Well, to help stoke this fire a little while I am doing my paperwork,
check this out to see if this can help you decide how much money you
need to put aside:
You should know though, that a couple of years ago there was (yet
another "shootout") a fairly comprehensive test in one of the ww mags
and the Festool was no more than middle of the pack. The winner was
the Bosch "Brute" line with its heavy case and the amount of screws
driven. It only slightly edged out the newer line of Ridgid that came
out with the 15 minute recharge batteries and lifetime case warranty.
I thought about that, and realized that the Authorized dealer didn't
have any real reason to lie. Really, who would proclaim their tools
are proudly made in China?
No one in town stocks any Fein product except Woodcraft, and I knew
better than to call them. They only stock the Multimaster in limited
quantities with all accessories being special order.
See above for my phone call to Amazon. Indeed, made in China.
My MILWAUKEE jigsaw is made in Germany. Go figgur. So is my Ridgid
2610 6" sander.
Bought a set of Bosch 18V tools a while back. Two Swiss, one Mexico, one
China .... Open markets.
I'd probably test things that could hurt people in Europe too, given the
I thought the writer offered a more interesting question for this blog
"Is this saw strictly for plywood and sheet goods? Or, can you see
using this set-up for all your circular-saw needs. "
Awfully expensive for the occaisonal plywood cut, no?
I think perhaps a bargain for the person that does handy man repairs and or
a wood worker just starting out. Certainly cheaper than a decent TS and
probably produces better results than a similarly priced TS on sheet goods.
For the framer, I don't think so. For the reasons I previously mentioned
add the question, how many framers are going to use 2 hands to plunge the
saw to cut a 2x when on a job site?
IMHO this saw is targeting the cabinet builder and coupled with the work
table that Festool sells the combination will do just about anything except
The Festool and IIRC The DeWalt do have depth stops but I do not know if you
could stack dado blades on the these saws. This is what keeps the saw from
cutting "through" the table tops on those nice benches that they sell.
Believe it or not I do have a dado set for a hand held circle saw that works
pretty well, all things considered.
O(nce again - late to a thread
Couple of things to note
1. The Euro equivalent of OSHA does not permit "blind cuts" - in
table saws - so no dado blades - euro table saws won't hold them.
Routers do the job safer
2. The Euro plunge saws, probably developed by Festool, isn't
designed nor intended to be used by a stick frame carpenter.
It is intended for working with sheet goods. Festool made it
a part of a portable, integrated, woodworking system which
can be used in a small shop - AND - on site.
The Festool plunge saw will cut at a desired line -whether the
blade is at 90s or 45 degrees. It has built in "zero clearance"
which minimizes or eliminates tear out where the saw teeth
come up out of the sheet goods. It has pretty precise depth
of cut setting that's reproducable and easily seen reference
lines for starting and stopping a cut.
One of the major woodworking tools and techniques for Euros
came about at the end of WW II. Europe was pretty torn up
- manufacturing devastated, the supply of solid wood quite
limited and a huge demand for basic household furniture
- mainly cabinets to put things in. So a bright fellow came
up with "manufactured wood products" which used the
readily available wood debris. Skilled woodworkers were in
very short supply - war not being particularly good for males
between 16 and 70. So a bright German came up with a
system of cabinet making that could use task specific
tools and jigs (that didn't require the large capital investment
that mass production required) to make up for the lack of
We, in the U.S. have been playing with woodworking tools
and machines that, for the most part, are basically
the same as they were 50 plus years ago - machine
green being replaced by Platinum White, and brand
colors - for plastic parts. And while we were getting
Tried And True - the Europeans have been innovating.
The fact that riving knives are finally showing up on
tables saw, and riving knives will start showing up
on these plunge saws, seem to indicate that US
"manufacturers" (actually distributors of foreign
made products) that are FINALLY getting the message
- catch up or watch your market share disappear.
Tired - sleep required. End of message
- the 32 mm System
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