The TS REQ is not your standard circular saw. With its accuracy and versatility, a better comparison would be to the most advanced table saws, miter saws or panel saws available. Add in its incredible portability and unbelievable ease of use, and you have a precision-cutting solution like no other, at home in the highest-end cabinet shop as well as an onsite remodel.
With the addition of micro-adjustable depth controls and a flat housing for flush-cutting against walls or adjacent surfaces, the TS 55 REQ is Festool's most advanced plunge cut saw ever, which is saying a lot.
This saw comes with a 55" long Guide Rail. The saw's table has an integral groove which engages the Guide Rail for precision straight line cutting. The Guide Rail, itself, has a non-slip surface; you place it on the work surface aligned with your cut line, and start cutting.
Additional Guide Rail sections are sold separately, and can be linked together for extra-long, high precision, straight cuts. See Related Products, below.
• When used with Festool guide rails, you can achieve perfectly straight and splinter-free cuts
• Spring-loaded riving knife (splitter) keeps the cut kerf open so that the material does not pinch the blade and reduces the chance of kickback
• The slip clutch helps to minimize the risk of a kickback and minimizes wear on the blade, gear case, and motor
• Blade changes are easier and safer using the FastFix system which locks switch and arbor simultaneously for easy arbor bolt removal
Some of Festool's corded hand tools - like this saw - have a secure, detachable power cord. When attaching the cord to the tool, two motions are required. You must first push the cord into the socket to engage the contacts, and then you must twist the connector's housing 90° to lock the cord onto the tool. This last twisitng motion is important to prevent overheating the contacts, with potentially damaging results.