Author Topic: IMPACT CHUCK!!!  (Read 4297 times)

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Offline James Watriss

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« on: September 21, 2009, 10:11 PM »
I'd like Festool to develop a quick-Fix Chuck for the T12, T15, and C12, that would turn the tool into an impact driver, instead of a drill. We've all been talking about impact drivers for... how long now? Maybe it'll be easier to get Festool to make one of these instead, since they won't have to set up a whole new tool program.

The main difference between a drill and an impact driver, construction wise, is what's at the end of the driveshaft; either a 3 jaw chuck, traditionally, or a spring loaded rotary impact mechanism. The difference is at the end of the driveshaft. We already have the ability to change the stock drill into a right angle drill, or a screw gun. We have 3 jaw chucks, centrotec bit holders, 90 degree, eccentric, and screw gun/ depth stop chucks. So, the ability to graft on this added capacity, which we've all been clamoring for, for so long, should realistically be something they can just make as a chuck, and not have to tool up a whole new tool line; an Impact chuck. It's actually in keeping with the concept of the Festool drills anyway... A motor, that can be made into a variety of tools, depending on what's hooked onto the end of it. And, it would really add to the value of the drill. It's one thing to choke down a big price tag for a drill that does a lot of fancy things, but is still basically just a drill. But a drill that can be converted into an impact driver would make it a much better deal, a much better value. And that's something that we don't get to say as often.


Who's with me?
« Last Edit: September 22, 2009, 09:10 AM by James Watriss »

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Offline justinmcf

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2009, 04:09 PM »
i'm with you, 100 percent!
i own a protool 18 volt quad drive drill and i love it. i have used the right angle attachment a lot more than expected because of its versatility and robustness.

i really dont know why, festool/protool missed the boat with impact drivers.
we can only hope, that if create enough discussion about it here on the fog, that maybe they will look into this matter more seriously!

the impact chuck you have spoken about james sounds fantastic. i would be first in line to buy them.
we now need festool to jump in and tell us if its feasible or not.
maybe i will start a new thread in "ask festool".
but i figure they monitor the fog, so they should be aware of this discussion already.

regards, justin.

Offline Brice Burrell

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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2009, 07:35 PM »
Don't know if it's feasible or not but I like the idea.
Check out my new blog, The Green and Dark Blue Blog.

Offline Christian Oltzscher

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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2009, 08:28 PM »

Since you are asking: We looked into the concept a couple of years ago, and unfortunately it turned out not to be feasible. The solution wouldn't be something you'd be happy with from both a size/weight perspective and a performance perspective.

Believe me, if we could design an impact chuck, we would do it.
And yes, we are aware of how much our customers would like to see an impact driver from Festool.

Best regards,

« Last Edit: September 22, 2009, 08:40 PM by Christian Oltzscher »

Offline James Watriss

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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2009, 09:34 PM »
In the immortal words of the great Charlie Brown...


Offline justinmcf

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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2009, 06:34 AM »
thanks christian for taking the time to reply. i do appreciate it.
now that i know that it is not feasible, i can make a decision for my next purchase.

regards, justin.

Offline Programmergeek

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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2009, 02:21 PM »
I saw the 3-4 speed protool drill/impact driver over in France really nice tool I almost brougt one back.  It is ashame festool didn't bring it over yet it would be my go to drill.