For over 80 years, Festool has carefully cultivated a reputation for innovation in the woodworking industry. Since Gottlieb Stoll and Albert Fezer founded the business in 1925, over 300 patents and 80 awards for products and business have been awarded to Festool supporting their commitment to quality and innovation.
Over the years, Festool has rolled out numerous industry benchmarks, including the first orbital sander, the first eccentric sander, the Rotex® dual-mode sander, the first brushless drill driver, and the revolutionary DOMINO® tenon joiner. Today, the Festool name is recognized as an industry leader and well regarded as a producer of some of the highest quality tools available.
Festool’s reputation for precision, attention to detail, and exceptional ergonomics is unmatched in the industry. How did they achieve such high standards? Product developers for Festool take the time to visit real-world shops. They study woodworkers as they work in their shops, garages or basements and then design tools specifically with those woodworkers in mind. With every machine they aim to eliminate unnecessary steps, improve accuracy and produce superior results. Festool engineers also tailor their tools precisely to the human hand. They study the way woodworkers move and refine the ergonomics to make the motions as natural and comfortable as possible.
At Festool, each tool is designed with its neighboring tool in mind. Dust extraction, for example, is seamlessly integrated into every tool. Turn the tool on and off and the vacuum automatically turns on and off. The Systainer storage cases that come with every tool click neatly onto one another, as well as on top of the dust extractors. Simply close the case, click it in place and roll your entire workstation to the next work area. The famous Festool guide rails work with routers and plunge cut saws alike, allowing you to pack a small woodworking shop into a couple of Systainer cases.
Over the years, Festool has produced numerous patents and new technologies, and they are constantly reassessing old standards to refine each tool in every possible way. Consider Festool’s Carvex jigsaw or the Kapex miter saw. Each style of machine is widely used and has been around years but Festool found a way to reinvent them both by adding features and accessories you won’t find anywhere else.
Across the board, Festool delivers machines with high tolerances, low vibration, excellent heat dissipation and top-quality materials that combine to make quiet, comfortable, durable tools that help you work, "Faster, Easier and Smarter."
Great Saw Review by Andrew
As with every Festool product, after looking at the price tag, your first question is — is it worth paying that much money? You can certainly get a very capable miter saw for less. What you won't get is second-to-none build quality, an insane warranty and top-notch HEPA dust extraction. If you have a small shop, as I do, I highly recommend the Mobile Miter Station. Not only does it provide a solid base when you're using the KS 120, but it folds up — with the Kapex attached. This means it doesn't take up much space when you're not using it, but it can be ready for use in about 15 seconds. I also recommend the Cart Extensions. They take up almost no space when not it use, set up quickly and provide a solid work surface for cutting long boards. The integrated sale (metric) really does allow you to make cuts that are accurate to the millimeter!
First class finish Review by Dave
This acquisition is a conversion from an old circular saw (with a wobbly blade) to a track saw. I have already used it in both normal as well as plunge mode, both with the track. It is precise, with intuitive operations and excellent dust collection. The saw rides in the track smoothly and without any play. As other reviewers have mentioned, the power, though adequate for my needs, may cause it to struggle a bit with thick hardwoods. I have often balked at the Festool prices but in the end I have never regretted any Festool purchase.
Hands-down the best way to join stock Review by Mark
I would not be the first to say that the domino system is the best way to join stock. I am currently using it on trim. I join the trim pieces before installing them so that all of my pieces stay nice and tight. Simple and fast and strong. There is really not much else to say about it. I did also get the systainer with the variety pack of dominos and the additional cutters.
You need this sander! Review by Robert
I recently purchased the Festool RO 90. I am amazed at the versatility of this tool and with the Festool dust collection capabilities, I can use it anywhere and not be concerned about dust, unlike most other sanders. I bought it to refinish some kitchen cabinets to paint them and the capabilities of the RO 90 to go from removal of the current finish to a final sanding that I thought I could never achieve was amazing! I forgot to mention that the headlights of my old beater pickup truck look great after I went thru the steps up to 8000 grit and now they look brand new!
A requirement for making sqaure cuts Review by Andrew
Festool markets this product as a way to make repeatable cuts, which it does very well. However, the Parallel Guide Set is really handy for quickly and accurately squaring-up any piece of wood. IMHO, the Parallel Guide Set, Fs-Rapid Clamp and a MFT/3 are the cornerstone to allowing you to square-up any piece of wood that will fit under a Festool Track. Here's the procedure I use:
1. Make a straight cut along the longest edge of the board. For small-ish boards, this can be done with the MFT/3 using the squaring arm and the 1080 Track that come with the table. For longer word pieces, you can use the Fs-Rapid Clamp and the track that comes with your Track Saw.
2. Take the (now) straight edge and line it up against the squaring arm on the MFT/3 and use the 1080 Track that comes with the MFT/3 to cut the short edge.
3. Flip the board over and cut the second short edge in the same manner. You now have three straight edges that are square to each other.
4. The two short edges are now parallel. Use the Parallel Guide to cut the other long edge. The work pieces is now square.
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