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Offline Gerry Z

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C12 & C15 Drill Review
« on: January 05, 2013, 07:13 PM »
Hi! This is my first posting. If someone is in a similar situation to mine, I hope my comments will help make a wise decision about a Festool drill.
     I am in the painting/decorating trade and also do some handyman work. I have been using the C12 & the C15 drills for most of a year.  On the surfaces that I work with I remove/replace as many attachments as possible. The drills get used with a broad range of fasteners in a variety of situations. For the kind of work I do those drills are superstars!
     The many features on those drills, like- the brushless motor, with its impressive power and efficiency, the electronic motor management and overload protection, the electronic torque control, the bright and convenient LED light, the broad battery charging temperature, the battery charge indicator, the precise trigger action at low speed and torque, the light weight and compactness of the tool, the interchangeable batteries ( the small 12v work in the 15v drill), and especially those versatile quick change chucks,(etc.!) - these are not just some bright ideas that look good on paper; they are appreciated all the time in everyday use!
     There are two more features that may seem only interesting to some, but are very important to me:
     First- the Centrotec chuck on the Festools contains a powerful magnet. It holds the driver bit and fastener securely. Imagine being 25 feet up on a ladder and your drill keeps dopping those special little screws !  That kind of aggravation has been pretty much eliminated by the Festool drills.
     Second- Imagine again being up on that high ladder and discovering that the Robertson #1 bit you need is somewhere-  but  not up on the ladder with you !! (It got misplaced, or got brushed off your magnetic wrist band, or something.....)  The Festools have magnetic bit storage on the tool.  The bits  I need are always automatically with me. Another source of frustration solved by Festool.
     Because of the time and aggravation they save me, I'm sure my Festool drills are worth at least a few dollars a day more than other drills. Now let's do some math: a few dollars a day, 300 working days a year, in a few years have my drills cost me, or perhaps have they made me money??
     A few more thoughts:
     My wife is happy I got the Festools. They actually make me money, and I've forgotten all about that new boat.... [big grin]
     Golfing and fishing are still important to some people; not everyone yet has a Festool drill. [big grin]
     When you get your Festool drill, keep the old one, and once in a while, use it; it will keep reminding you how good your Festool is... [big grin]
     Seriously- many thanks to Festool!! ( How did I manage without those tools??) I kind of agree with the guy who said, " I used to consider work, work; then I discovered Festool...!"
     Best wishes to you!

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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: C12 & C15 Drill Review
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2013, 07:19 PM »
Gerry.   [welcome] to the FOG and I hope your drill love continues!  I have three and still am tempted.


Offline Scott Burt

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Re: C12 & C15 Drill Review
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2013, 07:34 PM »
From a fellow painter, welcome, Gerry!

Offline Kev

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Re: C12 & C15 Drill Review
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2013, 07:18 AM »
Welcome Gerry  [smile]

Great point about keeping an old drill. I took my Hitachi's into the office the other day (I didn't want to leave a Festool there, I'm a DIYer and they're "my precious"). Using the Hitachi drills reminded me just how good the Festools feel ... and relatively speaking my Hitachi's are still quite good.


Offline reburns

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Re: C12 & C15 Drill Review
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2013, 09:43 AM »
I've been getting by with a CXS, impact driver and using my GF's el-cheapo when I need a bigger chuck.  Time is nearing for a Festool 15V model... I like the C-style of the CXS.... and think I'd like the C15.... but unsure between C15 and the T15.  New Li-ion T15's in the old systainer can be had at a good price....  I do have long fingers so for me to work the reverse button on the C15 I have to snake my finger out of the finger-guard area just to straighten it enough to hit the button.

Your user opinions would be valued.  I'm a DIY with 1150 sq. ft. of deck ties to rework soon.   - Ralph

Offline Brice Burrell

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Re: C12 & C15 Drill Review
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2013, 11:42 AM »
I'd strongly recommend you do to dealer to get your hands on both of these drills if you haven't already.  The full size C12/15 drills don't fit the hand the same as the CXS.

.......I do have long fingers so for me to work the reverse button on the C15 I have to snake my finger out of the finger-guard area just to straighten it enough to hit the button.......

Given this comment I think you're holding the C drills incorrectly.  Well, incorrectly might be be the right word, not as intended is probably better.  The intended grip is to hold the C drill high with the index finger along the side of the drill and the middle and ring fingers operating the trigger.  Check out this photo.

The intended grip on the drill makes a big difference in how it feels and how if works.  I prefer the T style drills when it comes to full size drills.  But that is personal preference.

One other thing, be aware Li Ion batteries degrade whether being used or sitting on the shelf at the dealer.  Don't get me wrong, the new old stock T15 drill may still be a good value to you.