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Trion PSB 300 EQ Jigsaw

Festool - Trion PSB 300 EQ Jigsaw

The blade on this jigsaw from Festool is only 1-1/4 in. from each edge of the base

$280.00 (As of 9/1/2006)

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Editor's Review: Jigsaw Packed with Features

review date: May 1, 2004

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 4x4 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.

Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating Excellent
Feel Good
Cutting Excellent
Blade Change Excellent

Editor's Review: A Better Breed of Jigsaws

review date: September 1, 2006

The Festool PSB 300 EQ was the smallest of the 12 saws we tested. It cuts smoothly and handles like a sports car. Its blade is only 1-1/4 in. from each edge of the base, an occasional lifesaver when cutting countertops for sinks. It has a long, detachable cord and an additional blade guide. Vibration is minimal. This is a good saw, but overpriced for its features. Toolless bevel adjustment and flush-cutting ability would improve this saw.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating A-
Feel A
Cutting B+
Blade change A-

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Festool
Manufacturer's Web Site www.festoolusa.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 888-337-8600
Weight 5.3 lb.
Dimensions N/A
Amps 6
Volts 120
Speed N/A
Special Features Detachable cord

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