Tool Test: Not Your Grandfather’s Circular Saw

By Glen D. Huey
Page: 34

From the April 2008 issue #168
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I can only imagine the grin on Grandad’s face if he were to use the Festool TS55EQ. It’s not the ordinary circular saw with which he toiled.

This is a plunge-cut saw. The blade plunges into the work to make the cut, then retracts into the saw when finished. During the cutting process you might not fully appreciate this feature; however you’ll love it when you set the saw down after cutting. It sits flat.

Features on the TS55EQ that make it stand out are numerous. First, the saw, when placed on a guide rail (more about that later), is set at a slight angle. It’s toed in. This all but eliminates the blade burning as you cut. That both extends blade life and leaves a smooth cut.


From the April 2008 issue #168
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