Battle of the Festool Jigsaws: Trion vs Carvex

June 19th, 2017

Festool jigsaw reviews

Looking to buy a Festool jigsaw?

There’s two main styles to choose from: the Trion 300 or the Carvex 420.

As a power tool specialist and official Festool dealer, we have the expertise to help you choose the best jigsaw for your needs.

Read on for our Festool jigsaw reviews and a side by side comparison of each model!

Festool Jigsaw Model Codes

Before we go any further, it’s handy to know what the different Festool jigsaw model codes mean. As Festool is a German company, most of their tool codes are abbreviations for German words. There are four different Festool jigsaw codes:

  • PSPendel Stichsäge.
    This means pendulum jigsaw. All Festool jigsaw codes begin with PS to indicate the type of tool.
  • PSBPendel Stichsäge Bügelgriff.
    Bügelgriff means bow handle, so this translates to bow handle pendulum jigsaw.
  • PSCPendel Stichsäge Cordless
    This means cordless pendulum jigsaw.
  • PSBC = Pendel StichsägeBügelgriff Cordless
    This means cordless bow handle pendulum jigsaw.

After the initial 2-4 letter code, 3 numbers will follow to help you identify the specific model. All Trion jigsaws end in 300 and all Carvex jigsaws end in 420.

Festool Trion vs Carvex: What’s The Difference?

As mentioned, there’s currently two Festool jigsaw styles on the market: the Trion 300 and the Carvex 420. Both come in an electric body grip model (PS) and an electric bow handle model (PSB). The more modern Carvex also comes in a cordless body grip model (PSC) and a cordless bow handle model (PSBC).

TRION
CARVEX
PS 300
PSB 300
PS 420
PSB 420
PSC 420
PSBC 420
Motor type
SAME >
Brushed
SAME >
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Brushless
Power consumption
SAME >
720W
SAME >
110V = 400W
240V = 550W
Battery voltage
SAME >
18V
Blade type
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ALL Festool jigsaw blades
Stroke rate
SAME >
1,000 –
2,900 min⁻¹
1,500 –
3,800 min⁻¹
1,000 –
3,800 min⁻¹
1,500 –
3,800 min⁻¹
1,000 –
3,800 min⁻¹
Inclination
SAME >
SAME >
SAME >
SAME >
SAME >
0-45°
Cutting depth in wood
SAME >
SAME >
SAME >
SAME >
SAME >
120mm
Cutting depth in NF metals
SAME >
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SAME >
20mm
Cutting depth in steel
SAME >
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SAME >
SAME >
10mm
Weight
SAME >
2.4kg
SAME >
1.9kg
SAME >
2.4kg
Vibration sawing chipboard
SAME >
4.5 m/s²
SAME>
10 m/s²
6 m/s²
10 m/s²
Sound pressure level
SAME >
83 dB(A)
SAME >
SAME >
SAME >
88 dB(A)
Sound power level
SAME >
94 dB(A)
SAME >
SAME >
SAME >
99 dB(A)
Pendulum cover adjustment in stages
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Festool Jigsaw Reviews

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The Trion is Festool’s original jigsaw model.

As mentioned, it comes in an electric body grip model and an electric bow handle model, depending on your personal preference. Both are perfectly balanced with compact handle dimensions and a low weight of 2.4kg for effortless one-handed operation – ideal when you’re working from below! It also has lower noise and vibration levels than the Carvex for increased comfort and control.

The Festool Trion 300 has a high-performance 720W motor with ‘Multi Material Control’ power electronics which ensures high torque and cutting power. Pendulum action allows the blade to move up and down, AND backwards and forwards to cut into thicker, harder materials quicker. The jigsaw also has constant adjustable speed and temperature monitoring for work on all types of material.

The Trion provides a superior level of precision and curve cutting thanks to its patented three-way blade guide with parallel adjustable carbide jaws. It can make mitre cuts and undercuts from 0-45°, and it’s compatible with Festool’s guide rail system (adapter needed) for even further accuracy.

The jigsaw also has a splinter guard which ensures splinter-free cuts on both sides, eliminating the need for rework or finishing work – even on veneered surfaces! Integrated extraction channels in the saw table provide effective dust extraction directly at the blade, while the FastFix quick-clamping system enables rapid, tool-free blade changes.

The Festool Trion jigsaw can be used for a wide range of applications, including cut-outs for sinks and kitchen hobs; trimming work on furniture, kitchens, and for interior fitting; cutting circles and curves; coping end strips; cutting workpieces to length; edge notching on beams; and cutting from below.

Overall, the Festool Trion 300 is an excellent jigsaw which offers superior power, precision and ergonomics for flexible use in a wide range of applications. However, it’s sorely lacking a cordless model.

Festool Carvex Review

Festool Carvex review The Carvex is Festool’s more modern jigsaw model. It has all of the same great features as the Trion, with some additional benefits.

The main difference between the Carvex and the Trion, is that the Carvex comes in both electric and cordless models. A cordless jigsaw can significantly increase the flexibility of your work as you’re not restricted by power sources and cable lengths. Festool’s NEW AIRSTREAM battery technology further increases the convenience of cordless with even longer runtimes, 65% quicker charging times and ‘to-the-minute’ charge display. So really, the main difference between an electric and cordless Carvex jigsaw is literally the cord!

The Festool Carvex 420 also has a brushless EC-TEC motor which provides maximum efficiency and performance. Brushless motors utilise energy more efficiently as it’s not being wasted on heat and friction from the carbon brushes – it’s transferred to the task you’re conducting instead. Brushless motors are also 100% maintenance-free and have a longer service life than brushed motors. In cordless models, the battery’s runtime is also increased. (Note: brushless motors tend to have lower wattage than brushed motors as they’re more efficient which ‘makes up’ for this.)

In addition to this, the Carvex has an automatic speed setting which reduces the speed before the blade makes contact with the workpiece to make starting cuts easier. The motor then quickly speeds up once it’s engaged with the workpiece and adjusts the speed according to the blade’s resistance in the material.

The Festool Carvex jigsaw also has stroboscope LED lighting for an easily visible scribe mark – something which the Trion is greatly missing. There’s also an electronic on/off switch on both sides of the jigsaw making it easy to reach in every grip position for increased convenience.

Out of the six Festool jigsaw models, the two electric Carvex models have the lightest weight at only 1.9kg for even greater comfort and control. The two bow handle Carvex models also have a wider variable speed range for increased flexibility in applications.

The only downfall of the Carvex compared to the Trion, is that in order to make mitre cuts and undercuts from 0-45°, you need to purchase an angle table separately which will cost you around £80.

Overall, the Festool Carvex 420 is a brilliant jigsaw. It can do everything the Trion 300 can do and more for maximum flexibility when working.

What’s The Best Festool Jigsaw?

Festool Trion vs CarvexComparing electric and cordless jigsaws is impossible as both have different benefits over the other. So really, it’s down to your personal preference and the environment(s) in which you’ll be working.

If you want a cordless Festool jigsaw, then the Carvex is your only choice – and an excellent one at that! The abilities of the tool along with Festool’s AIRSTREAM battery technology will make your work effortless.

If you want an electric Festool jigsaw; both the Trion and Carvex are brilliant. However, for optimum performance and flexibility; go with the Festool Carvex 420. The Carvex can do everything the Trion can do and more! It has the lightest weight, a brushless motor for maximum efficiency, automatic speed setting for easier cutting, and lighting for a clearer view of the cutting line. The bow handle model also has the widest variable speed range for maximum flexibility in applications.

That being said, the Festool Trion 300 is still a great jigsaw. If you don’t need the above ‘extras’ and would rather have the integrated function of making mitre cuts and undercuts; then this is the best Festool jigsaw for you!

Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Nick Maidment, Wimborne, Dorset

June 15th, 2017

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – John Booth, Liskeard, Cornwall

June 14th, 2017

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Dan Chamberlain, Battle, East Sussex

June 14th, 2017

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Eddie Waugh, Penrith, Cumbria

May 11th, 2017

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“I found Kelvin Power Tools very helpful and efficient, really easy to deal with, and fast. I sent my gun off to be fixed at the beginning of the week and had it back looking and working like new by the weekend. I would definitely recommend them.”

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Damian Hill, Bolton, Lancashire

April 12th, 2017

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“The service was excellent. Great communication throughout. Would definitely recommend and use again.”

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – David Ross, Dover, Kent

April 12th, 2017

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“I’m very pleased with the repair. Very prompt service. Good communication and excellent customer service. Would certainly recommend you to others.”

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Oliver Maslin, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

April 12th, 2017

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“Your customer service, quality of workmanship, [and] communication was second to none. The gun came back like new. I will certainly use you again.”

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Paslode Cleaning Guide: Get the Most Out of Your Nail Gun

March 31st, 2017

Paslode cleaning

Want to learn how to clean a Paslode nail gun?

It’s easy and only takes a matter of minutes!

Here’s how…

Paslode Nail Gun Maintenance

At Kelvin Power Tools, we have an Approved Paslode Service and Repair Centre. We’ve serviced and fixed thousands of Paslodes over the years, and most of the problems are caused by a lack of proper care.

Paslode nail guns are extremely reliable and designed to withstand tough working conditions. However, just like any machine that’s built to last; they require regular maintenance to upkeep their performance and last as long as possible!

Paslode recommend that you clean and lubricate your nailer every 50,000 shots. If it’s being used in a dirty environment or at high nailing rates for extended periods of time then this should be more often.

Cleaning your nail gun is easy and should take no longer than 15 minutes. At Kelvin Power Tools, we stock Paslode cleaning kits which provide everything you need to properly clean and lubricate your tool.

Paslode Cleaning: How to

Paslode provide simple and easy-to-follow instructions on how to properly clean and lubricate your nailer on their website here. The instructions are specific to each model, like the IM350+ or IM360Ci, so make sure you select the right one.

The video below demonstrates how to clean a Paslode nail gun and is a great help if you’re unsure about anything!

Paslode Maintenance: Do’s and Don’ts

Let the tool cool down beforehand, and remove the battery and gas fuel cell

This may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget!

ONLY use official Paslode lubricating oil

It’s specially formulated to withstand the high temperatures generated by Paslode nail guns. Other lubricants can cause rapid build-up of combustion residue which will affect the tool’s performance and require more frequent cleaning. It can also lead to premature parts failure and, in the worst case, an irreparable nail gun.

Use official Paslode degreaser cleaner

Paslode recommend that you use their official cleaner as, again, it’s specially formulated for their machines. Other cleaners may chemically damage the nailer’s electrical, plastic and rubber parts. They may also leave a residue which can cause damage to both you and the tool.

Use a clean, lint-free cloth

This prevents you from spreading dirt or scratching the internal parts of the nail gun.

Make sure you properly tighten all screws when reassembling the tool

Using a nail gun with loose screws can cause damage to both you and the tool.

Test the tool after cleaning

Don’t worry if a small amount of smoke comes out from the nail gun, this is normal.

Your Paslode Needs Serviced Regularly Too

how to clean a Paslode nail gunSo your Paslode’s now CLEAN. Hopefully it seems refreshed! But is it firing like it should? As well as regular cleaning, your nail gun needs new spare parts fitted every now and then. The o-rings, battery pads, filter, etc. get worn out and need replaced.

Is your Paslode misfiring? See our troubleshooting guide: Paslode Problems Fixed

As mentioned, we’re an Approved Paslode Service Centre. This means that we’ve been authorised by Paslode to service and repair their machines as we meet the high standards they set in service and expertise. We have a free UK-wide collection service, so if your nailer’s in need of more than just a quick clean; we’re here to help!

We’ll service, clean, test and fix any problems with your nail gun, then return it to you like brand new again! A service and repair is a worthy investment for maintaining your Paslode’s performance. After all, you don’t want your work to suffer!

What’s included in our Paslode service?

  • Complete strip down of the tool
  • Professional cleaning with a high temperature power washer and degreaser
  • All electrical parts hand cleaned
  • New official spare parts fitted, including o-rings, battery pads and filter
  • Thorough lubrication
  • Testing for any necessary repairs

Paslode maintenance

We Hope Our Paslode Cleaning Guide Has Helped

We hope you’ve found our Paslode maintenance guide helpful. Now you can keep your nail gun clean and performing at its best, ready to fire another 50,000 shots! If your nailer’s still not performing like it should, then it’s probably a service and repair that you need. If that’s the case, remember to check our Troubleshooting Guide to help you diagnose the problem!

Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Mark Evans, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

March 29th, 2017

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“The process of getting a Paslode repair is so easy. I had my broken nail gun sent, repaired and delivered back to me in less than a week. I then sent another for repair and that too was returned within a week. The price they charge is so reasonable. I now have two nail guns working as good as the day I bought them.”

Mark Evans
in Warwickshire

 

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