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New Hobbyist in Botswana.
« on: June 06, 2020, 07:44 PM »
Hello everyone.

My Festool fever started as I was watching YouTube videos for research as I build cabinets for my mother's house in the village. I got a job site table saw and a 2.25 HP router, and a brushless impact driver and drill combo, all from Makita. I was able to build some base cabinets with plywood, and hardwood raised panel doors with rosewood.

Then from YouTube, I figured I needed a track saw. So naturally, I looked into the Makita track saw. But then I saw that people were comparing it to the Festool track saw.

Enter the TS55. So, I decided I was gonna get the saw that the others were being measured against. I was gonna get it from South Africa, from the licensed distributor there (Vermont sales). The prices are prohibitive though! Jeez!

I then stumbled across Peter Parfitt's videos, and he always mentioned axminster as the source of his tools. So I browsed their website, and was amazed that they had world-wide shipping, and taxes and customs duties services through global-e. I figured out that even with shipping and duties to Botswana, the prices were highly attractive compared to buying it from South Africa.

At the start of the coronavirus lockdown, I ordered the TS55, a Festool carrying bag for the 1400mm track, a cable deflector, and some axminster ratchet clamps (the Festool clamps were out of stock).

By the way, I'm making my purchases from USA, and I work on my projects in December/January when I go home for Christmas. My buddy just took delivery of the TS55 and accessories last week.

Of course, I wasn't done Festool-ing. I needed a mitre saw. Two weeks after I ordered the track saw, I ordered the Kapex KS 120 REB (end of April). I also ordered 2 x 1400mm guide rails, and an 800mm rail. The intention was to get the Kapex complete with the UG stand, but it was too bulky for express air shipping. I have therefore decided I will just buy a Bosch GTA 2500W gravity stand locally. This shipment is awaiting customs clearance in Botswana, due to the covid19 backlog.

A week later, I put in an order for the CTM Midi extractor (thanks to Scott Brown carpentry of New Zealand /YouTube). I also included 2 Festool quick lever clamps, as well as a Ujk RT-100 router table fence.

With all these, I hope my workshop is well equipped to get me going. Of course I still need basic things like clamps and and hand tools, which I will get locally. I will be getting the Parf Mk II guide system and  building a Ron Paulk type bench this December. I hope to finish the cabinet doors, build a gazebo, and a fitted wardrobe for mom's bedroom. Not sure I will have enough time for all this this X-mas, but I'll do my best.

Wish me luck.
« Last Edit: September 02, 2020, 07:31 PM by imdking »
TS55 REBQ, FS 1400/2, FS 800, 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 RJNeal

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Re: New Hobbyist in Botswana.
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2020, 11:28 PM »
Good luck. Congratulations on your new tools. Enjoy and welcome to the FOG
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Re: New Hobbyist in Botswana.
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2020, 06:38 AM »
Good luck. Congratulations on your new tools. Enjoy and welcome to the FOG
Thank you.
TS55 REBQ, FS 1400/2, FS 800, 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.

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Re: New Hobbyist in Botswana.
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2020, 03:01 AM »
Hello and welcome!

Out of curiosity: I lived and worked in Tanzania and Kenya for many years and shipping anything with Li-Ion batteries (be it for digital cameras, cordless drills or aircraft parts) was near impossible within any sensible amount of shipping time or money because of Dangerous Goods regulations (I really held that terrible NiMh drill dear...)
Have you ever tried getting anything cordless into the country yet? Just curious because it'd have been a game changer with those frequent power cuts  [big grin]
Else I'll have to sell a lot of my Festool stuff for corded again or hand tools before we move back that side [wink]

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Re: New Hobbyist in Botswana.
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2020, 08:35 PM »
Every airline has their set of rules regarding batteries on their FAQ section. I usually fly South African Airlines. But the bottom line is that power tools are NOT allowed in the cabin. You have to put them in checked luggage. And most airlines say NO spares. For example, 1 battery per tool. And the battery has to be attached to the tool (if they're separated, then the battery is considered a spare).

You also have to protect the the tool from accidental start. So, instead of just the lock position on the Fwd/Rev button, what I do is cover the blades on the tool with packaging tape before I attach the battery (see where the miniature screw driver is pointing on the attachment).

There's also a limit on the Ah ☓ Voltage per person. South African Airlines says 100 max per person. For example, my Makita combo was 2Ah x 18V, which is 36 for the impact driver, and another 36 for the drill. Therefore, it's advisable to take smaller battery packs, and buy your bigger ones like the 5Ah battery once you arrive at your destination. So, if you're traveling with family, distribute them across different suitcases. I am usually by myself.

Coming from the US, my battery charger did blow up when I tried to charge in Botswana. Luckily, I was able to buy a local Makita charger for about a hundred bucks USD equivalent.
 
« Last Edit: June 08, 2020, 08:39 PM by imdking »
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Re: New Hobbyist in Botswana.
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2020, 09:40 PM »
My attempt to insert an attachment in the last post failed. Here is the picture showing the battery blade on my impact drill, which I cover with packaging tape before attaching the battery for air travel.

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Offline Hawkeye0001

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Re: New Hobbyist in Botswana.
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2020, 09:23 AM »
Cool, appreciate the input. That's a neat idea with the tape!

I recall it being an utter drama when we needed to replace the Li-Ion battery on a helicopter's Emergency Locator Transmitter with a new unit ordered from South Africa. It took almost three months because everyone refused to transport that darn battery (antenna case around it or not - it's still a spare either way, right?) while every single one of those bloody aircraft has one or two of the exact same units built into them.  [blink]
Just short of flying 36 hours round trip up and down the coast to Pretoria we finally managed to source one locally and put it on board a shuttle bus from Nairobi. Never a dull day in Africa... [big grin]

I'll keep that advice in mind for next time (and perhaps put the aircraft battery in a mock Festool 18V battery casing with my drill attached to it [tongue] )
« Last Edit: June 10, 2020, 09:26 AM by Hawkeye0001 »

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Re: New Hobbyist in Botswana.
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2020, 07:11 PM »
Elephants dying mysteriously in Botswana. What a shame!  [mad]
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Re: New Hobbyist in Botswana.
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2020, 11:28 PM »
Elephants dying mysteriously in Botswana. What a shame!  [mad]

Did I miss something up thread?  [huh]

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Re: New Hobbyist in Botswana.
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2020, 06:47 PM »
Elephants dying mysteriously in Botswana. What a shame!  [mad]

Did I miss something up thread?  [huh]

Seth

Somebody asked me at work, since I'm from Botswana, what was going on with the elephants. I don't have the answer, but I just thought I'd mention it here.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/science/elephants-dead-botswana.html

Very sad.
TS55 REBQ, FS 1400/2, FS 800, 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.