To say I was "in my element" was an understatement.
It was a HUGE honour to visit the world headquarters of @festool in Germany. A #festoolexperience I will remember for years to come.
We got an inside look at how their tools are developed, built, and tested. Sadly I cant share any of those images, but believe me when I say, they put their tools through the roughest conditions to ensure they perform when you need them the most.
Assembly takes place by very skilled hands. Packing tools with the utmost care and minimal waste. The factory is a well oiled machine.
The trainers there are extremely passionate about what they do. Frank, Georg, and Jose gave us a refresher on tools we knew of, and showed us some tools that we dont have available in North America.
I know many of you ask, why dont we have certain tools in North america? The answer varies. Its partially demand, voltage/amperage, CSA or UL requirements, or cost.
For me, the biggest eye opener was voltage. Many North americans complain that the TS55 is "underpowered" , but forget that this is a tool that was designed and built for 240v.
I used the ts55 to rip full depth in oak, and the power was incredible. We ran the TSC55 and TS55 side by side and we felt the corded TS55 edged forward ever so slightly.
Whats the solution here? Unfortunately there isnt a simple one. As tools evolve Im sure we will see more cordless options, but for the time being, our grid is a huge restriction.