New Festool HK / HKC 55 Track Saws
Festool has announced the introduction of the highly anticipated new HK 55 and HKC 55 cross-cutting track saws. These new saws are not your usual track saw, and while they share similarities with Festool's TS saws, they represent a completely new category of track saw. The HK 55 and HKC 55 are perfect for flooring, 2x lumber, trim and similar applications. These saws can replace the functionality of a compound miter saw, panel saw or track saw in a compact, portable form factor.
The New FSK Guide Rails
The changes begin with newly designed tracks, which Festool calls the FSK guide rails, that lock onto the bottom of the HK 55 and HKC 55 saws. A spring-like mechanism causes the saw to return to the beginning of the track after each cut. This enables you to make rapid-fire cuts with no need to reset the saw after each cut which reduces steps and speeds production.
The FSK tracks have two stops on the bottom side which provides a reference to butt the track against your material for quick alignment. One of the stops is permanently fixed, while the other can be slid to various positions that reference the angle of the cut that will be achieved. By beveling the saw, you can quickly achieve fast repeatable compound angle cuts in seconds. These tracks are much shorter than the tracks you may have seen before, but that's because they are designed specifically for cross-cutting. They come in lengths that offer cross-cut capacities of 9-7/8" (FSK250), 16-1/2" (FSK420) and 26-3/8" (FSK670).
You cannot use Festool's TS 55, TSC 55 or TS 75 in combination with these new tracks. However, the HK 55 and HKC 55 are compatible with all flavors of Festool guide rails.
Use the HK / HKC 55 with FS Guide Rails
If you want to make longer cuts with the Festool HK 55 or HKC 55 track saw, you're in luck! Festool has made these saws compatible with their complete lineup of FS guide rails which range in length from 32" to a whopping 16-feet. Please note that you cannot use the Festool TS 55, TSC 55 or TS 75 with the new FSK cross-cut guide rails.
The HK 55 and HKC 55 Kits
The HK 55 is the corded version and the HKC 55 is the cordless version of these new saws. Both versions can be purchased as a BASIC kit which includes only the saw and Systainer. Both versions also can be purchased as a PLUS-FSK kit which includes the saw, Systainer, and FSK420 guide rail with a 16-1/2" cross-cut capacity with the cordless saw also including two 18-volt batteries and a charger. Lastly, the cordless version is also available as a PLUS kit which includes the saw, Systainer, two 18-volt batteries and a charger (but no guide rail).
3-Year Warranty & Money Back Guarantee
Like all Festool power tools, the Festool HK 55 and HKC 55 are covered by Festool's comprehensive 3-year service all-inclusive warranty. This includes free shipping to and from the repair center should you need warranty repair.
Also, all Festool power tools are covered by a 30-day money back guarantee. While online reviews offer a good basis for whether a product is generally good or not, why not try it yourself?