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Craftsman is always a funny case study, and it's cousin (Kenmore).  The shear number of people who have no idea they are just sears creations putting their names on other companies stuff amazes me.  It was even more amazing sears tried to sell the Kenmore brand,  somehow an imaginary company had value.  While most all craftsman stuff was junk, the true hand tools where fine, of course they were made under contract by real tool companies.   They did a smart thing at one point by letting some other stores (like Ace) sell craftsman tools, which gave them more legitimacy.  I think Ryobi has a similar thing in the US, where some non-HD places do sell them too.  But of course Ryobi isn't a pure Home Depot creation like say Husky.   The shame with Rigid is now a lot of folks don't know they aren't just a Home Depot brand, many folks have no idea they are actually a serious, real deal, been around a long time tool company.

Yeah, B&D made a mess of batteries.  Their outdoor tools where a perfect example of this, everything has a different battery.  For years I just kept going "why not just use the Dewalt batteries you all ready sell, or mold them in Orange and Black, but have them be interchangeable".  They finally sorta got there by having Dewalt brand yard tools, which then makes one ask what B&D tools are for. But of course again bulk of folks have no idea Dewalt is just a brand of B&D.   Thing is, the cheap 50 dollar B&D battery weed whackers work great,  I bought a much more expensive one, took it right back, bought a newer 50 dollar B&D one, which of course had yet a different battery than my previous one, which was only getting replaced because you could no longer get the battery for the previous one and it had died.

It’ll be interesting to see what Lowe’s will do with the Craftsman brand.  Sears really trashed the Craftsman band in recent years.  Lowe’s has their work cut out for them restoring people’s confidence in the Craftsman logo. 

Home Depot has done a lot to improve Ryobi’s quality over the past 4-years.  The Ryobi products are superior to their Black and Decker, Canadian Tire MasterCraft and Lowe’s Kolbalt Brands. 

The AFS edge trimmers are really Black and Deckers last great product.  I was fortunate to buy one of the 36 volt trimmers before they messed up the line with 20 Volt trimmers.
Ask Festool / Re: Suggestion regarding Festool Roadshow
« Last post by copcarcollector on Today at 12:20 AM »
If you can, get into one of the end user classes in nv, nc or Indiana.
Great instructors and you learn all kinds of tips!
Now I’m wondering is the hose length will work with a CT Clone stacked on top of a CT SYS.  If it could, then the CT SYS could play a much bigger role in my workflow while never leaving the Sys Port.

Edit:  after looking at the CT SYS, I don’t think it will work.  The CT SYS only has a big enough hole for a hose to leave its Systainer housing.  No room to get the hose in from the SYS Cyclone. 
Building Materials / Re: Dominofix plate material?
« Last post by tallgrass on Yesterday at 11:20 PM »
Building Materials / Re: Dominofix plate material?
« Last post by tallgrass on Yesterday at 11:18 PM »
another example
Building Materials / Re: Dominofix plate material?
« Last post by tallgrass on Yesterday at 11:16 PM »
yes there are different grades and solutions. You are absolutely right. I was not suggesting that this is the only solution for bathrooms commercially. Only that it this common commercial solution  for high pressure phenolic laminate that allowed me to find the stuff with the protective coating. Now it is a matter of finding out if there is a non bulk purchase possibility. here are examples.
Thanks!......But as I said in an earlier thread, I can't take the credit for the original idea. I just developed the idea based on someone else's Cyclone Systainer. It did however, make sense to invert the Cyclone and store it inside the ply drop box when not in use, due to its odd shape.

Regards, Tim.

Yeah, inverting the cyclone for storage is the slick part.  [emoji41]

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Festool How To... / Re: Checking Inside CT Vacs
« Last post by Joe Felchlin on Yesterday at 11:05 PM »
Hey Guys:
Why even let the CT “eat dust”? Those Dust Extractors are expensive.
So are those HEPA filters and bags.
I’m thinkin’ - Dust Deputy - Or if you can wait ‘til the Fall - Festool’s new CT Pre Separator. [smile]
Hey Jesse:
I passed by Placitas a month ago - And thought about you.
Hope it’s as cool and dry there as it is at my place - On the Divide (7,500’) outside Colorado Springs. [wink]
General Friendly Chat / Re: Coffee Maker Recommendations
« Last post by RobBob on Yesterday at 11:03 PM »
Get the glass carafe and then buy an aftermarket glass lined thermal carafe.  No metallic taste.  You get the best of both worlds.  That's what I did.

Glass Lined Carafe
Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: Using 220v Festool in the US
« Last post by Coen on Yesterday at 10:44 PM »
Here we can get 3-phase 230V (so 400V between phases). Normal connection is either single phase 35/40A or three-phase 25A. If you want 3x35A or 1x50A, your fixed network cost go up by about $800 on a yearly basis. Yeah, beyond the fusebox basically nothing is bigger than 2.5mm2 here.

AC is near-nonexistent, heating is all gas-based or district heating.

Curious what country you are in.  I'm aware in some countries they have what you mention of 3Phase into houses, and then you just grab legs as needed.

Not running much on 40As.  My water heater alone pulls well over 100A, it's actually wired with 3 circuits of 40A @220V .  Basically because it's designed to run in countries with 3P options as you mentioned.   My current house was built in an area/time when they gave them 80A or 100A services because of Gas service.  That was quick to be fixed.  I grew up in rural areas, so 200A services were the norm from the 50s when they put the power in.  You either heated with wood or electric.   I'd love to have a 400A service but it just wasn't in the cards.  Today US building code doesn't allow anything less than 100A/220V service to a home, I personally wish they would change it to 200A min, since builders cheap out and put 150A panels in, saving all of 5 to 10 USDs, but really limit the homeowners.

You can get 3P in the US, it's just hard, since it's really commercial only. So unless you just happen to have a 3P transmission passing along your property going to someplace you are out of luck or will spend many mountains of money to have run to where you are if they will even consider it.  Even a lot of commercial businesses can't get 3P since it's just not run everywhere.  Nearest connection for me would be 1/2mile straight line, but would take far more to run the lines too me, and I'm not even sure the particular feed is even active.

With your limitations, Festool might need to make gas powered track saws and routers.


Builders here cheap out on the 3 phase, capping them off and instead installing 1x40A... especially if you dare to not buy a kitchen from their preferred seller.

Grid company charges $230 to change it to 3x25A

Before gas, water tank was also electric, but main fuses often were single 25A then. Single 25 is now upgraded to single 35 for free.

But we have one of the (if not the) biggest % of households connected to our natural gas grid. Pretty much everyone has gas-fired combi heater that can heat water on demand. 30 kW is pretty common.
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