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Offline threesixright

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Jigsaw blades (icon) legend?
« on: August 20, 2018, 02:01 PM »
Hi,

The CARVEX comes with 2 blades in a carton. On the back of the package are blades & icons (usage), anyone know where these icons are described (some are obvious, but others are less clear)?

Tried looking on the Festool website, l but could not find much.



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Offline ear3

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Re: Jigsaw blades (icon) legend?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2018, 05:06 PM »
There used to be a Jigsaw Blade selector page, but it was written out of the new website: https://www.festoolusa.com/jigsaw-blade-selector.html.  Is there an updated version of this @TylerC  or @Festool USA ?

Failing that, you can look at the specs on the individual blade pages on the Festool website and it will tell you each one's capabilities.  Which particular icons are you looking to translate btw?
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Offline TylerC

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Re: Jigsaw blades (icon) legend?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2018, 05:17 PM »
There used to be a Jigsaw Blade selector page, but it was written out of the new website: https://www.festoolusa.com/jigsaw-blade-selector.html.  Is there an updated version of this @TylerC  or @Festool USA ?

Failing that, you can look at the specs on the individual blade pages on the Festool website and it will tell you each one's capabilities.  Which particular icons are you looking to translate btw?

The old blade selector page actually didn't have a legend for the icons either. (It had the icons, but they were pretty confusing there as well.) I'll see if I can find something.

@threesixright - To echo @ear3's question, are there any particular icons you're looking for help with? It might be easier for me to start with those.

Offline threesixright

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Re: Jigsaw blades (icon) legend?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2018, 06:51 AM »
Could a mod move this to “ask festool...”?

Kind of weird FT puts these icons on the back and doesn’t explain it?


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Offline threesixright

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Re: Jigsaw blades (icon) legend?
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2018, 06:53 AM »
For example what means:
- the “k” shape looks like atoms? Some metal?
- the wood with the slot in it (on the right)?


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Offline ElectricFeet

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Re: Jigsaw blades (icon) legend?
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2018, 07:23 AM »
For example what means:
- the “k” shape looks like atoms? Some metal?
- the wood with the slot in it (on the right)?


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I found this glossary of symbols that might help: https://www.exchangeablade.com/resources/glossary/ They cover a lot of the more common symbols.

In that page, they show a symbol that looks “atomic” for PVC. Curious, I looked up the German translation for “Plastics” and it is “Kunstoff” or “Kunstoffe”. So my bet is that the K shape is German for plastic. 

It would be nice if Festool added this to the back of their catalogues along with the other symbols they have there.

Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: Jigsaw blades (icon) legend?
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2018, 07:34 AM »
I think it would be very helpful to have a drop down selection guide where the end user could input wood type (hard or soft), wood thickness (maybe three categories <1", 1", >1"), type of cut desired (clean, smooth, rough...), scroll ability needed (Y/N), speed of cut (fast/slow).

I personally don't use jigsaws much.  A guide like this would be helpful to me.  My fallback for blade selection is the Bosch T234X.  It does almost everything I need a jigsaw blade to do for me.
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Jigsaw blades (icon) legend?
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2018, 11:01 AM »
Let's try this, take the...
S 75/4 icon row: #3 soft wood/hard wood, #4 melamine/veneered ply, #5 chip board
S 75/2.5 icon row: #3 soft wood/hard wood, #4 melamine/veneered ply, #5 soft plastics ABS & HDPE, #6 chip board?
S 75/4 FSG row: #3 soft wood/hard wood, #4 melamine/veneered ply, #5 cuts perpendicular, #6 fast scroll
HS 75/3 bi row: #3 soft plastics ABS & HDPE, #4 hard plastics acrylics & plexiglass, #6 cement board, #7 steel
HS 105/1.2 bi row: #3 thin sheet steel/tubing, #4 aluminum extrusions, #5 corrugated sheet?

It'd just be a lot simpler if Festool printed the blade application on the package.  [eek]  I know...that'd make too much sense. [tongue]

Bosch & Milwaukee both print the application on the package...aluminum extrusion...stainless...cement board...thin sheet metal...

Offline threesixright

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Re: Jigsaw blades (icon) legend?
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2018, 02:39 PM »
Thanks all, for the response. I'm happy im not the only one that think its weird. If you open a specific blade you would expect the icons there as-well, but no. Very inconsistent and customer unfriendly  [mad]

Its similar with the sandpaper. If there is info its buried deep inside the website.

A simple wizard to find the correct jigsaw / sandpaper is not that hard.