Author Topic: The Systainer Cart is a good value.  (Read 3644 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Ned

  • Posts: 1146
The Systainer Cart is a good value.
« on: January 30, 2007, 01:09 PM »
I have twofour Systainer Carts

At first glance they seem expensive but a little comparison shows them to be a good value.  (There's a statement that applies to every Festool product.)

The cart is a sturdy plastic platform with indentations so that Systainers interlock with it as they do with each other.  Instead of  latches, four elastic loops secure the bottom Systainer to the cart.  a set of spare loops is included, but none of mine have needed to be replaced.

The casters are 75mm (3").  Two swivel, the two others swivel and double lock, that is, they neither roll nor pivot when locked.  They roll smoothly even when heavily loaded, a sure sign they aren't undersized.  (A year later, and they're still rolling smoothly.)

The cost of similar casters from Woodcraft ranges from 54 to 42 USD, from McMaster-Carr about 54 USD.  The ten dollar difference between the cost of first-rate casters and the total cost of the cart seems reasonable to me.

Festool USA does not pre-approve the contents of this website nor endorse the application or use of any Festool product in any way other than in the manner described in the Festool Instruction Manual. To reduce the risk of serious injury and/or damage to your Festool product, always read, understand and follow all warnings and instructions in your Festool product's Instruction Manual. Although Festool strives for accuracy in the website material, the website may contain inaccuracies. Festool makes no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness or timeliness of the material on this website or about the results to be obtained from using the website. Festool and its affiliates cannot be responsible for improper postings or your reliance on the website's material. Your use of any material contained on this website is entirely at your own risk. The content contained on this site is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.

Offline Peter Teubel

  • Posts: 148
Re: The Systainer Cart is a good value.
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2007, 08:10 PM »
I have 3 Festool systainer carts and 4 homemade systainer carts. I simply pattern-routed 3/4" ply using the original systainer cart as the pattern. Attached 2" rubber-wheeled swivel casters (no locks) that I got from Harborfreight Tools on sale for $0.99 each (I bought 50 of them  ;D), routed a shallow depression to roughly match the bottom profile of a systainer, and mounted 4 small angle brackets to hold the 1st systainer on. Not as elegant as the original, but for just rolling around the shop they work great. Total cost was something like $6.

- Pete

Offline Corwin

  • Posts: 2646
Re: The Systainer Cart is a good value.
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2007, 10:56 PM »
Well, I'll have to go along with Ned on this.  The casters that I can find locally would cost close to $50 and are not nearly as nice as those on the Festool cart.  Currently I stack my Systainers on top of the vac and the one cart that I have...  but I'll want another cart with my next order.  I think a couple of carts w/Systainers under each 1080 MFT will be the ticket.