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Offline woodbilder

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Re: Please enlighten me re Festool drills THANKS EVERYONE
« Reply #30 on: May 06, 2010, 06:40 AM »
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I want to thank everyone, particularly Dan, Tom, and Shane for the layout pics and specs discussing the full range of attributes, including telling me about the clearance options. The following day I ordered the C12 package from clearance stock.

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Offline bobbobbob

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Re: Please enlighten me re Festool drills
« Reply #31 on: May 06, 2010, 09:40 AM »
Enjoy your new C12!

Offline fdengel

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Re: Please enlighten me re Festool drills
« Reply #32 on: July 01, 2010, 08:34 PM »
Out of curiosity, when you put a 1/4" hex bit into the drill's output shaft without a chuck installed, does it lock in somehow, or does it just sit in there requiring pressure against the bit to hold it in the drill?

Offline Brice Burrell

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Re: Please enlighten me re Festool drills
« Reply #33 on: July 01, 2010, 08:46 PM »
Out of curiosity, when you put a 1/4" hex bit into the drill's output shaft without a chuck installed, does it lock in somehow, or does it just sit in there requiring pressure against the bit to hold it in the drill?

No, it doesn't lock in.  However, the bits do tend to stay in the output shaft pretty well.

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Re: Please enlighten me re Festool drills
« Reply #34 on: July 01, 2010, 09:39 PM »
Out of curiosity, when you put a 1/4" hex bit into the drill's output shaft without a chuck installed, does it lock in somehow, or does it just sit in there requiring pressure against the bit to hold it in the drill?

No, it doesn't lock in.  However, the bits do tend to stay in the output shaft pretty well.

I'd go so far as to say that it's so tight that I have trouble getting a good grip to pull them out.  Hopefully others will weigh in since my opinion may be perceived as bias.
« Last Edit: July 01, 2010, 10:35 PM by Shane Holland »

Offline Tom Bellemare

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Re: Please enlighten me re Festool drills
« Reply #35 on: July 01, 2010, 09:46 PM »
'Works for me, though I have had them pull out. I use this technique whenever I'm in a tight spot or get too lazy to add an adapter.


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Offline fdengel

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Re: Please enlighten me re Festool drills
« Reply #36 on: July 02, 2010, 09:55 PM »
Interesting...

Thank you!

Offline Michael_MA

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Re: Please enlighten me re Festool drills - The three great myths...
« Reply #37 on: July 15, 2010, 05:08 AM »
In history of the world there are three great myths: "The world is flat.", "I'll respect you in the morning.", and "Festool drills can't use standard 1/4" hex bits."  [eek]   Read my lips... There is NO incompatibility with standard 1/4" hex bits!

This is a my bit box with all sorts of wire-detent and ball-detent (power drive) bits:


This pic shows my Festool chucks and most (not all) of my bit holders with a selection of bits.  With the exception of my new Spax bit, I've used every one of them hundreds to thousands of times.   NO problems.  Left to right and top to bottom - all are standard 1/4" hex bits:

- Jacobs chuck with Torx wire-detent bit in FastCap bit holder (very nice bit holder).
- Right angle chuck with square drive, wire-detent bit set directly in the chuck.
- Eccentric chuck with ball-detent 1/4" socket bit.
- Depth stop chuck with wire-detent Spax #2 bit.   (Special bit for Spax screws.)
- Centrotec chuck with wire-detent Pozidrive bit in Centrotec Bit Holder BH 60mm.
- Centrotec Bit Holder BHS 65mm with ball-detent 2" Torx bit.
- Standard ball-detent bit holder with #2 Phillips bit.  
- Magna sliding sleeve ball detent bit holder with small slotted head bit.


What you see is only a small fraction of the ways I've combined my C12 with chucks, bit holders and bits.   I find no incompatibility.

IMO, the C12 is one of best drills on the market.   Perfect?  No.   It doesn't have a light, doesn't have LiIon batteries, and doesn't have a belt hook.   OTOH, it is one tough, flexible little drill and much more powerful than its size and voltage would lead to expect.  

There may never be a perfect drill, but the new C12 or C15 may come very close.  Festool tweaked the C12, added more power, and fixed the minor limitations of the current C12.  

If you want a great deal now, go for the C12.  If you want the latest and greatest, get the new C12 or C15.  In my (ever so) humble opinion and with the possible exception of the ProTool drills (NAINA), the C-series Festool drills are the best, most flexible drills anywhere.   And yes, that includes the current T12/15's.

Regards,

Dan.

p.s., Edited to be "Read my lips..."

Just came across your amzing post Dan..

i would call this the ultimate compatibility post about the Festool Centrotec system  [smile]

Thanks for posting !

kind regards, Mike
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