Sorry to interrupt this academic analysis of Amazon's Reviews and How They Impact Their Business Model, but I wanted to chime in "officially" to let folks know what's going on with Festool. And believe me, it's really not that interesting. Festool has not been a sponsor of the show since 2009-ish. I've had a good working relationship with them and they continued buying advertising on our site. I really enjoyed using their tools and because of the great relationship I had with several of their employees, it just didn't feel right pulling their tools from the show or even seeking out an alternative sponsor. It was one of those, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" sort of things. I did this, knowing full well that my show would actually benefit from using more accessible tooling. I'm glad was able to turn so many people on to Festool and what their tools can do, but ultimately my goal is to encourage woodworking, not tool purchasing. A woodworking show will appeal to more people if the tools used are less expensive and more accessible. And when I say things like, "You don't need a Festool router to do this. All routers spin bits and cut wood!" it's a lot more believable if I'm using one of those other less expensive brands. Recently, after a bit of an internal reorganization including the departure of my primary connection to the company, Festool backed out of a year-long advertising agreement suddenly and without notice. Business is business so I don't take this stuff personally. But it did allow me the opportunity to reflect upon my tool choices and the brands I use. While Festool makes great tools, there are certain tool categories I feel I'd be just as happy with if they were yellow, green, blue or whatever. And coming from a Festool experience, I feel there's a real opportunity in evaluating some of these other tools and reporting back on how my supposed "downgrade" is going. So that's the deal. I'm getting rid of much of my Festool gear and replacing it with more accessible brands. I'm picking the brands I think would be good contenders (Milwaukee, PC, DeWalt, Makita, Bosch, etc), using them over the next year, and either selling or giving away the ones I choose not to keep. So what's staying? ETS and Rotex sanders, TS55 and MFT, a couple CT Vacs, and the Dominos. These are what I consider to be game-changer tools so they aren't going anywhere. Well, the TS saw isn't quite as game-changing as it used to be with so many track saw options on the market today, but I'm already so invested in the tracks and MFT that replacing it would be a huge headache. And this isn't meant to be Festool mass exodus. It's paring down to what i consider to be Festool essentials. I still love the brand. So there's no ill-will here, no fun story of vengeance or rallying against corporate greed, and certainly no reason to question my integrity (which I always find amusing). Just trying to make lemonade from a few lemons.
I'm with Vinny about the blades being backwards. I did that once a while ago, and it looked like that when it was all said in done. When you were making the cut, was there some smoke and or a lot more sawdust then normal?