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Offline -the rookie-

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c15 burnt out
« on: February 21, 2015, 04:40 PM »
I've had a c15 for about 2 years now.  Its been awesome until yesterday.  Its mainly used for drilling pilot holes, occasionally a hole saw(2.75" max in .5" pre-fin ply), and rarely will drive fasteners. Anyway, smoke came pouring out of the vent at the bottom of the grip. Anybody have any input on this?

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Re: c15 burnt out
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2015, 05:01 PM »
Not more than that it has happened to me too a few years ago. In my case it was a T15, two months old and lightly used. While backing out a screw it started to smoke. When I had a look at it and pulled the trigger with no load the smoke started belching out!  [eek]

I quickly removed the battery and placed the drill in the sink (not running water through it though).

Mine was replaced under warranty. The next one I got developed another problem so eventually I ditched Festool drills altogether.
I think screwdrivers and drills with too much electronics onboard are more prone to failure. Sad to say that with my four Festool C15/T15's over the years - NONE has been without electronic failures. One failed two times. So failure rate is over 100%. 

Today I am back at it and I do run a C15 and a CXS just because I have too many add ons and the CXS is not powerful enough to be the only Centrotec drill in my kit. I don't trust the C15 and it does have some issues but at least it "does the job" and since I have a BHC18 (which is great) they share some add ons.

I love my CXS but I am hoping to switch out my C15 for something more reliable eventually.
Festool:  CS 50EB precisio set, Domino DF500, DF XL 700, OFK500 edge router, OF1010 router EHL65 planer, CTL Mini/Midi Vac, CTL 26 vac MFT800+1080 tables
DSC-AG Grinder,  RAS 115
Rotex 150, ETS EC 150/5 RTS400
Drills: T18, BHC18, CXS.
SysLite KAL II, SYS Rock.
Sys- and Sortainers galore.

Line up has been reduced with the introduction of Mafell/Metabo tools. Red Green and Blue do mix well in the shop.

Offline SRSemenza

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Re: c15 burnt out
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2015, 06:20 PM »
Welcome to the forum, wish it were under better circumstances.


If still under three years old it will still be under warranty. Call Festool on Monday (888-337-8600) or use the web based repair form.

https://www.festoolusa.com/account/repair/


Seth

Re: c15 burnt out
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2015, 06:26 PM »
I forgot to add that I have received excellent service in all but one case of my Festool troubles. :)

In one case Festool could not find anything wrong with the machine (C15) and sent it back unfixed. I managed to replicate and show the fault to the store rep and they got on the phone with Festool and promptly sent it in again. Then it took a whole month before I got it back - and no loaner. After I got it back the C15 developed the very same problem again.

Apart from that vein popping experience I have only had good to great experience with Festool. But I still don't trust the drills.

Festool:  CS 50EB precisio set, Domino DF500, DF XL 700, OFK500 edge router, OF1010 router EHL65 planer, CTL Mini/Midi Vac, CTL 26 vac MFT800+1080 tables
DSC-AG Grinder,  RAS 115
Rotex 150, ETS EC 150/5 RTS400
Drills: T18, BHC18, CXS.
SysLite KAL II, SYS Rock.
Sys- and Sortainers galore.

Line up has been reduced with the introduction of Mafell/Metabo tools. Red Green and Blue do mix well in the shop.

Offline -the rookie-

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Re: c15 burnt out
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2015, 01:36 PM »
Thanks for your responses. I'll call festool and contact the retailer I purchased the drill from.

Offline roblg3

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Re: c15 burnt out
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2015, 08:50 PM »
I killed one...it was me.  Festool service fixed it up and in a hurry too!!!
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