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Offline Untidy Shop

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Up untill my last purchase,  I have never regretted purchasing a Festool Tool or accessory. This last purchase was a Dust Bsg for my HK55.

 It soon fills and even 1/3 full there is saw dust shedding straight off the blade and over the rail and me. There is much better sawdust removal with no bag and if the exhaust nozzle is angled away from me and the rail, or indeed a dust extractor is fitted.

I wasted A$72.00 on a flimsy textile bag which could have been better spent on a second saw blade.

Be warned.

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Offline Gordon Bombay

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 09:53 PM »
I regret purchasing the carvex. Really wasn't a fan.
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Offline yetihunter

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 10:28 PM »
Surfix
Compact Cleaning Kit
TSC 55 - Didn't run it; just immediately returned after putting on the bag.  [big grin]
« Last Edit: March 13, 2017, 10:32 PM by yetihunter »

Offline bub254

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 10:55 PM »
Any particular reason you didn't like the compact cleaning kit?

I found the Track hose deflector to be pretty worthless myself.


Offline Dan-

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 11:17 PM »
Carvex definitely. It's my only festool that shoots dust into my eyes. Could have gotten a Bosch that does the same thing.

Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2017, 11:31 PM »
I should have added, no KS120 posts please. There are plenty of alternative threads on that!  [eek]
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Offline Nat X

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2017, 11:40 PM »
The non-velcro pad for the RS 2 E and accompanying hole punch. Seemed like a good idea at the time to be able to use any paper I wanted, but it tears so quickly that the cost of that and the associated accessories more than outweighs the cost of just buying the Granat sheets. Complete and total waste.

Offline Bohdan

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2017, 11:49 PM »
There is much better sawdust removal with no bag and if the exhaust nozzle is angled away from me and the rail, or indeed a dust extractor is fitted.

If I'm working without the CT I just attach the hose to the saw and most of the dust finishes inside the hose instead of in my face.

Offline Scorpion

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2017, 11:54 PM »
Carved accessory kit. 


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Offline yetihunter

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2017, 12:09 AM »
Any particular reason you didn't like the compact cleaning kit?

I found the Track hose deflector to be pretty worthless myself.

Lack of use, and I didn't do my homework on the the tubes being polpropylene ala shopvacs and whatnot.  It's a tactile thing, I dislike the feel.  [tongue]
I also bought the kit with the 36mm anti-static hose, steel tubes and "industrial" floor nozzle. It's more to my liking. However, the hose does want to slip off, and said hose would be better off if it wasn't a rigid anti-static version.   Easily solved by using a different hose. :0

 
Like all other vac situations in my life, most of the attachments sit on a shelf, collecting dust (pun intended) because  the vac sucks stuff up better without them.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2017, 12:11 AM by yetihunter »

Offline Gwerner

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2017, 01:13 AM »
Yep, the Carvex. I got sucked in by all of the accessories available for it and I absolutely hate using this jig saw. I love every other Festool I own, but wish I'd gone with the Bosch for my jigsaw.

Offline Jim Green

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2017, 01:14 AM »
Accessories-Ct wing, works ok thought I would use it more
                 -Kapex crown stops, why did I buy them I cut my crown flat?
                 -centrotec extension bit, annoying to use bit slips all the time
                 -centrotec locking bit holder terrible
                 -this is probably all my fault as I live in Canada where we use #2         
Robertson and #10 torx which festool does not make?
                 Thank You atlas, snappy etc.
         Tools- Ro 90 I found it difficult to hold and keep flat but probably works great for some people
                 -I returned hkc55 for the corded model, I found it underpowered for my uses, I wanted to love it but unless you are cutting thin material and don't mind splintering get the hk55 its great, happy for Festools 30 day return policy
                 

Offline Jim Green

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2017, 01:20 AM »
I had a coworker who bought the carvex and accessory kit. Not good. I had a trion, it was ok but needed cordless and bought Makita brushless barrel grip, it's awesome.

Offline Flatsawn

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2017, 01:28 AM »
Festool 497701 Workshop Cleaning Set:   I hate the way the hose comes off from the steel tube at the handle section.
                                                  Dominos:   got the systainer full but never used them. I found using my cut offs
                                                                            too tempting. What else can you do with scrap? but make dominos

Offline jonathan-m

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2017, 02:39 AM »
RO 90 & Vecturo
Festool: 2x MFT/3 // OF-1400 // MFS-400 & 700 // RO-90 // SYS-ROLL // VAC-SYS SET SE1 // CT-ASA CT 26/36/SB // KS 120 EB & UG-L & R //  VECTURO OS 400 EQ-Set  // DSG-AG 125 // DSC-AG 125 // DSC-AG 125 FH // HK 85 EB // HK 55 EB
Protool: 2x VCP 260 LE AC // PDP 20-2
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Offline charley1968

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2017, 02:45 AM »
The Vecturo. But that's cuz i hardly ever use it.
Just for today..

Offline Kev

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2017, 03:08 AM »
Vecturo ... wish all they bothered making was the guide to fit the Fein.

Carvex 400 ... just don't use it. I really get along well with the Cordless Carvex 420.

I don't love the CMS rip fence ...

Offline tony_sheehan

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2017, 03:49 AM »
Carvex.
C15: I actually like the C15 a lot and use it all the time, but I wish I'd gone for the cxs instead.

Offline DB10

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2017, 04:36 AM »
I quite like my cordless  Carvex 420. But the accessory systainer has proved to be a big waste of money for me.

Offline mrB

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2017, 05:25 AM »
A few years back my Carvex 400 went back immediately why it didn't have the blade guides I'll never understand, that's what makes the festool jigsaws so accurate. They fixed this with the Carvex 420 which i bought and love (18v).

A C12 went back immediately also. Despite my love for the cxs i hate the ergonomics of the bigger c-drills and the c12 was so lacking in power.
there's nothing like the right tool for the job

Offline ear3

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2017, 06:01 AM »
+1 on the Carvex accessory kit.

And the guide rail deflector.

Carved accessory kit. 


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Offline Poindexter

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2017, 06:46 AM »
80% of the Carvex accessory kit. I use the angled baseplate and circle maker.

Offline Shadytree

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2017, 07:18 AM »
Accessories-Ct wing, works ok thought I would use it more
                 -Kapex crown stops, why did I buy them I cut my crown flat?
                 -centrotec extension bit, annoying to use bit slips all the time
                 -centrotec locking bit holder terrible
                 -this is probably all my fault as I live in Canada where we use #2         
Robertson and #10 torx which festool does not make?
                 Thank You atlas, snappy etc.
         Tools- Ro 90 I found it difficult to hold and keep flat but probably works great for some people
                 -I returned hkc55 for the corded model, I found it underpowered for my uses, I wanted to love it but unless you are cutting thin material and don't mind splintering get the hk55 its great, happy for Festools 30 day return policy
                 

That's funny because I bought the HK55, found it underpowered, & returned it for the HKC (I think the HKC is similarly underpowered but at least it's cordless). Couldn't be happier with the HKC.

My biggest Festool purchase regret though is the HL 850 planer with the accessory heads.

Offline Reiska

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2017, 07:49 AM »
- Surfix Kit - I think I've used 1 item of it ever, not sure if any of the liquids are still usable after years in the cupboard
- Carvex PS400 - worst piece of crap ever and the PS420 isn't much better, but atleast it stays mostly square (but still burns blades)
- The TI-15 impact driver - stupid extension construction and underpowered for an impact. After the introduction of the DRC 18/4 Set its totally useless
- Shinex RAP-150 Set - I've polished the cars twice in the last three years I've had the Shinex... Got it cheap, but still an awfully large box (Maxi Systainer) taking up space for being used for 2 days in three years... Could have taken both cars to the clearners for the 5 years for the price of this thing.
The sky's the limit in my workshop, literally. [big grin]

Offline GarryMartin

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #24 on: March 14, 2017, 08:12 AM »
I don't love the CMS rip fence ...

Add me to that list.

Luckily, now have the Incra LS to resolve that particular disappointment.

Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #25 on: March 14, 2017, 08:20 AM »
The first one (a Domino) which is a great tool, but it started a trend that now includes a couple of sanders, a drill, a couple of routers, a table, accessories, a vacuum, a table - you've been there...  First the heel, then the toe, then there you go, dancing down the Festool road.

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                 -centrotec extension bit, annoying to use bit slips all the time
                 -centrotec locking bit holder terrible
...                 

Ditto.  Snappy to the rescue.

Offline kdzito

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #26 on: March 14, 2017, 09:28 AM »
The parallel guides.  I really gave them a chance but in the end I couldn't take it anymore.  They are heavy and the yoke from the extensions for cutting narrow stock gets in the way.  Then I resorted to using a ruler with a ruler stop while abutting it the cut's waste side to get my narrow cuts.  And I just bought the Precision Parallel Guides, have yet to try them and I'm hopeful they will be what I'm looking for. 
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Offline waterloomarc

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #27 on: March 14, 2017, 09:40 AM »
I'm least happy with my jigsaw. Not the carvex but the one before (can't remember the name right now!). It's just impossible to see where I'm cutting with the dust shroud on. I can't see the blade.

Offline estley

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #28 on: March 14, 2017, 10:17 AM »
the guide rail accessory kit... i've had it for 5-6 years, and i have yet to use it


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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #29 on: March 14, 2017, 10:43 AM »
The first one (a Domino) which is a great tool, but it started a trend that now includes a couple of sanders, a drill, a couple of routers, a table, accessories, a vacuum, a table - you've been there...  First the heel, then the toe, then there you go, dancing down the Festool road.

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                 -centrotec extension bit, annoying to use bit slips all the time
                 -centrotec locking bit holder terrible
...                 

Ditto.  Snappy to the rescue.

I am curious about the slipping on the Centrotec extension. Are you talking about the 492540 6" bit holder? I have several of those and have used them when needed. I haven't noticed any slipping but maybe I just missed it. What exactly is slipping?

The locking holder .... I have one but never really used it since I like the magnetic one better.

Carvex 400 never made it to the US except for a few test it out tools.

    It is interesting to see what items people find useful and others have no use for.

Seth