Festool Company History
How it all began
The company Festo was founded by company partners Albert Fezer and Gottlieb Stoll. They initially concentrate on repairing wood processing machinery and making structural modifications to these machines by converting plain bearings to ball bearings.
1925 – 1932
First company logo and tool for carpenters
The first tools for carpentry were developed under the first company logo "Fezer & Stoll".
More mobile: The first transportable chainsaw carries out heavy, previously manual work on site.
SB 126 portable circular saw
The idea of the first mobile circular saw: With the SB 126 portable circular saw, you can avoid the tedium of transporting heavy material to stationary tools by simply taking the tool to the material instead.
ZUM 140 chain mortiser
Precise and versatile – ZUM 140: For routing slots. For drilling holes. And for routing grooves on stair stringers with the aid of an additional device.
Active in social matters
Berta Stoll, wife of Gottlieb Stoll and company partner, focusses her attention on the employees. This includes visiting those off sick, organising company functions and excursions and arranging children's Christmas celebrations.
The first logo of the Festo brand.
BD 125 portable circular saw
The BD 125 portable circular saw from the year 1938 was popular amongst carpenters and joinery firms alike.
Build good things and spread the word
Festo soon discovered that trade fairs were an ideal platform for exhibiting and demonstrating Festo products.
MTD and KTD disc sanders
Bestsellers throughout the 1930s and 1940s: The MTD and KTD disc sanders. The Festo disc sander was also the first sander with patented independent extraction.
First new building
When space on Olgastrasse in Esslingen became too cramped for the continuously growing company, Gottlieb Stoll began planning the first new building on Ulmer Straße in 1938. A few years later, this address became the company's modern, new home.
The second generation of Festo
A snapshot of the second generation of Festo. From left to right: Harald Kneile, Gerda Maier-Stoll, Heinz Attinger, Dr. Wilfried Stoll.
AE 85 pendulum cover saw
The company set its sights on the timber construction industry from the very start, as demonstrated here by the AE 85 pendulum cover saw from 1946.
AD 85 portable circular saw
The AD 85 portable circular saw offered its users six significant advantages: Exterior run-back protection for
greater safety, cutting depth adjustment without changing the motor's centre of gravity, slanted saw position at the scribe pointer level, gauge marker, shavings ejector and saw table contact surface.
RTE orbital sander
Legendary to this day: The RTE orbital sander replaced the hand sanding block, which was unpopular and considered time-consuming among painters, carpenters and automotive paint shops, and therefore paved the way for fine machine sanding.
New location in Neidlingen
Neidlingen – renowned for its cherry blossom and, since 1951, for outstanding power tools. By 1950, it had become clear that the Ulmerstraße site in Esslingen would once again be too small in the medium term. In Neidlingen, Gottlieb Stoll found the perfect site to continue building tools for the toughest demands.
SÄGEHEXE AAU 50 portable circular saw
One hand to work with, the other for increased safety: The SÄGEHEXE was the first one-handed circular saw with 500-watt cutting power at a cutting depth of 50 mm. It allowed carpenters to hold on to the roof with one hand while sawing with the other – something they had never been able to do before.
Patent: 843300 height adjustment
AU 50/65 portable circular saw
Safety outside the box: The patented, integrated sliding clutch prevented the motor from overloading and protected the user from accidents. The AU 50/65 with cutting depth adjustment and slanted positioning replaced the SÄGEHEXE.
Patent 1958: 1089148 sliding clutch
New company logo
In 1962, the Festo logo is redesigned for a more modern look. 1983 saw a further modification when the logo was turned blue.
The first guide rail
In 1962, the first generation of guide rails is brought to market. This is replaced by the new aluminium version in 1980. From 2003 onwards, the FS/2 guide rail is produced in a number of different variants. This second generation of guide rails has a second groove for additional accessories and a sliding strip to facilitate guiding the machine.
In the image on the right, Gottlieb Stoll demonstrates use of the first portable circular saw with guide rail at the beginning of 1960.
RTT-S orbital sander
Sanding goes dust-free: The RTT-S was the world's first orbital sander with a dust extraction connection. Dust accrued while sanding and hazardous dust from 2K filler compound in particular was safely vacuumed by the extraction.
Patent 1969: 19 38 350 extraction connection
Focus on power tools
In 1975, the executive board decided to abandon the stationary machine market in favour of concentrating exclusively on the design and construction of power and air tools.
WST 150 eccentric sander
Greater material removal capacity than ever before: The first eccentric sander with integrated extraction was brought to market.
ROTEX RO 1
Simply switch over and get started: The option to switch from coarse to fine sanding made it easier for the tradesman to switch between working steps. From this point onwards, a machine could be used both for tougher coarse sanding and ultra-fine sanding. Today, the ROTEX is still considered the high-performance all-rounder for carpenters, painters and automotive paint shops.
Patent: 2938704, application in 1979
AXF 45 plunge-cut saw
Plunge and saw more reliably: The AXF 45 was the first in a series of successful Festo – and later Festool – plunge-cut saws. From this point on, together with the guide rail, cuts could be made with an unprecedented level of precision.
Patent 1980: 3007310
AT 55e portable circular saw
Precise cuts: Users are thrilled by the combination of portable circular saw and guide rail. The first guide rail featuring a rubber lip as splinterguard, designed to create a splinter-free cutting edge and easy to position on the scribe mark. The guide rail and plunge-cut saw became indispensable to carpenters.
Patent 1980: 3007310
Patent 1982: Splinterguard 3243564
Festo turns blue
1983 saw a further modification when the logo was turned blue.
PS1 pendulum jigsaw
Leading in precision: The adjustable guidance jaws in the table made it possible to cut right-angles even in very thick pieces of wood. The jigsaw therefore became a precision tool for the discerning carpenter.
Recipient of multiple awards for "Factory of the year" and long-standing birthplace of tools for the toughest demands.
Expanded company logo
The FESTO logo was expanded at the start of the 1990s to include the term "TOOLTECHNIC" – in order to disassociate the company from FESTO Pneumatic.
Festo SYSTAINER SYS Classic
The most beautiful "toolbox" in the world: The SYSTAINER – winner of the Innovation Award and other product design awards – guarantees that tools are well-organised and protected, and since its launch has won the hearts of ambitious tradesmen all over the world.
CDD 12 cordless drill
Compact, robust, powerful: The CDD 12 cordless drill.
New Festool brand
Festo Tooltechnic becomes the independent Festool brand and confirms loyalty to specialist shops.
Relocation to Wendlingen
In 2000, we celebrated our 75th anniversary at the new site in Wendlingen.
PS 300 pendulum jigsaw
Triple saw blade guide – tool-free saw blade changing: Precise work could be refined even further using the PS 300, which could also be combined with a tool-free saw blade changing system. The jigsaw is the carpenter's most commonly used tool.
RS 100 Q gear-driven sander
Well-balanced centre of gravity for perfect results and non-tiring work.
TS 55 plunge-cut saw
The living legend: The first plunge-cut saw with attachable splinterguard and a saw blade changing system with a safety lock for increased safety. It has long been synonymous with ultra-precise sawing.
OF 1400 router
Rocker and ratchet principle for convenient cutter changes – as fast as it gets.
RO 150 EQ geared eccentric sander
Three sander functions combined in one tool: Coarse sanding, fine sanding, polishing.
DF 500 DOMINO jointer
Significantly more stable and faster: For carpenters everywhere, the DF 500 DOMINO jointer redefined easy and rapid timber joining. The prefabricated, rotationally fixed dowel facilitates the easy and rapid production of edges and corner joints using high precision.
KAPEX KS 120 compound mitre saw
The first Festool-quality compound mitre saw guarantees unprecedented precision thanks to its ball bearing-mounted double pillar guide. Intelligent features such as an angle dial and the ability to quickly fix the inclination angle also guarantee precise work results in the workshop or during assembly.
CTL 36 E mobile dust extractor
Clean and healthy working thanks to the large container volume, yet compact design. Optimal utilisation of the container volume – the gross volume is equal to the net volume. For every requirement: Option of individually upgrading with an additional socket or compressed air module.
LHS 225 EQ long-reach sander
Two lengths, one machine – extend or reduce in a few simple hand movements. Two-speed gears for efficient, rapid material removal on walls and ceilings
Close. Open. Connect. With a single turn. SYSTAINER SYS T-LOC – This is how intelligent organisation can be.
PSC 420 EB pendulum jigsaw
Outstanding curve control with triple saw blade guide and torsion-resistant lifting rod.
DSC AG 230 diamond cutting system
Cutting system with efficient dust extraction, protects health. Can be used on Festool guide rails for precise cuts. Safe guidance along the workpiece thanks to guide table with easy-running rollers. A viewing window also provides a clear view of the cutting line. Thanks to the plunge cut function, you can start cutting at any point on the material.
QUADRIVE cordless drill
Power, power and more power: The QUADRIVE series impresses with compelling power when screwing and inimitable precision when drilling. Just like all cordless drills, it features a FastFix interface to switch to CENTROTEC tool chucks within a matter of seconds for ultimate flexibility.
UNIVERS SSU 200 sword saw
An innovative multi-talent: Whether it is wood or insulating material, the UNIVERS sword saw cuts all common materials in wooden structures up to 200 mm thick. With the guide rail dead-straight, tear-free chop, longitudinal, mitre, as well as shift, cuts can be performed without any problems. Perfect for building sites: 200 mm cutting depth with a weight of 6.5 kg.
CONTURO KA 65 edge bander
The system for the perfect edge. For furniture edging that is worthy of being called "perfect": Developed for the perfect edge finish. For classic furniture edging or manufacturing complex shaped parts with convex or concave curves. For all wood, melamine or plastic edging.
VECTURO OS 400 oscillating tool
Precise cuts along the scribe mark with the positioning aid, defined cuts with depth stop that can be adjusted without the need for a tool or flush cuts to the wall with a sliding shoe that can also be mounted without a tool. Powerful 400-watt motor with electronic speed control for a consistent work progress speed.