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Offline Untidy Shop

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My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« on: June 17, 2017, 11:55 PM »
An opportunity for you to share your embarrassing Festool moments, stuff ups etc., ; witnessed or not. The objectives here are some fun perhaps but also to assist others.

So -

1/ Sanding without a sanding disc attached. $A70 Mistake for new RO150 Pad.

2/ Vacuming out a Router Systainer and  spending the next 30mins extracting a jambed turn knob from the hose.

Your turn dear reader -
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Offline jobsworth

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2017, 08:11 AM »
I dont have any embarrassing moments using tools,

But the time I plugged in the 2200 while it was sitting on top of my MFT fortunately its as well balanced as it is so it didnt chase me around the shop,

or the time I had the blade on my TS set to deep and it cut through my MFT and left a nice kerf mark in the aluminium or the guide I cut with my TS Glad I dont have any embaraassing moments

« Last Edit: June 22, 2017, 12:16 PM by jobsworth »
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Offline charley1968

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2017, 08:22 AM »
Recently i helped a neighbour setting up some skirting by loaning out my battery-driven brad-nailer. He was back within 5 min., complaining it wouldn't work. I followed him to the skirting, pressed the trigger: nothing. Went back to change batteries when i noticed i had it in 'single shot mode', i.e. the motor only starts up when you press the nose to the wood..
felt a bit stupid, i did..
Just for today..

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2017, 08:26 AM »
The very first cut with my TS75 and 1400 rail about 5 years ago...........I was cross cutting a 40mm laminate worktop and it wasn't as well supported as it should have been. As the cut was completed, the 2 sections of worktop nipped up together and the TS75 kicked back and jumped off the rail taking a large chunk out of the sacrificial strip and rail edge. A lesson learned, but I was seriously peed off having just bought the saw and rail brand new.
Thankfully, that was the only time it's ever happened and it could have been a lot worse.

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2017, 09:01 AM »
Dropped my TSC55 on the ground, cracking the base plate.  I had just made a rail cut, and forgot that I hadn't clamped the rail, so when I slid the saw back to the front of the cut to rest it, it tipped backwards and struck the concrete floor of my shop.  Service was cool, though, and only charged me the unit cost of a new plate.
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Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2017, 05:38 PM »
The time I had an opportunity to purchase a LNIB Kapex 120 with cart and wings for $1000 USD.  I already had one and couldn't justify another. Wish I had bought it.  :-\
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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2017, 06:47 PM »
Cutting a sequence of mortises in a long board. Cut the last one and stepped back to admire my work and noticed each mortise was slightly further from the top of the board than the previous one. I had not adequately tightened the fence on my Domino 500. I glued tenons into each mortise, tightened the Domino fence, and recut the mortises. There are many other stories of screw ups. They have a common thread. Most happened when I got in a hurry, was tired, or wasn't paying attention. I've learned to be more careful, think through what I'm doing, and stop when I'm frustrated or tired.
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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2017, 07:22 PM »
The very first cut with my TS75 and 1400 rail about 5 years ago...........I was cross cutting a 40mm laminate worktop and it wasn't as well supported as it should have been. As the cut was completed, the 2 sections of worktop nipped up together and the TS75 kicked back and jumped off the rail taking a large chunk out of the sacrificial strip and rail edge. A lesson learned, but I was seriously peed off having just bought the saw and rail brand new.
Thankfully, that was the only time it's ever happened and it could have been a lot worse.

But you weren't injured! 

Peter
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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2017, 07:45 PM »
Because I use my MFT as a sawhorse at times have plunged thru the table and also partially cut the profile.  Had the user caused kickback issue with more than one guide rail.  Yanked on a cord and broke a prong on a plug-it cord.  Sanded without a pad.

Stuff happens.

Peter
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Online Wooden Skye

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2017, 08:40 PM »
I had a minor kickback when I plunged the ts55 for the first time, and chewed the rail a bit, at least the instructor of the class didn't get mad when a rail was being used to make the first cut in the class.
Bryan

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Offline LostInTheWood

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2017, 11:39 PM »
Using the compact cleaning set, I have (quite a few times unfortunately) vacuumed with the suction relief wide open wondering why it's taking so long to clean up or why my vac just isn't getting it done despite a new bag.....

Offline Distinctive Interiors

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2017, 06:10 AM »
The very first cut with my TS75 and 1400 rail about 5 years ago...........I was cross cutting a 40mm laminate worktop and it wasn't as well supported as it should have been. As the cut was completed, the 2 sections of worktop nipped up together and the TS75 kicked back and jumped off the rail taking a large chunk out of the sacrificial strip and rail edge. A lesson learned, but I was seriously peed off having just bought the saw and rail brand new.
Thankfully, that was the only time it's ever happened and it could have been a lot worse.

But you weren't injured! 

Peter

No, thankfully..!!! Only my pride was hurt as I was actually showing a work mate how impressive the cut was going to be.... [embarassed]

Offline cpw

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2017, 09:28 AM »
Not Festool; but I impatiently removed my router from my dovetail jig while it was spinning down.  Jig still works, but I replaced the bit.

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2017, 10:13 AM »
I've found that routers are the easiest tools to screw up using.   I've dinged one of my MFTs by setting down while using a guide bushing and neglecting to release the plunge knob...wood putty filler and bench dog inserted to mold the hole, then some judicious sanding.  Just last week nicked my Woodpeckers radius jig, luckily not the actual radius, by not lifting enough and pulling back too soon.  This was mostly a function of too much speed as I was hurrying, making product stops for a customer's produce area where four murders and a suicide had occurred...morbid job, would have preferred not have know where the job was going.

Offline Getmaverick

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2017, 12:29 PM »
Well today I just blew a hole through a bed rail. Using my DF700 I forgot to switch from 50mm to 25!
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has done such a thing. Time to make a new rail [mad]

Offline Jason medley

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2017, 12:59 PM »
Not sure how to post a new question, but just called festool and was told they never heard of their large diameter hose making a high pitch noise. He also tried telling me my brand new Ct 26 and brand new hose was clogged. Not happy to say the least. [sad]

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2017, 03:35 PM »
Would having the wrong end of the power cord at the end of the vacuum/power cord sleeve exercise qualify?

Yeah, I guess it would.

Recoverable, thankfully.

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2017, 05:02 PM »
Not sure how to post a new question, but just called festool and was told they never heard of their large diameter hose making a high pitch noise. He also tried telling me my brand new Ct 26 and brand new hose was clogged. Not happy to say the least. [sad]

Hi and  [welcome]
...are you UK based? Some times I have noticed the hoses do whistle or resonate sometimes. I guess this is the winding in the hose causing it
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Offline estley

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2017, 05:39 PM »
i've failed to tighten the depth stop on my router more than once, my mft has a nice collection of partial mortises and groves on it. Also forgot to set the depth of the df500 when cutting 6mm mortises on 3/4 ply, got some nice thru mortises.


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Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2017, 11:43 PM »
Thankyou to all who have participated or read this Thread. Some good experiences and some salitary lessons. [eek] [big grin]

One more from me -

There have  been discussions elsewhere on the FOG regarding the safe use of slot bitts with hand held routers. I used to do this once as a de facto biscuit joiner; then I got a D500.

Anyway the embarrassment was telling my dealer that I needed a new Plug It Cord for my 1400 Router. You dear reader can fill in the embarrassing details.

[Although we have 240 V down here, we also have mandated switchboard trip switches.]
« Last Edit: June 29, 2017, 11:46 PM by Untidy Shop »
If you don't like Signatures, just go to Look and Layout and tick No Signatures.

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Offline BJM9818

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #20 on: July 23, 2017, 08:38 AM »
Last 10 years ruined 5+ sander backing pads easy on various tools. The Velcro does a good job sanding for the first 20 seconds

Remove vac bag and forget to replace. Usually find out 20 min later.

TS75 has kicked back and I've taken a few chunks off the rail.

MFT rail cut while using a cordless non FT saw for a quick cut

Blew off the rear dust collection rubber thing and 1/2 the Kapex blade guard plastic while cutting 4" schedule 40 pipe and having it crack and kick back.

Forgot to tighten the Domino fence 100% and ended up with pieces 1/32" misaligned

Left the blastgate on my 36AC closed while  sanding a ceiling. Why is it so dusty in here. The Planex head caught most of the dust till I tipped it over when removing from the ceiling getting covered in dust.

Just a few I can think of in a short amount of time.

Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2017, 11:56 AM »
Straight lining an in-the-rough board by using a magnesium screed, striking a line and cutting free hand on a table saw; all the while being eyed up quietly  [eek] by my track saw and 2700mm track  [wink].
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Offline Roseland

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #22 on: July 23, 2017, 12:55 PM »
Going to route out a slot using the MFS and forgetting to put the guide bush in the router first.  Solid carbide spiral bits cut aluminium just fine.

I flipped the extrusion over and now have only three showing scales, but still a usable MFS..

Andrew
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Offline JayStPeter

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Re: My/Your Festool Embarrassing Moments.
« Reply #23 on: July 23, 2017, 01:28 PM »
Pulling my vac across the shop when my ATF55 was still attached.  Required a few parts from Festool for that one.
Jay St. Peter