|The reason I didn't have a blog entry for Tuesday was that I was at Festool training. We need to be able to answer technical questions and also show people how to get the performance the justifies the cost of the tools. Brian Sedgeley, the instructor, is pretty well known across the US as knowing more about the tools and being able to teach it better than just about anyone else. While intellectually I know how important splinter guards are on the Festool jigsaws the picture at left taught me a simple way to explain it. The saw cut on the left is a typically splintery cut made without a splinter guard. The saw cut in the middle was made after inserting the small plastic splinter guard that comes with every Festool jigsaw and is replaceable. The top of the cut is dead smooth. The third cut on the right was made with a narrow blade and shows how tight a turn the saws can make without thinking about it. Brian did the cut in a second. He also showed us how to adjust the blade guides for blade thickness so you get the best tracking. |
One difference between dealer training and practical training to end users is Brian shows us simple ways of demoing the tools. Here he is cutting a 2x4 the long way and by showing that the resulting cut is square you get a real sense of how good the guides are on the saw and get a sense of how much time you will save by not having to clean up the cuts. I've learned tons more tips which I will write up as time permits.
Earlier in the year most of the jigsaw excitement was on the imminent introduction of the Carvex jigsaws, which has now been postponed. While the Carvex when it comes out will represent the next generation of jigsaws, its announcement does an injustice to the current line of Festool jigsaws which are fantastic. Festool also just lowered by $60 the cost of the saws and all the saw packages that include a vacuum. Click here for more information.
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