First off a big hello to the FOG from sunny London.
New to FOG and pretty new to festool in general. Having read through
the thread I thought I would add my experience with the ts55r.
Purchased mine in march of this year and also experienced the problem with the blade not retracting.
I sent it back to Festool who had it for a month after which it was returned to me. The problem has been corrected
But I found that when plunging it seems to catch in a small notch at around the 25- 30mm mark, my dealer after inspecting it was of the same opinion and suggests I send it back again.
So I'm thinking maybe its not only North American models that are affected.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the contributors on this site,
Your help and direction have proved invaluable to a novice like me.
TS55r, CXS, T18+3 SET,BHC 18, PD20/4, PSB420, OF1010, OF1400, DF500 SET,RO 90, RO 150, ETS EC 150/3, CTL MIDI, DWC 18-2400, CTL22e+BOOM ARM, CTL26e, MFT3, TP120, KAL x 3, FS1400 guide rails x 2, centrotec 07 set, 800 guide rail, trade cleaning set, 2 sys tote boxes, sys mft, guide rail accessory set, 3 sys mini's, sys tool box, Plexiglass routing aid.