Festool PS 300 EQ Jigsaw 561443When I took up woodworking as a festool trion ps 300 eq jigsaw a few years ago, splintering and blade wandering caused both by the saw's design and the use of cheap blades relegated the saw to its storage drawer for all but the most rough cutting needs. One of the newest jigsaws to hit the US market is the Trion by Festool. Like always my main intent is to try to provide the reader with all the information they need to make an informed purchase. There will be plenty of photo's, some festool trion ps 300 eq jigsaw close up, which I hope will give you a feel for the tool. Click on any picture to enlarge it.
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When I took up woodworking as a hobby a few years ago, splintering and blade wandering caused both by the saw's design and the use of cheap blades relegated the saw to its storage drawer for all but the most rough cutting needs. One of the newest jigsaws to hit the US market is the Trion by Festool. Like always my main intent is to try to provide the reader with all the information they need to make an informed purchase.
There will be plenty of photo's, some very close up, which I hope will give you a feel for the tool. Click on any picture to enlarge it. What's in the box? Let's begin with the barrel grip version. The contents include the saw, a dust port adapter, removable power cord, chip guard, splinter guard, instruction manual and warranty cards and a pair of blades. Not just any old case! The Systainer is a high impact plastic case designed not only to hold the tool, but also to be stackable with other Systainers as well as on FESTOOL's line of vacuum cleaners.
At right you can see two Systainers stacked and secured together. You will notice that the latches normally used to latch the lid have been repositioned to latch the Systainer above.
Repositioning is accomplished by simply sliding the latch up and then snapping it to latch the Systainer. A closer look at the Saws and their Features: Of note are the 6 amp power, Pendulum orbital action, and 5 pound weight: Power, motor and speed control The motor is a strong 6 amps which is on par with the other new jigsaws on the market. What this means is that the saw will adjust for changing loads and keep the cutting speed constant.
This is actually a necessary feature since neither model of the Trion feature trigger controlled speed photo's left and right. If you are paying attention you noticed that there isn't a power cord in the above pictures. The Trion's power cord is detachable via twist lock. This is a great feature for storage and greatly improves the ease of handling of the generous 13 foot, extremely flexible power cord. The barrel grip Trion has a slide switch right which applies power.
For me it was a bit awkward to adjust the speed while gripping the saw. The D-handle seen behind the barrel grip at right does have a trigger and a trigger lock but the trigger is not variable speed. The speed is still selected by the thumbwheel.
Pendulum action The pendulum or orbital action is engaged by moving the lever left near the blade mechanism. There are three different levels of action 1,2,3 plus off 0. The difference in speed and ease of cutting, especially in thick hardwood is amazing. My tests confirmed that as well. Blade Change Mechanism Changing blades on the Trion is a snap. At right you can see the only motion required and that is to lift a spring loaded lever.
It is literally as easy as lifting the lever and inserting the blade and letting go of the lever to lock the blade into place. Click here to see a short video of a blade change. Blade Guide The next innovative feature is the blade guide system.
Much like a band saw the Trion captures the blade between a pair of carbide guides. The collage of pictures at left show clockwise from upper left the guide and adjustment hex screw, the guide front on, the guide from below, and the guide adjusted for the blade. The photo at right shows the included allen wrench being used to adjust the guide. The wrench conveniently stows right in the base plate of the saw. The manual instructs you to adjust the guide until it "almost touches" the blade and that the blade must move freely.
In the photo at left I adjusted it to where I thought it should be. The blade did move freely and because you actually draw the right guide to the blade while the left guide stays almost stationary, I thought this was correct. Well it is correct if you leave pendulum mode off but in this case, I cut about 6" of wood with the pendulum mode on 3.
The result can be seen in the photo of the overheated blade at right. When I noticed this the blade would no longer move freely. Apparently the pendulum mode requires more clearance than "almost". In my subsequent tests I adjusted the guide with more clearance for times when I used the pendulum mode and did not have another problem. I did however have the guide adjusted for a fine cutter blade and forgot to re-adjust it for the thicker blade and had the same overheating happen. My recommendation is that unless you need the guide for a specific cut, adjust it to give the blades plenty of clearance so you don't overheat and ruin a blade.
The fine and scroll blades seem to benefit the most from the guide. Base Runner The base runner is constructed from what appears to be cast aluminum and has a plastic skid plate attached to its bottom. The runner is an integral part of the Trion's dust extraction system.
I'm not sure of the purpose of the rear ducts on the runner in the photo at left. It is difficult to see in the photo at right but even though the base is cast, the angle index lines up perfectly.
Set the angle and tighten the locking screw. The base runner can be adjusted either forward or back from its default position. With the runner in the front position left you can even make pilot-less plunge cuts. More on that later. The instructions refer to the runner in the front position meaning that the locking screw is towards the front of the adjustment slot. In reality the runner is to the rear and the blade is to the front. The clear plastic piece around the blade is the chip guard.
As mentioned earlier the dust extractor adapter plugs into the base runner. For best efficiency you should also install the chip guard. If you want to keep your sanity and hearing while using a shop vacuum cleaner to catch dust from portable saws and sanders, I suggest you look at the quieter vaccums on the market.
Of course Festool has a variety of vacs which should work great. Chip and Splinter Guards At left is the chip guard and at right is the splinter guard. The chip guard is used to aid the dust collection effort and the splinter guard will enable you to make fine, finish cuts with the right blade The use of these guards does obscure your sight of the cut line especially after they get dusty. Here's two tips which will help you keep a bead on that cut line.
Wipe both the Chip and Splinter Guards with a fabric softener sheet. This will help keep dust from sticking to them. Take a Sharpie tm marker and color the point of the guard. The clear guard is difficult to see and this will help make it stand out. Different Strokes for Different Folks Alright, I know, that's an corny old cliche but I needed a lead in for this next section.
As I mentioned above, the Trion comes in two styles. The conventional D-handle and the barrel grip. I'm going to be honest and tell you that I still don't know which one I prefer since each has its own merits. Below is a set of photos of the two styles: What I like about the D-handle is the sure grip. It is the style that I've used all my life and it is the most comfortable for me.
It is certainly better suited for home improvement work where you might be using it in awkward positions. For fine work however the higher grip can cause some stability and control issues.
For accuracy in following a line I prefer the barrel grip version. It's lower center of gravity makes it easier to follow the line and easier to keep the saw planted flat on the work. I find the grip is unsure when I'm carrying it but once it is on the work it feels secure.
I prefer having the crotch of my thumb-forefinger up against the front of the saw left This seems to give me the best control and the surest grip.
If need be you can grab the top knob with your other hand to stabilize the saw. If I had my druthers I'd have one of each style. Warranty This caused me a little confusion because the owners manual states that the Trion comes with a 1 year warranty.
In reality the Trion comes with a 3 year warranty. The Trion is warranted for defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 3 years and there is no exclusion for commercial use.
If the problem occurs during year 2 or 3, Festool will pay for return shipping to you only. I don't think I've ever seen any product where the manufacturer payed for shipping both ways. Oh yea, if you are disappointed it will probably be because you bought the barrel grip and don't like the feel or bought the D-handle and subsequently decided you wanted a barrel grip. Not to worry, the Trion comes with a 30 day money back guarantee.
You can either return it for a refund or swap it for a different grip style within the first 30 days. Performance I've put both saws through a variety of tests and they do both work well. I used Festool blades for these tests and the blades are substantially responsible for the quality of the cut. The Trion can also use Bosch blades and I've put a cross reference column in the blade chart I made.
I tried to get some good photos of the cuts but was unable to get the quality of photos I had hoped for. Effect of Blade Guide on accuracy of cut The results of these tests were mixed.