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Offline hdv

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2340 on: July 27, 2022, 05:14 AM »
Also make some zero-clearance backing plates for use against the fence. Be sure not to use material that is too thick, otherwise they will get in the way of the hold down clamps (if you use those). Speaking about those clamps, they are highly recommended. But do not clamp your material on both sides of the blade!

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Offline Alanbach

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2341 on: July 27, 2022, 10:49 AM »
I just received an MFK 700 that popped up on the Recon site. It looks brand new and has a mfg. date of 11/2021. I found the edge guide and the zero degree base locally yesterday which is great. I played around with it last night and it looks like it is going to be a great little router.

 Even better, is that in the process of hunting down the zero degree base I accidentally happened upon an old, brand new Vac Sys system and bought it immediately. I see why people rave about these things. Now I just have to figure out where to put all this stuff😊!

Offline imdking

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2342 on: July 27, 2022, 12:02 PM »
Guys, all these posts about "i bought this, i bought that..." with no pictures 🤦🏾‍♂️. Come on, guys! 🤷🏾‍♂️
TS55 REBQ, 2 x FS 1400/2, FS 800/2, Festool carrying bag for rails, FS-AW Cable Deflector, Kapex KS 120 REB, CTM Midi, Domino DF 500, FS-HZ 160 ratchet lever clamps x2.

Offline ChuckS

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2343 on: July 27, 2022, 12:06 PM »
Guys, all these posts about "i bought this, i bought that..." with no pictures 🤦🏾‍♂️. Come on, guys! 🤷🏾‍♂️
This lack of photos comment also applies to many people who ask questions about things that are (super) clear to themselves, but hard-to-decipher to the readers. After several back-and-forths do people realize that they aren't really addressing the same thing! [eek]

Offline mike_aa

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2344 on: July 27, 2022, 05:43 PM »
Guys, all these posts about "i bought this, i bought that..." with no pictures 🤦🏾‍♂️. Come on, guys! 🤷🏾‍♂️
This lack of photos comment also applies to many people who ask questions about things that are (super) clear to themselves, but hard-to-decipher to the readers. After several back-and-forths do people realize that they aren't really addressing the same thing! [eek]
Pictures or it never happened!  [eek]

Offline JINRO

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2345 on: July 27, 2022, 06:22 PM »
Also make some zero-clearance backing plates for use against the fence. Be sure not to use material that is too thick, otherwise they will get in the way of the hold down clamps (if you use those). Speaking about those clamps, they are highly recommended. But do not clamp your material on both sides of the blade!

Download the supplemental manual for lots of good information from the Festool USA site.

Good point! I've used ZCI but never the fence. I'll try with my Kapex when it arrives :)

Offline woodbutcherbower

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2346 on: July 28, 2022, 12:02 PM »
Although I spend a fair proportion of my time in the shop building furniture, doors, windows etc. - most of my work is site-based out of the van. I’m sure everyone can identify with piles of small bits & pieces which just rattle around and have no permanent home. Me too. I fixed that today and bought a stack of 4 x dinky little SYS-MINI TL’s. I’ll get some labels printed up tonight. Judging by the number of nicks, bangs, scrapes, splinters and cuts I get on a weekly basis, I’m guessing that the First Aid kit will see the most action [big grin]

Kevin

Edit = photos posted especially for @imdking  [big grin]

Offline ChuckS

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2347 on: July 28, 2022, 02:51 PM »
Do you use any special lock to beef up your doors?

I see this kind on my neighbors' vans:




Offline ChuckS

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2348 on: July 28, 2022, 03:50 PM »

Good point! I've used ZCI but never the fence. I'll try with my Kapex when it arrives :)
I made the ZC fence out of 5mm thick ply:



I don't use it (slide the fences in) unless really necessary, because it reduces the dust extraction effectiveness. I find that sliding cuts (as opposed to chop cuts) usually produce clean and splinter-free edges.

Offline woodbutcherbower

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2349 on: July 28, 2022, 04:23 PM »
Do you use any special lock to beef up your doors?

For sure. The van has a high-security deadlock on the driver's door, and the factory option of no lock on the passenger door. The cargo doors are fitted with two separate high-level and low-level hookover deadlocks and anti-drill plates. The van also has;

* Anti-smash film on the cab glass which will take repeated strikes from a lump hammer and still not break
* Two independent alarm systems with PIR detectors in the cargo area
* A 'Ghost' immobilizer system which requires a PIN code to be entered before the engine will start
* An additional hidden manual killswitch for the fuel pump
* A steel cover over the OBD port
* A GPS tracking device linked to my phone app
* Fancy 19" alloy wheels, a roof spoiler, a trick exhaust system, and no signwriting. It looks like a hipster's day van and hides in plain sight.

It's cost me almost £2500 to get all this stuff fitted, and it all might seem hugely excessive to citizens of other countries - but the sad fact is that van thefts and break-ins are at stratospheric levels in the UK, with many hundreds of livelihoods destroyed every year. This isn't the lowlife looking for stuff to take to the pawn shop - this is full-scale organised crime. UK border control just last month intercepted three 60-foot shipping containers packed with stolen power tools on their way out to Eastern Europe. Because of this, insurance companies won't insure tools in vans any longer. Bottom line is that nothing's infallible or unbreakable, and if these scumbags really want it - they'll have it. You just have to make it as difficult as possible for them. My son's a police officer - he's regularly told me that they just want to get in & out as quickly as possible. If they see something with visible deadlocks and other security, it's almost certain that they'll walk on by and move onto the next one which looks easier to get inside. What a world we live in, when guys like me have to do this just to look after their families and put food on the table [sad]
« Last Edit: July 28, 2022, 04:40 PM by woodbutcherbower »

Offline ChuckS

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2350 on: July 28, 2022, 04:31 PM »

For sure. The van has a high-security deadlock on the driver's door, and the factory option of no lock on the passenger door. The cargo doors are fitted with two separate high-level and low-level hookover deadlocks and anti-drill plates. The van also has;

* Anti-smash film on the cab glass which will take repeated strikes from a lump hammer and still not break
* Two independent alarm systems with PIR detectors in the cargo area
* A 'Ghost' immobilizer system which requires a PIN code to be entered before the engine will start
* An additional hidden manual killswitch for the fuel pump
* A steel cover over the OBD port
* A tracking device
* Fancy 19" alloy wheels, a roof spoiler, a trick exhaust system, and no signwriting. It looks like a hipster's day van and hides in plain sight.

It's cost me almost £2500 to get all this stuff fitted, and it all might seem hugely excessive to citizens of other countries - but the sad fact is that van thefts and break-ins are at stratospheric levels in the UK, with many hundreds of livelihoods destroyed every year. This isn't the lowlife looking for stuff to take to the pawn shop - this is full-scale organised crime. UK border control just last month intercepted three 60-foot shipping containers packed with stolen power tools on their way out to Eastern Europe. Because of this, insurance companies won't insure tools in vans any longer. Bottom line is that nothing's infallible or unbreakable, and if these scumbags really want it - they'll have it. You just have to make it as difficult as possible for them. My son's a police officer - he's regularly told me that they just want to get in & out as quickly as possible. If they see something with visible deadlocks and other security, it's almost certain that they'll walk on by and move onto the next one which looks easier to get inside. What a world we live in, when guys like me have to do this just to look after their families and put food on the table [sad]

Some of these measures are eye-openers to me. Don't know if we can insure tools kept in vehicles in N.A., but I know shop tools in garages are covered (provided proper records are kept).

P.S. I recently drove in the UK (London & Scotland). Boy, you guys could really handle narrow streets, including going the full posted speed limit of 60mph (100 kph) on some narrow country side winding roads (I felt like already losing control at 50 mph - This from a guy who regularly drives between 120 - 140 kph on highways)! And the (multi-lane) traffic circles (round-abouts)? Crazy!

RE: Customer service we came across there: Excellent from car rental to grocery stores to transportation (buses and the tube).



« Last Edit: July 28, 2022, 04:43 PM by ChuckS »

Offline woodbutcherbower

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2351 on: July 28, 2022, 04:49 PM »
@ChuckS  [big grin]

Yeah - many US and Canadian visitors comment on how polite we all are [smile] and how a much larger proportion of folks in Europe are so much thinner. A New Jersey friend of mine came over last year, he ate like a hollow horse for two weeks, and lost 6lbs. It's because he'd eaten hardly any processed junk. Folks coming here also quickly realise just how young the US is - I took this guy out to dozens of local places which have buildings dating from the 1500's - he was astounded.
 
Anyways - for your next trip, make sure you get to drive in the centre of Paris, Milan or Barcelona.

Bring plenty of brown-coloured pants.
« Last Edit: July 28, 2022, 05:04 PM by woodbutcherbower »

Offline ChuckS

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2352 on: July 28, 2022, 05:20 PM »
One observation: At Poundland (Dollarama or Dollartree in N.A.), one can find many British or EU-made items. Here 99% (90%?) of items are imported in the discount stores. Why can't we still have government policy in N.A. that supports domestic manufacturing?

These pads (one pound) are made in the UK:



« Last Edit: July 28, 2022, 05:35 PM by ChuckS »

Offline ChuckS

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2353 on: July 28, 2022, 06:59 PM »
Snip.
how a much larger proportion of folks in Europe are so much thinner. Snip.

On average, I walked 5 hours a day during my stay in Britain; back home? 30 minutes or so as I live in a car city. In London, most people take the public transport or ride the bike. Outside some of the tube stations, I saw lots of bikes on bike racks (similar scenes in Copenhagen last time I was there). By the way, the citymapper app made going around by bus and tube or train a lovely experience!

Offline JINRO

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2354 on: July 28, 2022, 08:12 PM »
I don't use it (slide the fences in) unless really necessary, because it reduces the dust extraction effectiveness. I find that sliding cuts (as opposed to chop cuts) usually produce clean and splinter-free edges.

I received my Kapex today! I made few cuts and wow it was very smooth operation :) I didn't try ZCI or a fence.  Few cuts gave me splinter at back side.  Is there any technique when sliding cut to reduce splinter without any aid of insert or fence? My Dewalt was giving me hard time with splinter but I expected much cleaner cut from Kapex. It is cleaner but I guess I want perfection :p

Offline ChuckS

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2355 on: July 28, 2022, 09:58 PM »
JINRO,

Apply a ZCI and use the "single slide cut" to see if the results meet your needs. If not, you may have to use a ZCF as well.

https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tools-accessories/i-test-3-cut-techniques-to-find-optimal-dust-extraction-on-a-festool-kapex/msg672818/#msg672818

Edit: This shows the cuts made on some pine without using the ZCF (cuts made for this post - https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tools-accessories/looking-for-space-saving-miter-saw-kapex-worth-a-try/msg673623/?topicseen#msg673623 ):


« Last Edit: July 28, 2022, 10:22 PM by ChuckS »

Offline Coen

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2356 on: July 28, 2022, 11:16 PM »
@ChuckS  [big grin]

Yeah - many US and Canadian visitors comment on how polite we all are [smile] and how a much larger proportion of folks in Europe are so much thinner. A New Jersey friend of mine came over last year, he ate like a hollow horse for two weeks, and lost 6lbs. It's because he'd eaten hardly any processed junk. Folks coming here also quickly realise just how young the US is - I took this guy out to dozens of local places which have buildings dating from the 1500's - he was astounded.
 
Anyways - for your next trip, make sure you get to drive in the centre of Paris, Milan or Barcelona.

Bring plenty of brown-coloured pants.

Well, it's a vicious circle he. The Americans just got dominated more by the car lobby. They work more hours to pay for more cars, then have no time to make a healthy dinner. In the past 40 years their expenses for food and prescription drugs combined stayed constant as a % of income. But they reversed in individual %, guess in which direction.

Offline Yardbird

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2357 on: July 28, 2022, 11:49 PM »
Purchased a Festool 491986 12-Drawer Sortainer,Gray  on Amazon, received it today.
 I could not get the picture to copy, but this is the 12 drawer parts systainer with dividers #491986.  Normal price in US is $199 but I purchased out of the UK with free shipping from Amazon.  Amazon was less than $115 plus tax with free international shipping.  A few days later it was back up to $199.  I now see this is back on the Amazon site item 491986 for $119.82 with free international shipping. With that many drawers, you would have an drawer to keep all the money you saved.   Always like to help others spend their money.


Offline ChuckS

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2359 on: July 29, 2022, 09:22 AM »
Snip.
Anyways - for your next trip, make sure you get to drive in the centre of Paris, Milan or Barcelona.

Bring plenty of brown-coloured pants.
Been in Barcelona once, but not driving.

Some of the more "aggressive" drivers (including some taxi drivers) in Canada can probably be found in Montreal. but they still pale to others in Europe. Many side streets in London that I've been to seem to have one lane for two-way travel (cars are parked on both sides, leaving just one lane in the center). We rarely have those in Canada. Also here in Canada, we may have from zero to two or three speed bumps on a long 30 kph (20 mph) controlled street, but on the ones I drove in London, there seemed to have one speed bump on EVERY intersection!

If anything, Canadians driving in London shall expect to get honked because many people jaywalk, and we're mentally trained to stop for them as we do in Canada. Apparently, other drivers honked me because I wasn't expected to slow down for the jaywalkers. Jaywalking is probably 10x more common in London than in many cities here. (I salute all the bus drivers in London who have such a tough job of keeping to their schedules. Edit: One cool thing - they have cameras installed to catch people driving in a bus lane!)

Edit: One night, I was on a bus returning home, and was surprised to see so many people on the streets as we passed by Hyde Park. As it turned out, Adele had just finished her first public concert there.
« Last Edit: July 29, 2022, 10:28 AM by ChuckS »

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2360 on: July 29, 2022, 09:35 AM »
NYC traffic is probably pretty civilized compared to the above but it was very intimidating when I moved here from Tallahassee in 1977. But I was driving my old International Harvester pickup so I got over the fear of a fender bender quickly an learned how to swim with the sharks.

Offline imdking

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2361 on: August 01, 2022, 01:22 AM »
Hahaha 🤣
I appreciate the pictures, @woodbutcherbower
Congratulations on the purchases.
TS55 REBQ, 2 x FS 1400/2, FS 800/2, Festool carrying bag for rails, FS-AW Cable Deflector, Kapex KS 120 REB, CTM Midi, Domino DF 500, FS-HZ 160 ratchet lever clamps x2.

Offline Coen

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2362 on: August 01, 2022, 06:40 AM »


Won't the contents just get all over the place if you put the Systainer on it's side? Cause no lid foam insert.

Offline woodbutcherbower

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2363 on: August 01, 2022, 08:30 AM »
@Coen There is a foam insert. I just hadn’t cut it when I took the picture.

Offline Bertotti

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2364 on: August 02, 2022, 12:50 PM »
337 XXL Festool systainer. I really like these oversized systainers. I'm considering one to put both my sanders in. It fits the Excell 5 vacuum pump pods and other clamping things just right! I did try to pick up the domino df500? They didn't have one so I am waiting. I am building some tables and I do not need them for strength just alignment so I think this will get used more than the big brother of a beast. However, they did have that one on hand. I'll have the df500 in a week or three. I'm looking forward to using it. The biscuit joiner of late has been way too loose and not aligning things properly. I have given up on getting good biscuits. At least with the DF it is known for a good fit and if I run out of dominoes in a pinch I can make some.
I want to populate SD with trees because I miss the forests of the river bottoms.

Offline Bertotti

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2365 on: August 08, 2022, 03:27 PM »
I have two more tools on my current list for a new project I proposed and got approved, by my wife, today an HL850 came home with the coarse head they didn't have the fine but ordered it for me. I have wanted this for years! I am revving to go!
I want to populate SD with trees because I miss the forests of the river bottoms.

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2366 on: August 08, 2022, 06:35 PM »
I would love to try one of those out. I don't know that I need one, but I'd still like to give it a go.
CSX
DF500 + assortment set
PS420 + Base kit
OF1010
OF1010F
OF1400
MFK700 (2)
TS55, FS1080, FS1400 holey, FS1900, FS3000
CT26E + Workshop cleaning set
RO90
RO125
ETS EC 125
RAS115
ETS 125 (2)
TS75
Shaper Origin/Workstation
MFT clamps set

Offline Bertotti

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Re: What Festool Did You buy Today?
« Reply #2367 on: August 10, 2022, 08:17 PM »
Anytime you're in my neck of the woods. I see it is discontinued on the FestoolUSA site. Glad I got it. It was the last one at the store.
I want to populate SD with trees because I miss the forests of the river bottoms.