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Offline peet

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Extractor 26 screw size for electric cord
« on: July 27, 2018, 10:38 AM »
Hi all, just registered to post this because frankly I'm stumped. The CT 26 came with the power cord holder unattached with two screws. They are hex-head, but dang if nothing fits. I've tried metric and imperial allen wrenches but none are just right. I can get the screws in about 1/3 of the way then the smaller wrench that fits starts to spin and is probably stripping things.

Did Festool magically invent a 3.5mm allen wrench or do I just need to back them out and drill out those holes some? Or maybe I just got a Friday end of day build where the holes were drilled incorrectly on the extractor?

Thanks in advnace for any ideas. I've used 4 allen wrench sets so far and am stumped with a loose cord holder.

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Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: Extractor 26 screw size for electric cord
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2018, 10:50 AM »
Not sure what to tell you.  My CT26 (manufactured 6/2017) has 2 phillips head screws.  I don't know if they changed the screw or the screw type depends on where you live.
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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Extractor 26 screw size for electric cord
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2018, 10:51 AM »
photos will help

Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: Extractor 26 screw size for electric cord
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2018, 10:55 AM »
I just saw an inexpensive hex wrench set from Harbor Freight and indeed they do have not-so-typical sizes such as 3.5mm and 2.5mm.  My Festool CT has Philips screws but I recall they were quite difficult to fully tighten.  Is your CT one of the newer ones with the quick release cord wrap?

Offline sprior

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Re: Extractor 26 screw size for electric cord
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2018, 02:10 PM »
Are you sure it's not Torx?  I almost made a mess of the insert plate retaining screws on my Kapex before I figured out they were Torx, then things got much easier.

Offline peet

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Re: Extractor 26 screw size for electric cord
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2018, 03:53 PM »
Thanks everyone. Yes, I wish it was Philips. I was blown away that something like that would be done with a hex head. It's not Torx, though I tried a few torx drivers just in case they might engage. It is the new 2018 model with the smooth hose - honestly, I didn't notice if the cord had a twist handle to quick release. I guess there must be some goofy between sizes then if Harbor Freight has them. I guess I'll take the screws to a local hardware store and just replace with same thread/length but Philips. It's been a frustrating two days dealing with this on/off. Hopefully this too shall pass, looking forward to doing some Rotex 150 work.