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Offline Slowlearner

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Festool Vac clamp system
« on: November 09, 2019, 01:13 PM »
I took on a small job to basically cover my cost of the machine. I was skeptical about it and how useful.it is or can be. Wiah i would have made this one of my first purchases. Worth every penny.
   I was able to put 1 full sheet of 3/4 baltic birch on it and it held.  Its best w 2 heads but in a pinch it works. Makes every task light duty. I cant tell you how happy i am with this purchase. Its a heavy system to.lug around and it come in systainer 1. This only down side. I used this to break down sheet goods with my track saw.  I love this and its my go to. If youre on the fence dont be just buy it..

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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2019, 02:08 PM »
Very true. I put off buying it. But when I did the 2 heads with the kit, its a game changer to me. Makes dominoing, routing, sanding a breeze.

Offline Slowlearner

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2019, 04:11 PM »
Ill be using for dominoing and routing next. I cant fathom working with out it now.

Offline grbmds

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2019, 05:31 PM »
It's one of those tools that, while expensive, was worth every penny to me even without 2 heads. It holds so many things for sanding or cutting Domino slots or routing that would be more complicated to clamp down if I didn't have it.
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Offline harry_

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2019, 10:36 PM »
The unsung hero of the Festool product line!
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Offline SoonerFan

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2019, 08:25 PM »
Like others I put off this purchase but ordered one in the last year.  Have used it on every project since for some task or another.  Should have gotten it sooner.....

Offline Cheese

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2019, 10:17 AM »
The unsung hero of the Festool product line!

Amen...we all hear about the DF 500/DF 700, the various sanders and the MFT but the world is kind of oblivious to the merits of the VAC SYS.

Offline Corey P.

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2020, 10:39 PM »
I bought this on a whim late last year, but final used it for the first time today.  Wow!  I’m blown away at how easy it makes anything and everything.  Rotating the work while sanding is so nice.  No more jockeying around to hit every spot.  I had a 5x5 3/4 bb sheet on it, and it was flawless.   I foresee this getting lots of use.  I might even snag the se2 set. 

Offline ryanjg117

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2020, 11:13 PM »
By "full sheet" of 3/4" Baltic birch, are we talking the 5x5' variety or 4x8'? Commendable if the latter.

Offline jimbo51

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2020, 08:18 AM »
Woodpeckers has a new video about a vice-less work support. Can Festool verify that their clamp system will never smoke, drink, curse, or ...

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2020, 09:03 AM »
Woodpeckers has a new video about a vice-less work support. Can Festool verify that their clamp system will never smoke, drink, curse, or ...

Y'know I thought that was going to be more expensive coming from them. Actually looks kinda handy although for me I don't see an immediate use.
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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2020, 09:22 AM »
Woodpeckers has a new video about a vice-less work support. Can Festool verify that their clamp system will never smoke, drink, curse, or ...

Can any of us truthfully?

Peter

Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2020, 09:29 AM »
The Woodpeckers offering and the Vac Clamp have totally different abilities.  There may be some overlaps, but beyond those the functionality is drastically different.  With functionality also comes price of course.

I do not own a Festool Vac Clamp system.  I have a simpler / less expensive / not as functional vacuum clamping system.

Peter

Offline Corey P.

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2020, 02:01 PM »
By "full sheet" of 3/4" Baltic birch, are we talking the 5x5' variety or 4x8'? Commendable if the latter.

I would say it would handle a 4x8 sheet of 3/4 bb, as long as the base is securely fastened to a bench.  I used the suction of the unit to secure itself to my table saw.  I was also hammering in threaded inserts as well.  Very impressed how well it holds.


Offline ach_78

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2020, 01:31 PM »
I agree this is one of the most under-rated equipment for wood working (and more) !

Offline NChander

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2020, 04:11 PM »
I agree this is one of the most under-rated equipment for wood working (and more) !

Dammit...it's these types of quotes that make me spend money...

Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2020, 04:55 PM »
I know the feeling.  I've been keeping my eye on the Recon site for the VAC SYS.  They previously went for $742.50 (looks like it was last offered on February 3).  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for me / my wallet), there haven't been any items offered on festoolrecon.com in the last month. 
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2020, 05:40 PM »
The standard D215 vacuum cup is capable of holding 121# in a vertical orientation. That’s pretty impressive.

Offline greenaddiction

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2020, 11:38 PM »
You are all enablers.  Thanks to you'll, I just purchased the set and accessory set today. 

 [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

Super excited


Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2020, 07:14 AM »
It's an awesome tool. The key to getting the most out of it is setting it up somewhere you don't have to fiddle with it to use it.
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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2020, 01:08 PM »
I just used it today to domino some boards for a table top I'm making:

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Offline Jeff Zanin

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2020, 02:00 PM »
It's an awesome tool. The key to getting the most out of it is setting it up somewhere you don't have to fiddle with it to use it.
This has been my experience also.  I've had the VAC-SYS for a while but only recently got it set up for convenient use, already I am using a more than when I had to dig it out and set it up for each use.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2020, 03:24 PM by Jeff Zanin »

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2020, 02:48 PM »
It's an awesome tool. The key to getting the most out of it is setting it up somewhere you don't have to fiddle with it to use it.
This has been my experience also.  I've had the VAC-SYS for a while but only recently got it set up for convenient use, already I am using a more than when I had to dig it out and set it up for each use.

Before I built the dedicated cart I found the vac sys to just be awkward. Foot pedal moved on me when trying to use it, my material would hit something else in my shop if I tried to swivel or rotate, etc. Now I can clamp something, wheel the project around if I need to, all the heads are stored nicely in the middle drawer. I keep it plugged in so all I have to do is turn it on to use it. Instead of finding a workaround to not needing to set it up I now look for ways to use it instead of other options.
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Online knuckles

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Re: Festool Vac clamp system
« Reply #23 on: June 04, 2020, 06:04 PM »
Thank you all for your insight with this tool.  Working with the Domino was a PITA, with all the clamping and moving the clamp because the plate would hit it on the other side.......etc.  The pain of the purchase went away when I saw how robust it was, and how easy it was to manuver for sanding and Domino's.

Thank you to @GarryMartin for the mounting plate bracket plans.  It worked perfectly.
 
I'm sure someone else has done this, but I had finally figured out what to do with the foot pedal.  It fits perfectly behind the mount that I built for it, and is up out of the way.
« Last Edit: June 05, 2020, 05:36 PM by knuckles »