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Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« on: May 25, 2009, 10:53 PM »
Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill, by Brice Burrell
Text and Photos by Brice Burrell, copyright 2009

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Festool has released their new T+3 series lithium ion cordless drills and since one of old cordless drills was on its way out I bought the T15+3 to replace it.

This review is of the Festool T 15+3 Li 2,6 Set USA (product # 564 250), it's the set that includes two 2.6 Ah batteries, three chucks, a Centrotec starter kit and the new Systainer 2 with the storage compartment in the lid (for use and sold in the N. America).


Included in the set: T15+3 cordless drill, two batteries, charger, 1/2" keyless chuck, right angle chuck, eccentric chuck, Centrotec starter kit (Centrotec chuck, 4 mm drill bit, #2 Phillips bit, bit holder and allen key), #25 Torx bit, owner's manual (not pictured above) and Systainer #2 with drill inserts.


In the top insert the drill is stored, under the drill there is a place to store the Centrotec drill bit and bit holder (not pictured above). Under the charger is a place to for the right angle and eccentric chucks (also a place to keep the depth-stop chuck, not included with the set.) The top insert lifts out and there are compartments for bit storage.


This is the first tool to be released with Festool's new Systainer with the storage compartment in the lid. The compartment has a clear plastic lid, the two long dividers are fixed and the small ones a removable (nine removable dividers included). With the storage in the lid and inside there is a fair amount of space to keep bits and/or fasteners with the drill. Grab one Systainer and you're ready for to get to work, nice.

Festool has introduced two new features with the T+3 drills, the EC-TEC motor and lithium ion batteries. These two new additions allow the drills to have the torque of competitors drills in the next voltage class up, hence the T+3 name. The EC-Tec, brushless motor has Festool's MMC technology. This electronically controls the motor output allowing constant RPMs under load, monitors the temperature and the voltage out put to optimize performance and protects the motor from overheating. The brushless motor helps give the motor a longer service life and they operate more efficiently. The new lithium ion batteries are light weight and can be stored a long time without discharge (this is a great benefit to the weekend DYIers and hobbiest woodworkers). Oh, and I don't want to forget, the batteries are now covered by the three year warranty.


The drill is quit small and light weight, it measures 6 1/8" wide without a chuck, 9 1/4" tall and weighs 3 and half pounds. I was very impressed with the torque of the T15+3 for it's size and weight.

I'm currently evaluating and testing the drill's performance so this review is on going, be sure to check back for updates.............
« Last Edit: April 03, 2010, 09:55 PM by Brice Burrell »
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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2009, 12:05 AM »
I made the mistake of looking at one of these the other day when I was returning my Kapex for repairs. Now I want one.

I am resisting for now and probably forever though because:
1. I find I'm reaching for the smallest drill I have the most these days, the Makita 10.8 (great drill, got it with an impact driver for $129)
2. The Festool has no light. I find as I get older I need that little light a lot!
3. The Festool costs $575 ouch!



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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2009, 04:06 PM »
Brice,
   A nice review with outstanding photos. I am a few days behind you in reviewing and working with this new product. It is hard to get to excited about a drill drive particularly since my C12 and others work so well. But there are a few tings that stand out with this new product. Power, power, power.  It is easy to handle but I think the power is what is impressing me the most. And the top of the Systainer is great. Do I put a complete assortment of screws up there, or the Kregg Jig assortment for pocket holing or 32mm screws for Euro building. Yes! I am going to have to make some choices but this ready storage is a great feature.
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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2009, 08:21 PM »
hi, i have'nt bought one of these festool drills yet, but reading all the positive reviews makes me want to rush out and get one!

i have a question for brice and all the other happy owners of these new drills...

what is the coolest feature on the drill?
does it have a belt clip like the makitas?

do you think it would be even better with the L.E.D lights like the makitas have?
i imagine the lights would be great while cabinet making in a dark bathroom or kitchen.
has anybody run the batteries right down in 1 day?

i find with my makita lithium-ion drivers and drills, i am now using 2 batteries per day, compared to last year when 1 battery would last the whole day.

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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2009, 09:08 PM »
Justin, is your Makita the black an white one with the 1.5 Ah battery? I looked into those drills about a year agho and through my research I found out they have had problem both the keyless chuck and, an even bigger deal, the batteries. The Makita was very nice in the hand, it was very light weight (slightly less that the T15+3 with its keyless chuck). In the end I decided to wait and see what the Festool lithium drills would be like.

I do wish the T+3 series had a belt clip (if it was removable) and a LED light. On one battery I drove a couple hundred 3" drywall screws, drilled about ten or so of 5/16" holes in 1/8" thick steel, bored maybe a dozen 1" holes in framing lumber with an auger bit, drove eight 1 1/4" Tapcons and that's what I remember, I'm sure there was more. I'd say the battery lasted almost 3 days with medium duty use, so with hard use expect it to last less and more with light use. 

I have to say the thing I like the best is the size/weight to power/torque ratio the best. The chucks are nice too.
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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2009, 04:22 AM »
hi brice, i dont have the black and white ones, i bought the original blue and black colored drills/drivers.

i have never had any issues with the makita batteries until now, i charge batteries once a day now. not a big deal by itself, but i was expecting a longer lifespan than 4 hours with 1 battery.
the makita keyless chucks have been very disappointing for me, i have 2 that have failed.

because of these failures with the chucks/gearbox/clutch, i will never buy makita again. unfortunately i have invested thousands of dollars in the lxt range and i now find 3 years later it is useless to me.

i will be upgrading to protool drills for site work and maybe a festool for cabinet work, i am still researching which setup is best.
 i think i will miss the little lights on the makita gear and the stainless steel belt clips are a necessity for me, certainly not a luxury. the protool drills have plastic belt clips, it will be interesting to see how long they last before breaking.

BTW, for anyone wondering why i am rambling on about a brand of tool called protool, this is a sister company of festool.
they specialize in construction tools as opposed to festool which is for general joinery/cabinet making.
does anybody know when protool will become available in the U.S.?

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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2009, 04:19 PM »
.......BTW, for anyone wondering why i am rambling on about a brand of tool called protool, this is a sister company of festool.
they specialize in construction tools as opposed to festool which is for general joinery/cabinet making.
does anybody know when protool will become available in the U.S.?

regards, justin.

I don't think the Protool brand will come to the US anytime soon, I'd like to see it happen but I'm not holding my breath.
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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2009, 03:56 AM »
sorry to hear that brice, if you are really keen in the future, just let me know, i will be happy to post to you. i have shipped to the uk and receive from the uk and ireland all the time.

btw tony, thanks for the link, i already have the lugg thingy, works great for the drills.

regards, justin.
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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2009, 12:11 AM »
I just got the 15+3 last week... I may well put my C12s on eBay.

Coolest feature I've noticed...

When you're in screw mode, and when you have the torque knob set at 10 or below, the knob also slows down the motor as you decrease the torque. (motor slowed more with lesser torque)  That is, for a given, fixed trigger pressure, lower torque settings slow the drill down even more. So for very delicate operations, the drill will go even slower... which is very handy. It's a wonder noone thought of it before. Electronic speed control in tandem with the trigger control... combined with the mechanical switching up front.

My other favorite feature is simply the handle. I always compared holding the C12 to the feeling of holding someone else's d**k. It just didn't feel quite right to me. Too big, too blocky, and the ridge at the top dug in and made the knuckle at the base of my thumb ache after using it for too long. I still like the C12, it's the only drill I can adjust speeds and torque one-handed without putting it down... but it's only comfortable for certain things. As a result, my regular drill at the shop has been my 18V XRP DeWalt. It weighs a ton, and I had to shell out big $$ for new batteries, since the old ones were dying. But it's comfortable, so it's the one I reached for most often. That's changed, too.  If they'd make the C12 handle more comfortable in cross section, I'd be happier with it... but that's pretty unnecessary now.

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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2009, 09:08 AM »
In the new systainer, there's a tray that holds the drill and the 3 jaw chuck. The way the plastic is molded, the 3 jaw pretty much snaps into the tray, which holds it very securely. But, because the chuck tapers upwards, it's not as easy to get a grip on it to pull it out of the tray. Essentially, I have to dig a fingernail underneath the spinning ring at the front of the chuck, and pull on that. I think I'm going to have to just start putting the chuck in with the jaws end down, and drill a hole in the bottom to allow the jaws to clear.

A very minor irritation overall, but one I never had with the C12.

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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2009, 04:18 PM »
James, my keyless chuck isn't that hard to remove from the insert. I don't think I'd drill a hole in the insert. There is a flat bottom on the top insert that contains the items that can be stored in the lower insert.

On a slightly different subject, I had the latch on the lid storage compartment open inadvertently, when I opened the Systainer the contents spilled out. Luckily there wasn't much in there only a few paddle bits and some screws. The latch on both of my new T15+3 Systainers unlatch fairly easily. this limits the usefulness of this new designed Systainer, imagine dumping a bunch of different sized screws a few times.
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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2009, 09:38 PM »
What I did to avoid dumping stuff out of the top of the systainer was putting all my tips up there, but in small zipper bags that I saved from small egg weights used for fishing. It worked out perfectly. All the compartments are used for this except for two, and those hold snappy chucks and centrotec bit holders

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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2009, 09:48 PM »
Funny Brice... I just dumped a pile of screws that had been destined for a couple of piano hinges out of my lid the other day... right into the client's carpeted floor. :) I'm now debating the virtues of gluing a bunch of rare earth magnets to the underside of the lid to help hold screws in place... or more likely into the latch to hold it more securely closed. I keep driver bits and centrotec stuff in the spaces under the tray inside the case, so those aren't much of a concern. I'm also going to keep a couple of large magnets in the case to help pull screws out of places like carpets.

I haven't drilled a hole for the chuck yet, I just spin it all the way open. Maybe if my fingers weren't so dry I could grip the chuck better in the opening-up position, but the way the tray grabs it, it really is a pretty snug fit. I'll see if there are other remedies, but really, if this is my only other complaint besides the lid flipping open, I think I should be ok.


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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2009, 11:27 PM »
The big difference is that when the C12 is removed, like you would to use the drill, there is a side of the keyless chuck that is exposed.

That isn't the situation when you reach for the same chuck in the new arrangement. I never noticed it until I read this because I just rocked the chuck until I got a good grip and it seemed natural.

I certainly can see the difference now that it was pointed out...


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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2009, 05:17 PM »
I don't even want to try one of these things, just in case I get obsessed with buying one. 

Normally I don't blink at buying a new tool, even a festool because I earn my living with them, but now I'm doing just sales so these purchases are harder to justify. 

I use an 18 volt ridgid for my heavy duty drilling.  But believe it or not the tool I turn to most of the time is an 18 volt NiCad Ryobi impact driver.  That darn cheap piece of crap just won't quit, and a pair of batteries costs about $40.00.  I started writing the date of purchase on the batteries with a magic marker just to see if they really are a value.  Also helps to calculate the real cost of the tool.  Now if Festool came out with an impact driver, I'll be doing the zombie walk to the tool store with my bank card in hand!
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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2009, 10:47 PM »
I did manage to fix the chuck issue... I put a long bit holder in the chuck, put it back into place, and shoved the bit holder around until the tray was wallowed out. Before that, I could put the bit holder int eh chuck and lift the tray... and almost lift the tray with the drill in it.

Re: impact drivers, I still love my Makita 14.4. But this drill has both power and finesse... see my comments about slower speeds at lower torque. And it's comfortable, too, which I like. It's not going to replace the impact driver, there are some things that impacts are great for. But as a day to day user, it's pretty much cleared the shelf that used to hold three tools... the C12, the Makita impact, and my 18V XRP DW drill/hammer drill. Now I use the T15 for pretty much everything.

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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2009, 08:18 PM »
Brice,

nice review.  I saw the drill at woodcraft yesterday and really liked it... so it is on my list of soon to buy, even though I do not really need it... but that is why I guess I have approx 45 drills !!!  not kidding.
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« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2009, 05:15 PM »
45 drills !!!  I doth my cap.  A man after my own heart  ;)

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« Reply #19 on: October 05, 2009, 07:49 PM »
Brice,

nice review.  I saw the drill at woodcraft yesterday and really liked it... so it is on my list of soon to buy, even though I do not really need it... but that is why I guess I have approx 45 drills !!!  not kidding.

Repeat after me, my name is Kreg and I have a tool collecting problem. ;D

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« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2009, 08:20 AM »
Kreg,

You do know that when a cordless drill stops working, you can charge the battery.  You don't have to buy a new one each time  ;)

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« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2009, 09:09 PM »
Kreg,

You do know that when a cordless drill stops working, you can charge the battery.  You don't have to buy a new one each time  ;)

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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2009, 10:26 PM »
I've had the T15 for a couple weeks now and have been able to beat on it a bit. Let me state my annoyance with the drill and get that out of the way. The T15 is $100+ overpriced. When I am not using the T15 I absolutely hate that I spent $635.00 on a cordless. Our sales tax is 10.25% :'(
The package without the chucks for $450.00 is an insult and dumb marketing idea. Without the chucks the drill loses price justification. The entire kit should be $450.00 I doubt Festool will see substantial sales increase on that kit. The cost is still too high. Enough said.
If you can stomach the price point, BUY the T15. When I use the drill I don't give a darn about the price. The drill is a joy to use. The lack of weight is not only impressive but healthy.
How many of us have used a cordless all day and at some point felt it in the wrist? The lack of weight and therefore lack of bodily stress makes the drill worth the price.
The batteries are great, the chucks I'm used to due to my C12, the gearing and speeds are much nicer than anything else.
So far the drill has handled everything I have tried to torque it to death with. We'll see what happens when I make it drill 4.25 and 6.25 holesaw holes for recessed cans in plaster and lath.
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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2009, 01:18 AM »
Having used my C12 for a year, I thought I would never put it away. After receiving my T15 3 months
ago, I have not used my C12.  I have used my T15 in many different ways. Using a paddle mixer,
I have used for mixing tile grout and drywall mud. I no longer have to use my 1/2" B & D HD Drill. The T15 is a great
Drill with power to spare. Thank you for a great product.  Have not made up my mind about the Systainer. Yes,
I have dumped everything out, having forgot to latch. I still like the convenience with a  some extra screws and
bits at my finger tips.  I think a 4 drawer or 6 drawer Systainer would be a better compliment, although the weight
my be more than I want. Time will tell.  ;D ::) :D :-*

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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2009, 03:24 AM »
Hi all,

I understand the reluctance to buy a cordless for as much as $635.00 .... FYI, in my country sales tax is 19% ( ouch... ) and the total cost adds up to ?617.
At the current exchange rate, that amounts up to a little over $900 ! I was lucky enough to get a 14% discount but still...

I've been able to use the T15+3 in day to day work for a couple of weeks as well - and I think it was money well spent.

Over the years I've been using all sorts of cordless drills. There are some that I think are worth the money. I had a three speed Bosch "professional" from the early days with a 9.6V NiCd pack that was awesome - the build quality was great, and it did run up to 2900 RPM. It was rather heavy, but that made it stable when using small diameter drills in metal, the max speed made that more than a theoretic possibility. It was well balanced, so I got a little more life out of my small diameter drillbits as well. I've kept it, and one of these days I'm going to have the batterypacks repacked...

But for the most part, cordless drills have been a mixed blessing for me. They were either reasonable quality, but expensive and still not really what I expected, or rather cheap and not so usefull. Strangely enough I've kept a particular DeWalt cordless I got on a massive discount for I've gotten used to it's flaws and I don't mind using the backside as a mallet......

I must admit that I've bought the T15+3 (the set with the extra chucks) along with the new '09 Centrotec accessories-Systainer. When you've got a good part of the options, everything seems to make even more sense.

I can relate to Holzhacker in thinking that the drill shouldn't be bought without the optional chucks - If you can afford the T15+3, chances are that the full set will be more economical. But I think the most valuable option for me is in the basic drill: it's the anti-stupid part, or the save-the-looney's-*ss-part.

Every once in a while I tend to screw up things by cutting one corner too many. I'm sure some of you have been there :-)

For example: I had to mount a couple of rails in a wall that was rather "sensitive". It was a brick wall with a mortar layer and some stucco-related stuff over it. But the mortar was old and quite sandy, so any sudden force would probably result in a big patch coming loose. I drilled the holes with the T15, using a universal drill (basically just a mortar drill with the carbide part grinded sharp).
There was no need for impact or hammering or whatsoever, it would have ruined the hole.I started the drill, got about halfway, and suddenly: "beep-beep" and the drill stoppped. As it turns out, I forgot to switch the drill to drill-mode, and left it in srcew-torque-mode. HAD THIS BEEN THE USUAL RATTLE-CLUTCH, THE HOLE WOULD HAVE BEEN RUINED ! All I had to do was switch to drill-mode and off I got. No problem, one looney's *ss saved.

The power is quite astonishing as well. I used it with a 3" holesaw in some construction plywood, and actually was a bit disappointed.... It would turn, take a couple of mm's out and stop, beeping gently. I tried and retried, and still couldn't get the drill to do this. The 18V Makita LXT I'd been using with this saw had quite a hard time with it as well, but had pulled through without complaints, be it quite a bit hotter then I felt comfortable with. So much for electronic protection, I thought.
Then I moticed that the unloaded speed of the drill was slightly fading as well.... I inserted the other batterypack ( fully loaded ) and the drill almost broke my wrist as the saw got to work..... As it turned out the electronics weren't protecting the drill: they were protecting the batterypack. 

I've been installing quite some replacement hinges in doors and windows, and when there's three or more in a part and the size is the same I like to replace them one by one without taking out the part. But that usually involves drilling new holes quite adjacent to the old holes, as the holes in the new hinges rarely are in the same spot.
So you have to screw and pre-drill alternatively, and although I've used the Makita flip-bits extensively, they're no match for the Centrotec system, let alone with the electronic clutch that's only activated in screw-mode.
The fact that the drill throttles down the max speed when using lower torque settings is very helpful as well.

Another BIG plus is the ability to place the drill on it's battery. Even with a 3" hole-saw on a rather long and heavy shaft in the keyless chuck, it wouldn't tip over when placed upright on a flat surface. Believe it or not, I had to get used to this! I'm used to having to lie down a cordless drill - but the ability to have it stand up can really speed up your work, especially when you'd like to keep an eye on the work and don't want to look away to locate your tools.

This is the first drill I feel confident in using when fastening old fashioned slit screws. The lowest speed is awesome and it's really easy to line up a couple of small brass screws in a piano hinge.


No cons then? Of course there are.
I'd like a couple more torque-settings at the lower end, to make the great control this drill offers even more useful. Think installing outlet covers or the like. The lowest torque settings will still easily strip small screw joints in softer materials. A 3 X 20 mm in poplar in 1st gear on the lowest torque setting  will just keep spinning...... actual torque in the screw might be lower in 2nd gear, but that just doesn't feel right for tightening sensitive screw joints.
The transmission shift occasionally leaves the shifter a bit shy of the right position, and that doesn't feel right either. It works OK but you still think the gears won't be fully engaged. If this happens you'll have to shift back and forth under rotation to get the shifter to lock in the right position. Not a big problem, but it just doesn't feel Festool-like if you catch my drift. Perhaps it will wear in use.
The left/right button is conveniently placed when you need it, but somewhat too convenient if you don't. It's just a bit too easy to accidentally touch it and leave it somewhere halfway, stopping the drill. It may have something to do with the size of my hand, but I think it would have been better if this switch needed a bit more force to operate.


Bottom line: I think the drill is great. It adapts to my way of doing things, and saves me valuable time in doing so. It has pushed the "user error"-envelope a bit farther out for me.
Yes, it's a  of money - but I'd buy it again without blinking an eye.


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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2009, 04:32 AM »
Nice review Job

I have been sitting on the fence for a while over this drill.  I know it will be the best drill i have ever bought but that price ticket has been holding me back.  Must say i am starting to lean over to the black & green side now & will prob order soon.  Does anyone have & use the additional drywall chuck for any of the festool drills.  If so, are they worth the money or are you just as well to buy cheap drywall tips with depth collars on ?  Would prob get the chuck for my c12 if they are any good.

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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #26 on: October 11, 2009, 09:25 AM »
Hi all,.....

The transmission shift occasionally leaves the shifter a bit shy of the right position, and that doesn't feel right either. It works OK but you still think the gears won't be fully engaged. If this happens you'll have to shift back and forth under rotation to get the shifter to lock in the right position. Not a big problem, but it just doesn't feel Festool-like if you catch my drift.........

Regards,

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Job, I have two T15s and I've not had transmission stick between gears (yet), I've gotten this on other drills but not the T15s.

Holesaws tend to be pretty hard on cordless drills, while your Makita didn't complain it was suffering in silence. The T15s are bit underpowered for using holesaws, that's not a know on the drill, all be the larger cordless drill don't do well with holessaws.

I guess Festool offers the T series without the chucks for the people that already the C12 with the chucks and want to upgrade.


.......Does anyone have & use the additional drywall chuck for any of the festool drills.  If so, are they worth the money or are you just as well to buy cheap drywall tips with depth collars on ?  Would prob get the chuck for my c12 if they are any good.

Cheers, Woodguy.
 

Woodguy, I've got two of the depth stops chucks (drywall chucks). They work fairly well in other materials too, like cement board, wood and other sheet goods where a drywall screwgun doesn't always work well with. Works great with drywall. There is a small learning curve to using the depth stop, the tip has some wobble so you need to get a feel for the technique so you don't lose the screw before its sunk. It you don't a lot of drywall a dedicated screwgun might be a better choice where the depth stops works a little better on other materials. 
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Offline woodguy7

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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #27 on: October 11, 2009, 11:03 AM »
Brice,

Thanks for that.  I have a 14volt makita screw gun but thought this chuck would be better for occasional use.  I presume you can change the tips when they wear out.  Are the tips standard Festool ones or super duper expensive ones  ;)

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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #28 on: October 11, 2009, 11:13 AM »
Yes you can change them out and they are the standard bits.

Brice,

Thanks for that.  I have a 14volt makita screw gun but thought this chuck would be better for occasional use.  I presume you can change the tips when they wear out.  Are the tips standard Festool ones or super duper expensive ones  ;)

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Offline jvsteenb

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Re: Review of the Festool T15+3 cordless drill.
« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2009, 05:06 PM »
Brice,

Thanks for the comment. As it is, the gearshift-thing is of little concern to me and I wouldn't be supprised if it would wear away in use. Should it get any worse there's always Festool warranty to back it up.

For the holesaw: with a fresh batterypack the drill actually pulled the 3" saw seemingly effortless - no more stalls and beeps. Despite the lower actual voltage it outperformed the Makita 18v LXT I had used before with this saw, and it certainly stayed a lot cooler. It was my wrist that suffered, for somehow one doesn't expect this amount of torque from a drill with such a relatively small form factor. But there's power in spades, and then some....

Regards,

Job

TS55, OF1010, RO150, RTS400, PS300, T15+3, CTL22E, CMS-TS55+Basis5A (OF1010), MFT/3, MFS400/700, FS800-1080-1400-1900, Centrotec-SYS 09, DF 500 full set, some accessories :)