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Let's start off with what's most important.

Does the saw system have a good warranty? What do owners say about the power tools and post-sales service? Does the brand have a good reputation for manufacturing quality power tools? Does the company have a good repair department in the unlikely event that there is a problem?

In all of these instances, you can buy with the confidence of knowing that Festool will exceed your expectations with regard to durability, product quality, warranty repairs and post-sales customer service. Since 1925, Festool has built a reputation of exemplary service and customer satisfaction to support this claim. Buy with the confidence of a 30-day money back guarantee if any of our power tools don't exceed your expectations.

The New TS 55 REQ.

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Track saw riving knife safety

Know that you're working safely.

Festool track saws have a number of safety features that make them superior to other circular saws and plunge saws. A riving knife helps prevent the back of the blade from creating kickback. Innovative limit stops can be used to keep the saw base from rising during a plunge cut, and can also be used as both beginning and ending stop guides. The pivoting plunge action is more natural and easier to control than the plunge action found on other track saws, and the blade remains covered above the cut line when performing a plunge cut.

Quality.

As with most power tools you usually get what you pay for. While every now and then, you might find a simple and inexpensive solution, rarely will you find a quality built tool at a discount price. How many times have you had to buy another tool, because you bought cheap instead of buying right? Let's face it… a quality tool, built with quality materials will cost you more than you might want to pay initially. But, the good news is that the difference in what you paid up front should end up saving you more money in the long-run.

Good design, tight tolerances, use of quality materials, and uncompromising attention to detail result in a tool that you can enjoy for many years. Saws should use top quality motor bearings to support the shaft and extend the useful service life of the tool. All moving parts should operate smoothly and should be adjusted easily. Tight tolerances and a smooth plunging action are good indicators of the quality of the tool.

Accurate Cuts.

When used with a quality guide rail, track saws are hard to beat for straight cuts. The guide strip on the edge of the rail acts as a zero clearance surface, and can be used to place the saw blade exactly on the cut line. Being able to maintain an accurate cut line is important regardless of the bevel angle of the saw. A good plunge cut track saw will use a pivoting mechanism to ensure that the cut line stays exactly on the edge of the guide rail regardless of the saw's bevel angle setting.

The rails should be strong, light, and easy to adjust, and should come in a wide assortment of lengths with the ability to connect two or more to create custom lengths. Thin anti-slip bottom strips, and an easy way to clamp the rail down for added safety should be high priorities, as this will improve the cutting results significantly. Base plate adjustments should be easy to adjust, so that there is zero-play in the system, and tool-less adjustment knobs will make set-up easier.

Splinter-Free Cuts.

When working with expensive materials like cabinet grade veneered plywood or MDF, it is important to have cuts that leave splinter-free edges without burn marks to eliminate re-work or to minimize the amount of time spent cleaning up the cut line. Good results depend on a number of factors like tool design, choice of blade, saw blade speed, and material support. A high quality track saw and rail system will give consistent splinter-free cuts year after year.

Here are a few features that will help ensure high quality cuts. Look for easy tool-free saw to guide rail adjustments that ensure zero-play between the two. For the best quality cuts, use a system that has splinter guards on both sides of the blade (one on the rail, and one on the saw.) MMC electronics and a variable speed setting will ensure that a consistent and correct blade speed is used for the material being cut. A blade to base adjustment gives you the ability to adjust the blades position relative to the base, and riving knife.

Tracksaw cutting plywood

Superior build quality.

A quality tool should be comfortable to use, and feel balanced in your hand. The use of soft grip materials, color coded switches and controls, and the use of tool-less adjustments combine to make the user experience much better. Detachable power cords can be convenient, as they allow you to disconnect from the power source at the saw instead of the receptacle. Antistatic hoses and attachments will reduce the amount of dust being distributed around the work area, and are considered safer by many users. Look for convenient time saving features like one handed blade changes making it easier to switch to the proper blade.

Power.

Having a strong and reliable motor is important to getting good results. How much power is enough to do the job? The answer depends on the job. If you are going to rip 12/4 hard maple boards all day, then you should get a larger saw with extra power. If, on the other hand, you will be making a few cuts in 3/4" plywood, you might prefer the comfort of a smaller and lighter saw. While power ratings can be confusing, make sure you are comparing the saws continuous power rating under load, as some manufactures may only list the saws peak power rating, which will not give an accurate measurement of the saws performance in use.

Once you have decided your power needs, look for a saw that offers Multiple Material Control (MMC). This feature will provide the following benefits and safety features for your protection: variable speed selection, constant speed control, soft-start, temperature monitoring, and motor overload protection. With MMC you can select the perfect speed for the material you are cutting. Matching the speed of the blade to the material being cut will greatly improve your cutting results.

Dust Extraction.

When making any cut, a saw is going to generate a lot of sawdust. Fine dust that is ejected into the air can make you sneeze, cough, and experience other allergy-like symptoms. It's small, lands on everything in sight, and gets inside your power tools. Experts agree that limiting our exposure to sawdust is the best protection. Good dust extraction extends the life of your power tools by reducing dust-induced tool fatigue. It improves your accuracy by giving you a clearer view of your cut lines, and helps create a healthier environment. Dust extraction should not be an afterthought, and is should be included in the design of the tool.

Good dust extraction should capture more than 96% of the sawdust being created, and it should not hinder the user when making a cut. Features like 360 degree rotating dust ports, which allow you to adjust the hose exit to the left or right side of the cut, and guide rail deflectors that prevent the hose from binding on the end of the guide rail are all nice features to consider. Being able to use larger hoses and higher air flow (CFM) will improve dust extraction considerably.