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Offline Alex

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Interesting new Plug-It cord design.
« on: December 28, 2018, 12:44 PM »
Ok, I was really miffed once again today because my last Plug-It cord decided it had enough of its grim earthly existence of work, work, work, work, work.

And of course in the middle of a large job.

So I had to run out to the store to buy me a new cord, again, but when I installed it on my sander I saw Festool had updated the design. Instead of being completely sealed it now has tabs that click the bottom green part in place.

Don't know yet if this make the Plug-It cord serviceable, I'm not gonna try that until this one blows, but it looks very hopeful. Maybe finally Festool came to their senses on this.

A few pics attached for those who haven't seen the new design yet.
 





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Offline ben_r_

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Re: Interesting new Plug-It cord design.
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2018, 02:23 PM »
Interesting. The plugs in mine are all white/cream, whereas those are black.
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Offline SRSemenza

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Re: Interesting new Plug-It cord design.
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2018, 01:49 AM »

Don't know yet if this make the Plug-It cord serviceable, I'm not gonna try that until this one blows, but it looks very hopeful.

      Seems like it couldn't be for anything other than getting to the guts.

Interesting. The plugs in mine are all white/cream, whereas those are black.


      The ones I had first many years ago were black and then more recently switched to cream / white.

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Offline GarryMartin

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Re: Interesting new Plug-It cord design.
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2018, 04:31 AM »
@Alex

Most importantly, the new design reduces vibrations at the contactors which I hope translates into fewer breakages.

"From April 2018, all plug-in cables (both accessory versions and the delivery of the machines) will be converted to a new, higher-quality standard.

From August 2018, only the new variants will be delivered"



Offline Alex

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Re: Interesting new Plug-It cord design.
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2018, 06:28 AM »
Thanks for posting that Garry. Unfortunately it means it is still not serviceable, but at least now I can solder the wires if they break and keep the connection inside the plug.

Looks to me the spring only helps with securing the plug into the machine. But it is the bending of the wire behind the plug that makes the copper break inside.

Offline mrB

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Re: Interesting new Plug-It cord design.
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2018, 09:05 AM »
I airways feel lucky when complaints about plug it cords pop up. I've got about 5/6 that all get used with different tools all the time. Some are 5-7 years old.. Never had a single issue with any of them or any of the tool connections.  [scratch chin]
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Offline Lettusbee

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Re: Interesting new Plug-It cord design.
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2018, 11:37 AM »
I think I posted this as a question on this forum before.  This Plug it cord is about ten years old and in good shape except for the end at the strain relief. 
It would be nice if it was designed to disassemble easily, shorten the cord a couple of inches and put it all back together. 
Seems like a relatively simple design possibility. 
I've been using it like this for a couple years now, as I'm too cheap to spend the money for a new cord. 

Offline Alex

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Re: Interesting new Plug-It cord design.
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2018, 11:45 AM »
It would be nice if it was designed to disassemble easily, shorten the cord a couple of inches and put it all back together. 
Seems like a relatively simple design possibility.
 

Oh yes! That would be SO very nice, just like we can do with normal non-plug-it cords, but no, we don't get that. Instead of a quick 5 minute fix we have to shell out 22 euros, for which I have to work more than an hour.

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Re: Interesting new Plug-It cord design.
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2018, 11:50 AM »


      Seems like it couldn't be for anything other than getting to the guts.


Seth



@Alex

Most importantly, the new design reduces vibrations at the contactors which I hope translates into fewer breakages.




Thanks for posting that Garry. Unfortunately it means it is still not serviceable, but at least now I can solder the wires if they break and keep the connection inside the plug.

Looks to me the spring only helps with securing the plug into the machine. But it is the bending of the wire behind the plug that makes the copper break inside.

OK, I guess it could be for something else.

That is pretty cool.

I don't see how that helps keep it connected, but maybe?  Supposed to reduce vibration which should mean less replacement is needed and then maybe no or little service.

 I wonder if the Vecturo Plug-It failures had something to do with this  [scratch chin]

Seth