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Offline plasticam

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I"m still looking...   [eek] I've sent Many PM's, with NO reply    :(

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Offline gnlman

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I"m still looking...   [eek] I've sent Many PM's, with NO reply    :(
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Plasticam...Mine is on it's way from amazon.fr..not sure what you are converting, but I am also ordering a replacement plug in for an of1400 from festool....I think they are about 10 bucks...looking at my sander, it appears the opening where the cord comes out is about the same size as the tool end plug it socket on my other tools....I was told that the of1400 router has long leads so hopefully it works for my rs2 sander....I've seen other folks do this mod, may require some jb weld to hold it in, or to make a form depending on the size of the strain relief setup on whatever tool you want to convert. Just a thought, and lots cheaper!
Greg

Offline plasticam

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 Hey Greg thanks for the reply,  I actually ordered the plug from Amazon France 🇫🇷 Yesterday,  my French wife helped me out a bit  [big grin]
     I’m  converting a Mafell mt55  and I’m really  tired of the cord management between these tools,  even though I have multiple CT 36s
 

Offline gnlman

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Hi. Your very welcome, and glad your wife could help you thru it...took me a while to figure out that if I right clicked on the side of the screens google translated for me...otherwise I couldn't remember enough of my 8th grade french to get by..mind you that was 45 years ago now...lol Hope it works out for you, and remember you can also order the repair part for much less from Festool but that means potentially a bit more fiddling about depending on the strain relief/setup of what you are converting.
Greg

Offline cubevandude

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If you use Google Chrome is has a feature that allows you to translate the page.  I use it all the time and save the page as a pdf for woodworking articles in other languages.

Offline Gregor

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If you use Google Chrome is has a feature that allows you to translate the page.
For Firefox (and offsprings) there is the "Google™ Translator" addon, works nicely.

Offline Kodi Crescent

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Sometimes there are listings on Amazon.  I found one listed and ordered it.  It shipped from somewhere in Europe and took about a month to get here.

Offline rylim

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #67 on: September 02, 2019, 06:52 PM »
Has anyone found a retailer in NA that sells 491145?
Sale: Festool 498899 Assorted Domino Beech Tenons Set with Cutter Bits (5-Bits)- New - $265

Offline Samo

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #68 on: September 02, 2019, 10:02 PM »
Has anyone found a retailer in NA that sells 491145?

Discontinued and almost impossible to find.  [dead horse]
It's The FOG!  Just rotate the screen.

Offline rylim

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #69 on: September 03, 2019, 01:09 AM »
Has anyone found a retailer in NA that sells 491145?

Discontinued and almost impossible to find.  [dead horse]

Dang! Any ideas what is the replacement for obsolete plug?
Sale: Festool 498899 Assorted Domino Beech Tenons Set with Cutter Bits (5-Bits)- New - $265

Offline GarryMartin

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #70 on: September 03, 2019, 04:09 AM »
Discontinued and almost impossible to find.  [dead horse]

I'm not sure about other territories, but although it seemed to have disappeared from sale for a short time in the UK, it's definitely still available. I purchased two not very long ago.

Members in this thread have mentioned buying from Amazon.fr and they are still listed there, as well as on other Amazon sites.

Offline JimD

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #71 on: September 03, 2019, 08:23 AM »
I like the Festool idea of a power cord that attaches at the tool but have mostly non-Festools.  I recently bought a Domino XL and need to work it into my system using computer cords like this:
https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Power-Cord-12-Foot-Black/dp/B072LPBVP7/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkYfZidG05AIVhpOzCh3H6Q0pEAAYASAAEgIagvD_BwE&hvadid=177349207830&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1025530&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=724858466556573768&hvtargid=kwd-13005640284&hydadcr=18913_9698567&keywords=computer+electric+cord&qid=1567513045&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFEVFlOQjAxM1dMUDYmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAwMzQzNDdXTE41NkxTQzRUT0kmZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMDkzMTM0MDFHMFpXRlRTOVlSRU8md2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl
I purchased 10 male end connectors and have converted my DeWalt track saw, Bosch and DeWalt sanders and a few other tools to these connectors.  I have a 16 foot cord on my Bosch 5 meter hose hooked to my, surprise, Rigid shop vac (pulling through a dust deputy).  To plug the Domino to this, I have been planning to just cut the Festool cord and put one of these connectors on it and then leave the little pigtail on the tool.  But I could make up an adapter if I put one of these conversions, possibly. 

If I want the female connector, like at the end of the power cord, is there one of these converters for that?

Offline Rta108

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #72 on: September 04, 2019, 12:29 PM »
I like the Festool idea of a power cord that attaches at the tool but have mostly non-Festools.  I recently bought a Domino XL and need to work it into my system using computer cords like this:
https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Power-Cord-12-Foot-Black/dp/B072LPBVP7/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkYfZidG05AIVhpOzCh3H6Q0pEAAYASAAEgIagvD_BwE&hvadid=177349207830&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1025530&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=724858466556573768&hvtargid=kwd-13005640284&hydadcr=18913_9698567&keywords=computer+electric+cord&qid=1567513045&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFEVFlOQjAxM1dMUDYmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAwMzQzNDdXTE41NkxTQzRUT0kmZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMDkzMTM0MDFHMFpXRlRTOVlSRU8md2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl
I purchased 10 male end connectors and have converted my DeWalt track saw, Bosch and DeWalt sanders and a few other tools to these connectors.  I have a 16 foot cord on my Bosch 5 meter hose hooked to my, surprise, Rigid shop vac (pulling through a dust deputy).  To plug the Domino to this, I have been planning to just cut the Festool cord and put one of these connectors on it and then leave the little pigtail on the tool.  But I could make up an adapter if I put one of these conversions, possibly. 

If I want the female connector, like at the end of the power cord, is there one of these converters for that?

Cool idea.

Never any issues with disconnections? Better than a standard plug/extension cord?

Have any pics?

Offline ben_r_

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #73 on: September 04, 2019, 01:08 PM »
I like the Festool idea of a power cord that attaches at the tool but have mostly non-Festools.  I recently bought a Domino XL and need to work it into my system using computer cords like this:
https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Power-Cord-12-Foot-Black/dp/B072LPBVP7/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkYfZidG05AIVhpOzCh3H6Q0pEAAYASAAEgIagvD_BwE&hvadid=177349207830&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1025530&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=724858466556573768&hvtargid=kwd-13005640284&hydadcr=18913_9698567&keywords=computer+electric+cord&qid=1567513045&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFEVFlOQjAxM1dMUDYmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAwMzQzNDdXTE41NkxTQzRUT0kmZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMDkzMTM0MDFHMFpXRlRTOVlSRU8md2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl
I purchased 10 male end connectors and have converted my DeWalt track saw, Bosch and DeWalt sanders and a few other tools to these connectors.  I have a 16 foot cord on my Bosch 5 meter hose hooked to my, surprise, Rigid shop vac (pulling through a dust deputy).  To plug the Domino to this, I have been planning to just cut the Festool cord and put one of these connectors on it and then leave the little pigtail on the tool.  But I could make up an adapter if I put one of these conversions, possibly. 

If I want the female connector, like at the end of the power cord, is there one of these converters for that?
Not sure exactly what youre looking for. You mean something like these (LINK or LINK)? Search for IEC connector and you should see all kinds of different types of cord and connector options for that connection. Its a very common and standard connector, BUT it does not lock and that might become an issue for our application.


Perhaps some sort of locked connector would be better. Something like these: LINK, LINK, LINK
« Last Edit: September 04, 2019, 01:14 PM by ben_r_ »
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Offline Svar

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #74 on: September 04, 2019, 01:39 PM »
Not sure exactly what youre looking for. You mean something like these (LINK or LINK)?
You can also get them in Festool green link     [smile]
Those are much tighter than regular two-prong plugs and will not disconnect. I actually like them more than Neutrik as they are compact and lack moving parts.
« Last Edit: September 04, 2019, 01:45 PM by Svar »

Offline Rta108

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #75 on: September 04, 2019, 02:07 PM »
I think it’s a cool idea. Are the power cords pretty flexible? I feel like those computer cords are usually pretty stiff.


Offline JimD

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #77 on: September 04, 2019, 04:01 PM »
I have a non-locking cord velcro connected to the shop vac hose right now and it has not disconnected when I didn't want it to.  But I also have a cord with this connector:
https://www.amazon.com/Rewireable-IEC320-C13-Accidental-Unplugging-Disconnections/dp/B01DCFVXKK/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_23_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=13YAJ13YAS6X4KCE1TFQ

I bought another connector and might put it on the Festool cord after I cut it and install the male connector to the stubby cord.  But I am still interested in making up a stubby cord with the female end of a Festool cord and the male end of a computer cord so I can leave my existing cord alone.  If I can buy the female end of the Festool cord.

Anyway, for pictures, you will see them in this youtube - which is where I got the idea:

Offline JimD

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #78 on: September 04, 2019, 04:09 PM »
The two cords I've purchased were just the long ones from the link in my first post - Amazon basic cords.  They seem like regular, fairly sturdy extension cords to me.  Not very stiff.  I think there are ones with a locking end but I don't know how they work.  The separate female end I posted a link too requires you to pull on the red part to separate the cords.  It is a sturdy connection.  But the regular end is working fine at the moment. 

For those of you with mainly Festools the only advantage I see for you is you won't wear out the connector on the tool if you modify it to a stubby cord and use these connectors.  The advantage for me is I have mainly non-Festools and like having a cord velcro fastened to the hose that I can connect to all my tools.  I like the Festool idea/setup.  They have lots of good ideas - but their prices cause me to buy mostly other tools. 

It's off subject but I bought the Festool multi-tool plunge base and stop and use it on my Fein multi-tool.  Trying to get Festool advantages without the price.  But there is no alternative to the Domino. 

Offline JimD

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #79 on: September 16, 2019, 11:29 AM »
I put one of the computer power cord connectors on my Domino XL last night.  I've been busy on a crib but am waiting on the finish so I had time to do a little shop work.  Works fine.  When I cut the Festool power cord I found the covering to be a bit softer than the half dozen other cords I've modified and the interior rope to be more generous.  Otherwise, it was a normal 16 gauge power cord.  Now my Domino has the same connectors as my Bosch and DeWalt tools.

Offline guitarchitect

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #80 on: November 24, 2019, 05:23 PM »
For those that put the computer style connectors on their tools... Why not just put a normal plug on it? You can just shorten the cord to 6" can't you? Some companies sell extension cords that lock the outlet on, so I'm wondering what is gained by using a different connector

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Offline JimD

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Re: Everything you wanted to know about Plug-Its conversions (USA Version)
« Reply #81 on: December 03, 2019, 03:20 PM »
The computer style connectors are significantly more compact and stay connected better than normal power plugs.  But you are right that you could just use regular ones.  I also got the computer style ones inexpensively (around a buck each).   The biggest disadvantage is the small size makes the space inside tight so you have to be careful how you make up the conections or you cannot put it together.  I put ring connectors on the wires but had to trim them down.  I also soldered them in place.  I consider putting these on neither a real easy or a real difficult task.

Using standard power cord ends will cost more (at least the ones I've seen), be bulkier, come apart easier, and I am not aware of a locking end (although it is significantly pricier and partially defeats my price argument).

But both Festool and the computer connector idea are not functionally any different from just having a small cord on the tool.  I think the Festool design would be the best for not coming apart when you do not want it to and for the size of the tool without the cord.  I think the computer connector design is less elegant and potentially not as good functionally (coming apart) but it costs a lot less and is much easier to put on non-Festools.  Short power cord only advantage is no special cord is required (from what I can tell). 

Offline martin felder

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Forgive me if I failed to see a better or more recent thread on this topic.  I am guessing this is a common topic and of interest to many.  When I started to get more Festool products and the CT-36, I ran a plug it cord along my dust hose with zip ties for the easy connect-disconnect right at the tool. Since some of my tools are not Festool but have dust extraction, I started to cut the factory cords short and added a plug, but that was the 2-prong.  Therefore I had to run a second cord along with my hose and a 3-way outlet adaptor at the collector so whichever cord was used, the collector would turn on with the tool in auto.  At that time, the information I had was that one can't buy a Festool plug that will allow the plug it system to work. 

I was wondering if anything has changed so I can have a plug-it compatible connector coming from my tool?  I was about to cut a couple more cords, but figured I would check first.  If no such option, if anyone has a suggestion for a specific 2-prong that is better than what I used without being so bulky as some of the Leviton options, that would be much appreciated.  Thanks!


Offline promark747

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Forgive me if I failed to see a better or more recent thread on this topic.  I am guessing this is a common topic and of interest to many.  When I started to get more Festool products and the CT-36, I ran a plug it cord along my dust hose with zip ties for the easy connect-disconnect right at the tool. Since some of my tools are not Festool but have dust extraction, I started to cut the factory cords short and added a plug, but that was the 2-prong.  Therefore I had to run a second cord along with my hose and a 3-way outlet adaptor at the collector so whichever cord was used, the collector would turn on with the tool in auto.  At that time, the information I had was that one can't buy a Festool plug that will allow the plug it system to work. 

I was wondering if anything has changed so I can have a plug-it compatible connector coming from my tool?  I was about to cut a couple more cords, but figured I would check first.  If no such option, if anyone has a suggestion for a specific 2-prong that is better than what I used without being so bulky as some of the Leviton options, that would be much appreciated.  Thanks!

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Discontinued a few years ago and dealers have been out of stock.  I’ve been looking too.

Offline martin felder

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Thanks.  Is there a specific name and product number for what could be attached to a cut power cord of a tool to connect to the plug-it cord that comes with Festool products?

Offline guitarchitect

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I was wondering if anything has changed so I can have a plug-it compatible connector coming from my tool?  I was about to cut a couple more cords, but figured I would check first.  If no such option, if anyone has a suggestion for a specific 2-prong that is better than what I used without being so bulky as some of the Leviton options, that would be much appreciated.  Thanks!

General consensus seems to be that a NEMA 5-15 style connector is the best option, even though it doesn't lock as well as the festool one. for a one-cord-hose solution i would lop off the plug end of a Festool cord to make a 1' long whip (probably just using a leviton end), and use a locking extension cord on my hose. That way I just plug in the whip for festool cords and the shortened tools plug in as usual.

Offline mike_aa

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@martin felder  I recall seeing some postings about using these replacement sockets to outfit other tools for plug-its.  Of course, you'd have to determine if you could retrofit any of them to fit your tools.

https://toolsforworkingwood.com/store/item/FS-SOC.XX?searchterm=festool%20plug%20it

Good luck!

Mike Andrzejewski

Offline usernumber1

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mirka uses a locking NEMA 5-15 to  IEC C13  ?  that works quite well. anyone got a source for them somewhere?
« Last Edit: April 26, 2020, 03:50 AM by usernumber1 »

Offline martin felder

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If I understand correctly, the one cord option suggested is to use the plug-it cord that is now available and make pigtails (short power cords) for the Festool products, like sanders, then use a commercially available connector (where there are several options) to connect to the power cord along the hose.


For me, that make sense as a way to have 1 cord and not have to modify the Festool products.  However, I like not having even a short power cord connected to the Festool hand-held power tools.  For example, my sanders are all Fesool and sit on a shelf.  I would not want power cords handing out from all of them.  I would prefer my current setup of 2 cords with the Plug-it going to the end of the hose and the standard cord 12 inches shorter.

If there ever was a noa discontinued product that would give me the tool end of the Plug-it, I would be very interested in knowing the product number so I could keep an eye out for it.  Thanks.

Online Cheese

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For locking 2 conventional cords together I've installed Q-Lok ends on several extension cords, they're terrific. They are a little bulky but it's certainly better than tying them in a knot.

http://qlokpro.com/index.html




As far as Festool plug-it cords go, I know these were once available.









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