Festool Carvex Is Almost Here (for reals this time, yo)
At least we hope it's for real. I think it was two years ago that it was on the verge of US release and then it was pulled at the last minute. It was so close that I got to test drive one at that year's JLC show. But then word went out that it was a no-go. If I recall, Festool said that it had to do with a performance issue.
But now, it's back again and slated for a September 1 release.
We're usually pretty impressed with Festool products, their four-headed drill is a champ and the RO 90 DX Rotex sands like the devil himself. I've never used any of their Trion Jigsaws, but I've actually heard quite a few luke warm things from those who have. Sort of a, "yeah, it's kinda cool, but...."
That said, the Carvex, their new line of jigsaws, looks to be above and beyond. That's really the only way to describe a tool that has a four LED strobe light that shines on the blade, timed to the stroke. So when you're using the tool, the blade looks like it's standing still. Seriously. Check it out here:
It also has a brushless motor, a first for jigsaws. And then there's the footplate thing. Is Festool content to just have an average boring old footplate on their tool? Of course not, they've got to come up with seven different ones, each suited for a different material or task. The one that is rightly getting all of the publicity is the 'butterfly' one. It's hinged along the centerline so you can position the saw along an outside or inside corner. See for yourself:
It'll be available first corded (barrel grip or D-handle) and then cordless. The corded versions are selling for $350, which sounds like a very reasonable price from Festool. But then again, keep in mind that the footplate selection is going to cost some extra coin. $200 for the set and the circle-cutting jig (that's right, a circle-cutting jig).
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 5, 2013 10:28 PM