We Tried It: Festool TS55 REQ Track Saw Review

HANDY Magazine Executive Editor, Dan Cary, reviews the Festool TS55 REQ track saw. This new model features a riving knife that extends ahead of the blade, a micro-adjust depth control, flat side housing for flush cutting, increased bevel range and better dust control.

See more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQQ4Bfsv2o8

Despite taking a concept as easy as a circular saw riding on a rail, the track saw or guide rail system is anything but easy. Transforming and totally optimizing cutting flexibility, accuracy, and accuracy, this cutting system is unlike any other and, accordingly, provides users some quite robust advantages over other cutting systems.

The plunge-cut circular saw and guide rail system provides smooth pivoting action, lessened blade exposure, and the capacity to develop accurate cuts from any point on a panel (something regular saws might never ever do and should never ever try); this handful of developments renders it among the most flexible cutting tools in the market. The system allows users to perform practically any cutting application from ripping sheet products, cross-cutting, and creating straight edges in rough stock - to jointing boards and producing openings in panels and in sections of floor covering, cabinets and doors. Essentially, the track saw is like the supersweet-hybrid outcome of a seriously awesome panel saw and the industry's best circular saw ever, and, although it's been informing users for nearly half a century, the track saw stays one of the most amazing innovators in the production industry.

Developed by Germany's Festool around forty years ago, still, just a couple of makers note a tack saw in their power tool line-ups; this, of course, leaves that monopoly (or, perhaps, triopoly) in the capable hands of Festool, Dewalt, and Makita. Identifying which among these track saws is better than the other, however, is not so easy as you may think - and although I like Festool to a fault (but not really "a fault" as Festool really does no incorrect, but I digress), the Makita and Dewalt designs have their benefits too. Advantages, in fact, that make it increasingly tough to ascertain a clear front-runner amongst the 3 manufacturers. In the interest of being honest, I believe the best track saws and the very best rail guide systems still originate from their birthplace - Festool, however let me put down some information to assist you find your own track sawing soul mate:

Dewalt's DWS520SK is a 6.5" plunge-cut circular saw with a 59"guide. It's a zero-clearance cutting system for the straightest, most precise splinter-free cuts, and with an accurate on-track cut depth indication (which accounts for the thickness of the track your utilizing), users can easily strike exact cut depths (max cut: 2-1/8" at 90 °, 1-5/8" at 45º). The saw furthermore boasts a constant anti-kickback system and riving knife to decrease kickback while working, and with a smooth, low-profile blade guard, the saw is can likewise and easily be utilized is small or uncomfortable areas. The saw boasts a straight plunge mechanism for ergonomic comfort on the job, and with a 12A, 1300W motor with 1,750 - 4,000 RPM, the circ saw can chomp through woods approximately 2-1/8" thick. The thing is additionally gear up with a universal 1-1/4" dust port which, when coupled with a vacuum, collects about 90% of the dust and particles produced while cutting.

The DWS520SK includes the saw and guide (naturally), and a package box, blade wrench, and a 48-tooth ultra-fine ending up blade. If you need a little more than 59" in the guide rail department, Dewalt also makes a 102" track. Their DWS520LK includes that 102" track, and their DWS520CK consists of both the 59" and 102" saw tracks. Of course, you might likewise acquire the tracks or other accessories for the saw and track separately.

Makita's SP6000K1 system is constructed around a 6.5" plunge-cut circular saw and 55" guide rail. The guide rail system and circ saw base are created to connect with one another leading to perfectly smooth, absolutely exact straight and bevel cuts, and due to the fact that the tool's electronic speed control preserves constant speed under load, the saw provides splinter complimentary cuts with a honestly astounding surface. The saw in addition features variable speeds varying from 2,000 - 5,000 RPM optimizing its overall flexibility and offering the best choices for each application. The thing likewise boasts a big-ol' cutting capacity of 2-3/16" at 90 ° and 1-9/16" at 45 ° and a bevel ability of -1 ° to 48 ° with positive stops at 22.5 ° and 45 °. All this power and all these abilities require a bit of preventative measure, accordingly, the saw likewise has a built-in present limiter to remove motor burnout and a soft start function to make sure an always smooth efficiency.

Boasting magnesium elements the SP6000K1 is light-weight, durable, and ultra well-balanced, and providing seriously near to the wall cutting, the saw uses extended applications. Likewise including a smooth plunge release for user convenience, and, maybe one of the saw's very best functions, dual front and rear bevel supports to hold the blade in position (so you don't have to), the thing offers extremely smooth and dead-on precise bevel cuts. For the sake of general awesomeness, the saw also offers basic depth change, a depth stop, super-fast blades modifications, an electronic brake for your safety and efficiency, a 1-7/16" rear dust port developed to press product away from the operator (and can likewise link to a collection system), and a saw base that is compatible with completing guide rail systems.


The plunge-cut circular saw and guide rail system provides smooth pivoting action, minimized blade direct exposure, and the capability to create precise cuts from any point on a panel (something ordinary saws could never do ought to never attempt); this handful of innovations renders it one of the most versatile cutting tools in the industry. Essentially, the track saw is like the supersweet-hybrid outcome of a seriously incredible panel saw and the industry's best circular saw ever, and, although it's been informing users for nearly half a century, the track saw stays one of the most exciting innovators in the production industry.

In the interest of being truthful, I think the finest track saws and the best rail guide systems still come from their birthplace - Festool, but let me lay down some info to assist you discover your own track sawing soul mate:

For the sake of overall awesomeness, the saw likewise offers basic depth modification, a depth stop, super-fast blades modifications, an electronic brake for your security and performance, a 1-7/16" rear dust port created to press product away from the operator (and can also connect to a collection system), and a saw base that is suitable with competing guide rail systems.
HANDY Magazine Executive Editor, Dan Cary, reviews the Festool TS55 REQ track saw. This new model features a riving knife that extends ahead of the blade, a micro-adjust depth control, flat side housing for flush cutting, increased bevel range and better dust control.See more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQQ4Bfsv2o8Despite taking a concept as easy as a circular saw rid...