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Offline chris s

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18volt impact screwdriver
« on: May 02, 2020, 10:08 AM »
I just pre ordered the 18 volt impact driver with two batteries.  It wil be going head to head with a Milwaukee.  Please festool don't  let me down. (you haven't yet)

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Offline ibluetooth

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Re: 18volt impact screwdriver
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2020, 05:54 PM »
I just pre ordered the 18 volt impact driver with two batteries.  It wil be going head to head with a Milwaukee.  Please festool don't  let me down. (you haven't yet)

I'd be interested in hearing the results for sure.  Keep us posted  [smile]

Offline chris s

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Re: 18volt impact screwdriver
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2020, 08:58 AM »
Well,I have had it now for two weeks. First thing Kudos to the TOOLNUT, they shipped it on July 1 and I received it on July 2 . Couldn't ask for any better service.
   So far The driver has not let me down, I have driven from 1 1/4 No. 6 screws up to   2" x 1/4' lag screws with no pilot hole with no problem I like the speed settings, they seem to give you more control of the screw. I have to admit the impact is alittle annoying, however with the right speed setting and good trigger control the impact is minimal .As I said earlier I put it up against the Milwaukee 18 volt surge. I would say it was a tie with both having separate qualities . Good Job Festool .

Offline fshanno

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Re: 18volt impact screwdriver
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2020, 11:36 PM »
What about noise.
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Offline Claimdude

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Re: 18volt impact screwdriver
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2020, 10:50 AM »
My festool impact driver is no louder than the Makita 18v that I have used for years. Going to sell the Makita. The only way to get a noticeably quiter is to go with the newer hydraulic models but you sacrifice power too. In my experience if noise is a serious concern for you then you probably should wear heesring protectors while using or avoid impact drivers all together.

Jack

What about noise.

Offline yetihunter

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Re: 18volt impact screwdriver
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2020, 12:35 AM »
How are you all putting the Festool impact over Makita and Milwaukee (the two best on the market)?  I sent the TID18 back because it was the worst impact driver I have ever used.  Did I get a lemon?

Offline tallgrass

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Re: 18volt impact screwdriver
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2020, 12:43 AM »
I have Makita 18v impact driver and the new Festool Driver. I love the festool. I like the control of the driver speed and the metal stud setting. It feels great and I love the ability to use "generic" bits. The Makita is now a surplus tool if friends need to barrow a driver. I wish it had been released earlier. I also have the 15v impact festool drill that I also love. This is better.

Offline Claimdude

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Re: 18volt impact screwdriver
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2020, 10:15 AM »
+1 for Tallgrass. My go to impact driver is now my Frestool impact. The Makita variable speed is lonesome. I have used Makita drills for over 40 years.

Jack

How are you all putting the Festool impact over Makita and Milwaukee (the two best on the market)?  I sent the TID18 back because it was the worst impact driver I have ever used.  Did I get a lemon?

Offline yetihunter

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Re: 18volt impact screwdriver
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2020, 05:29 PM »
So, my tid 18 was determined to be the lemon of a bunch.  The dealer compared it to the rest of their stock on hand and it was apparantly horrible in comparison.    Which, I can confirm, the TID 18 I received was garbage.   I'm wondering what Makita models you all have because I just can't imagine a good example of the Festool would trump something like the XDT12 or XDT16.  Y'all keep bringing up the Teks mode and I honestly can't remember the last time I saw an impact driver without a Teks mode other than my Bosch.  Heck, my Makita has two or three Teks modes and an auto stop reverse clutch.   

I dug through my local dealer's pallet of new Festool drills/impacts today and I'm going to be point blank:  The drills are not the same as the one's I've owned for some time.  The PDC's were glaringly obvious about what steps they skipped at the factory (seams used to be flush with no "burr").  The T18's I couldn't put a finger on, but the PDC's were just... yeah, no. They all felt inconsistent with each other and hastily "slapped togeter".    I used to be the flag waver for Festool drills (that electonic clutch, the precise control) but with what I saw with my own eyes, today, I will not recommend their drills and coin flipping with their impact is just ridiculous.

Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: 18volt impact screwdriver
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2020, 07:33 PM »
I agree with you @yetihunter.
Compared to other brands, with pricing and selling points in mind Festool has disappointed me on  two of my new tool purchases. I did ask a dealer about this recently and they confirmed that on some products they where not happy with final control before packaging. There are signs of economy-run business which takes over engineering and marketing for the sake of bottom line income. It may work short term, and boost margins, but could be disastrous long term. These are my observations though.
There has been suspiciously many TID18 for sale on the second hand market here, almost all “unused”, and only tested. I wonder why, because it’s too many advertised. There might be many reasons. But consider also that Makita’s and Milwaukee’s top of the line models costs less than half of the TID18. Most of us buy Festool tools that gives us “more” than the competitors. But what happens when there’s only the battery platform that differs, and up to two thirds higher pricing.
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Offline CBRacerX

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Re: 18volt impact screwdriver
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2020, 10:12 PM »
I just bought the bare tool - and I have been using an older Makita for this role so far.  It’s held up but the batteries are starting to go. 

Offline ach_78

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Re: 18volt impact screwdriver
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2020, 12:02 PM »
So, my tid 18 was determined to be the lemon of a bunch.  The dealer compared it to the rest of their stock on hand and it was apparantly horrible in comparison.    Which, I can confirm, the TID 18 I received was garbage.   I'm wondering what Makita models you all have because I just can't imagine a good example of the Festool would trump something like the XDT12 or XDT16.  Y'all keep bringing up the Teks mode and I honestly can't remember the last time I saw an impact driver without a Teks mode other than my Bosch.  Heck, my Makita has two or three Teks modes and an auto stop reverse clutch.   

I dug through my local dealer's pallet of new Festool drills/impacts today and I'm going to be point blank:  The drills are not the same as the one's I've owned for some time.  The PDC's were glaringly obvious about what steps they skipped at the factory (seams used to be flush with no "burr").  The T18's I couldn't put a finger on, but the PDC's were just... yeah, no. They all felt inconsistent with each other and hastily "slapped togeter".    I used to be the flag waver for Festool drills (that electonic clutch, the precise control) but with what I saw with my own eyes, today, I will not recommend their drills and coin flipping with their impact is just ridiculous.

What was wrong in your TID 18 ? How was it "the lemon of the bunch" ? thxs