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The motors used in a lot of tools are universal 120v/60Hz and 110v/50Hz or 240v/60Hz and 220v/50Hz. The 110v tools sold in the UK will work in the US as will the 220v tools. I have not verified that the motors are the same part number, but have done so with other manufacturers. The only difference is the cord. I own and use several 110v UK tools that I bought in England and they work fine. None are Festool, but it is highly unlikely they use different motors for the UK than the US.

110V is also much more than just the N.America,  it's also most the Caribbean nations, Central America, some places in South America, parts of Northern Africa,  Taiwan, Japan (100V and uses US plug), and even North Korea (lots of sales there for sure  [tongue]).  Now of those, only Japan is going to make for much of a large market, but the point being that the tools are going to be far from unique to US/Canada/and construction sites of the British isles.  So certainly aren't streamlining anything by making them inch for US/Canada.  I wish NA would have ditched split phase 220/110 system in the 50s, but as is, we are stuck with 110 for small appliances.  Only way it goes away now is via DC conversion brought on by Solar/Battery market growth.

Still, just like computers, having the tools handle anything from 100V to 240V with the exact same tool is something they could have done, and as I mentioned above, as others take the  DC/AC approach on tools, so can Festool.  Make 1 model of each tool and be done.

Maybe they should sell the tools in Japan not in Metric but in Shakkan-hō,  according to wiki they are still common in carpentry in Japan.  Based on the logic forced on the US, they should change there too.
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FS 3000 - 118" long - Has one cut on it (Does not affect functionality). See photo. $245 local pickup only. I am in the Northern VA area. I also have other rails for sale in another posting. I am motivated to sell it as I have moved to Mafel's rail system.
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Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: When will Metric Tools return?
« Last post by JimH2 on Yesterday at 11:43 PM »
As an outsider observer, I think some here are missing the voltage issue, which is related. Almost all of Festool's market outside the US and Canada is Metric and 220/240V. The exception is 110V on some building sites in the UK.

Consequently Festool has now committed the majority of its 110V production to Imperial. Well st least the application of guides with Imperial stickers.   [smile] I wonder which days if the week Routers for NA are made?[big grin]

I think a Metric is the go, and I have used it most of my adult life. My childhood was Imperial, but I rarely use it. But Hey?  I do not live in NA.  [eek]  [smile]

As to Festool's reasoning?! In part - see #13

In the past they offered consumer applied Imperial Stickers, why not Metric stickers now. The tools are still Metric.



The motors used in a lot of tools are universal 120v/60Hz and 110v/50Hz or 240v/60Hz and 220v/50Hz. The 110v tools sold in the UK will work in the US as will the 220v tools. I have not verified that the motors are the same part number, but have done so with other manufacturers. The only difference is the cord. I own and use several 110v UK tools that I bought in England and they work fine. None are Festool, but it is highly unlikely they use different motors for the UK than the US.
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Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: Quick “which domino to use” question
« Last post by cpw on Yesterday at 10:29 PM »
So, I’m making a panel glue up for a bench in my bedroom. Wasn’t paying attention and milled my lumber to right around 0.6” thick. I have 5, 6 and 8mm dominoes with cutters (df500).  I’m currently in Orlando and always stop by that woodcraft when I’m in town as I don’t have one local. Would the 5mm dominoes be sufficient (i.e. not too big), or should I pick up the 4mm cutter and dominoes?  Rule of thirds says I should be fine?

Thanks,
Kevin

I'd be skeptical of using the 4mm for anything structural; I have used them on 1/2" work and don't get the same sense of confidence that I do with 5mm or 6mm dominos.  They're only 20 mm long, in addition to being thinner.
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Festool and Tanos Systainers / Re: Abrasives insert?
« Last post by RustE on Yesterday at 10:22 PM »
Do you already have a Systainer?

You could go with a Systainer 2 and make a grid using plywood or plastic.  The discs will be set on edge, allowing you to store more of them.  I will not say there is an economic benefit because of your time into making the grid.
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Festool Tools & Accessories / Quick “which domino to use” question
« Last post by smirak on Yesterday at 10:20 PM »
So, I’m making a panel glue up for a bench in my bedroom. Wasn’t paying attention and milled my lumber to right around 0.6” thick. I have 5, 6 and 8mm dominoes with cutters (df500).  I’m currently in Orlando and always stop by that woodcraft when I’m in town as I don’t have one local. Would the 5mm dominoes be sufficient (i.e. not too big), or should I pick up the 4mm cutter and dominoes?  Rule of thirds says I should be fine?

Thanks,
Kevin
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Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: Great find at a local dealer
« Last post by BJM9818 on Yesterday at 09:37 PM »
It's an awesome feeling when you find a "diamond in the rough" like that.

Did you thank your employee afterwards for cutting the cord?

The unit cost me $50 cord/$119 for the unit about $10 in diesel and we had to come back the next day to finish the job because of the delay.

That is the one problem with Festool. If your in a bind on a job site with a broken part you are pretty screwed.
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Festool and Tanos Systainers / Abrasives insert?
« Last post by ColossusX on Yesterday at 08:25 PM »
Does festool sell just the insert for 5" abrasives? Or do you guys make your own insert?  There's almost a $30 difference between a sys2 and the 5" abrasive sys. 
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Thanks Neil for the udemy link.  I have had this program for a quite a while but havent done much with . This will give me a kick I need. I am pretty proficient with Solidworks and Creo (Proe).
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Sales & Dealer Area / Re: Vecturo - Order now if you want a Plug-It (US)
« Last post by RJNeal on Yesterday at 06:59 PM »
I agree with Tom. I’ve had two of mine replaced separately.
Rick.
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