There is Festool, Then There’s Everyone Else

I am often asked when prospective tools buyers are in the market for something new whether or not they can justify any Festool products given their on average much higher pricing. For any carpenter you are going to need to decide what the needs of your shop are and what you are willing to spend; that said when it comes to finish carpentry it really comes down to Festool and everyone else. fasFrom their precision longevity and revolutionary dust collection system that works with all of their products there is no one that comes close. To understand this leap in performance consider using a Ryobi or Porter Cable Product and the difference in performance when you begin using a tool on par with Makita DeWalt; The leap from those brands to Festool is as significant if not more significant.Unless you are a profession carpenter, or a very serious hobbiest it may not be practical for you to spend the kind of money you need to have an entire Festool shop. However, if you are in the market for a table saw as a hobbiest the Festool TS plunge track saw may actually be a practical purchase for you. This is their jack of all trades saw and delivers the capabilities of a table saw, a miter saw, a radial arm saw, and even a panel saw.  All this with an unmatched precision and compact portable means that will not eat up your shop space. god sawThe reason being that the actual machine is no larger than ant standard circular saw, the tracks they run can be stacked nicely and neatly into any wall storage. The freedom this allows is that you can clamp the track into place and know exactly how your cut is going to end up before you begin saving a lot of the hassle of making sure your material runs along the fence precisely and evenly. Another major perk of the Festool TS is the safety, you are never going to have a kick back or binding of the material as you cut, if at any point you want to stop you merely raise the blade from the material and adjust your cut accordingly. They Can also be hooked up to a larger air vac system to ensure total dust efficiency.

The Festool dust collection system is incredible in terms of its effectiveness in  doing just that, keeping the dust out of your shop and more importantly out of your lungs and eyes. That said, they are somewhat lacking in how it is implemented onto the tool itself, it is often the case that they will bind and tug as you are doing a long cross cut, which is an inconvenience but is not going to affect the cut quality, its just kind of a pain. A pain that you are more than happy to deal with with when it comes time to clean up the shop after a long day of cutting and there is nothing to sweep.

If you are a professional Carpenter and you want to separate yourself from the competition then implementing the Festool system into your shop will pay for itself with the higher quality you will produce.

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