Couple of other/additional points on the Dewalt track saw vs the Festool TS55EQ, based on seeing it demo'd and using it at a show at the local (Orlando) Woodcraft:
1. By nameplate amps, the Dewalt motor is 12A vs 10A on the Festool - or, at 120V, ~ 1400 watts of power for the Dewalt, 1200 watts for the Festool.
2. The Dewalt rep recommended doing a very shallow scoring cut first, then a through cut if tearout on the offcut piece is problematic.
3. The local Woodcraft sells both.
4. The Dewalt's price can be and was discounted at the show. 10% off. No discount on Festool for retail buyers.
5. The Dewalt's track can be used on either right or left edges, so you can hold the saw with your right hand on edge cuts on a sheet of plywood where you can't with the Festool. For people who are sinisterly (left handed) challenged like me, that's a plus.
6. The Chech's have a long history of very fine machine work - both the Germans and the Russians used them for weapon and aircraft manufacture when they occupied them - I'd pick their stuff over Taiwanese or PRC stuff any day.
7. The Dewalt track saw is just that - a saw and a track and a couple of minor accessories, while the Festool is part of a system with the MFT worktables and all the rest of the Festool stuff.
8. So far, in the US, only the standard 48 tooth blade for the Dewalt, while many (though expensive) choices for the Festool. I did ask the Freud rep at this show about availability in the US of Freud blades for the Festool and/or the Dewalt track saws, but they apparently are not available here, though they are in the UK and the rest of the civilized world.
All told, the Dewalt seems like a very good saw and track, but I own a Festool TS55EQ and it's accessories, and in all, have been very pleased with it. I do think giving Festool some healthy competition is good, though.