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History

Since 1925: always a step ahead

The history of the Festool name is the history of a vision, and of a consistent company philosophy focused on the needs of users.

The company was founded in 1925 by Albert Fezer and Gottlieb Stoll in southern Germany. Ever since their goal has been to offer the expert tradesman tools to make daily work better and easier. This effort has led to numerous technological breakthroughs like the first portable chainsaw and has made Festool a leader in innovation, expertise, and quality.

During the past 76 years, techniques, technology and the work you do have all changed. festool has been one of the drivers of this change, with major innovations all along the way. They’ve focused on the needs of the skilled trades, and are proud of the close relationship they enjoy with their users.

As they developed, so did their logo and name. Festo has been changed to Festool, better reflecting what they’re all about – tools. The name has changed, but their commitment has not. They will continue to give you the best in technology, quality and results, with tools that are like nothing else.

Innovations

1929
The first portable chainsaw is developed  by Festo. Where would we be without it?

1951
World premiere! Festo brings the first orbital sander to the market, revolutionizing surface treatment.
1964
A landmark in on-site precision: Festo introduces the portable circular saw with guide rail.
1967
The first false joint saw, made by Festo, simplifies work and improves results.
1976
New definition of the finishing touch: Festo develops the first random orbital sander to market maturity.
1984
More precision from Festo: The jigsaw with triple blade guide for precision cuts.
1984
A versatile achievement: The dual-mode Rotex RO 150 E for outstanding surface results with a single tool, from rough sanding to fine finishing.
1993
Indispensable as a transport and organizing system, it won many awards: the Festo Systainer is here.
1994
The shortest rechargeable drill/screwdriver in its class can fit into any corner.
1999
CT mobile dust extractors - the new dimension.
2000
The Festool LS 130 Linear Sander is the first professional sander for profiles and edges.
2001
Cordless drill with FastFix interchangeable chucks.

2005
The C12 is the world's first cordless drill with a brushless, electronically commutated motor.