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Offline Coen

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #120 on: November 30, 2017, 03:31 PM »
The dust bag for the Festool EHL 65 EQ GB Planer is a complete & utter waste of money.

Literally NO dust whatsoever goes into the bag & i really do mean NO dust no matter what angle you plane at all the dust is ejected out the bottom of the planer. The planer works fantastic with dust extraction hooked up but seriously do not purchase the dust collection bag.

Euh, did you connect it on the wrong side? The EHL 65 dust port can be put on either side, but the chips are ejected primarily to one side, as a consequence of the design of the blade and the machine. With the vacuum cleaner there already is a big difference, but if you put the bag on the wrong side... yeah, no.

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Offline aloysius

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #121 on: November 30, 2017, 10:33 PM »
The dust bag for the Festool EHL 65 EQ GB Planer is a complete & utter waste of money.

Literally NO dust whatsoever goes into the bag & i really do mean NO dust no matter what angle you plane at all the dust is ejected out the bottom of the planer. The planer works fantastic with dust extraction hooked up but seriously do not purchase the dust collection bag.

Euh, did you connect it on the wrong side? The EHL 65 dust port can be put on either side, but the chips are ejected primarily to one side, as a consequence of the design of the blade and the machine. With the vacuum cleaner there already is a big difference, but if you put the bag on the wrong side... yeah, no.

There's summat amiss there somewhere, somehow.  Although I've never owned a "65", my own planers:  Festo 850E, Elu "80", a couple of Metabo's & a brace of AEGs all had one common characteristic.  Their dustbag were all, to a man, way too effective, filling to capacity in mere seconds!
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Offline Coen

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #122 on: December 03, 2017, 06:23 PM »
I had no problem either with the dustbag on the EHL-65.

The bigger problem is the price of original bags for the CT...

Offline guitarchitect

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #123 on: December 08, 2017, 11:53 AM »
There's a parallel ripping guide for the TS-55:
https://www.festool.com/Products/Accessories/Pages/Detail.aspx?pid=491469&name=Accessories-TS-55-and-TS-55-R-PA-TS-55

I regretted it, so I returned it. With enough finnicking it had a good shot at staying put and cutting straight - I cut up some plywood strips that when stood on end were nearly flush. But I ruined enough pieces with it wandering that I decided it was more frustrating than useful. It was also really difficult to set the width. If I ever need the same function again (I'll have my tablesaw in my shop soon enough) I'll opt for something shop-made that integrates a ruler somehow.

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #124 on: December 31, 2017, 04:05 AM »
The guide rail end deflector, which in my opinion, is an absolute joke. I have never understood why that was not made to cover the entire width of the end of the guide rail. One of the first times that I used it it deflected the cord from my TS 75 straight into the t-track where it got caught in the middle of the cut. The rail actually cut partially through the outer insulation of the cord. I was ticked about that.

I also think that the boom arm for the CT vacs, as it was designed, leaves something to be desired. While I like that it makes the cord and hose easier to manage by lifting them up and over the bench and out of the way, I learned to hate how it immobilizes that vac. I have since removed mine from my CT-36, but am considering mounting it to a swingarm from the wall near the end of my bench so that the vac can also be used elsewhere in the shop.

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #125 on: December 31, 2017, 12:33 PM »
The guide rail end deflector, which in my opinion, is an absolute joke. I have never understood why that was not made to cover the entire width of the end of the guide rail. One of the first times that I used it it deflected the cord from my TS 75 straight into the t-track where it got caught in the middle of the cut. The rail actually cut partially through the outer insulation of the cord. I was ticked about that.

I also think that the boom arm for the CT vacs, as it was designed, leaves something to be desired. While I like that it makes the cord and hose easier to manage by lifting them up and over the bench and out of the way, I learned to hate how it immobilizes that vac. I have since removed mine from my CT-36, but am considering mounting it to a swingarm from the wall near the end of my bench so that the vac can also be used elsewhere in the shop.


Yup, the deflector has needed an update for years. It was wide enough to cover the width of the  older rails. When the newer (years ago) rails were introduced the deflector was not updated.

Here is a link to a mod I made to make it function better when hose / cord is coming from the left.

   http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-jigs-tool-enhancements/guide-rail-deflector-modification/msg14955/#msg14955

Seth

Offline Coen

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #126 on: December 31, 2017, 01:06 PM »
The guide rail end deflector, which in my opinion, is an absolute joke. I have never understood why that was not made to cover the entire width of the end of the guide rail. One of the first times that I used it it deflected the cord from my TS 75 straight into the t-track where it got caught in the middle of the cut. The rail actually cut partially through the outer insulation of the cord. I was ticked about that.


No, it shouldn't cover the entire width, as that means you'll have to put in the guide stop (491582) from the other side.

Offline Woodwork Wizard

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #127 on: January 01, 2018, 10:54 AM »
Carvex jigsaw (Mafell P1cc is infinitely better)
Compact cleaning set (Tradesman set is best)
Festool splinter guard (peels off - buy Makita)
C.M.S table extensions (both side and end) - but the sliding table is great.
The hose/cable guide that comes with the M.F.T-3 
The 'hinges' (posts) that are on the lids of attic Systainers easily break. Both of mine have gaffer tape on them.
I wish the hose outlet on the TS-55 didn't point down towards the rail. Otherwise it's a great saw...

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #128 on: January 01, 2018, 11:54 AM »
Carvex jigsaw (Mafell P1cc is infinitely better)
Compact cleaning set (Tradesman set is best)
Festool splinter guard (peels off - buy Makita)
C.M.S table extensions (both side and end) - but the sliding table is great.
The hose/cable guide that comes with the M.F.T-3 
The 'hinges' (posts) that are on the lids of attic Systainers easily break. Both of mine have gaffer tape on them.
I wish the hose outlet on the TS-55 didn't point down towards the rail. Otherwise it's a great saw...


Curious on the last one....... the outlet can be rotated. Or maybe I don't get what you mean?

Seth

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #129 on: January 01, 2018, 12:40 PM »
Just a note on the rotating vac outlet on the Festool saws.  I took mine off and crimped the nozzle part with diagonal cutters gently so that now there is more tension on the nozzle.  My nozzles stay where ever I point them.

Offline SS Teach

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #130 on: January 01, 2018, 12:42 PM »
I bought a Surfix kit for a project that didn’t come to pass. Everything is still in their sealed containers. C’est la vie.
RTS 400, LS 130, Sandpaper Systainer, Profile Systainer. ETS 125, Sandpaper Systainer, Ro 90, Sandpaper Systainer,  Ro 150, Sandpaper Systainer, OF 1400, TS 55 REQ, CT36, CXS Li 1.5 Set, Centrotec Wood-Drill-Set/8pcs, CT Wings, Surfix Set. Domino 500, Domino Systainer, Parallel Guide

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #131 on: January 01, 2018, 12:45 PM »
I bought the old style Kapex extension wings on a whim. Now Im stuck with them and I mess with them alot trying to get them aligned with the Kapex. I think I might finally have them close enough. but what a hassle

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #132 on: January 02, 2018, 08:19 AM »
I bought a Surfix kit for a project that didn’t come to pass. Everything is still in their sealed containers. C’est la vie.

I purchase a Surfix kit as well.  I pulled the kit out yesterday (New Years Day) to actually use it for a project I am working on.  I laughed when I found the original purchase invoice dated for 2015.  Everything was still sealed, so it will be interesting if the product is still good.  Maybe it isn't a purchase I regret. 

Offline Coen

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Re: Is there a Festool Tool or accessory that you regret purchasing.
« Reply #133 on: January 02, 2018, 10:15 PM »
Just a note on the rotating vac outlet on the Festool saws.  I took mine off and crimped the nozzle part with diagonal cutters gently so that now there is more tension on the nozzle.  My nozzles stay where ever I point them.

I noticed the new TS55R I worked with last week had more tension on that rotating part than my 2006 TS55. Guide-rail compatible depth stop was also nice.

Carvex jigsaw (Mafell P1cc is infinitely better)
Compact cleaning set (Tradesman set is best)
Festool splinter guard (peels off - buy Makita)
C.M.S table extensions (both side and end) - but the sliding table is great.
The hose/cable guide that comes with the M.F.T-3 
The 'hinges' (posts) that are on the lids of attic Systainers easily break. Both of mine have gaffer tape on them.
I wish the hose outlet on the TS-55 didn't point down towards the rail. Otherwise it's a great saw...


You buy the Makita splinter guard for your Festool rails? Let me google that.
Ahaa!!! That would be EAN 3240890283870 for the 1400 and EAN 3240890284136 for the 3000.

I still have one unused (black) Festool strip from 2006... but I always thought that as soon as I used that... it would be it, so I saved it. But this... great!