Rounding out these circular saw reviews is an industry favorite, the legendary Festool TS 75 EQ.
If you’re on the lookout for a first class plunge cut circular saw, Festool deliver, albeit at a price. There is no sense in disguising the fact that this manufacturer sells premium tools. The price tag reflects a superb attention to detail and build quality alongside top-tier performance.
If you’re looking for a cheap circular saw, this is absolutely not the right product for you. Any of the other 4 models we have reviewed would make a better bet. If, on the other hand, you have the budget to spare and you want nothing but the best, read on to find out what sets this circular saw above the rest.
The go-to circular saw for many professional contractors and home woodworkers alike is the TS 75 EQ from Festool. The stellar brand also offers a slightly smaller option, the TS 55.
You’ll get an enormous amount of adaptability with this saw. Whether you’re working with rough timber or engaged in fine finishing work, cutting out steps or window frames, you’ll enjoy cuts as straight as you could make with a panel saw with all of the freedom of a more portable unit.
There are a few differences between the TS 75 EQ and a regular circular saw which repay taking into account…
A common issue with circular saws is their tendency to start wandering as you cut. The guides often have too much play. The nifty guide rail on the Festool mean you can get accuracy you might normally associate with a table saw or panel saw without any of the troublesome splintering that can mar your workpiece.
Most circular saws don’t have riving knives but the Festool comes with a spring-loaded splitter that retracts during plunge cuts. With this saw, you’ll be able to start and finish your cut anywhere in the material. You’ll enjoy creating the cleanest of edges however demanding the material. There’s no waste either since the cuts will always be made flush to the scribe line even when beveling.
There’s a small, replaceable plastic guard near the cutting edge. This helps to almost completely eliminate splinters and is a wonderful touch enhancing your finish. Not only that, you’ll save time too as you will generally get what you need done with a single pass.
Cutting depth is a more than acceptable 2 15/16 inches if you are cutting without the rail. With the guide rail in place, maximum depth capacity is 2 ¾ inches. Since you only need to expose the bit of the blade needed for any given cut, depth adjustment is a cinch.
Swapping the blade is a cakewalk thanks to the FastFix blade changing system. As soon as you activate this, the arbor and power switch lock up eliminating any chance of an accidental start-up. The position of the saw means you’ll easily be able to remove the arbor bolt and access the blade swiftly and expediently.
MMC electronics serve you up with a shower of benefits to prolong the lifespan of your saw and make controlling it much easier. The variable speed control allows to match the speed to the application. Speed is monitored so you can rest safe in the knowledge that the blade will spin at a consistent pace even when it’s subject to heavy loads. You’ll get no overheating or overload either so Festool has all bases covered.
You can put the Festool under some pretty heavy cutting action with no drop in performance. It’s a tool built for commercial use so you don’t need to hold back.
It’s a very user-friendly experience with the TS 75 EQ. Swapping out the blades is stress-free and the cutting action is smooth and stable.