Our friends over at ToolNut and Festool Products sent over a shiny new Festool Carvex jigsaw for us to test out and review. The Carvex looks like a jigsaw, it cuts like a jigsaw, but it’s unlike any jigsaw I have ever used.
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Because the Carvex is so different, I will be breaking up the review into a couple of parts. To start off, I want to discuss whether I feel its $350 price tag is justified. This way the other parts of the review can focus more on the tool itself.
Before we begin, a big thanks to ToolNut for sending over the test sample. I have spent maybe $1500-2000 with them on tools and consumables in the past few years, mainly via their Amazon storefront, and wouldn’t hesitate to give them more of my business in the future.
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The black and white truth is that Festool is one of those brands whose tools you are almost guaranteed to love. In reality, not everything Festool makes is golden, but many if not most of their tools do lead the market in terms of features and performance.
Festool tools are expensive investments, and those who buy into the brand typically tend to convince themselves and others that their purchases are well-justified.
In a nutshell, I feel that, at $350 for the base kit, you do get your money’s worth.
Festool tools tend to be priced higher than competing products for one simple reason – they cost more to make.
Quality – the tool is made in Germany, and it looks and feels extremely robust. Construction is top-notch, materials are top-notch, and even aspects you wouldn’t normally pay much attention to, such as the power cord, are exceptional.
Features and Attention to Detail – it’s not just that the jigsaw is fully-featured, but that it was engineered with extreme attention to detail. Nothing is haphazard, nothing is accidental, and nothing is thrown in just because a marketing executive thinks it looks good.
In my opinion, Festool does not seem to design and produce products in the same way as their competitors. Instead of designing their tools around a particular price point, they engineer their tools as solutions that solve a problem or tackle applications as best as possible.
With the Carvex, there is a wealth of features to learn about and become accustomed to. That’s also why I feel the need to break the review up into different sections. Our Festool Carvex jigsaw preview discusses many of its features in greater detail.
There’s the slide-down guard, the strobe light, easy-change base plates, detachable rubber-coated power cord, top handle trigger, side triggers, included dust collection port, bundled Systainer, superb blade guidance, powerful brushless motor, and compact lightweight feel, just to name a few.
Are You Paying More for the Festool Name? – No, I wouldn’t say you are, at least not in the obvious way, but you do pay a little more because the Carvex is part of a system. Festool’s tools and accessories all work very well together, and you can also use 3rd party accessories such as guide rails and dust extractors. I imagine that at least part of the price is derived from efforts to maintain that system-wide compatibility whether you want or need it or not.
Disclosure – Although I own a couple of Festool tools, I don’t think it’s influencing me, but will leave it to you to judge whether I am capable of approaching this objectively or not.
Risk-Free – If you are strongly considering a Carvex, or any Festool power tool, you really, REALLY should try it for yourself. Festool dealers, including ToolNut and their Festool Products specialty shop, all offer 30-day money-back guarantees. Or you can head in to any local Festool dealer.
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Price discussions tend to be very subjective. My opinion that the Carvex jigsaw is worth its $350 sticker price is based strictly on product and price considerations. If you rarely use a jigsaw, only use one for the most basic of cuts, or don’t need high precision, then this most likely isn’t the best jigsaw for your needs. This is why my opinion only looks at what you get vs. what you pay, otherwise there are too many variables to consider. Whether you need this jigsaw and can justify its $350 jigsaw is something maybe the next parts of the review can help out with.
Thank you to ToolNut for providing the review sample unconditionally. Review samples are typically given away, donated, or retained for benchmark and comparison purposes.