During my recent holiday I had the chance to call into Axminster?s Nuneaton store, they claim to have the biggest Festool display in the UK and I can well believe it. It was
While there I just had to buy some accessories for my growing collection.
I needed to get a replacement 4mm bit for the one that comes with the T15 kit as I snapped the last one when it hit a hidden snapped off screw!
They just happened to be out of stock of the spares so I got the HSS4CE/MSET (493423)
This is okay as I have installed a brad point bit in the other one already.
Then my eye caught the countersinks. Now when perusing the on-line catalogue they all look the same size and all look to be on the expensive side, leading one to stick to what is in use already.
I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the drill/countersink with depth stop. BSTA HS3.5mmCE (492523) The AA size battery is for scale purposes, as these are the same size worldwide, (it does not require a battery to use
A closer look revealed the thought gone into them and some nice engineering.The drill bit is adjustable, by using the supplied allen key and releasing it via the grub screw in the countersink part. This is accessed through one of the two holes in the moulded plastic depth stop. The Festool Blue depth stop rotates freely but stays in a fixed position on the shaft. Adjustment of the countersink is via the grub screw above the depthstop. There are lats milled onto both countersink and drill bit parts for the grubscrew, this negates the need to overtighten them and possibly damage the grub screw or allen wrench or both ( I think we've all been there!
I also got both snail type countersinks to replace my existing countersinks (though I'll hang on to them for the odd occasion I need to adjust hinges), so I can save on changing chucks over all the time, I know with the system on the chucks it?s not that arduous to do, it?s more the tightening and untightening of the chuck to fit each bit that takes time.
A test piece with each tool in front of the relevant hole.
You can hopefully see how the non-Festool ones tend to chatter, and to be fair and balanced in my remarks , I used to have a snail type by another company that was as good as the QLS ones and that cost as much as them, it was removed from my care some time ago.
However, it would not have fitted the centrotec chuck , and that is the point of my purchases.
I will be getting the 4.5mm BSTA next paycheck, I?ve promised myself that and will probably add a few more of the drill bits to the order. I am really impressed with the quality of these often overlooked bits of kit.
What I?d like to see are a couple of larger sizes of the BSTA range, say a 5.5mm and 6.5mm version with longer drill bits for window and door frame construction.
Thanks for looking in.