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Offline TelcoRandy

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Festool CXS Brushless
« on: September 28, 2013, 12:00 PM »
Does anyone know if Festool plans to make a brushless CXS? I scoured the forums and I found a quote from Shane Holland stating that:
It would have no longer been a compact drill if it had a brushless motor. It would have been a C12/15, which we will have later this year.

If brushless is what you want, we have a broad range of drills with brushless motors with more coming soon.  [wink]

If you want compact, technology has not progress to the point of being able to (at least at a reasonable price point) fit a brushless motor in a compact drill form factor.

However, Bosch is coming out with a 12V compact brushless drill/driver with the same weight as the CXS (.9kg or 1.98lbs). So since the technology is here now (2 years later), does this mean Festool will release an improved CXS?
http://toolguyd.com/bosch-12v-brushless-drill-screwdriver/

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« Last Edit: September 28, 2013, 12:06 PM by TelcoRandy »

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Online Alex

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2013, 02:29 PM »
I think it is perfectly possible to make a brushless drill of any size. But if Festool will be making one is another matter. I wouldn't count on it on the short term.

Festool also won't be making any statements about it, they never tell anything about tools in development, until they hit the stores.

Offline TelcoRandy

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2013, 12:23 AM »
I just don't like the idea behind the CXS having a disposable motor. In the same post that Shane made that quote, Johnny Round Boy showed a print of the CXS parts and stated that the motor had self-contained non-serviceable brushes and speculated that you would need to replace the entire motor if they ever wore out. This personally doesn't sit well with me. I think I'll hold out for the next Festool compact drill or maybe go with a competitor... I was hoping that someone might have some inside information to entice me to hold out for a new CXS but I guess that'll never happen.

Offline mrB

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2013, 04:53 AM »
I love the size, weight, ergonomics of my CXS so much - that I often end up using it when I should probably have a bigger drill in my hand.

I would like festool to make this drill brushless, and if they do, i'll add one to my gear.

I am not really worried, however, about it wearing out.  It has an intelligent electronic cut out to protect the motor from 'self harm' and should therefore last as long/longer than any other normal cordless I've had.

It really is the best drill i've ever held and what I really wish, is that they come out with a more powerful version in the same form factor. If/When possible. I don't like the ergonomics of the C12/C15 sadly.
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Offline TelcoRandy

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2013, 12:39 PM »


This Bosch Brushless may be calling my name...

Offline Davej

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2013, 01:44 PM »


This Bosch Brushless may be calling my name...

Not a true comparison , he should have shown all of the drills screwing a screw in each , as far as possible , not swapping over with the same screw.TThe cxs may not be brushless but it is brilliant.
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Offline kieran62

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2013, 01:48 PM »
Hi everyone, been a while since I've posted.

I've been using the brushed version of the Bosch for the last eighteen months and it is a powerful little drill.
However, in that time I've had the trigger repaired and been through four batteries (all Bosch originals), and today my fith battery failed  [mad]
I'm going to buy a CXS, not because I'm a fanboy, but a three year warranty on the drill and batteries will make it an investment
against downtime.
If Bosch sort out their issues with batteries (and I know I'm not the only person to have had problems), it will be a handy sized drill with lots of torque,
but until I see some reviews of real world use, I'll be steering clear.

Kieran

Offline mike68au

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2013, 06:56 PM »
I recently sold 2 of the Bosch Models after trying and buying the CXS.  The balance comfort and control of the drill is way better / superior. 
The Bosch's were great but i definitely prefer the CXS

As for driving in those big screws,  not a chance i would consider doing that with a small 10.8v drill..... thats what my bigger drills are for. 

Offline PreferrablyWood

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2013, 03:44 AM »
I'll be in the market for th CXS as a handy go everywhere tool, the handling seems to be it's strong point. I would not worry about it not being brushless at all.
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Offline Holz-Her

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2013, 03:54 PM »
i like both :)


Offline SMJoinery

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2013, 04:02 PM »
I've had my CXS for 2 weeks and love it.
This week it's been pre drilling and fixing oak door linings and hinges to doors etc
It's driving 70mm (4x70) screws no problem at all and swapping between Jacobs churck with centre drill / countersink and centrotec driver has been superb.
Batteries charge very quickly and last ages.
Balance and power are amazing for 10.8v but I have found that I prefer dewalt pz2 bits to festool!
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Offline Jon Hilgenberg

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2013, 06:11 PM »
Love my cxs, but it's time to send the batteries in.  I've owned it since it came out and have abused it daily on cabinet installs.  Greatest festool I own, besides the ts55.

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Offline rl4020

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2014, 07:02 AM »
love the cxs had one for about a year until someone stole it.  But I don't think I would get another one until it has more power.  They need to make a brushless one with as much power or more than the milwaukee fuel 12v brushless

Offline toolslut

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2014, 11:40 AM »
For what it's worth I currently own a set of the Bosch 10.8 including drill driver/impact/reciprocating and mult-tool and I wouldn't buy them again.
The drill driver is powerful but has intermittent faults (light comes on and won't go off, stuttering power). The multitool makes my ears bleed (it's unbelievable) and the reciprocating saw won't eject the blades as the mechanism is prone to fouling with dust. The impact is fine but all of the batteries have lost the clips due to rather rubbishy plastic and fall out unless held in with tape (not good). One of the 3 batteries lasts a while but the others I use in the torch which is OK.
So after 1 and a bit years of use I'm not impressed.
I intend to buy the CXS as I need a decent angle attachment, i'll keep the Bosch impact until it gives up.
I would like to see a 3 or 4Ah battery for the CXS in an ideal world.
Good luck either way. Maybe I've been unlucky.
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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2014, 04:14 PM »
I love my CXS, but it needs to get a bigger capacity battery. The larger drills have been developing in that area, so should the CXS.

Some more Ah in the batteries would be nice to have on the CXS. The rest can stay the way it is.
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Offline w802h

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2014, 04:36 PM »
I bought the Milwaukee Fuel 12v Brushless Screwdriver.  It is a real tool, not a toy and I'm very happy with it.  It's weight isn't noticeable hanging from my belt, yet it has a lot of power for it's size, and a tight chuck.  I would have gotten the CSX if the battery was compatible with my Syslite, but I like my choice.  The CSX has angle attachments, but they have more plastic than the larger Festool drills - and for the amount that I need 90 degree technology I have a manual attachment, plus the M12 has a shorter length.  Also, I wanted to use standard bits and not get locked into Centrotec, but each their own. 

Re:
« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2014, 11:04 PM »
+1Milwaukee M12 Fuel , CXS is a fine drill dont get me wrong.

Offline festivus

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2014, 06:46 AM »
love the cxs had one for about a year until someone stole it.  But I don't think I would get another one until it has more power.  They need to make a brushless one with as much power or more than the milwaukee fuel 12v brushless

I'm glad that I'm not the only one who finds the CXS a little underpowered. It's a great drill - don't get me wrong. But with the amount of rave reviews it gets I thought initially I'd got a dud! I think it's great cabinet making tool. Can imagine it's great for kitchens also (although I don't do this). But really struggles with any general purpose use and more often than not I just pick up the PDC since I know it'll handle any task.


Offline Ajax

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2014, 04:46 PM »
Was thinking about getting the CSX, but I'm happy with my Bosch 12v lineup.  At $295 for a CSX kit, switching out of Bosch was cost prohibitive.

I have the PS20 (driver), PS31 (drill), PS41(impact), PS11 (right angle), and two LED flash lights.  They have served me well and I have 6 x 12v batteries on hand.  They charge fast. 
I also have a Bosch 18v drill and an impact driver with a number of high capacity batteries and flashlights.  Again, I'm very happy with them.

I just ordered the PS22 (brushless driver).  The PS20 has served me well, but the price was right on the newer PS22 driver after the $20 Bosch instant rebate.  So now I have 2 more batteries and a charger for ~$130.

Festool needs to show me something unique that I can't get in Bosch to justify the great cost.
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Offline h.gil

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2014, 05:53 PM »
I am still on the fence regarding the CSX. I've been long waiting for the C15 to come with 4.2 ah packs, as I could use them on the SysLite. I too have several Bosch 12v tools, though I lost the right-angle driver, I still have the impact, driver, and multitool. I've had them since they first came out sometime in 2006~7. I used to have 8 battery packs but they all died prematurely I would say, only one was left and I would id' it by the white fast cap I stuck on the bottom; the retaining tabs had gone on it so I would use green tape to hold it in place. The other day noticed it wouldn't come out of the multi-x, it was then that I noticed someone had switched on me; the one I had was 1.5ah and they left a 1.3ah (first gen). So now I have and unknown old battery and I am eager to either replace the kit with a CXS and a corded Fein, or keep buying into Bosch.

If Festool comes out with a 2ah+ battery pack then it would be a far easier decision, but until then, I'll just wait it out. 

Offline epicxt

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2014, 06:08 PM »
I am still on the fence regarding the CSX. I've been long waiting for the C15 to come with 4.2 ah packs, as I could use them on the SysLite.
Quick question- couldn't find the answer from a brief search: can the 3.0 Ah batteries that come stock with the c15 be used with the syslite? Seems like they should be compatible.
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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #21 on: June 07, 2014, 08:42 PM »
I am still on the fence regarding the CSX. I've been long waiting for the C15 to come with 4.2 ah packs, as I could use them on the SysLite.
Quick question- couldn't find the answer from a brief search: can the 3.0 Ah batteries that come stock with the c15 be used with the syslite? Seems like they should be compatible.

Yes, all Festool batteries from the last 6-7 years work with the syslite with the exception of the CXS batteries and some really old style Festool batteries.
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Offline Ajax

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #22 on: June 07, 2014, 09:28 PM »
I am still on the fence regarding the CSX. I've been long waiting for the C15 to come with 4.2 ah packs, as I could use them on the SysLite.
Quick question- couldn't find the answer from a brief search: can the 3.0 Ah batteries that come stock with the c15 be used with the syslite? Seems like they should be compatible.

Wow.  That stinks.  I have about 6 batteries and they all are still working.
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Offline epicxt

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2014, 12:59 PM »
I am still on the fence regarding the CSX. I've been long waiting for the C15 to come with 4.2 ah packs, as I could use them on the SysLite.
Quick question- couldn't find the answer from a brief search: can the 3.0 Ah batteries that come stock with the c15 be used with the syslite? Seems like they should be compatible.

Yes, all Festool batteries from the last 6-7 years work with the syslite with the exception of the CXS batteries and some really old style Festool batteries.
Thanks Brice! I figured they would but from a previous post it sounded like they wouldn't. Going to have to replace my old nicad c12 sometime soon and wanted to be sure!
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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2014, 01:31 PM »
I am still on the fence regarding the CSX. I've been long waiting for the C15 to come with 4.2 ah packs, as I could use them on the SysLite.
Quick question- couldn't find the answer from a brief search: can the 3.0 Ah batteries that come stock with the c15 be used with the syslite? Seems like they should be compatible.

Yes, all Festool batteries from the last 6-7 years work with the syslite with the exception of the CXS batteries and some really old style Festool batteries.
Thanks Brice! I figured they would but from a previous post it sounded like they wouldn't. Going to have to replace my old nicad c12 sometime soon and wanted to be sure!

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Offline h.gil

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #25 on: June 09, 2014, 07:38 PM »
I was just looking on amazon.ca and it seems the desicion is easier now: (2)12v-2ah batteries+charger+L-boxx1 for only $84.00 CAD.

I am still on the fence regarding the CSX. I've been long waiting for the C15 to come with 4.2 ah packs, as I could use them on the SysLite.
Quick question- couldn't find the answer from a brief search: can the 3.0 Ah batteries that come stock with the c15 be used with the syslite? Seems like they should be compatible.

Yes, all Festool batteries from the last 6-7 years work with the syslite with the exception of the CXS batteries and some really old style Festool batteries.
Thanks Brice! I figured they would but from a previous post it sounded like they wouldn't. Going to have to replace my old nicad c12 sometime soon and wanted to be sure!

I meant as opposed to the CXS packs.

Offline PreferrablyWood

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #26 on: October 14, 2014, 10:01 AM »
To buy or not to buy, all this dicussing to and fro about the CXS is slowly eroding all my perspective, I just want it to stop, stop to just STOP ! , I get the CXS okay okay OKAY.....?

oh ah hmmm,, whelle excuse me,,,  but I erhh ah I have to admit I have another hidden motive that is eating me on up from th inside out on this subject CXS versus whoever else,  yup makes the dicussion a little jarring on my nerves, i admit I feel a sense of growing unease, well it's kind of like this you know , I better own up it and get to the point, it just seems plain wrong to have all those centrotec bits I've been harping on about and only have ONE drill to use them in.. Yes it is just pathetic, I think I'll go get me a CXS at the first operatunity..
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Offline GOT8SPD

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #27 on: October 14, 2014, 09:47 PM »
To buy or not to buy, all this dicussing to and fro about the CXS is slowly eroding all my perspective, I just want it to stop, stop to just STOP ! , I get the CXS okay okay OKAY.....?

oh ah hmmm,, whelle excuse me,,,  but I erhh ah I have to admit I have another hidden motive that is eating me on up from th inside out on this subject CXS versus whoever else,  yup makes the dicussion a little jarring on my nerves, i admit I feel a sense of growing unease, well it's kind of like this you know , I better own up it and get to the point, it just seems plain wrong to have all those centrotec bits I've been harping on about and only have ONE drill to use them in.. Yes it is just pathetic, I think I'll go get me a CXS at the first operatunity..

This is quite the rant.  I'm not even sure what you said.

Offline PreferrablyWood

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #28 on: October 16, 2014, 05:09 AM »
To buy or not to buy, all this dicussing to and fro about the CXS is slowly eroding all my perspective, I just want it to stop, stop to just STOP ! , I get the CXS okay okay OKAY.....?

oh ah hmmm,, whelle excuse me,,,  but I erhh ah I have to admit I have another hidden motive that is eating me on up from th inside out on this subject CXS versus whoever else,  yup makes the dicussion a little jarring on my nerves, i admit I feel a sense of growing unease, well it's kind of like this you know , I better own up it and get to the point, it just seems plain wrong to have all those centrotec bits I've been harping on about and only have ONE drill to use them in.. Yes it is just pathetic, I think I'll go get me a CXS at the first operatunity..

This is quite the rant.  I'm not even sure what you said.

Yup I've spent too much time on forums so my brain overheated..

But to sum up, I think the Festool drills are superior to most drills out there because of the egronomics, and the Centrotec system. So during this whole long thread the Centrotec aspect is really never mentioned, the egronomics aren't either, notice for example the small 10v bosch drills don't have light, they are stubby as opposed to the CXS that is more sleek and narrow, the aright angle chuck and the centrotec chuck allow it to get into smaller spaces, the smaller jacobs chuck is brilliant for using smaller bits..

So I'd say the biggest attraction to the other non festool offerings in the 10v-12v range are basic they are cheaper, or that there are more choices of tool types like the recipro saw etc.

For me the Centrotec and the egronomics are what push to the Festool Drills, and the CXS is the ONE to get according to most users here.. The one gripe seems to be the low capacity of the batteries, but having two or three as well as the relatively fast charging time solves that problem. For heavier more demanding drilling and screwing jobs I have the PDC 18..
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Offline festivus

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #29 on: October 16, 2014, 05:32 AM »
The combination of CXS and PDC is very hard to beat!

I do have the installer's kit too which is expensive and many items in it get unused - but the items I do use ooze quality except the long bits which seem to be made of plastic and have to be used with caution - I only use if absolutely have to!


Offline PreferrablyWood

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #30 on: October 17, 2014, 05:09 AM »
The combination of CXS and PDC is very hard to beat!

I do have the installer's kit too which is expensive and many items in it get unused - but the items I do use ooze quality except the long bits which seem to be made of plastic and have to be used with caution - I only use if absolutely have to!

I didn't get the installer's kit, I opted for getting most of what was in the installer's kit individual for quite reasonable prices at ACH autocolor, which left money for the centrotec Zobo bits, The sets I bought with DB in their name come in containers that fit in the attic lid of the PDC's systainer which is a nice touch.. I think though that I'll end up getting some of the other things from the installer's kit like the 5-15 countersink, and the countersink with depth stop 3.5 mm.

I agree that the PDC combined with the CXS is going to be a killer setup!
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Offline carlb40

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #31 on: October 17, 2014, 05:07 PM »
I love my cxs and find i am using it more and more every week.
At first i wasn't that impressed with the battery life as they were lasting about 3/4 of a day before needing to be charged. Now however it could be 2 days before charges.
 I push mine to it's limit and beyond. Yesterday it was used to fix ply to stud was with 2" 10 screws without pilot holes.
Today i installed an external door frame with 5" 12 screws. Not once did it complain or struggle.  [big grin]

I will be glad when the day comes when i have the DRC to replace my big heavy 18v makita. When ever i pick it up, i always think whether the cxs can do the job instead. 9 times out of 10 it can. Now the makita only gets used for drilling out locks.  [wink]
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Offline Davej

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #32 on: October 17, 2014, 06:12 PM »
I love my cxs and find i am using it more and more every week.
At first i wasn't that impressed with the battery life as they were lasting about 3/4 of a day before needing to be charged. Now however it could be 2 days before charges.
 I push mine to it's limit and beyond. Yesterday it was used to fix ply to stud was with 2" 10 screws without pilot holes.
Today i installed an external door frame with 5" 12 screws. Not once did it complain or struggle.  [big grin]
 

I agree totally . I've had my cxs for about a year and it's the first drill I pick up regardless of the task in  hand .
I just wish I could find the holy grail of screwdriver bits to match.
Dave
« Last Edit: October 17, 2014, 06:17 PM by Davej »
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Offline carlb40

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #33 on: October 18, 2014, 03:57 AM »
Quote
I agree totally . I've had my cxs for about a year and it's the first drill I pick up regardless of the task in  hand .
I just wish I could find the holy grail of screwdriver bits to match.
Dave



I use the wera impact bits for 99% of the time. Only resorting to cheap dewalt bits if i have to use really cheap screws, as i find they fit the heads better on the cheap screws supplied for jobs.  [mad]
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Offline Dan1210

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #34 on: October 25, 2014, 03:23 PM »
Ive had one since launch, love the drill couldnt be without it! Used mainly for kitchens and light carpentry.
However it has gone thru 2 motors in its lifetime. I never drive anything bigger than 50mm screws with this drill.
Generally i use about 1.5 batts during a full day.
If they release a new version i would buy it in a heartbeat!
My dad has the small bosch drills and my bros has the small dewalt drills. The bosch and dewalt smoke the cxs with the bosch being the most powerful.
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Offline omega1848

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #35 on: June 24, 2020, 04:55 PM »
Are there any news about a potential CXS upgrade to a brushless motor?
Just about to buy a new one and i do not want to have another ‚Apple Macbook Upgrade‘ moment. ;-)

Offline Stan Tillinghast

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #36 on: June 24, 2020, 05:37 PM »
Wow. Hope you haven’t been waiting for six years to buy a CXS.
I second everything said about the ergonomics. I have a Makita drill/impact set in LXT brushless. Much more powerful than the CXS, but I still reach for the CXS first. Unfortunately so does my wife.
Some things are just perfect, even though the technology is dated.
I still prefer my Sig P226 to the P320.

Offline omega1848

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #37 on: June 24, 2020, 05:53 PM »
No, not really, but I am trying to make up my mind in which system i should invest now.
Until now I am still living the ‚cord life‘, I tried ‚cord cutting‘ a few years ago with Bosch Professional 12V system, but was never to happy with it (ergonomics because of the thick handle due to the sloted battery into the grip), parallel I still using Makita drilling hammer, with cable.
But I would like to avoid a mixture of different brands and/ or voltage.
Right now I am between Festool CXS (12V) plus maybe Festool 18V (replacing my Makita with the BHC) or Milwaukee 12V series or Makita 12V....

Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #38 on: June 24, 2020, 06:42 PM »
Just a head up regarding grip: If you didn’t like the Bosch 12V you wouldn’t like Milwaukee 12V either. It’s the same battery-in-grip design. In which Makita also had on their previous 10.8V system.
Makita now has slide style batteries aka most 18V platforms, Festool too.
Me neither liked the grip of Bosch 12V system. I sold all my Bosch and bought further into Makita with the CXT 12V platform which has the same grip as its 18V system, I’m very happy with this, and the grip on Festool’s battery machines as well. I did recently buy a CXS, and it has fantastic ergonomics if you like the rear grip style over the t-handle. The TXS and CXS are the only tools that uses the 12V batteries from Festool.
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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #39 on: June 24, 2020, 07:00 PM »
Agreed with that. I love my m12 but every time I hold another brand it remember how small handles can be without the battery in it.

There is a great deal on a CXS in classifieds right now. $250 in comparison the Milwaukee kit is $230.

Offline Rick Herrick

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #40 on: June 24, 2020, 11:16 PM »
I still prefer my Sig P226 to the P320.

Copy that.  But once I latched on to the P229, the P226s aren't getting as much love.  I recently tested both my P226 and P229 using 357Sig.  Couldn't believe the P229 was actually nicer to shoot in this caliber.  Sorry about getting off topic but I love my Sigs.

Offline xedos

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #41 on: June 25, 2020, 12:22 AM »
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Just a head up regarding grip: If you didn’t like the Bosch 12V you wouldn’t like Milwaukee 12V either. It’s the same battery-in-grip design

Not exactly   [blink]

While the design is similar , the implementation is different. Mikwaukee's designs have a smaller circumference on the handles/ grips than the Bosch ones. Some guys find them more comfortable. 

Milwaukee has a new install driver that's a knockoff of CXS, with a lot more chucks that you may or may not find useful.  Worth a look/feel if you're shopping.   Their 4 & 6 Ah batteries help with the balance on a lot of tools and the capacity can't be matched in Festools 12v lineup.   The number of tools the platform supports is over a hundred, but you probably won't have a need for a grease gun or PEX expander.   But things like a stapler, heat gun, or inspection camera might appeal to more people.

That said , it's still hard to deny the CXS feel, ergonomics being superior. It's just that it's getting long in the tooth, and the battery basically doesn't fit anything else.  So, if you don't care about compatibility, it's still a winner. 

Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #42 on: June 25, 2020, 06:25 AM »
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Just a head up regarding grip: If you didn’t like the Bosch 12V you wouldn’t like Milwaukee 12V either. It’s the same battery-in-grip design

Not exactly   [blink]

While the design is similar , the implementation is different. Mikwaukee's designs have a smaller circumference on the handles/ grips than the Bosch ones. Some guys find them more comfortable. 

Milwaukee has a new install driver that's a knockoff of CXS, with a lot more chucks that you may or may not find useful.  Worth a look/feel if you're shopping.   Their 4 & 6 Ah batteries help with the balance on a lot of tools and the capacity can't be matched in Festools 12v lineup.   The number of tools the platform supports is over a hundred, but you probably won't have a need for a grease gun or PEX expander.   But things like a stapler, heat gun, or inspection camera might appeal to more people.

That said , it's still hard to deny the CXS feel, ergonomics being superior. It's just that it's getting long in the tooth, and the battery basically doesn't fit anything else.  So, if you don't care about compatibility, it's still a winner.

Well, it’s not far off. But it’s certainly up to each to to decide.
I have the Milwaukee polisher, had the CXS knock off, but returned it. Festool goes around most others out there in terms of electronics and handling. Always go for what feels best for you, and always consider “hidden” qualities -  not everything is about what you see or torque..
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Offline yetihunter

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #43 on: July 11, 2020, 10:07 PM »
The Milwaukee cxs/t18/c18 hybrid knockoff has some head-scratching, deal-breaking qualities to it.  A brushless CXS will arrive when a Chinese factory decides to produce an off the shelf brushless motor the same size/dimensions as the all in one brushed motor inside of the current CXS.  Or when Festool decides to bother making their own motors.

Offline Cypren

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Re: Festool CXS Brushless
« Reply #44 on: Yesterday at 07:16 PM »
The Milwaukee cxs/t18/c18 hybrid knockoff has some head-scratching, deal-breaking qualities to it.

Can you elaborate on this? I'm just curious to know what you considered deal-breaking about it, specifically. The main thing I've noticed is that -- just like when you compare Milwaukee and Festool's full-sized drills -- it lacks the level of fine control in the trigger and the light touch of the electronic clutch in the CXS. I use my CXS all the time for delicate screwdriving in small electronic circuit boards and plastic parts where over-torquing would destroy the work piece. I would never try that with any of my Milwaukee drills.