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Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in New Tool Info | 0 comments

Cordless Tool Update

The world of cordless tools continues to be a race to see who can come out with a bigger battery first and who can develop a tool with a more powerful motor.

Festool

festool 18 volt 4 mode drill

festool 18 volt 4 mode drill

From Festool, the new 4 in 1 drill features a four-speed gearbox which provides loads of torque for hogging out material with large diameter drill bits and then quickly switches over to deliver 3,800 RPMs to blast through concrete with its hammer drill functionality. Of course this features a brushless motor, as their drills have for years, with a 5.2 li-ion battery. The Festool 4 in 1 ingeniously combines a drill, hammer drill and impact all in one tool. In addition they have a new cordless track saw that beats all.

cordless festool ts55c   track saw

cordless festool ts55c track saw

bosch wireless charging

bosch wireless charging

Bosch

Bosch has a new wireless charging system as well as a socket ready impact that will handle 1/2″ sockets turning out 1650 in-lbs of torque as well as your traditional 1/4″ shank bit tips. 5 and 6 amp batteries are now available.

 

5 AMP BATTERIES FROM DEWALT

5 AMP BATTERIES FROM DEWALT

 

DeWALT

With the increase of battery power to 5 amp and the “coming soon” 6 amp batteries, you are seeing cordless tools that just a few years ago were not even feasible. Dewalt has a new cordless miter saw with a vertical capacity for
baseboard against the fence of 3-1/2″, crown molding vertically nested of 3-5/8″ or crown or base lying flat. It will cut 8″ @ 90 degrees. In addition you’ll get a tig welder that runs on 120 volt power or an internal li-ion cordless battery allowing you to run about 15 sticks on a single charge in the cordless mode at 140 amps in the tig mode and weighs about 25 pounds, making it very portable.

 

Milwaukee

milwaukee tool 48-11-1850 5 amp red lithium battery

milwaukee tool 48-11-1850 5 amp red lithium battery

    • Milwaukee –With their latest Li-ion battery packs, Milwaukee doesn’t care about being first, they care about being the best.
    • Milwaukee Tool has a very strong following in the brushless motor world and will soon release their 2nd generation Fuel Brushless with a 18 volt hammer drill with a wrist twisting 1200 in lbs or 100 ft pounds of torque  and a 5 amp battery standard, a 2 speed gearbox topping out at 2000 r.p.m’s.
    • Next up will be a 6 amp battery and a 9 amp battery. Stay tuned. The 9 Amp should be a great upgrade for high draw tools, portaband-circular saw-hole hawg right angle drill-hand planer- mag drill-sds rotary hammer and the like but not really intended for a traditional drill or impact.
    • While it might not make sense to upgrade from a 4 to 5 amp battery, but  if you have some of the older 3 amp batteries that are loosing their power and  umph it might be time to upgrade your battery packs to the 6 amp when they arrive which will double your run time.
    • In addition Milwaukee Tool has come up with a way to get even more power from a brushless motor with increased efficiency of the magnets hence the 1200 in-pounds of torque in the generation 2 brushless tools.

 Be on the lookout for the 2897-22 due to start shipping in August 2015.

Check out our previous blog post on cordless

 

 

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Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Show off your latest project | 0 comments

Festool Domino Mortise Cutter

festool domino 574432

Festool Domino

FAIR WARNING – Don’t Buy Festool!

WHY? BECAUSE JUST LIKE LAYS POTATO CHIPS, YOU CAN’T BUY JUST ONE.

I would be remiss if I did not warn you that there are numerous problems with buying Festool:

1. You might have too much fun; 2.  You might get finished too fast and have time to make more money; 3.  Even worse you might enjoy woodworking again.

Whether it is a track saw that cuts cabinet grade plywood without chipping, a dual mode gear drive/finishing sander, a domino mortise cutter or any number of their other fine German manufactured tools, Festool products have a quality that will amaze you

The problem is, you can’t stop with just one tool.

OK, you are still reading so you must not believe me; just remember you’ve been warned!

Just like a biscuit cutter the domino is great for leveling and aligning two or more pieces, but that is where the likeness to a biscuit joinery ends.

#1) Total Precision

Unlike most biscuit cutters that have slack between the slide mechanism and the cutter head, the domino has no slack at all. None. Zero. Nada. Total precision.

2) Zero Height or Length Limits

Unlike a tenoning  jig that can be hard to use on longer pieces, the domino does not have length restrictions. Say you want to create a table 3 Ft by 8Ft with mortise and tenor joinery, no problem at all.

3) Speed and Ease of Use With preset depth stops for the thickness of material you are working on, set up time is quick and easy. No more layout gauges or jigs. Simple, quick and easy height set up as well. Simply, mark the center line of your mortise and your layout is complete. 4) Cutting the Mortise

Now that you know where the mortise needs to be, start your cutting with simple reference marking on the domino for centering of cuts; this puts your mortise exactly where it needs to be. Imagine, only 5 seconds on average per mortise – even on the hardest materials. See, I told you you were going to enjoy woodworking again and you won’t be pulling your hair out.

5) Glueup

Since the domino cuts using an oscillating motion you can, if you choose to, have it cut a mortise slightly wider than the pre made tenon you are using; this will make alignment of multiple mortises more forgiving during alignment and glueup.

6) Strength

Choose from the standard beech hardwood tenon which is an incredibly hard wood or the mahogany tenon and you have a super strong mortise and tenon joint.

So, now you know the risks of buying Festool – ok, they’re really rewards and not risks. Don’t you think it’s time you invested in yourself?

Festool

FASTER. EASIER. SMARTER.

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