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Offline David2T370

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Smoke coming out of my TXS Drill!
« on: August 03, 2021, 08:12 PM »
A few days ago I was using my TXS and noticed a rather strong electrical smell coming from it.  Then I saw smoke coming out of the little vents at the rear of the motor.  Does this motor have brushes?  Is it more cost effective to replace the drill or send it off to Festool to get an overhaul?  If it is more advantageous to replace it, is it possible to just buy the drill without the systainer, batteries, charger and other attachments?  I don't need to double up on any of that.

Thanks,
David
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Offline Dr. P. Venkman

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Re: Smoke coming out of my TXS Drill!
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2021, 08:40 PM »
If it is more advantageous to replace it, is it possible to just buy the drill without the systainer, batteries, charger and other attachments?  I don't need to double up on any of that.

Unfortunately, no. The TXS and CXS are the only cordless tools for which they don’t offer a kit without the batteries. And hardly anything is available without a systainer.

I’ve not fully understood that on the TXS and CXS. The batteries are specific to those drills, so you have to get at least one set, but I would have guessed that offering them without the batteries (and preferably the systainer) would convince TXS/CXS owners to buy the other also (or a second of the one they have). But most wouldn’t need four batteries, even with two drills.

Offline squall_line

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Re: Smoke coming out of my TXS Drill!
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2021, 09:16 PM »
A few days ago I was using my TXS and noticed a rather strong electrical smell coming from it.  Then I saw smoke coming out of the little vents at the rear of the motor.  Does this motor have brushes?

Yes, it is a brushed motor.

As far as replacing it if the brushes aren't the issue, your best bet is a used drill.  You can occasionally find them either without the extra parts or with bad batteries (not typical), or with the older stick-and-base batteries.  Or wait for a TXS to come up on the Recon site; they sometimes have the non-Set version for sale, which only omits the right angle head.  Between the right angle head delete and the 20-25% Recon discount (and the attendant one year warranty), the price comes down quite a bit.

Offline Alex

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Re: Smoke coming out of my TXS Drill!
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2021, 12:33 AM »
A new motor for the TXS costs only $46,91 ex VAT, so that's the least expensive option. If you know how a screwdriver works, you can replace the motor yourself.

Offline squall_line

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Re: Smoke coming out of my TXS Drill!
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2021, 09:11 AM »
A new motor for the TXS costs only $46,91 ex VAT, so that's the least expensive option. If you know how a screwdriver works, you can replace the motor yourself.

In our throwaway society, I often forget about EKAT as an option for self-repairing tools, especially since I tend to use it just for diagrams.  Thank you for the reminder! :)

Offline David2T370

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Re: Smoke coming out of my TXS Drill!
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2021, 10:32 PM »
Thanks for all of the information!  I think my best option here is to replace the motor.
TS 55 REQ ~ CT 26 ~ Kapex 120 ~ ETS 125 and a Systainer for sand paper ~ Festool Surfix ~ Festool Universal Cleaning Set ~ Festool TXS set ~ Drill Press, Delta 14-008, 1960 ~ Table Saw, Powermatic 10" cabinet, PM2000, 2015 ~ Router, Bosch 1617EVSKP ~ Router, Makita Trim ~ Radial Arm Saw, 10" Craftsman 100, 113.29003, 1960 ~ Jointer, 6" Powermatic Mod. 50, 1972 ~ Planer, Powermatic 201, 22" x 9", 2003 - Sander - Jet Spindle Sander.

Offline Sci

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Re: Smoke coming out of my TXS Drill!
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2021, 04:25 PM »
I am always surprised at the low cost of festool replacement parts.  I needed a new top for a ct26.  I expected at least $100.  If I recall it was about $40 or $50.


Offline builderbob

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Re: Smoke coming out of my TXS Drill!
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2021, 04:06 PM »
I replaced the motor in my TXS. It was the best option and super easy to do. Good luck!
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Offline Spandex

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Re: Smoke coming out of my TXS Drill!
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2021, 03:59 PM »
Doesn’t the motor replacement process involve soldering? I vaguely remember that when I replaced my old CXS motor. Not that it was difficult, just mentioning it in case that’s an issue for anyone thinking of doing it.

Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: Smoke coming out of my TXS Drill!
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2021, 04:21 PM »
A new motor for the TXS costs only $46,91 ex VAT, so that's the least expensive option. If you know how a screwdriver works, you can replace the motor yourself.

@Alex  is right - one of my CXS/TXS machines had this issue and a motor replacement (with brushes) is the easy and cheapest option.

I am still a 100% fan of these small drill drivers.

Peter