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Software assessment: Festool TSC 55 KEB tracksaw

When you personal it, you possibly can’t think about not having it. That’s the type of software Festool’s new TSC 55 KEB cordless monitor noticed is. 

The noticed is almost similar to the present TSC 55 REB, with two important upgrades. The primary is a thinner blade that cuts faster and extends battery life as much as 40%, in response to Festool. The second is the headline-grabber: an anti-kickback system that replaces the riving knife. Once you rush a plunge reduce with any monitor noticed, it may well jerk backward and reduce into the monitor. Every time I pressured the KEB to chill, the blade stopped immediately, with no harm to the monitor or the workpiece. 

Festool track saw Model TSC 55 KEB $500–$800
Festool monitor noticed Mannequin TSC 55 KEB $500–$800

Going cordless means this monitor noticed is a magic wand, letting you plunk down the monitor wherever you need, and not using a twine to snag and interrupt the reduce. Match doorways. Break down sheets of plywood. Crosscut slabs as much as 2-1⁄8 in. thick. The Festool monitor stays put with out clamping, even when balanced on a brief workpiece. Anticipate furniture-quality cuts because of the blade, the noticed’s cosy, clean sliding motion, and the monitor’s zero-clearance edge. With a vacuum connected, mud assortment is at the least 95% environment friendly; and it’s superb with simply the onboard bag.

With its two 18-volt batteries plugged in (you may as well run it with only one, making it lighter), the KEB’s energy and endurance are wonderful. It reduce 248 ft. of plywood on a single cost, and sliced by means of 1-1⁄2-in.-thick white oak with out hesitation. 

The KEB is appropriate with older Festool tracks and batteries. You should purchase simply the naked software, the software with the batteries, or the software with the batteries and a 55-in. monitor.

Safer than ever. When you plunge the blade, a tab drops down and contacts the wood. If the saw kicks back, the tab triggers an internal brake instantly, with no damage to you, the track, or the workpiece.
Safer than ever. Once you plunge the blade, a tab drops down and contacts the wooden. If the noticed kicks again, the tab triggers an inside brake immediately, with no harm to you, the monitor, or the workpiece.
Tablesaw-quality cuts. Like all of Festool’s TSC 55 track saws, the KEB delivers flawless cuts in any material, thanks to a zero-clearance track that stays put with no clamping.
Tablesaw-quality cuts. Like all of Festool’s TSC 55 monitor saws, the KEB delivers flawless cuts in any materials, because of a zero-clearance monitor that stays put with no clamping.
Amazing power and endurance. With its thinner blade, the KEB cut almost the length of a football field of 3⁄4-in. plywood on a single charge.
Wonderful energy and endurance. With its thinner blade, the KEB reduce nearly the size of a soccer subject of three⁄4-in. plywood on a single cost.

—Asa Christiana is a woodworker and freelance author in Portland, Ore. 

Photographs: Asa Christiana

From Positive Woodworking #295

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