Mafell is best known for its timber-framing tools but the company also makes circular saws: standard models, plunge-cutting track saws, and one plunging model that is hard to describe...

It’s called the KSS 300 and I tested one a few years back for an article that included plunge-cutting models from Festool, DeWalt, and Makita. Little has changed since the article came out, except that DeWalt no longer makes a 36-volt cordless version of their saw.

The video below contains a demonstration of the KSS 300. It’s smaller than other tools of its type and has an unusual plunge mechanism – but what stands out about it is the unique cross-cutting attachment and the flexible track that can be coiled to store in the same box as the machine. This design is not for everyone, but for the tradesman who wants to travel light, it’s the ultimate in portability. Readily available in Europe, Mafell tools are distributed through a single U.S. vendor (Timberwolf Tools). They are best known to timber framers and like other expensive brands, fall into the category of “getting what you pay for”.