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Offline Dave Reinhold

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Festool Syslite overview
« on: May 19, 2012, 10:21 PM »
Now it's my turn to post my Syslite video...  I've had the Syslite for a few weeks now and its come in handy for many projects around the job site. The video doesn't even do justice to just how bright the Syslite is. I have a feeling once the Syslite is out for sale I'll be picking up another, I'm constantly taking it in and out of my home and the work truck and I'm always finding new uses for it.



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Offline RL

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2012, 10:54 PM »
Thanks for the video Dave.

One question, is the syslite rainproof, water resistant etc? Curious to know whether it would be good on a camping trip.

Richard.

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2012, 03:43 AM »
i would deffo lose the hooks

Offline Dave Reinhold

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2012, 05:49 AM »
Richard, hopefully Shane will pop in or I'll email him about the syslite being water resistant. I don't think it is. But I could see how that would be an extremely helpfully feature.

I also hope they do a special bundling price. Having at least 2 lights would be great for onsite installs.

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2012, 07:02 AM »
You should strap that thing onto a trail bike for night riding!
Ive seen your diablo bikes in the bg of another video.
I'm out in Ma. If you haven't been to highland mtn, you really need to go!

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2012, 09:21 AM »
One question, is the syslite rainproof, water resistant etc? Curious to know whether it would be good on a camping trip.

Richard, I'd say it's somewhat water resistant just because of the plastic and rubber exterior, but definitely not waterproof. I wouldn't leave it out in the rain for an extended period.

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2012, 10:13 AM »
Nice video Dave. Having watched yours and kreg's, it is really interesting to see what functional aspects you guys are drawn to. Very exciting to see this tool finally coming out.

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2012, 11:08 AM »
So now we need two kits and a rev. 2 of the lamp:

Kit 1: installers set with two lamps in a systainer with gorilla pods to be able to work with an external battery attached while still have the lamp hang from arbitrary objects.

Kit 2: the campers kit with a solar charger added to the current kit as well as a suitable bike stand in as small a bag as possible.

And eventually make version 2 of the lamp with waterproofing and the hook integrated into the main body instead of the back plate. It could for example fold out of the side like a swiss army knife blade instead.

Kit 1 is something even a dealer could put together but it should come at a price incentive vs just buying the gear off Amazon.
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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2012, 11:09 AM »
...
Also loosing the hook sucks when sticking an external battery on!   I have actually lost one of the hook attachments for my syslites...  

I did the same thing... and I only have 1.

I just checked ekat, number for the hook is 701293 ( Price in Holland 3,31 € without tax), for the plate that slides onto the light it's 498848 (€ 11,64)

Allthough I think I'll find it again, I'm ordering one to screw onto the shelving in my van.

/edit: the parts I ordered arrived today, allthough it shows differently on the ekat site; the 498848 part (the cover) already includes the hook. (so I now have a spare hook)
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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2012, 12:16 PM »
Dave, I had that same Oneill T shirt back in 1986 when I was cruising the Boardwalk in Ocean City. Seriously though, good review on a product that people have been getting by without forever. Certainly better then Kregs. I really only use my HD pair of lights for drywall finishing, but could see how going cordless could make this operation easier. Im sure if I get one I would find my self using it all the time. I currently use the small one that came in a combo pack for grilling steaks. Thanks for the review, Eric

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2012, 12:27 PM »
Nice review Dave -

Regarding the hook and losing it's utility with an extra battery, I'm thinking you could use one of these -

http://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Tripod-Digital-Camera-Camcorder/dp/B006M7WCNS/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1337531072&sr=8-6

if it's a standard tripod screw on the unit.  That would let you either clamp the unit on a shelf or rafter / stud or unscrew and potentially hang it as well.

Or there are lots of options with a 1/4 x 20 hook / eye bolt as well.

Appreciate the detailed overview.

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2012, 02:38 PM »
Ron

You can only go down in battery size for your drills, you can't go up in voltage. And the lithium drills can use both lithium and nicad batteries no greater then the voltage battery they came with. The syslite can use all nicad and lithium battery's currently available but not the cxs.

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2012, 02:39 PM »
IIRC, it wasn't about battery size it was amp hours that determines the length of time that the syslite will run on an external. That I believe is the question we should be asking!  Please correct me if I'm wrong!

Bob

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2012, 03:04 PM »
...
 A question for you / Shane -- I have the T15-3 drills set (two batteries).  What is the smart size battery for me to buy for the Syslite external?  ...

Shane did some testing, but with all the new syslite threads it took me a while to find it: link

I think, the logic choice in your case would be the 14.4V 3.0Ah version.

(Personally I didn't buy an extra battery for the syslite, I mostly use a 10.8 V 2.6 Ah battery of my protool duradrive collated drywall gun (because that only gets used when hanging drywall, so now the batteries get used more often)

Offline jacko9

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2012, 03:41 PM »
Nice review Dave -

Regarding the hook and losing it's utility with an extra battery, I'm thinking you could use one of these -

http://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Tripod-Digital-Camera-Camcorder/dp/B006M7WCNS/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1337531072&sr=8-6

if it's a standard tripod screw on the unit.  That would let you either clamp the unit on a shelf or rafter / stud or unscrew and potentially hang it as well.

Or there are lots of options with a 1/4 x 20 hook / eye bolt as well.

Appreciate the detailed overview.

neil


Neil,  Great link, I'm ordering one right now [big grin]

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2012, 05:14 PM »
I think it would be cool if festool made an adapter that you can plug the charging cable into. That adapter would then be able to have one of the cordless drill batteries clip in. That way you can keep the hook on the syslite and still have a battery attached. <------------patent pending.............. [big grin]
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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2012, 08:16 PM »
Dave must really like the Syslight to be out mowing his lawn at night? [big grin]
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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2012, 08:13 AM »
Dave must really like the Syslight to be out mowing his lawn at night? [big grin]

His neighbors must love him too  [eek] ;)
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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2012, 08:19 AM »
OK, so rather than buy (2) spare batteries compatible with my T15+3 @ $95. ea. it might make more sense to buy the Festool 564393 T 18 Cordless Drill, 18 Volt, 3.0 Ah set ($510.) which comes with two (2) batteries (compatible with the Syslite).  For an extra $310. I would then have the advantage of an 18v drill, >torque & ># screws per charge. 
As far as I see the right angle and offset chucks are compatible between the T15 and T18 drills.(?)
The other decision point being whether I really need the added torque of the T18 (I've never found the T15 to fall short).

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2012, 08:22 AM »
OK, so rather than buy (2) spare batteries compatible with my T15+3 @ $95. ea. it might make more sense to buy the Festool 564393 T 18 Cordless Drill, 18 Volt, 3.0 Ah set ($510.) which comes with two (2) batteries (compatible with the Syslite).  For an extra $310. I would then have the advantage of an 18v drill, >torque & ># screws per charge. 
As far as I see the right angle and offset chucks are compatible between the T15 and T18 drills.(?)
The other decision point being whether I really need the added torque of the T18 (I've never found the T15 to fall short).

You guys so NEED Protool. The PDC18-4 is the ducks guts.


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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2012, 11:59 AM »
OK, so rather than buy (2) spare batteries compatible with my T15+3 @ $95. ea. it might make more sense to buy the Festool 564393 T 18 Cordless Drill, 18 Volt, 3.0 Ah set ($510.) which comes with two (2) batteries (compatible with the Syslite).  For an extra $310. I would then have the advantage of an 18v drill, >torque & ># screws per charge. 
As far as I see the right angle and offset chucks are compatible between the T15 and T18 drills.(?)
The other decision point being whether I really need the added torque of the T18 (I've never found the T15 to fall short).

You guys so NEED Protool. The PDC18-4 is the ducks guts.



How does it differ from the T18?

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2012, 12:03 PM »
OK, so rather than buy (2) spare batteries compatible with my T15+3 @ $95. ea. it might make more sense to buy the Festool 564393 T 18 Cordless Drill, 18 Volt, 3.0 Ah set ($510.) which comes with two (2) batteries (compatible with the Syslite).  For an extra $310. I would then have the advantage of an 18v drill, >torque & ># screws per charge. 
As far as I see the right angle and offset chucks are compatible between the T15 and T18 drills.(?)
The other decision point being whether I really need the added torque of the T18 (I've never found the T15 to fall short).

You guys so NEED Protool. The PDC18-4 is the ducks guts.



How does it differ from the T18?

more power ar ar ar

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Offline Kev

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #22 on: May 22, 2012, 07:33 AM »
OK, so rather than buy (2) spare batteries compatible with my T15+3 @ $95. ea. it might make more sense to buy the Festool 564393 T 18 Cordless Drill, 18 Volt, 3.0 Ah set ($510.) which comes with two (2) batteries (compatible with the Syslite).  For an extra $310. I would then have the advantage of an 18v drill, >torque & ># screws per charge. 
As far as I see the right angle and offset chucks are compatible between the T15 and T18 drills.(?)
The other decision point being whether I really need the added torque of the T18 (I've never found the T15 to fall short).

You guys so NEED Protool. The PDC18-4 is the ducks guts.



How does it differ from the T18?

A four speed gearbox brrrmmmmm!

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2012, 08:00 AM »
Ive had a rough day, what do i have to do to get a free Syslite  [big grin]
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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2012, 08:10 AM »
Ive had a rough day, what do i have to do to get a free Syslite  [big grin]

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2012, 10:58 AM »
OK, so rather than buy (2) spare batteries compatible with my T15+3 @ $95. ea. it might make more sense to buy the Festool 564393 T 18 Cordless Drill, 18 Volt, 3.0 Ah set ($510.) which comes with two (2) batteries (compatible with the Syslite).  For an extra $310. I would then have the advantage of an 18v drill, >torque & ># screws per charge. 
As far as I see the right angle and offset chucks are compatible between the T15 and T18 drills.(?)
The other decision point being whether I really need the added torque of the T18 (I've never found the T15 to fall short).

You guys so NEED Protool. The PDC18-4 is the ducks guts.



How does it differ from the T18?

A four speed gearbox brrrmmmmm!

It must be a BRUTE! 
I don't run lag screws & big forestners, etc. with my hand drill but (not being a contractor) I've never seen a lack of power in my T15 so I can't imagine I'll ever need more power than the T18 in a hand held drill.  (I was wrong one other time though  [big grin])

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #26 on: May 22, 2012, 11:05 AM »
Maybe it was just the specimen of the Protool driver I tried in the store a while back, but it felt a bit flimsy with the gear change button being somewhat sloppy and having play in it nor did the motor sound too well either compared to the C15 I was looking at that time in the store.

So I left with feeling that the Protool was definitely targeted at construction type work without the Festool finesse. Grunt it has though.
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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #27 on: May 22, 2012, 11:08 AM »
OK, so rather than buy (2) spare batteries compatible with my T15+3 @ $95. ea. it might make more sense to buy the Festool 564393 T 18 Cordless Drill, 18 Volt, 3.0 Ah set ($510.) which comes with two (2) batteries (compatible with the Syslite).  For an extra $310. I would then have the advantage of an 18v drill, >torque & ># screws per charge.  
As far as I see the right angle and offset chucks are compatible between the T15 and T18 drills.(?)
The other decision point being whether I really need the added torque of the T18 (I've never found the T15 to fall short).

You guys so NEED Protool. The PDC18-4 is the ducks guts.



How does it differ from the T18?

Other than the previous transmission (gearing) difference mentioned, the Protool PDC 18-4 is a hammerdrill with a side handle mount behind the large chuck.  The Festool T 18 is not.

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #28 on: May 22, 2012, 10:18 PM »
Good video overview.

An important thing that is not mentioned --- SAFETY  --- no skin burns and no fires.  Getting this amount of light from a battery operated device is wonderful

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Re: Festool Syslite overview
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2012, 08:40 PM »
dave, nice video  how come your attic looks different than the one I used?  don't they foam the entire attic up where your live?  lol
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