The Festool Trion jig saw is available in both a barrel grip and D handle version, this review is of the D handle version but aside from the handle, the machines are identical. As one would expect, the Trion comes in a Systainer, (a stackable case). It also includes a dust collection adapter, splinter shield, and a couple of blades. The Trion also uses the Festool detachable (Plug-it) power cord and like all other corded Festools, the cord is long and sized to work with their line of vacuums.
|The Trion has a very sleek and smart appearance and
a compact easy to maneuver feel to it. The 6 amp motor has plenty of power and is variable
speed from 1000 to 2900 strokes per minute. A variable speed dial is located on the back
of the grip near the cord. I was expecting speed changes to be inconvenient since you
cannot adjust the speed (with one hand) while pressing the trigger. To date, this has not
been an issue at all, evidently I don't change the speed after starting the tool.
|I've only cut wood with the Trion but is seems to have all the
power one would need. It is a very smooth running tool as well with the characteristically
Festool lack of vibration. The speed control keeps the cutting speed constant and I
believe that is part of the reason the saw feels so controlled during a cut.
Like any good jigsaw, the unit can be operated with the blade in one of several stroke modes. Festool calls this a "pendulum" action, most would probably know this as "orbit". The blade application chart lists what action would be best for each blade and material.
|The Trion also has the ability to use zero clearance inserts
(called a splinter guard) that can be installed at the front of the base. These are just
little pieces of clear plastic with a pointer formed in their leading edge; they are cut
by the blade when installed. These simple pieces of plastic really work and reduce
tear-out on the pull stroke. They can reduce visibility to the blade though, that's
why they have a pointer built into them.
Festool is well known for its dust collecting designs and the Trion falls right in line with this. The back of the base plate can be fitted with a hose adapter that keeps the hose in line with the cord. Dust collection is made via a large-ish duct through the center of the base. A clear plastic shroud (called a chip guard) fits over the front of the saw; with this in place, dust collection is remarkable. This shield will obscure the blade somewhat but even when removed, the dust collection works quite well. The Plug-it cord design is also designed to make changeover from tool to tool easier since you only need to swap the DC hose and AC plug right at the tool.
The Trion comes equipped with all the features one would expect of a high end quality tool and a few more as well. Like all the other Festools the Trion comes with a three year warranty as well as a 30 day money back guarantee. The only way I would see anyone using the 30 day guarantee is if they found that they preferred the barrel grip over the D handle or vise versa.
I found the Trion to be a very accurate, ergonomic, and high performance tool that is a pleasure to use. The performance of the Trion varies between "above average" to what I'll call "I don't believe that was cut with a jigsaw!". The latter is typically found when cutting the more demanding materials like veneered plywood and the like. Not unlike some other Festool products, the Trion has transformed my opinion of the jigsaw as useable for only rough work.
In the interest of full disclosure Festool provided this product to facilitate this review.