Next door to our showroom is a wholesale manufacturer of window dressings and there is a constant parade of sub-contractors who make all the valences, frames, and other bits and pieces of the final window treatment. While they wait for the freight elevator they sometimes wonder into our showroom to pass the time. One day a guy stops by, his Bosch jigsaw died and he had a friend call him by cellphone from Home Depot where he was going to pick up a replacement. But another person at the Depot said he should check
out Festool so while he called the guy waiting for the elevator to inform him of such news and to browse around while waiting. He poked around the display, picked up a jigsaw, thought it seemed to be built right and then asked the price. We revived him and then he wanted to know why it was so expensive. The best way to sell Festool is to put it into a customers hands so we set up the saw. To insert a blade you open a latch and drop in a blade, no tools or fuss required. The vacuum attachment is standard and just clips on the
back. The customer (he had passed from being a browser to customer, took one cut in 3/4" ply and said
"wow!!!" he had never gotten such a smooth cut, so effortlessly, with no dust, no burning, and with a tool
that felt so solid in his hand. "I'll think about it- it's really too much money for me" he said. And the
elevator door opened and he left. I started to put the saw back on the shelf and clean up. I didn't even get a
chance to show him the 4 levels of pendulum motion that the saw has (for faster cutting), or the variable
speed. He didn't do straight cuts so he probably wouldn't be a candidate for the guide rail system that
integrates seamlessly with the jigsaw either. About five minutes later he returned waving a check.
About two days later he stopped by to get a few more blades, he was in awe of the system "I could cut two layers at once, perfectly straight, faster than ever before, and it turns corners on a dime! It's saving me hours in cutting time and most important in edge cleanup time. The edge is clean with no burning."
The tool models of jigsaw are the same except for the grip. Most people like the body grip because the hand
is closer to the work and the whole tool has a lower center of gravity. I have small hands and I feel more
secure with my hand on a smaller, "D" handle.
Both tools have a carbide tipped jaws with a three-way blade guide and support for straight cuts, a splinter
guard and either straight running and two orbital motion settings.
The saw, 2 multipurpose wood saw blades, Chip guard, Splinter guard, Plug-it cord, Packed in Systainer 1.
|Power consumption:|| 720 Watts / 6 amps 120 v AC|
|Stroke rate (1"):|| 1000 - 2900 spm |
|Pendulum stroke adjustment: || 4 stages |
|Bevel cuts: || 0 - 45 degrees |
|Cutting depth in wood: || 4 3/4" (120 mm) |
|Cutting depth in non-ferrous metals: || 3/4" (20 mm) |
|Cutting depth in steel soft: || 3/8" (10 mm) |
|Weight: || 5 lbs (2.3 kg) |