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Festool’s “Freeze=Frame” Jigsaw

8:02am | May 14th, 2011

“When you’re cutting wood with a power jigsaw, sometimes the up-down motion of the fast-moving blade becomes so blurry that you start to lose sight of the line you’re trying to cut. I never considered this a solveable problem, which is probably why I don’t work at Festool.

Festool’s super-engineers have added a “Stroboscopic LED”—essentially a strobe light—to the front of their Carvex jigsaw. The light is timed with the motion of the blade, freeze-framing it in the same position at each cycle, so once you get going it looks like the blade’s not moving at all:”

-Via Core77

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