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Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: Makita vs Festool?
« Reply #60 on: April 28, 2018, 10:13 PM »
I thought there was a separate 18v battery line that doesn’t fit the higher draw tools since it was a 1.5Ah battery size with the Makita Compact Tool sub section?
Makita calls their newer circa 2012 batteries "STAR Protection Computer Controls" and some of their older tools can not be used with newer high amp hour Star protected batteries. This is typically the older brushed tools that are not STAR rated. IE: I have an older Makita grinder that will accept the 3.0Ah batteries (Which are STAR rated) but will not accept the 4.0Ah packs nor the 5.0Ah battery packs.

My guess . . . . .

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Was going to say this on an earlier post, but was not sure that my Makita retail sales experience within Australia would be correct in a NA Sales environment.
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Offline JimD

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Re: Makita vs Festool?
« Reply #61 on: September 24, 2018, 09:12 PM »
I've never used a Makita cordless tool but their track saw looks interesting to me.  But my corded tool is a DeWalt and the tracks are not compatible.  DeWalt had a cordless but I think they've stopped selling and supporting it.

My cordless tools are all Ryobi.  I had a DeWalt drill for awhile but got tired of their battery prices.  I can buy two 4amp hour batteries for $99 if I watch for the 2-3 times a year sale.  I have the 18 gauge nailer, shop vac, air compressor, two drills, impact driver, small circular saw, two lights, reciprocating saw, jigsaw, vibrating saw, right angle drill and yard trimmer plus bush trimmer for the yard.  The saws are definitely not precision tools but the nailer is about as good as any, the shop vac also right up there and so far I really like the cordless compressor.  I have drilled half inch holes in steel and installed locksets in solid doors with my cheap Ryobi drills. 

These comments might not belong on a Festool forum - but I definitely think you do not need to pay Festool prices for cordless tools.  I may "upgrade" to the little Bosch Flex 12V drill for specialized drilling situations plus the ability to use something smaller than my 18V Ryobis.  But I will not be buying any Festool cordless drills.  I am seriously thinking about a domino, have the Festool hand sander that hooks to a vacuum (great for drywall) and the Festool plunge base/depth adjustment attachments for my Fein vibrating tool.  I really like the way Festools work but not the prices. 

Offline Thistleman

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Re: Makita vs Festool?
« Reply #62 on: September 25, 2018, 05:08 PM »
I am very much in the right tool for the job camp on this one. I have 4 different brand cordless tools with 6 different battery platforms between them - no big deal.  However one of the best features of a standardised platform occurs if you have a one off unusual job which will be easier to complete with a cordless tool you do not possess and then being able to buy a bare tool and using you existing batteries saves a considerable sum of money as often the batteries are a major part of purchasing a cordless tool.
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Offline Job and Knock

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Re: Makita vs Festool?
« Reply #63 on: Today at 07:05 AM »
If to traders turn up in front of me to do the work, one with makita tools and the other with festool, I'll always pick one with festool.
Wow. I guess you have problems getting anyone in to do those dirty jobs like stripping out stud walls and replacing them (Festool recip saw? Hmmm, maybe not) or doing anything which requires the mobility of a cordless planer. I'm far more concerned with the quality of the guy's work than with the tool kit he brings.

In the USA I don't think people consider Makita, Milwaukee, DeWalt to be high end brands.  They are considered quality tools used by people who use tools every day.

I chose a Makita cordless plunge/rail saw over the Festool partly because I already had ten plus Mak batteries. It's more a case of getting the right tool for the job, the one which fits with your kit, than buying purely on label, which is why I went for the P1cc when it came to buying a corded jigsaw..... There are some tools, though, where the only answer is Festool. It's just that it's not everything Festool make

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Offline BrianSometimes

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Re: Makita vs Festool?
« Reply #64 on: Today at 07:39 AM »
However one of the best features of a standardised platform occurs if you have a one off unusual job which will be easier to complete with a cordless tool you do not possess and then being able to buy a bare tool and using you existing batteries saves a considerable sum of money as often the batteries are a major part of purchasing a cordless tool.

I've seen this comment before, and I of course agree with the sentiment, but one of the key differences for me having moved to Festool from Makita is that while Makita very much is a one battery platform, Festool isn't. If you want a CXS, a HKC 55 circular saw and an ETSC 125 sander - all current Festool cordless tools - you'll need three different non-interchangeable types of batteries and two different chargers.