulsing magnetism as they energize and de-energize. These pulses get longer and longer as the saw is put under load.If the machine is run without a blade installed, there are no unusual sounds. In this case, the pulses are short, but there is no inertial resistance from the blade flywheel.

The "strange noises" heard from a Festool circular saw are normal... I would be more concerned about a saw that did not make these noises. It might be an indication that it's speed control is malfunctioning. The Festool saw is unique. If other manufacturers used similar Pulse width modulation speed control in their saws, customers would come to expect such "strange noises", and they would not be so strange. The noises would be the "familiar Festool sound".

Now that's...

Faster. Easier. Smarter.

"How Square Is Square?"

Friday, November 2, 2007 | Reader Comments | How-To

Special thanks to John Lucas, an avid cabinetmaking and Festool loyalist, for contributing this month's Festool "Toolie Tip". John says...

I remember when I first started woodworking in the 60's and I was using my father's radial arm saw, I could get the first 3 corners of a frame to fit perfectly, but not the 4th. The final corner just wouldn't come together without excessive clamping. I think every woodworker has gone through this exercise at some time.