Headed along to Carbatec this morning to see the new Festool products that had launched. Unfortunately the edge bander was not on show- demo’ed at a recent session, but now saved until some show in Brisbane.
Saw the new cordless hammer drill, and yes, impressive if that is what you need. Lightweight, shock absorber built in etc.
Comes with a really neat dust collector.
It sucks itself onto the surface, and gathers dust right from where the drill bit is in contact with the wall (or whatever you are drilling). Also available as a separate item for about $35. Definitely have to get one of those!
Saw the new cordless saw in operation too. Brushless EC-TEC motor, takes either 1, or 2 batteries, and that can be a mix of 15V and 18V. Depending on the available voltage, the max speed varies from around 3500RPM to around 5000RPM
Without batteries fitted
Dual batteries fitted, each with charge indicators. The saw must have a battery in the lower slot to operate. The second battery in the top position is optional.
Has a different handle, that prevents the saw being used on the CMS system.
New lever to allow saw to be tilted to -1º
Has a new design to the Fast Fix system, which allows the blade to be locked and lowered in a single operation for blade changes.
For a saw that can be used onsite, away from any available external power supply, I’m sure it will be of definite interest to many. If you are in a shop-situation, you’d still stay with the TS55R (the corded version). This one would be awesome to use with something like the Centipede Workbench to break down sheets before bringing them into the workshop. No need to run cables etc outside! Also if you were working in difficult-to-access locations (such as in a roof space), the portability would pay off well then too.
Saw with 1 battery attached. Note, this was the first time the saw had been used with the rail, so you will see the sacrificial plastic of the rail peeling off as well.
Saw with 2 18V batteries attached.