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Credible alternative to the Festool TS55 Plunge Saw Blade

22 October 2018

Author: Craig Sanders

Credible alternative to the Festool TS55 Plunge Saw Blade

The plunge saw, working in conjunction with a guide rail, is now the ‘go to’ power tool when professionals require a portable circular saw… and the Festool TS55 has become the market leading product, with literally thousands of units sold each year. Over the years, many lower cost alternative branded, yet compatible, saw blades have been available in the market place. It’s fair to say that performance-wise, they simply haven’t been good enough when compared to the original and genuine Festool branded saw blade.

Step forward the new Maxitek professional circular saw blades, designed specifically for use with plunge saws – not only the Festool TS55, but other popular guide rail saws with a 160mm blade size requirement. The range of 160mm blades cover most popular cutting applications – with a 20mm bore size as standard:

28 Teeth x 2.2mm Kerf – for fast and semi-clean cuts wood and board materials. The blade has identical dimensions to the Festool 496302.

48 Teeth x 2.2mm Kerf – for precise and clean cuts in veneered, coated and laminated boards as well as solid wood and board materials. The blade has identical dimensions to the Festool 491952.

So how do they compare? Following a social media campaign, professionals and industrial users provided genuine feedback on the 48 teeth blade – shown below:

  • “Like a knife through butter." - @jamescustomuk
  • "Very impressed - blindfolded I'd not be able to tell the difference to a Festool blade." - @SBT_Design
  • "It is easily on par with the Festool one for the cleanness of the cut." - @livingwood18
  • "Has been a great blade - I have used it on Eggerboard, MDF, WBP ply and has done a perfect cut every time" - @empirejoiner

Also available in the Maxitek 160mm range is a unique 40 Teeth x 1.8mm Kerf blade – designed for precise and clean cuts in various materials such as wood, chipboard, laminate, plastics, non-ferrous metal, iron and steel.


 

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