Festool wants to replace your table sawcomments (8) May 26th, 2009 in Blogs
Festool came in to our office last week to give us an opportunity to get up close and personal with a few of their newest tools. Bookmark the Tool Hound blog in your internet browser to read more about these tools in the near future--in fact, Festool’s power planer will likely be the focus in the pilot episode of our upcoming Tool Hound video series “A Closer Look”, set to begin filming this week. For now, though, I want to discuss the question that keeps coming up…Is Festool really worth the money?
We could choose any tool for comparison, but because Festool's latest product is a companion to the popular track-guided circular saw category, let’s focus on that.
The new Parallel Guide is basically a set of rails, each with an adjustable stop, that attach perpendicular to your existing Festool circular saw rail. The sole purpose of the Parallel Guide? To allow you to make repeatable rip cuts; something that was a major downfall of the TS saws and guide system before now.
This setup will allow Festool Fanatics to use their TS 55 or TS 75 circular saw to make identical rip cuts as wide as 25 19/32”, or as narrow as 1/16” (using the Extender). The setup is a bit cumbersome, and it lacks some of the highly-refined fit and finish that I’ve come to expect from Festool products, but it definitely works.
So, the new Parallel Guide Set sells for $325. Combine that with a TS 55 saw ($500), and a 106” track ($260), and the grand total for the Festool setup is $1,085. It’s hard not to factor in a Festool’s durability and their use of the finest bearings, gears, motors, and ergonomic design…
…but what do you think? Is Festool coming close to replacing the table saw altogether?
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