Now Available: KS 60 KAPEX – Slide Compound Mitre Saw

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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 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

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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

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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
Power250W
No-load speed6,000-12,000
Sanding stroke2mm
Weight1.2kg

DTS 400 Iron Head Orbital Sander

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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

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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

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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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Festool Australia @ Dream Big Expo

In celebration of Beyond Tools 30th Birthday, Festool Australia will be live at the Dream Big expo being held on Saturday October 15 and Sunday October 16 at the Claremont Showgrounds in Perth.

This is a unique show that has never been held before in Australia. Designed for anyone who is interested in one of a kind high end luxury top of the range “big boys” toys including cars, boats, drones, bikes, fishing, beer brewing and of cause power tools.

The Dream Big Expo will feature special guests Rick and Kelly Dale (as seen on History Channel’s American Restoration and Pawns Stars). In their first trip down under to Australia, Rick and Kelly will be part of the action for this one of a kind event. Rick Dale – Metal artist, antique restoration expert, and owner of Rick’s Restorations. Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars, who is one of Dale’s top customers, has praised Dale’s work by calling him “a certified miracle worker”. Metal Artist and Antique Restoration Expert Rick Dale has been restoring various vintage items for almost 30 years including vending machines, gas pumps, barber chairs, motorcycles, and jukeboxes.

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Over the two days Festool will have three demonstration areas for you to visit. See live demonstrations of furniture making, building, and automotive based applications. Learn new processes, techniques and find new solutions that will help you achieve top quality results in record time.

At the furniture making demonstration area, live demonstrations and tips and tricks will centre on the Festool Sawing, Routing, Joining, Edging, Sanding and finishing systems.

Building workshops will cover applications from framing, to fitouts, cabinetry work and sink cut outs as well as facades and external cladding including working with tricky materials such as Alucobond and Cement Sheet. If you want to see how you can save time and money by working with the right system, be sure to visit us.

At the automotive area you will discover the Festool 4 step sanding process for surface preparation in record time. Achieve high gloss results in 2 simple steps with the Festool polishing process and also the Festool spot repair process in less than 90 minutes.

All areas will demonstrate the flexibility of the Festool dust free system and have you ready to start your own projects when you leave.

There will also be opportunities to purchase products that you see during the demonstrations so you can take them home and start working faster, easier and better.

We will see you live at the show!

Festool Australia

www.festool.com.au

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October 03 / 2016
Author Festool Australia
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Customer Testimonial Nathan Day

Nathan Day and his team at Nathan Day Design supply Australia with thoughtfully designed furniture made from sustainably harvested timbers. Nathan takes pride in his craftsmanship and has equipped his workshop, located at a winery in the picturesque coastal town of Dunsborough in Western Australia, with several Festool products to improve the quality and efficiency of his team’s work.
Before he started his business in 2010, he did a four year apprenticeship in the south west of Western Australia followed by an overseas scholarship in order to train abroad. After Nathan spent 12 months as a trainee at the Edward Barnsley workshop in the UK, it took him four years to moving out of his parents garage to a larger space while employing a couple of craftsmen. Nathan could see the potential  to sell to a broader market by selling designed products through a couple of key retail outlets instead of galleries and consignment work, business has been building nicely ever since. As a result, offices, libraries, universities, hospitals, architectural firms, interior designer and private clients belong to the company’s main sales territories.
From the very beginning of his career, Nathan was involved with using Festool power tools what he describes as “testament of its quality”. During his internship with the Edward Barnsley workshop he came across the Domino for the first time and bought one as soon as he got back to Australia. This is the same one he is still using today. When starting the business, two ETS 150/3 sanders and a OF1400 router were among the first pieces of equipment Nathan bought and are now his workshop favourites. After being introduced to Festool’s sanders as an apprentice, he came to rely on their “beautiful balance and low vibration”, allowing him to work with minimal fatigue while achieving a superior finish.

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Ever since, Nathan has expanded his Festool range with a TS55 track saw, helping him to turn dimensioning timber or breaking down large panels into a “one-man operation”, and a Domino DF500, which enabled him to produce mortises of varying sizes, thereby unlocking “a world of design possibilities”. In addition, Nathan owns several accessories for his tools and a CT MIDI dust extractor, which he is thinking about upgrading as his growing business now requires a higher capacity extractor.
Being used on all tools, his dust extractor has become a central piece of equipment in ensuring perfect results on Nathan’s furniture. “The saw cuts cleaner, the router cuts better, the sander sands finer and we can be more accurate without dust and shavings obscuring our view of the work.” However, a powerful dust extraction is just one of the reasons why Nathan is convinced that Festool power tools “are in another league” compared to other brands.

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Above all, they are saving him a lot of time and money. Before buying the TS55, Nathan’s team had to use a circular saw, a router, and a straight edge to dimension table tops and clean the rough cuts. “The track saw cuts this process down from 1hr to 15mins.” Similarly, the Domino is used on almost all furniture pieces, both for key structural joinery and simple location points, and even to pull down solid timber table tops. Sometimes, Nathan’s team even uses the Domino machine upside down for jointing into the ends of short components. “1 tool takes the place of a series of expensive tools and machinery.”
Due to this versatility, together with the tools’ accuracy and thoughtful design, Nathan says that he and his team “thoroughly enjoy owning and using all our Festool products.” Furthermore, he trusts in Festool’s products because of their longevity. Most of the tools have exceeded their warranty period by many years and are still in perfect working order. Consequently, Nathan would recommend anyone working with wood – from furniture makers, over cabinetmakers, woodworkers, and students just learning the trade – to invest in superior power tools and experience “the joys of Festool”.

September 22 / 2016
Author Festool Australia
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What Tradies Want Magazine – Tough Test on the NEW HK 55

Check out this great review on the HK 55 from What Tradies Want Magazine.

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September 05 / 2016
Author Festool Australia
Category Circular Saws
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Festool – the professional brand for the timber construction industry

For many decades, Festool has been recognised by the timber construction industry for its quality, its innovative ideas and its keen eye for detailed solutions. Festool is consistently able to provide system solutions for working with timber, particularly for sawing, drilling and screw driving applications, that improve efficiency and working comfort and create a better, cleaner working environment. Its unique SERVICE all-inclusive package provides long-term assurance that customers have made the correct investment decision.

Built on tradition and motivation for the future
“For Festool, tradition and innovation are two sides of the same coin,” explains Barbara Austel, Festool Company Partner. “For more than 90 years, we have proven to our customers in trade that tradition and innovative strength are not mutually exclusive, but instead complement each other perfectly. My grandfather – the founder of the company – focussed on timber construction from the start, as we designed our first carpentry saw in 1930 and then followed it with several stationary woodworking machines. From 1950 onwards, our primary interest has been in hand-held devices. We developed many ideas over the following decades. Around the turn of the millennium, our focus on timber construction was transferred over to our sister brand Protool, but then in 2013/2014 we combined all of our resources and expertise under the Festool brand. Our goal is to continue to work closely alongside the timber construction industry to develop professional solutions for the future,” Ms Austel explains, before continuing, “which is why, in order to concentrate more strongly on this in future, we will be investing in professionals from the carpentry sector for roles in product management, in application technology, in our training department and at the distribution level.”

Keeping our finger on the pulse
The timber construction trade is also constantly developing and modernising. Industrialisation is coming into play in creating roof structures and in timber frame construction, for example. More and more workers are concentrating on the assembly of these structures, as well as on patio decks, carports and pergolas. In addition, sustainability is becoming increasingly important, as seen in thermal insulation and rafter insulation processing, for example. It is likewise becoming important to maintain a healthy work environment in the timber construction industry – this is accomplished using dust extraction. Festool is the only manufacturer in the sector to produce its own mobile dust extractor, and offers a comprehensive range for this purpose. Thanks to its industry and technology expertise in timber construction, Festool is constantly aware of these changes, enabling the company to continuously develop tools to keep pace with them in terms of their durability, robustness, reliability, precision, ergonomics and design. More than 350 patents so far testify to this innovative strength. A recent example of this is the new compound mitre system and the generation of new circular saws it has created.

Tailor-made for timber construction
Festool offers a comprehensive system range of products specifically designed for the timber construction industry. In particular, Festool offers saws that enable powerful and efficient cutting – whether at floor level or at a height of 12 meters – with a range of different saw types such as the new circular saws or plunge-cut saws and jigsaws. The compound mitre or guide rail system ensures impressive performance, efficiency and precision with every cut. This is possible thanks to powerful, reliable motors or high-performance battery packs – packaged in an ergonomic, lightweight and compact design. These features are particularly practical and popular for mobile use. Festool offers power and precision for all drilling and screwdriving situations. For example, the Quadrive series is equipped with a four-speed metal gearbox that can generate up to 60 Nm of torque and 3800 rpm. FastFix adapters enable unbeatable flexibility and the vibration damping of the BHC 18 cordless rotary hammer provides high working comfort.

We take the hassle out of your everyday work so you can focus on what really matters
Festool offers its unique SERVICE all-inclusive package for its power tools. This enables tradespeople to focus on what really matters: Their work. After registering the tool, tradespeople have peace of mind with a 36 month warranty. The package also includes the following services: 30 day money back guarantee, a rapid repair service, 10 year spare parts availability. Visit www.festool.com.au/sai for more information.

New products for timber construction
The HKC 55 compound mitre saw system, the HK 55 and HK 85 circular saws, the SYSLITE DUO working light and the SYSROCK construction site radio, as well as the PowerSelect cordless system, which provides tradespeople with attractive, fair and above all individualised customisation options. Festool stands out in particular due to the combination of 5.2 Ah high-performance battery packs and brushless EC-TEC motor technology, which work together to ensure optimal power delivery, greater efficiency and a longer tool life.

August 09 / 2016
Author Festool Australia
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The Sound of Festool

The new SYSROCK BR 10 construction site radio from Festool

From August 2016, Festool will be extending its “PowerSelect” battery-powered product range with a new construction site radio, which offers impressive, high-quality sound, is compact and lightweight, and has a Bluetooth interface as well as an integrated hands-free function. This means it is compatible with a wide range of smartphones and is ideal as an attractive and unobtrusive companion on the construction site and in the workshop.

With characteristically high quality standards, Festool has also designed its new SYSROCK with the particular needs of tradespeople in mind. The new construction site radio is surprising not only due to the very high quality of sound but also due to its compatibility. The radio’s top-class audio performance can be attributed to the specially designed resonance chamber, which enables a full and voluminous sound. In combination with DSP and DRC (Digital Signal Processor and Dynamic Range Control), the new SYSROCK offers a balanced and perfect sound pattern at any volume. Festool has also equipped the new SYSROCK with a powerful 2.5″ neodymium loudspeaker with a flexible aerial and a sturdy housing with an impact-resistant and non-slip rubber surround. The modern design and LCD display make the new construction site radio intuitive and easy to use. In addition, it can be operated via an interface using Festool 10.8-18 volt Li-ion battery packs or the mains adapter provided. The Bluetooth interface and the integrated AUX-IN socket alike make it very simple for users to connect the SYSROCK to mobile terminals, such as smartphones, MP3 players and tablets. In conjunction with a smartphone and the hands-free function, it can therefore also be used to make telephone calls. Find out more

August 09 / 2016
Author Festool Australia
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Simply better cutting: Festool is expanding its range of saws

New portable circular saws HK 55 and HK 85

The two new portable circular saws, HK 55 and HK 85, demonstrate their versatility in timber construction through their suitability for use with the guide rail and cross cutting guide rail systems. With powerful high-torque motors for maximum sawing power and rapid work progress, the machines have been designed for universal use in the workshop, on the construction site and for assembly.

“With the HKC 55, HK 55 and HK 85 circular saws, Festool is presenting a new, powerful generation of pendulum cover saws – with a flexible cross cutting guide rail system,” explains Product Manager Boris Seyfried, Product Manager at Festool. In keeping with the machine concept of the HKC 55 cordless portable circular saw with the new FSK cross cutting rail, introduced in August 2015, the newest products HK55 and HK 85 also impress with their extensive compatibility: All three portable circular saws can be used with the cross cutting guide rail. The quick-release fastener allows the portable circular saw and cross cutting guide rail to be connected or disconnected (quickly). A particularly practical feature is the stop system with fixed positioning pin and adjustable angle stop for angled cuts of 0° to 60° in both directions. A rubber spring, which is integrated in the cross cutting guide rail, automatically brings the portable circular saws back to the starting position. This allows fast cross cutting with repeat accuracy. In combination with the Festool guide rail, it also provides safe and perfectly straight cutting of panel materials.

HK 55 Universal

The 1200 watt HK 55 model with power electronics was designed as a versatile pendulum cover saw for repetitive cuts with the guide rail and cross cutting guide rail. The range of functions also includes a cutting depth adjustment of 0–55 mm with plunge function and a mitre angle setting of up to 50°. The quick-acting safety brake and guide wedge solution provide maximum safety for the HK 55. As it is integrated in the spring-loaded protective hood, the guide wedge even enables the user to make safe, unhindered plunge cuts. The guide wedge prevents the saw blade from being blocked, particularly when carrying out rip cuts.

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HK 85 Powerful

The high-torque 2300 watt motor in the new HK 85 guarantees rapid work progress even when making rip cuts in solid timber. The circular saw’s ability to convert to a groove cutter for groves across the grain and longitudinal grooves adds to its range of applications. With a routing width of 16 to 25 mm and a maximum routing depth of 35 mm, groves across grain and longitudinal grooves for risers or false ceilings (for example) can be made simply and efficiently. The HK 85 offers a cutting depth adjustment of 0-85 mm with plunge function and a mitre angle setting of up to 60°. For more convenience and safety when sawing, the HK 85 – like the HK 55 – is equipped with a remote control pendulum hood. A lever inside the machine causes the pendulum hood to slide back. This provides a clear view of the saw blade and enables easy sawing, even when performing mitre cuts.

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Reliability with security

With robust magnesium components and powerful motors, the machines have been designed for daily use in the workshop and on the construction site. The services included in the “Service all-inclusive” package provide additional security; for example, the 36 month warranty, 30 day money back guarantee and a rapid repair service.

Items included as required

The new portable circular saws are available with various items included, depending on requirements. This means that the HK 55 portable circular saw is available with a Systainer and can be combined either with the matching 1400mm guide rail or with the 420mm cross cutting guide rail. The HK 85 model is supplied with parallel stop in a Systainer as standard, and can also be supplemented with a matching 1400mm guide rail or 420mm cross cutting guide rail. “Festool’s range of saws combines decades of expertise with unique durability, precision and efficiency. Our new pendulum cover saws meet these demands in every respect,” stresses Boris Seyfried, Product Manager at Festool.

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August 09 / 2016
Author Festool Australia
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