Festool USA, retailers, and “paid partnership” social media influencers have been promoting the newest Festool “next-generation” corded track saw, TS 55 FEQ-F, and how it is now “twice as fast.”
The secret behind this? “New ultra-thin saw blades.”
Here’s what Festool USA says about their new “masterpiece” flagship product:
TS 55 F: Festool’s Masterpiece – Now Twice as Fast
Festool’s track saws embody absolute precision, high power and considerable durability. The TS 55 F Track Saw delivers excellent work results and a top-class sawing system—truly meeting every challenge. It offers the maximum cutting performance and quality including:
Perfect Cuts: New, ultra-thin saw blades drive faster work.
This seems contradictory, as “ultra-thin” circular saw blades rarely go hand-in-hand with “absolute precision.” Thinner saw blades remove less material, making them more energy-efficient. But, thinner blades also tend to deflect more, due to being more flexible.
Retail listings also add:
The concentrated torque of our track saw enables work progress at up to twice the speed
Festool USA announced their new track saw 6 weeks ago, but have not yet released any information to explain their “concentrated torque” claims.
So, that’s the extend of what we’ve been told – “ultra-thin” blades and “concentrated torque.”
Price: $599, $699 with guide rail
I saved up and purchased a Festool corded track saw nearly 11 years ago. That was my first experience with Festool tools. That was a great purchase with no regret. I still use it on occasion, although I mainly use my Makita cordless plunge-cutting track saws these days.
How is this new model any better than Festool’s last one? The one before that? My 11-year-old saw?
I don’t find Festool’s claims of “concentrated torque,” and “now twice as fast” [thanks to] “ultra-thin blades” particularly convincing.