I was actually logging on today to search about a festool jigsaw
I currently own a ts55 and purchased it about 7 years ago it is still the best tool I have in my van
I am in the need of a jigsaw and i am going to order the eq300 later this week,has any one any info on this jigsaw
The thing I've heard about this jigsaw is that the blade stays straighter while it's cutting because of the way the Festool base is designed. I was told it cuts like a scroll saw because of the base and blade design. You can use Festool blades in other jig saws though; just FYI.
That said, I've had the same Porter Cable jigsaw for about 15 years now and I just cant justify buying the Festool right now. My PC works awesome (as jigsaws go), and I really don't use a jigsaw that much. Although, whenever I use my PC I kind of hope it'll puke out, but the thing just keeps humming along!
Saw a FestoolSaw demonstration recently and was very impressed with the way they have gone after dust. Making just about every tool with a port to attach their dust "extraction" hose. When hooked up to the tool the extraction works very well, very little dust in the air. Now the big question, are they worth the money they want? They are super expensive! The salesman told me that in a commercial shop (that I don't have) a Festool a sander will outlast 6 or 8 DeWalts or P.C. Or Bosch sanders. But I could buy about 10 of the other brands to one Festool. I think it is an excellent product but grossly overpriced. I'm just a weekend woodworker I have no use for that kind of equipment for that price. Also I'm 50 yrs old I'm not going to invest in tools that expensive when if need be I'll run down to the local hardware store and purchase another DeWalt sander when my old one dies. What is your opinion on the price of Festool?
I remember the first time I saw Festool's TS-55 in Woodcraft I thought to myself, what idiot would pay $550 for a freaking skilsaw?! After I saw what they did and how well they worked, I figured that out! I LOVE my TS-55
I also have 2 Festool sanders and the Festool dust collector. The RO90 and the ETS150 are the sanders I have and the CT 26 is the dust collector I have. Sanding w/ the Festool sanders while using the dust collector is nothing short of AMAZING! There's virtually no dust. That's not the only plus though, the sanders are designed amazingly well too. The ETS150 is sooooo nice to use. All the different pads that are offered make it fantastic and it's action is superb.
The RO90 is a marvel! The way I see the RO90 sander is like this- Someone will come out w/ a sander and I'll think to myself, that's a great idea! Then I'll use it and it'll be a complete turd. Somehow, Festool took all those great ideas and combined them in this marvelous little sander, and they made it work phenomenally! It's awesome for perfecting just about anything.
Even the Festool sandpaper is fantastic. The stuff lasts a long time, and when you add up how much you get compared to buying the 10 packs of Norton (which is all I used before I got the Festool) its pretty cheap.
You'll be hard pressed to find someone that bought a Festool and regrets it; they're fantastic tools regardless of whether or not your a hobby woodworker, or you make a living building cabinets or furniture.
I will say this though, it was a tough decision between the ETS150 and the Mirka Ceros sander. The decision maker for me on that was that I had Festool already, and the Festool was actually about $200 cheaper than the Mirka. I definitely LOVE my ETS150, but that Mirka is an awesome sander as well.
All that said, I don't work for or represent Festool in any way other than simply stating that they make fantastic power tools. Their tools work incredibly well. I still can't justify spending the money for the Domino, the Kapex, or their cordless drills so I can't vouch for those; my Makita miter saw, my PC and my Dewalt biscuit jointer, and my little 12v Bosch drills work way too well to trade up. But the sanders, the dust collector and that track saw are awesome tools and worth every penny IMO.