Chris Ermides from our sister site, Tools of the Trade, reviews Festool’s newest track saw. While a big hit in Europe, the system is due to roll out in the U.S. this fall.
As Ermides writes:
"The HK 55 EB, and it’s 18V cordless cousin, the HKC 55 EB mount to a short rail or track. Unlike Festool’s original track saw system in which the saw stays above the track until it’s plunged into the material, the HK and HKC blade stay below the track at all times…
Festool said that they weren’t sure yet what the price point was going to be. A couple of the carpenters I spoke with said they would buy it if the price was near Festool’s track saw, which starts around $600 for a corded version. Most of them wanted to see it offered at a much lower price, though – which seems fair. The system will come with only one rail, which is shorter than the one offered in the TSC kit. This saw will be competing with the sliding compound miter saws. Imagine running trim along the rake, or siding, or soffit and fascia material for that matter – from a scaffold or lull without needing a mitersaw mounted to the staging. You’ll get the same level of accuracy from this saw without the setup time.”
To read the full review, click below.