FESTOOL TS 55 REBQ-PLUS
First impressions of the TS55 are that it is a very high-quality machine. The saw feels solid and the switches and buttons are well made and engage smoothly. This saw is extremely refined, with all functions in typical Festool green. The saw comes packaged in a Festool Systainer that allows you to stack it with other Festool machines or attach it to the top of one of their vacuum cleaners.
The power cord on the Festool saw is a Plug-it cable, which is compatible with other Festool machines and allows you to swap between machines by simply unplugging the cable from the one machine and plugging it into the next machine.
The saw comes standard with a 48-tooth blade and a 1.4 m track. Additional tracks are available in 800-, 1 400-, 1 800-, 2 400- and 3 000 mm lengths.
This saw is simple to use, with a safety mechanism that needs to be slid up before pulling the trigger, thus preventing accidents. The saw has a riving knife that drops down into the cut, preventing the wood from binding on the blade. Dust extraction on this saw is extraordinary when connected to a vacuum cleaner, with virtually no dust escaping the extraction. The saw can tilt from -1° to +47°. The depth of cut at 90° is 55 mm, and at 45° is 43 mm.
A remarkably clever feature on this machine is the small plastic block called a splinter guard that sits in front of the blade and prevents tear-out and improves dust collection.
The Festool saw fits on the Makita rail, and the Festool rail clamps, which are made by Bessey, are also compatible with the Makita rail. R11 999 at toolcraft.co.za