Went along to a Festool evening recently at Total Tools, to see what the latest offerings from Festool were all about.
The C18 driver was shown, although I already have the T18, so they seemed pretty similar.
What was particularly interesting was the new circular saw. This isn’t a plunge saw as is the norm for Festool, but a much more stock standard CS design. Of course there are still the typical mods that Festool are known for. It is driven by an 18V battery for one.
It is the HKC55 160mm cordless circular saw.
What really seemed to set this saw apart though is the guide rail. This is not your grandmother’s guide rail.
An easy-to-use angle-setting system on the side of the rail makes it very easy to set up for angled cuts, and by angling the saw over, it effectively becomes a portable SCMS, with a long travel distance.
Bit hard to show with a few photos. Found this video on Festool UK. Probably better watched with the sound muted!
So an interesting evening, getting to look at a couple of the new products from Festool. Interesting too, seeing it with people in the trades, who are quite vocal in expressing what they need to see, and what they don’t in a demo. If it is not a tool they specifically need to use for their job, they have no interest whatsoever, and are quite prepared to express that fact.
Came away with a showbag which is always a bit of fun. Sadly, I didn’t find a HKC 55 in the bag, but I did get a few Festool-branded items – cap, travel mug, stubby holder, carpenter’s pencil, and a Festool carpenter’s rule. Seeing as that normally sells for $15, I’m not complaining :)