When @Peter Parfitt
came up with this ingenious design for replicating the Festool hole pattern found on their MFT's the Parf Guide System was born. That idea coupled with the manufacturing & distributing capabilities of Axminster Tools & Machinery allowed this inventive piece of tooling to be launched.
I ordered the PGS as soon as the initial inventory was replenished in June of this year and Axminster astounded me with a 4 day delivery door to door (UK to Huntington, NY).
They recently improved the 20mm boring bit making it Centrotec compatible and adding a stop collar. These innovations apparently were in answer to early users complaints of Jacobs chuck slippage burrs on the shank & damage to the cutting edge when the bit accidently slipped through the 20mm guide bushing and struck a concrete floor or other hard surface.
Now, I have yet to produce any of my planned custom bench tops to retrofit my shop work surfaces, or my planned portable surfaces but I know that I will be starting them in January and therefore have to have one of these upgraded boring bits to go along with my Festool CXS & T18 drills. The original boring bit provided with the PGS will be relegated to single hole boring useage in my stationary drill press.
(BTW - I blame Peter for those Festool drill purchases I made after I viewed his video of the Parf Guide System and saw how efficient the operation went with the ability to swap off the drill chucks.)
I therefore ordered the upgraded boring bit and having been spoiled by the swift delivery of the Parf Guide System I became concerned when eleven days passed and package tracking indicated zero movement out of the UK Royal Mail Overseas Facility. I emailed Axminster Export Sales and expressed my concern that it may have been lost in transit. Export Sales replied instantly and shipped a replacement the following day, which I received six days later.
Three days after that, the original shipment arrived. I immediately contacted Export Sales for the proper return instructions and was told to keep the replacement at no charge. Now that is outstanding customer service!
I am very impressed with Axminster's dedication to serve their customers needs. Peter has aligned himself with a most reputable organization and I cannot say enough about the extremely positive experience I have had with them.
In my humble opinion -
Peter Parfitt, the Parf Guide System, & Axminster Tools & Machinery may well be the Trifecta of MFT Replicating.