Protool becomes Festool

This is old news for some I am sure, but Protool and Festool have combined, and the Protool brand has been absorbed.  In one way, this is kind of confusing, seeing as the two brands were really one anyway under the Tooltechnic banner – at least from an outsiders perspective!

The company used the Festool brand for more woodworking type applications, and Protool for other contractor tools (concrete cutters and grinders, heavy-duty drills and other heavier duty products).  They have decided to combine these under the single Festool brand banner.  It means the Protool tools will receive a makeover, becoming the classic Festool dark blue and green, and it won’t be possible to say definitively that all Festool is made in Germany (a few of the Protool range are not), but it will end the “when is a Festool not a Festool” question (as in “when it is a Protool”).  So what does this all really mean?  Not a lot to be honest, just means if you are a fan of Festool (or have been sorely tempted by their range), as far as the Festool branding (and green/blue coloured tools), that range is getting bigger.


One of the early cab-off-the-ranks is the SwordSaw



And many other products in the Protool range will be receiving the same treatment.

I know not everyone is into Festool products- to each his own.  What I can I say – quality is addictive!




The Festool Swordsaw, in the wild

Can’t wait for this to make its way down under!


Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Workshop, where we lay our scene,
From ancient practice break to new possibility,
Where the quest for sawdust makes filters unclean.
From forth the independent loins of these two brands
A pair of star-cross’d lovers forge new life;
Whole new adventure providing new capability

Put up your swords if you know what’s good for you!

When I first witnessed across crowded room this offering from Protool, it shouted possibilities, especially when amalgamated with the strong support mechanisms of the Torque. So for the first time, we witness the birth of a new possibility – the combination of a Torque Workcentre and the SwordSaw!

(And no, that is not my name for it – in the past I’ve seen it as the UniverS, or the SSP200, but on the systainer it comes in, in about 5 different languages it is actually called a SwordSaw, and that seems a fitting a name as any, and inspired the opening paragraph (a badly mutilated verse of Will’s)).  It has been provided for some trials and for my upcoming Trademan’s Expo stand in Melbourne by Ideal Tools.

The SwordSaw and the Torque

No adaptions were necessary – it fitted straight onto the circular saw mount of the Torque Workcentre.  Because of the large chain guard which extends quite a way below the tip of the chainsaw blade, I have mounted it so it overhangs the table edge.  Another way of doing it would be to build up the base on either side so there was a slot the blade could pass through.  And still, the Torque Workcentre can be used in two ways – bringing the tool to the work, and the work to the tool.  You could centrally position the blade, passing through a slot in the table, and feed work into the blade as you do with a tablesaw.  If doing that, this combination would be akin to a sort of bandsaw, at least for long rips.

Speaking of rips – the SwordSaw has more than one blade type available – there are both ripping blades, and crosscutting ones.  Imagine a builder wanting to cut some of those really heavy-duty laminated roof beams.  Do it by handsaw?  Or pass a circular saw all round (2 passing the cut), or drop it on top of the Torque and run this beast through it!

Hmm – possibilities!

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