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Offline fritter63

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #30 on: June 02, 2011, 04:15 PM »
you cant use the 90 degree with the keyless chuck.


I got my CXS today and the keyless (Jacobs style) chuck seems to work just fine on the 90 degree adapter.

Also, I was informed today by the dealer that a 1/2" keyless chuck will fit the CSX.

What about the offset chuck? Will there be one for CXS? that's the deal breaker/clincher for me.

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Offline Ken Nagrod

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #31 on: June 02, 2011, 04:19 PM »
you cant use the 90 degree with the keyless chuck.


I got my CXS today and the keyless (Jacobs style) chuck seems to work just fine on the 90 degree adapter.

Also, I was informed today by the dealer that a 1/2" keyless chuck will fit the CSX.

What about the offset chuck? Will there be one for CXS? that's the deal breaker/clincher for me.

Shane had already stated that there was no offset chuck for the CXS as it was close in ability anyway due to its size.

Offline Brice Burrell

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #32 on: June 02, 2011, 04:26 PM »

....Also, I was informed today by the dealer that a 1/2" keyless chuck will fit the CSX.

Yes, it certainly does but.....the CXS doesn't really like drilling larger holes.  You're fine with 1/2", when you start getting much past that, not so good.


you cant use the 90 degree with the keyless chuck.


I got my CXS today and the keyless (Jacobs style) chuck seems to work just fine on the 90 degree adapter.

Also, I was informed today by the dealer that a 1/2" keyless chuck will fit the CSX.

What about the offset chuck? Will there be one for CXS? that's the deal breaker/clincher for me.

Shane had already stated that there was no offset chuck for the CXS as it was close in ability anyway due to its size.

I would agree with Shane, given the size/shape of the CXS there is no need for the eccentric (offset) chuck.  I believe Jonny (as in Round Boy) was the first to notice this.
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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #33 on: June 02, 2011, 04:35 PM »
What about the offset chuck? Will there be one for CXS? that's the deal breaker/clincher for me.

Yeah, as others have said... The head of the CXS is significantly smaller than our C-series and T-series drills so there's no need for an eccentric chuck. You can easily get into corners without accidental contact with adjacent surfaces. Go check one out and you'll see.

Offline Alan m

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #34 on: June 02, 2011, 04:43 PM »
i dont know if this will work or not but will the offset chuck from one of the other drills fit . i dont have either so cant check. how do they fit and stop spinning.
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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #35 on: June 02, 2011, 05:01 PM »
No the attachment method for the other chucks (eccentric and non-CXS 90º chuck) is different.  Likewise the CXS's 90º chuck won't work on a non-CXS.

You basically get as close with a CXS as you would with an eccentric chuck.

Also, and I'm super late on this one, 1/4" hex bits fit into the end of the CXS but as others pointed out, retracting the bit won't work.

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Offline Dundee99

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #36 on: September 30, 2016, 12:38 AM »
I was only able to get a dozen holes in framing lumber with a used 1” spade bit on a fully charged battery.


Just a small nit on you Brice. Spade bits are made for drill presses, not handheld drills! Unless you're using the name for a spiral bit rather than
a flat "spade" bit.....

I hope you are clamping your timber in the drill press when using a spade bit, i had a bad, very bad experience! [oops] almost goodbye thumb thanks to 1-1/2 spade bit. lesson learned though!

Offline Michael1960

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #37 on: September 30, 2016, 10:41 AM »
Thanks for sharing your lesson.  It's too easy to underestimate the dangers of drills and bits. 

Offline leakyroof

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #38 on: October 12, 2016, 04:01 PM »
One note to add after using mine for a few years now.  A quick shot of Teflon Dry Lube spray on the inner mounting section of the Right Angle Chuck now prevents it from getting jammed on the body of the drill. Before, I could spend a good few seconds fighting to get the chuck off the drill. Now, it just comes off easily when I need it to. [smile]
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Offline robertgreen94

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #39 on: October 20, 2016, 11:53 AM »
I have the CXS and it haas become my go to drill.  Ergonomics, weight distribution as well as overall weight are stellar.  It is not however my go to driver.  Currently thats the Dewalt, which has yet to come across something it can't drive.  It weighs more, not as well balanced and the battery does not last as long.  I know some of the weight is from the old battery but still.

Festool, please come out with a dedicated driver.   If you do I will buy.

CXS i would recommend to anyone.
just my 2 cents

Offline leakyroof

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #40 on: October 20, 2016, 12:22 PM »
I have the CXS and it haas become my go to drill.  Ergonomics, weight distribution as well as overall weight are stellar.  It is not however my go to driver.  Currently thats the Dewalt, which has yet to come across something it can't drive.  It weighs more, not as well balanced and the battery does not last as long.  I know some of the weight is from the old battery but still.

Festool, please come out with a dedicated driver.   If you do I will buy.

CXS i would recommend to anyone.
just my 2 cents
  Can you define what you mean by Dedicated Driver... [huh]  Impact?
 My dedicated driver is my Festool T15+3, while I use my Makita 18 volt impact to round out fastener driving needs while my CXS handles all the lighter duty stuff.
 Still haven't used my PDC that much...... [embarassed] [embarassed]  [doh]
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Offline robertgreen94

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #41 on: October 20, 2016, 12:45 PM »
Yes, impact driver, sorry should have made that clear.

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #42 on: October 20, 2016, 01:35 PM »
Yes, impact driver, sorry should have made that clear.
  yeah, I figured as much   [wink].  The previous TI15 quietly died away and they haven't replaced it.  Compared to the flood of other Tool Company Impact offerings out there, you would not be the first person to wonder why there is no similar tool from Festool being sold.  The PDC is close, but not the same due to its drive system.
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Offline Charlie Maus

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #43 on: November 03, 2016, 02:40 PM »
I brought one a couple of years ago. I used it when I built my kitchen cabinets.  I loved the power, light weight and the chuck.  If you can get by the price you will love it. 

Offline DiscoStu

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #44 on: November 03, 2016, 03:00 PM »
I bought a CXS a little while ago and now it's my go to Drill Driver. I have an 18v Drill Driver and an Impact Driver but they don't get a lot of use now. I love the weight of the CXS and it's really powerful for its size. Battery lasts forever, in fact I have never run one flat as I assume it must be about to die and swap batteries. I love it. Oh and the chucks etc just make it a fab package. Not cheap for a 10v drill driver but I'd rather use it all day than an 18v and they both do the same job.

I wouldn't go to if for decking though!


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Offline LDBecker

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Re: A few thoughts on the CXS (time for me to eat crow).
« Reply #45 on: November 09, 2016, 06:27 PM »
Got a CXS set today to complement my T18+3, which sometimes seems too much of a drill to use as a driver. It should be noted in his bread that apparently the battery has been upgraded- it's now a 2.6 ah battery. It's charging now so I can't really say much about he power and so on, but if it was so good wi a 1.2 ah, I imagine it would be awesome with a 2.6 ah?  I love the balance and feel of it, and it will be my go-to drill for just small jobs, or used in tandem with the T18 when I'm doing a lot of drilling and screwing things together... thanks, all, for the recommendation!