One of the busiest spots at this year’s show was Festool’s booth, where attendees flocked around the new TS 55 REQ track saw, a redesign of the TS 55 EQ. New features include an easy-to-read depth scale, a control knob for finer depth adjustments, a flat housing for flush-cutting against walls, a riving knife that emerges from the base before the saw blade (for easier positioning in existing cuts), and improved dust extraction. Like other Festool track saws, this one includes a slip clutch to reduce the chance of kickback, limit stops that prevent the saw base from rising during a plunge cut, and a guard that keeps the blade covered above the cut line. It costs $585; a 75-inch guide rail adds about $185.
Festool, 888/337-8600, festoolusa.com.
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