Join us at the PDCA Expo on March 4-7

Thursday, February 12, 2015 | Reader Comments | Festool Events | Paint

PDCA Expo 2015

The Annual PDCA Painting & Decorating Expo is the painting and decorating industry’s premier learning and networking conference. More than 500 professional contractors will attend 40+ education sessions, a large interactive tradeshow, and business development events over the course of four days.

This year's Expo will be held March 4-7, 2015 in Charleston, SC.

Festool would like to invite you to be our guest to 2015 PDCA Trade Show with a free exhibit hall pass that grants access to the exhibit floor from 2pm to 5pm. Please download a free pass to attend the Trade Show on Friday, March 6th, 2015. Just bring this pass to the PDCA registration desk and you will have access to a vibrant trade show floor featuring Festool power tools and other exhibitors with live demonstrations. You can learn more at www.paintinganddecoratingexpo.com.

Be sure to stop by booth #321 and see how Festool can completely transform how you do surface preparation!

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Festool CONNECT 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015 | Reader Comments | Festool Events | General Information

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Register now to attend Festool Connect 2015!

Register to attend Festool Connect at JLC Live in Providence, RI on Thursday, March 19th, from 9:00am – 4:00pm EST. This will be a great opportunity for us to, well, connect with you personally — away from the hustle and bustle of the JLC LIVE clinics and exhibits. You'll be our guest as we host a day of learning, socializing and, of course, demonstrating several of the new products we're introducing in the coming months. This is an exclusive event for Festool enthusiasts only, the day before the JLC Live show.

Important note: we are changing to a new venue this year for Festool Connect 2015. We will be at Dunkin Donuts Center, which is adjacent to the Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC) where we hosted Festool Connect in previous years.

I don't live anywhere near Rhode Island, so why am I getting this?! Well, we've had attendees from as far away as Alaska at previous Festool Connect events. So, we want to give everyone the chance to attend. Also, we want to let you know you can view the event online on March 19th if you can't make it. More information on the live video stream will come as we near the event date.

What will I see and do at Festool Connect?

We'll begin the day at 9:00 am in the Dunkin Donuts Center, with high-impact clinics by industry professionals. You'll see live demonstrations and learn about tools and techniques to take back to the shop. And we'll have Festool staff on hand all day to answer your questions. At noon, we'll treat you to a nice lunch and have some time to kick back and mingle. In the afternoon we'll provide some refreshments between clinics. You may even get a sneak peek at some new tools. Sounds fun, right?!

And, because we appreciate you registering and attending Festool Connect, you'll not only be treated to lunch, but you'll receive a complimentary pass to the JLC LIVE exhibit hall for March 20th-21th, as well as free Festool swag. As if THAT wasn't enough, you'll also be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win Festool prizes. You must be present to win and at least 18 years of age. Festool employees, dealers, and affiliates are not eligible to win.

Want to know more about JLC Live?

JLC Live is one of the premier woodworking shows of the year and we'll be there on March 20th-21st at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. It's your opportunity to check out some of the amazing new tools that we will introduce in 2015, watch product demonstrations, attend our workshops, and meet us in person.

Be our guest and register now for your free exhibition hall pass. Swing by and see us at Booth #916 and enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win some awesome Festool prizes!

Thousands of residential construction professionals from across the East Coast come to JLC Live to hone their skills, network with exhibiting companies and industry peers, get hands-on training with live building clinics, and attend the educational conference. Festool is proud to be a part of it.

We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, visit http://ne.jlclive.com/.

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2015 Festool Video Contest

Friday, February 6, 2015 | Reader Comments | General Information

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This is our third year hosting a video contest and each year we eagerly look forward to this time of year in anticipation of the great new ways we'll see our tools being used. This year, we're creating new categories to make it even easier for you to enter a video. You don't need to have an expensive camera or video editing skills as long as your video meets our simple criteria for eligibility.

Everyone who enters an eligible video will get Festool swag just for participating!

Two randomly selected winners will get $750 (USD) toward Festool products of their choice and the grand prize winner will get $1000 (USD) toward Festool products. Additionally, Festool employees will view and select the top five finalists, who will each receive a Festool 18-Volt Cordless Drill.

Our grand prize winner will be selected by ballot at Festool Connect 2015 in Providence, RI on March 19th, 2015. Our live audience, as well as those viewing online, will have an opportunity to vote for the winner.

Does that sound like fun? Well, head over to our website to check out the entry rules and then get started making your video. Submit it online before March 11th, 2015 to enter.

Enter the 2015 Festool Video Contest

Good luck!

Check out the 2014 Video Contest finalists in this video play list on YouTube for inspiration.

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Save 10% Instantly on the Kapex Miter Saw

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | Reader Comments | Promotions | Sliding Compound Miter Saws

10% Off on Kapex

Save 10% Instantly on the Festool Kapex Miter Saw and select related accessories during February!

We've been asked if we would ever consider a promotion with the Kapex miter saw. Well, now is your chance to score a great deal on the miter saw you've had on your wish list for a while! End the frustration of dealing with a miter saw that just doesn't make the cut and upgrade to the Kapex today! Be sure to scroll down for several videos of the Kapex and the Kapex UG Miter Saw Stand to see them in action.

During the month of February 2015, we will be offering 10% off instantly with the purchase of the Kapex miter saw and select related accessories. So, even if you already have a Kapex, you can still benefit from savings on items like blades and the Kapex UG Miter Saw Stand.

On the fence? Check out some of our videos featuring the Kapex or visit your local Festool dealer for a demonstration.

Buy with confidence, knowing that Festool's Service All-Inclusive protects your tool investment with a 3-year warranty with free shipping to our service centers and a 30-day money back guarantee.

Are you coming out with a new version of the Kapex? Sometimes customers ask if we are coming out with a new version of a tool when we have a promotion. The answer is no. There are no plans to introduce a new miter saw in the foreseeable future.

* This promotion is only applicable to purchases made in the United States and Canada. See your preferred Festool dealer for pricing and availability.

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Some of our favorite videos of 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014 | Reader Comments | General Information

We thought we would go back through our video archives from the year and pick a few of our favorites to share. But, before we do...

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in our 2014 video contest, including the winner Paul Fuller. And, to let you know to get started on your video because we'll be doing anothervideo contest in 2015 with more great prizes. So, spend some of your holidays in the shop shooting some footage!

Now, enjoy a look back at some great videos from the past year.

 

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Best Video by a Festool Customer:
2014 Video Contest Winner, Paul Fuller

We'll start at the top, with the video selected as the winner of our 2014 video contest by the live audience and viewers of the Festool Connect live video cast.

Our grand prize winner was Paul Fuller of Fuller Banjo for his testimonial video. Paul is a luthier and furniture maker who really appreciates the advantages of Festool sanders and HEPA dust extractors. Did you notice that the bench he's sitting on while giving his comments on Festool is the same bench he's building in the video? Pretty clever.

Of course, the music in the background is him playing one of his instruments. Well done, Paul!

 

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Best Made Up Vocabulary: 
Smallerizing it with Ben Riddering

We get asked periodically if the people in our videos are actors, Festool employees or given a script. Not at all. Ben Riddering is a good example of someone just saying what comes to mind while he talks about himself, his company and his family. When we first saw the footage, and heard him talk about "smallerizing," we were sure that others could relate.

Well said, Ben!

 

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Best Use of Useless Timber:
Beetle Kill Pine, Azure Woodworking

Laying waste to countless acres of Colorado forests, the pine beetle has found an unlikely ally in Corbin Clay, owner of Denver based Azure Furniture. Corbin's team takes this Beetle Kill Pine, an otherwise value-less lumber that has be burned off to prevent forest fires, and converts it into heirloom furniture. Listen to his story to see how he finds value where others do not.

 

 

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Best Analogy Between Marriage and Woodworking:
Sorek Minery, Blue Ridge Woodworks

Sorek Minery of Blue Ridge Woodworks delivered our second place video, showcasing a dark box he built for use in wet plate photography by 179 Pictures. Enjoy this brilliantly produced piece about a man and the tools he uses to put his passion to work. And stick around till the end to hear Sorek's take on how marriage and woodworking can be viewed through the same lens.

 

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Best Soon-to-be-Reality TV Personality Using Festool:
The Organic Bed by Jory Brigham

Set your DVR for Framework, an upcoming TV series from Spike TV debuting January 6th, featuring Jory Brigham, a frequent contributor to the Festool video library. Framework is set to showcase some of the country's best furniture designers and builders going head-to-head in a competition to see who's best. Tune in to see what Jory and the rest of the contestants can do under pressure, especially when they're armed to the teeth with Festool.

Watch the Spike TV trailer for Framework.

 

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Best Saving History with Festool:
Saving Canada's Oldest Sailboat, Tony Grove

Tony Grove has been a shipwright for more than 30 years specializing in wooden boat restoration. He has also been teaching boat building for about six years. Over the course of his career, he has had experience with a variety of brands and quality of tools and seen various advancements. With that wisdom, he has learned the importance of investing in quality tools.

Currently, Tony is restoring Dorothy, the oldest sailboat in Canada, for the maritime museum. Watch this piece of history come back to life on the website "Between Wood and Water".

 

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Best Company Promotional Video Featuring Festool: Warline Painting

Warline Painting, Ltd. of Vancouver produced this amazing promotional video for their paint business. Touting the fact that they're not your typical painters, Heidi Nyline talks about what differentiates Warline from other paint companies. The owners and employees of Warline share a pride in their work and a passion for their craft. Festool is honored to be the tool of choice for their company and to also be associated with such premium craftsmanship.

 

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Best Scientific Study Featuring Festool:
Peter Lawton

Peter Lawton of LeadSMART talks about his experiences with various dust collection solutions for RRP work. In the video, he discusses the regulations and requirements for lead-based paint and compares the options. Backed up by third party lab results and extensive field testing, he sorts through the relative effectiveness of various RRP dust containment solutions.

 

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Best Project Series Featuring Festool: 
Building Kitchen Cabinets with Eric Clevinger

Eric is a great contributor on the Festool Owners Group forum, sharing his passion for woodworking and video production. He recently filmed a 21 part series, featuring quite a bit of Festool in action, showing how he planned, constructed and installed a set of kitchen cabinets. Be sure to check it out to learn some good tips that may help you get more out of your own tools.

 

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Best Over-the-Top Acting & CGI: 
Spencer Ratliff, Saving Cats with Festool

You might recognize Spencer as the winner of our 2013 video contest. He impressed our viewers with his quirky sense of humor as well as his video review of the Trion Jigsaw, during which he somehow figures out how to saw through a two-foot thick log. Well, kind of. Since then, he's also made a very nice bookcase and at least one sandwich with the TS 55.

In his latest video installment, his quick reactions save a precious cat from losing one of its nine lives.

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Introducing the Vecturo Oscillating Multi-Tool

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | Reader Comments | New Products | Oscillating Multi-Tools

Vecturo Multi Tool

Available December 1st in the United States and Canada.

The ultimate in versatility, the Vecturo Oscillating Multi-Tool combines limitless functionality and power with exceptional controllability, delivering precise results in the trickiest of places. With industry-first, tool-less Plunge Base (500 161) and Depth-Stop (500 160), the Vecturo Oscillating Multi-Tool stands apart, delivering a level of cutting precision customers can only expect from Festool. Ergonomic handling and tool-less everything translates to faster, more comfortable work with less downtime.

Versatility - Cut, scrape or score virtually any material, thanks to a wide variety of blades and variable speed.

Controllability - Achieve accurate, to-the-line cuts anywhere in the material, thanks to the Plunge Base and slim body design.

Fast and Simple - Power through the most challenging tasks with ease thanks to hassle-free, tool-less base and cutter changes.

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Vecturo Plunge Base and Depth-Stop

  Basic Version Set Version
Product No. 563 006 563 007
Depth-Stop, 500160   Included
Plunge Base, 500161   Included
(1) Universal Blade, 500129 Included Included
(1) Wood Blade, 500128   Included
(1) Round Wood Blade, 500139   Included
13' Plug-It Cord Included Included
Systainer  SYS 2 SYS 2 Attic
  Shared Specifications
Power 400 Watts (3.3 amps, 120V AC)
Oscillating Frequency 10,000 - 18,500 opm
Amplitude (Left/Right) 2.0°/2.0° (4.0° combined)
Blade Changing System Quick-release lever, FastFix
Weight 3.5 lbs. (1.6 kg)

 

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CT Wings. When you need a helping hand.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | Reader Comments | Dust Extractors | New Products | Paint

CT Wings - Extra Hand

Available December 1st in the United States and Canada.

Utilizing suction from a CT Dust Extractor, the CT Wings provide an additional support for mounting long items to a wall like molding, or holding a straight-edge or level in place for layout marks. With 16 adjustable "wings", CT Wings adjust and conform to molding and other stock quickly while providing a tacky grip surface to minimize movement. A bypass-valve allows for quick and easy release and reset without going back to the extractor.

CT Wings

Product No. 500 312
Maximum Material Thickness 2" (50 mm)
Maximum Load 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
Size 5" x 3" x 2"
(130x80x50 mm)
Weight 0.8 lbs (350g)
Availability December 1st

Want to see more of the CT Wings in action? Check out this video from Gary Katz demonstrating some uses for the CT Wings.

Katz CT Wings Review

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DIY Systainer cabinets: the SYS-AZ Drawer

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | Reader Comments | New Products | Storage Systems

Sys AZ Drawer

Custom build a storage solution that fits your needs. With individual drawer and slide mechanisms, featuring full-slide capability, each Systainer lid can be fully opened. Designed to work with 32 mm systems for layout and construction. Compatible with Classic or T-LOC Systainers. Maximum load 44 lbs. Systainers sold separately, includes one drawer.

Box construction should be 16-13/16" (427mm) wide by 14-31/32" (380 mm) or more deep, with a minimum of 1/2" (13mm) under the bottom drawer and 5/16" (8mm) above the top drawer. See manual for more information.

Also available in a 5-pack with savings, 500 767. Optional lock and key available, 500 693.

Product No. 500 692
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15-1/2" x 15-1/2" x 4" 
(396 x 396 x 105 mm)
Maximum Load 44 lbs (20 kg)
Weight 4.4 lbs (2.0 kg)
Availability December 1st

 

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