Track saw reviews

Which is the best track saw? Ready. Fight!

As you can see in the comparison chart below, Festool TS track saws are undoubtedly the best track saws available. Having pioneered track saw technology, Festool has had nearly half of a century to refine and perfect its track saw to make them the best track saws on the market.

The best track saw offers the most features and functionality, superior dust collection, the broadest range of available accessories, and the best service and support. Considering those factors, Festool is the clear winner.

  Festool
TS 55 REQ
Festool
TS 75 EQ
Makita
SP6000K
DeWalt
DWS520K
Greatest depth of cut (2-15/16") dot
Most powerful (1,600 watts) dot
Splinter-free cut on both sides of the blade dot dot
Slip clutch (Safety feature) dot
Riving knife (Safety feature) dot dot dot
Micro-adjustable depth of cut dot
Flat housing for flush cutting dot dot
Best bevel range (-1° to 47°) dot
Best dust collection (up to 96%) dot dot
Lightest weight (9.7 lbs. vs. 9.9 lbs.) dot
Smooth pivoting plunge action dot dot dot
Removable, replaceable power cord dot dot
Optional cross-cut table (MFT/3) dot dot    
Best range of accessories dot dot
Available guide rail sizes 8 8 2 3
Available branded saw blades 6 7 1 1
Manufacturer's warranty 3-Year 3-Year 1-Year 3-Year

* Competitors' information as published on 3/1/2013.

Does our track saw live up to its claims?

The folks over at Tool Select, an independent reviewer of power tools, teamed up with Dan Carlson of Carlson Design to put the TS 55 REQ to the test in a series of eight applications. These tasks were designed to test our claims that the TS 55 REQ could replace the most advanced table saws, miter saws and panel saws.

Also, be sure to check out the short two minute Festool TS 55 REQ track saw review by Handy Magazine.

Festool is the best track saw. But, don't take our word.

It wouldn't be entirely fair for us to share reviews and awards dating all the way back to 1964, when Festool invented the plunge saw and guide rail system, since there has been no competition until recently. However, as the rail guided cutting systems have gained popularity, there have been quite a number of magazine reviews covering this tool category. Festool has consistently been crowned the king of the category and received a resounding thumbs up from editors and customers alike.

Festool's TS plunge saw and guide rail system has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years for its superb cut quality and design, making it the best track saw on the market.

Virtually every reputable woodworking publication agrees that Festool is the king of the hill when it comes to track saws.

Here are just a few examples of accolades received from our TS family of track saws over the years.

Still not convinced?

Research on some of the woodworking forums on the internet and you'll quickly see a trend. Festool is highly regarded by professional woodworkers and recommended as the #1 brand of track saw. While other companies now offer saws that ride on a track, only Festool has the most extensive range of accessories, blades, cross-cut tables, and full-unit HEPA dust extractors to go along with the saw. Festool has unparalleled service and support for its power tools, which are designed and manufactured in Germany.

No-risk 30 day guarantee.

What better way to decide if the track saw is the right tool for you but to try it yourself? Well, you can do that. Festool offers a 30-day money back guarantee on all of its power tools. Get it, try it, and if it doesn't fully meet your expectations simply return it for a refund, less any applicable shipping.

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Handy Magazine

Handy Magazine Video Review
We Tried It: Festool TS 55 REQ Track Saw

If you're woodworker, especially a cabinetmaker or contractor that works in a finished interiors where dust collection is critical, this should be on your short list. I never met an owner who regretted this investment.

Fine Homebuilding

Fine Homebuilding
Festool TS 55 REQ Track Saw

Whether I'm in a shop or on a job site, it's hands down the best, safest method for breaking down sheet goods I've encountered.

JLC

Plunge-Cutting Circular Saws
April 2009, Pages 45-51

…if I were to run out and buy one today, it would be the Festool TS 55 EQ. This saw has been around long enough to have all of the bugs worked out of it. The rails stay put without clamps and there are many blades and accessories to choose from.

Wood Magazine

Rail-Guided Saws
September 2009, Pages 62-65

Just because something was first doesn't make it the best. But in this case, Festool's veteran TS 75 EQ outshone the upstarts... Our Top Tool, the hefty Festool TS 75 EQ, displayed ample power and precision in everything from sheet goods to thick hardwoods.

Taunton Press

Guided Tool Category
2008, Pages 96-99

Additionally, the Festool plunge saw and guide rail system achieved an overall readers' rating of 4.82 out of 5.00.

The Festool saw and guide rail system was the editor's choice as the best overall and was also a clear winner among readers.

Popular Woodworking

Not Your Grandfather's Circular Saw
April 2008, Page 34

I can only imagine the grin on Granddad's face if he were to use the Festool TS 55 EQ… Cuts made with the saw alone are good, but the real beauty come when using the saw with an aluminum guide rail (a 55" guide rail and 48-tooth carbide blade are included as part of the saw system package). This is where the real magic starts.

Protool Reviews

Protool Reviews
Festool TS 55 REQ Plunge Cut Track Saw Review

Many times I hear people say Festool represents the pinnacle of woodworking tools. Apparently they don't see that as sufficient reason to sit on their laurels. With improvements like these I can't wait to see what's next. This top tier German tool has my recommendation.

Toolbox Buzz

2013 Toolbox Buzz Tool Awards
Festool TS 55 REQ Track Saw Video Review and Best Power Tool Award

The Festool TS 55 REQ is nearly a perfect power tool in my opinion. It offers near perfectly straight line cuts in an very portable platform. It's the perfect saw for remodelers and woodworkers looking to improve their overall quality with a tool that offers an endless amount of uses.

Fine Woodworking

Plunge-Cut Saw Makes Straight, Clean Cuts
June 2009, Page 20

Forced to pick between the Festool and DeWalt" … "I'd choose the Festool. It's lighter, easier to plunge, and has a better blade-changing mechanism.

Woodworkers Journal

Plunge-cut Rail Saws
May/June 2009, Pages 64-68

Smooth performance and a wealth of accessories, along with a proven track record (and the option of a larger machine if needs demand it), earn Festool top-tool honors...

Handy Magazine

Ridin' the Rails
December 2009, Pages 30-33

And the 'Best Bet' Winner is... Without question, it's Festool.

Tools of the Trade

Festool Circ Saw and Guide Rail System
July 2007, Pages 25-26

Festool's claim is accurate; the TS 75 EQ did change how I work.

JLC

Festool TS 75 EQ
May 2007, Pages 3-4

I highly recommend this saw. It does everything the company says it will and then some... As far as I'm concerned, buying a TS 75 EQ is money well-spent.