Festool introduced the Carvex jigsaw in September and has since added a cordless version, both of which feature brushless motors, multiple base plates and a long list of user controls.
Where to begin? Well, with brushless motors, which easily qualify as today’s hottest trend in the portable tool marketplace.
“Brushless motor technology offers us longer run times, particularly on cordless products,” product manager Rick Bush says. “This motor is lighter in weight, more energy efficient and longer lasting so it doesn’t have the same service issues associated with it as a motor with brushes would.”
Then there’s the tool-free base changing system with seven task-specific bases.
The angle base has two beveling feet that provide greater stability and accuracy when making inside or outside angle cuts. A steel base plate is available for metal-cutting applications. A guide rail adapter base can be used with Festool guide rails and also serves as the base for attaching the circle and radius cutting accessory. Then there’s the hook-and-loop base plate with replaceable felts to prevent scratches on delicate materials. A dimpled base plate is available for uneven surfaces. And there’s also a hard fiber base plate that provides a smooth, low-friction surface.
Bush points out the saw’s carbide guides. “They stabilize the blade and give you a square and true cut.”
“Our splinter guard is also pretty unique because you actually cut into it with the blade of the machine so you hit a true zero clearance. That helps to prevent any kind of tear-out on sheet goods.”
The rest of the list includes four LED work lights, tool-free blade chuck, adjustable chip guard, variable speed trigger, stroke adjustment knob, and dust extraction features.
The corded version sells for $350 as a stand-alone tool. The cordless jigsaw, with batteries and a charger, sells for $550. Both models are available with a barrel or D-handle grip, and accessories abound.
Contact: Festool USA. Tel: 888-377-8600. www.festoolusa.com