Festool Australia partners with World Skills Australia

Festool Australia are partnering up with World Skills Australia for the World Skills Australia Global Skills Challenge happening this week.

We are looking forward to seeing the participants using the Festool power tools in the competition.
We hope that our tools assist the young contestants to improve their skills and supports their abilities throughout the competition.

World Skills Australia’s article on the upcoming competition:

Newcastle will become a global centre for skills excellence in July when the city plays host to the WorldSkills Australia Global Skills Challenge – a four-day training exercise for young people from 15 nations to showcase their skills. The 2017 Global Skills Challenge is a simulated international competition where representatives will compete as part of their training across 21 skills in the lead-up to the 44th WorldSkills International to be held in Abu Dhabi in October.

For the 20 young Australians taking part in the four-days of competition this is the final selection process to determine their place as a Skillaroo and represent Australia at the WorldSkills International Competition, said WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd.

“Our Skills Squad team members will be going all out, as they demonstrate that they have what it takes to be named a member of the 2017 Skillaroos.”

To be held from 5-8th July at TAFE NSW Newcastle, Hamilton, and Glendale as well the WesTrac Training Facility in Tomago, the Global Skills Challenge is being supported by TAFE NSW and Newcastle City Council.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the event highlights just how much can be achieved with a trade or skills-based career.

“In my capacity as Minister for Skills I have the privilege of seeing the dedication and passion of students pursuing careers through VET, and the WorldSkills competition is a great way for our young tradespeople to showcase their efforts,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The competition also shines a light on important skills such as painting and decorating, fashion technology, beauty therapy and hairdressing – skills that Australians rely on every day.

“I am proud to say that TAFE NSW has always played a critical role in skilling our young people and is a natural choice to support and host this prestigious international event.”

During the Global Skills Challenge there will be 300 competitors, experts and delegates from:

Chinese Taipei
Hong Kong
New Zealand

Each person participating during the four days has to complete a set project, using where possible the competition project that will used at the WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi.

“By running the Global Skills Challenge as close as possible to the Abu Dhabi competition , the event provides an ideal opportunity to hone skills and ensure the Australian team is in the best possible position to take out medals later this year,” said Mr Judd.

July 04 / 2017
Author Festool Australia
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Domino Joining System: DF 500 vs DF 700

Every wooden join has its advantages.
The Domino Joining System combines them all.


The DOMINO long-hole principle.
Custom-fit alignment: The first DOMINO is positioned in a precision cut elongated hole, the next DOMINOS are inserted in wider holes with play so that the joint can be aligned effortlessly. The result is a stable joint, rotation-proof from the first dowel.

Impressive time savings.
No complicated adjustments or measurements: with integral stop flaps for positioning the machine quickly and accurately. It is easy to adapt the routing height and depth to different material thicknesses. When making solid joins, you can save up to half the time with the DOMINO XL.

Enormous variety of applications.
Two machines, dowel sizes ranging from 4 to 14 mm in diameter, flexible adjustment options and compatible system accessories offer virtually unlimited joining possibilities. Even narrow strip material and round poles are easy to join.

Which Domino is right for you?
This depends largely on your application. The DF 500 can handle a wide range of projects from the very small boxes to household furniture such as tables, chairs, chests etc. The XL DF 700 meets the needs in work shops that handle larger-scale furniture like conference tables or applications where strength is critical. Using large, deep floating tenons to join slabs of wood gives you confidence that the project will be robust and last for years.

See our comprehensive table below or watch the user comparison video to discover which Domino will suit your requirements. 



June 06 / 2017
Author Festool Australia
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What saw do I need? TS vs HK

TV vs HK Saws

Festool plunge-cut and circular saws set the highest standards in precision, control and safety. Features such as intelligent electronics to control start-up speed and maintain speed under load ensure high quality results, as does the splinter free, guide rail and extraction system compatible with the tools. But which one is right for you?

TS Plunge Cut Saw – Sheet Products

Ideal for cabinetry & fit out trades – The clever plunge cutting specialist provides quality, splinter free cuts suitable for a wide range of building materials with the switch of a blade. Festool plunge saws are the quicker way for a cleaner cut.

HK Circular Saws – Cutting All-rounder

Perfect for building and construction trades – Lightweight circular saw is perfect for fast ripping and trimming, cross-cutting rafters and beams with the unique FSK rail plus the added functionality of plunge cuts. No longer do you need to take the work piece to the tool, now you can take the tool to the work piece.

ts vs hk table

For the full range of models, including cordless and mains powered, accessories, instructional videos, reviews and plenty more, visit www.festool.com.au

May 31 / 2017
Author Festool Australia
Category Circular Saws, Saws
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New Product Showcase – Total Tools Coopers Plains

On behalf of Total Tools Coopers Plains, Festool’s local Partner Plus Store, we would like to invite you to our upcoming Product Showcase Event. During this event Festool will be launching our new range of products with hands-on demonstrations.

Come along and get hands on with on Festool’s brand new KS 60 Sliding Compound Mitre Saw and Compact Sanders DTS 400, RTS 400 & ETS 125.

Join us and go in the running to WIN a FREE Festool SYSRock Worksite Radio! All you have to do is RSVP before Saturday 18th March, attend our event and join in the fun. It’s that simple. The prize will be drawn at the conclusion of the event. RSVP below.

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of Festool’s latest campaign offers while they are still available and have your Festool questions answered by one of our great Technical Sales Consultants.

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

9am – 1pm

Total Tools Coopers Plains
719 Boundary Road
Coopers Plains, QLD 4108
Phone: (07) 3722 2000

March 03 / 2017
Author Festool Australia
Category Festool Events
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Dealer Event: New Product Launch – NHS Cardiff


On behalf of NHS Cardiff (NSW) we would like to invite you to our New Product Launch and Demonstration Event.

A Festool Representative and NHS staff will be on-site to demonstrate the compact, versatility and mobile functionality of the brand New KS 60 KAPEX Slide Compound Mitre Saw and the reliable HK 85 – Circular Saw with Milling Head. The team will also have on hand a range of other Festool gear to keep you entertained.

Want to win a SYSRock Worksite Radio valued at $249?
Well join us for a cutting competition… All you have to do is RSVP by clicking the below link, show up to the event, test out your skills with the demonstration tool and wait for the winner to be announced. Simple. Oh and remember this is a competition so be prepared.

RSVP Here!

Date: Wednesday 1st March 2017

Time: 4pm – 6pm

Location: NHS Cardiff
6 Wentworth Rd,
Cardiff NSW 2285
Ph: 02 4979 0000

Come along and discover how Festool solutions are Faster. Easier. Better.

February 15 / 2017
Author Festool Australia
Category Festool Events
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Dealer Event: New Product Showcase – Total Tools Biggera Waters QLD


On behalf of Total Tools Bigger Waters on the Gold Coast we would like to invite you to a product showcase event.

A Festool Representative and Total Tools staff will be on-site to demonstrate the compact, versatility and mobile functionality of the brand New KS 60 KAPEX Slide Compound Mitre Saw and the New RTS 400, DTS 400 and ETS 125 Compact Sanders. We will also have on hand a range of other Festool gear to keep you entertained.

Want to win a SYSRock Worksite Radio valued at $249?
Well you can go in the running, all you have to do is RSVP to the upcoming event by clicking the below link and attend the event in time for the draw. It’s that simple.

RSVP Here!

Date: Wednesday 1st March 2017

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Location: Total Tools Biggera Waters
19 Gateway Drive
Biggera Waters QLD 4216
Ph: (07) 5665 2100

Come along and discover how Festool solutions can improve your work.

February 15 / 2017
Author Festool Australia
Category Festool Events
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Now Available: KS 60 KAPEX – Slide Compound Mitre Saw


Compact, versatile and mobile.

The new Kapex KS 60 is a compact, versatile and mobile sliding compound mitre saw. Compact and light (17.8kg) and with ergonomically placed carrying handles, a practical cord holder and a transport safety device, the new KS 60 is the perfect tool for assembly work. It makes no compromises in terms of precision and versatility of use.

Great application versatility; cutting boards and panels up to 305 x 60mm, square timber up to 60mm thick or cutting skirting boards and cornices to precise angles – quick and easy.

Thanks to the mitre angle of up to 60° degrees on both sides and an inclination angle of up to 47° on both sides, the compact sliding compound mitre saw also enables excellent cutting with maximal precision and versatility in mobile use. The saw slides forwards and backwards on the two inner columns, but the columns do not extend backwards during this process. This saves space – particularly in small workplaces.

The new Kapex KS 60 offers numerous other clever details. These include an LED spotlight, which projects the shadow cast by the saw blade onto the point that is to be sawed on the work piece, precisely highlighting cutting lines without distortion. Even long work pieces pose no problem for the KS 60: Long work pieces can be easily positioned and cut on the integrated pull-out extension table. With the additional feet, the KS 60 can be raised to the height of a Systainer (SYS 1), thus allowing the Systainer to be used as the contact surface.

Thanks to the convenient pre-selector, the speed can be quickly adjusted to the material that is being processed and it will remain constant during the sawing process. The bevel enables all of the interior and exterior angles to be precisely gauged and directly transferred 1:1 to the saw’s angle setting, and thereby adjusted to the bisecting line. The spindle stop is also practical and can be used to change saw blades in an instant. Thanks to the centrally positioned switch and handle, the KS 60 can be just as easily operated by left-handed people as it can by right-handed people. Moreover, the cutting depth limiter means that wooden workpieces can be grooved quickly and precisely.

Various versions of the new Kapex KS 60 are available now while the Kapex KS 60 Workstand is available from end of March 2017.

To discover more about the KS 60 visit our website here: www.festool.com.au/561687

January 20 / 2017
Author Festool Australia
Category New Products
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Live KS 60 Mitre Saw and DOMINO Joining System Demo at Carbatec WA


On behalf of Carbatec WA we would like to invite you to a demonstration event for the NEW Festool KS 60 KAPEX – Slide Compound Mitre Saw and the Festool DOMINO Joining Machine.

A Festool Representative and Carbatec Staff will be on-site to demonstrate the compact, versatility and mobile functionality of the brand new KS 60 KAPEX Slide Compound Mitre Saw. Along with the KS 60 there will be demonstrations for the Festool DOMINO System showing you how to make stronger, faster and easier joins. We will also have on hand a range of other Festool gear to keep you entertained.

Date: Saturday 21st January 2017

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Location: Carbatec WA
168 Balcatta Road
Balcatta 6021

Come along and discover how Festool solutions can improve your work.

January 20 / 2017
Author Festool Australia
Category Festool Events
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Now available: New generation compact sanders from Festool

Compact specialists: RTS 400 / DTS 400 / ETS 125

Festool Australia are excited to relaunch the new generation of compact sanders – RTS 400, DTS 400 and ETS 125.

ETS 125, DTS 400 & RTS 400

Festool New Generation Sanders ETS 125 DTS 400 RTS 400

Compact, ergonomic and lightweight – the new compact sanders can easily deal with the demanding day-to-day work. The new compact sanders are ideal for effortless sanding over sustained periods of time, and demonstrate a high level of flexibility. With their compact design and weighing only 1.2 kg, they are also ideal for overhead work. Perfect interaction between design, centre of gravity and a comfortable handle with Softgrip and the intelligently positioned operator switch, all three tools can be used by both left and right handed users.

The three new models not only excel in terms of weight, handling and ergonomics, but also when it comes to power output. Thanks to the special control electronics and a new motor design, an impressive 250W is transferred directly and virtually loss-free to the working surface. In this case, the idle speed of the RTS 400 orbital sander and of the DTS 400 delta sander is between 6000 and 12,000 revolutions per minute. The three compact sanders produce their best results with a 25 percent increase in material removal capacity (compared to the predecessor models).

Tech Specs OverviewRTS / DTS / ETS
No-load speed6,000-12,000
Sanding stroke2mm

DTS 400 Iron Head Orbital Sander

DTS 400

DTS 400

Festool’s DTS 400 is ideal for vertical services or overhead work. It will allow you to sand small surfaces, edges and get right into tight corners. Sand off paint and varnishes on window frames, sand natural timber and veneer prior to varnishing. It’s compact, light and ideal for one-handed operation.

Obtain perfect surface quality with fine and intermediate sanding applications, the DTS 400’s electronics and direct drive deliver controlled speed for a perfect finish.

Visit our website for more details and videos.

ETS 125 Random Orbital Sander

ETS 125

ETS 125

When you need to produce top-class results, the ETS 125 is an absolute must. The smooth-running sanding pad lays absolutely flat on the surface, producing a consistently perfect finish. Festool’s ETS 125 is the ideal solution for wooden surfaces and preparation work prior to varnishing, waxing or oiling. The eccentric sanding motion produces a scratch-free sanding pattern.

The multi-Jetstream design provides maximum suction with unbeatable performance. Festool offers a complete system including sanding pads and abrasives. The Multi-Jetstream principle ensures greater dust removal, cooler pad temperatures and longer abrasive life.

Visit our website for more details and videos.

RTS 400 REQ 1/4 Sheet Orbital Sander

RTS 400

RTS 400

Festool’s RTS 400 is ideal for vertical services or overhead work and is designed to get into narrow, confined surfaces that are difficult to reach. RTS 400 is perfect for surface preparation on woods, plastics or paints. It’s compact and light weight design makes it ideal for one-handed operation.

Obtain perfect surface quality with fine and intermediate sanding applications, the RTS 400’s electronics and direct drive deliver controlled speed for a perfect finish.

Festool’s new generation electric sanders are available with a wide range of accessories. Visit www.festool.com.au to learn more.

January 20 / 2017
Author Festool Australia
Category Sanders
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Festool CTL-SYS Shop Vac

Review by Damion Fauser of Wood Review Magazine

Festool recently released a new dust extractor based on the systainer system format. It is compact, lightweight at 6.9kg, and with T-Loc compatibility with other systainers, extremely portable.

This extractor system comes with a 3m x 27mm diameter anti-static hose, 5m insulated mains cable, has an onboard outlet for auto-starting the tool and has a reported volume flow of 3000 litres/minute. It is rated for dust category L.

With a container/filter bag capacity of 4.5/3.5 litres, this is not a high-volume extractor and is therefore better suited for lighter trimming and clean-up operations.

The rated maximum rated wattage of connected tools is 1200W, so this extractor will easily handle sanders, smaller routers, jigsaws etc.

I ran the test unit on the preparation and installation of a large shopfront countertop fitout continuously with no issues for a period of around eight hours. I did run a quick cut in 12mm ply with a TS-55 saw without any problems, but given the 1200W rating, I wouldn’t recommend long or deep cuts with the larger tools.

There is onboard storage for the supplied upholstery brush and crevice nozzle, ensuring that last minute onsite clean-ups are simple.

One issue was that the hose did not easily rotate at the extractor end and kinked on numerous occasions. However I was working on and around a 3200mm long workpiece while testing this extractor – smaller applications would not have this problem.

The mains cable and suction hose neatly coil into the storage compartment on top of the unit, keeping everything tidy in line with the portability of this system. Like all Festool products, this unit has been well designed and solidly built. It comes with a pack of five replacement SelfClean filter bags costing $35. This is an extractor that is better suited for small-volume extraction operations in the onsite final fitting and clean-up scenario, rather than as a primary extractor in a fixed workshop setting.CTL_SYS_01b_web

November 30 / 2016
Author Festool Australia
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