Trion PSB 300 EQ Jigsaw Review
The blade on this jigsaw from Festool is only 1-1/4 in. from each edge of the base
Call me a know-it-all. Until recently, I was certain I owned the best jigsaw on the market, the Bosch 1587. But that’s all changed since I tried Festool’s new Trion jigsaw, the PSB 300 EQ.
The saw is packed with features including an excellent quick-release blade clamp, four orbital settings, soft start, effective integral dust collection, and a chip guard, which kept flying sawdust out of my face. And unique to Festool is a newly redesigned splinter guard that is truly effective. It’s a clear-plastic insert that slides into and surrounds the blade via milled slots in the saw’s base, similar to the throat plate on a tablesaw.
The Trion’s other notable feature is the blade guide. Rather than the roller guide used on most jigsaws, the Trion’s roller wheel is supplemented by an adjustable carbide guide on each side of the blade, near the worksurface. These guides worked so well that I made perfectly square scroll cuts in a piece of 4×4 Douglas fir.
The Trion saw is powerful, compact, and smooth running, and it maintains constant speed under load. The saw is packaged in a rectangular case with room for storage.