Festool et al

Discussion in 'Tool Talk' started by CGN, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member

    Used cordless circular saw & sabre saw, ocassionally hand or tenon saw.:)
     
  2. Joe95

    Joe95 Screwfix Select

    That's partly why I want the HKC saw. Very clever idea.
    Looking at the Domino too, but don't know anyone who owns one.

     
  3. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    Tool 'porn' eh lads ..........

    Cold shower and a rub down needed me thinks :D
     
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  4. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    So...will the ts55 and extractor be ok off a 3.3kva transformer? :)
     
  5. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member

    But, Joe is using a 3Kva 'heater' transformer, which is different to your usual 3.3Kw transformer.

    Most have 3kVA continuous load rating, not intermittent load rating.
     
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  6. Joe95

    Joe95 Screwfix Select

    Pretty much as Kiab said. As an example, this one: http://www.screwfix.com/p/portable-transformer-with-2-output-sockets-3kva/84144
    Will supply 1.5Kva all day, but only supply 3Kva for 5 minutes.

    A 'heater' transformer, or continuous transformer, will supply it's rated load all day long without issues.

    The 5kva ones will happily chuck out 3Kva all day, but they are much heavier than the heater transformers. But then 5Kva ones are considerably cheaper than continuous transformers.
    You'll get moaned at by sparks for using a 5Kva transformer on a normal plug though, because they can draw over 20A.

    It's poor marketing IMO, as you buy a 3.3Kva transformer that will not supply 3.3 all day.
     
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  7. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member

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  8. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    Thanks Joe and Kiab.

    Would a standard Tx be ok for 'normal use', say doing a worktop cut, ripping an 8x4 down etc? I suppose you could use 2, if you were happy to have the extractor switched on/off manually?
     
  9. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    Not really practical for me Kiab...great in a workshop environment though :)

    The Mirka sander I mentioned is dual voltage and not too power hungry, so that's ok. Festool hose plugs straight in too :)
     
  10. Joe95

    Joe95 Screwfix Select

    Go for it with the transformer you have, and if you notice issues with the blade, then up the transformer rating or use two.

    You lose the advantage of the extractor IMO with two separate supplies.
     
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  11. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    All my Festool gear are 110v

    All lot of my Festool gear I bought on special offers from the various retailer. What I did was to make a list of things I wanted and the got the item as they came up.

    The funny thing is the wife likes them because they come in neat cases, so no clutter everywhere and some of the attachments like the hole drilling hose adaptor and the cleaner stop any dust in the house
     
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  12. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    Yeah...true. Just thinking in terms of how I would be using it. I would probably envisage using the sander for longer lengths of time, but the saw would be sporadic in use. The heater tx is ok though?
     
  13. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    Like a lot of filtration cleaners the Festool had an auto setting that fires up the device when the tool starts. Really useful
     
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  14. Joe95

    Joe95 Screwfix Select

    I don't think any of us will need 5Kva all day long:eek:

    I retired my 5Kva to under the stairs, that way I can pass a lead through the wall to the garage or work around the house. It has it's own 32A circuit on a 32A plug.
    And I keep two 3.3Kva's in the van, for when I forget one on a job.
     
  15. Joe95

    Joe95 Screwfix Select

    It's what makes the extractor so good IMO, you just connect and forget, whereas manually I would tend to leave it off.
     
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  16. Joe95

    Joe95 Screwfix Select

    CGN wait till you get a few Systainers, I will be swapping every other case to them when they go on offer.

    Best storage solution I've ever used, and when you can roll in with everything attached to the extractor....:cool::cool:
     
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  17. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    Just used the Rotex to sand down some joints in plasterboard on walls and ceilings - well worth every penny just for that. I had some work lights and couldn't see any airborne dust at all
     
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  18. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    However, they are "time savers" the amount of effort it takes to get everything neat and tidy ;)
     
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  19. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    Often do the opposite, can't remember the last time I used a handsaw :(

    Even used a sabre saw to cut some insulated plasterboard to size recently:oops:
     
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  20. Joe95

    Joe95 Screwfix Select

    Used mine a few times for filler, not given it a good run on a wall or ceiling yet, but I will soon.
    The balance of the Rotex is nice, it's comfortable to hold for long work.

    But I understand the point you made about the geared mode and low grit paper, It takes more off than the planer:eek::eek:
     

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