We do things to our tools that you would probably never dream of doing to them!
I'm always amazed to see the abuse that our tools are put through to ensure their durability. Here you see the Kapex sliding compound miter saw getting put through it's paces. The saw is running while it is blasted with Arizona sand, considered by most scientists to be the most abrasive sand on Earth. Coated in more than an inch of sand, the Kapex continues to operate.
So if you're worried that the Kapex can't take the abuse of the jobsite, think again. It's been there and done that already.
We understand that you can't afford to have a tool fail while on the jobsite. Festool power tools are built using tight tolerances and the best materials available, so you can purchase with confidence. Designed and tested to stand the rigors of the jobsite, Festool power tools are made for the toughest demands!
Your Festool power tool is trying to tell you something! Following our motto of making your work faster, easier and smarter, your tool has important information that can help you become more efficient.
Before we start looking at some of the information you can find on your Festool power tools, have you ever noticed that most of the buttons, dials and triggers used to operate and adjust your tools are all green? That makes it easy to find when you need to make an adjustment. Pretty smart, huh?
Of course you know Festool by it's green logo and tools. But we are also an environmentally friendly company as evidenced by our alliance with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
On September 19th, 2008, Festool Managing Director, Horst Geiger, donated a check in the amount of 748,520 euros to the WWF (the equivalent of $936,261.47 U.S. dollars). For years, Festool has supported responsible behavior towards the environment through its cooperation with WWF as well as other "green" activities including recycling and conservation of natural resources.
The Volvo Ocean Race is an exceptional test of sailing prowess and human endeavor which has been built on the spirit of great seafarers - fearless men who sailed the world’s oceans aboard square rigged clipper ships more than a century ago.
In the last edition of SysNotes, I talked about the level of integrity used in the production of our products. Think about this... If I told you that I would become your cell phone provider and guaranteed that your phone would work 99% of the time would that be acceptable? That means that 14 minutes of every day your phone would not work. Not so great after all, huh?
I don't know about you but it's almost uncomprehensible to think about something in terms of millions. When is the last time you counted a million of something?
We measure our tolerances in terms of parts per million. Ok, what's the big deal? The big deal is that our parts suppliers need to meet very strict tolerances and most of them have fewer than 60 parts per million (or 99.994%) that do not meet those tolerances. Let me give an example of a strict tolerance to put things into perspective. There's a part in our Rotex sanders that has a specification of an 8mm diameter with a tolerance of 8 microns. A micron is 1/75th the width of a human hair.
In simple terms, that means we strive for perfection because we want to provide you with the best tools in the world.
A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to take a trip to the Festool headquarters located in Wendlingen, Germany. During my visit, I had the opportunity to tour the production facilities where Festool power tools are born. The operation was just as impressive as the tools that are produced there with exacting detail given to every step of the manufacturing process.
Decades Of Experience.
Festool developed and patented the guide rail in 1962 and the plunge cut saw in 1980. These are two of the many innovations that Festool has introduced that have changed the landscape of woodworking. Since their original development, these technologies have continued to be refined based on decades of experience. For instance, in 1982, the guide rail was redesigned to include a splinterguard and updated again in 2003 to add additional functionality.
Today the current versions of the Festool FS guide rail and TS plunge cut saws continue to set the benchmark for precision and reliability. Bernd Fleischmann, a Festool engineer, sums it up best...
"If the result of our work at Festool is not better than everything else on the market, we prefer not to come out with the tool at all."
Festool performs a test where Arizona dust is blown on a tool in a dust chamber while the tool is running. The time taken for the tool to fail under these conditions is measured. This is how it is determined if the switch, electronic parts and gears withstand the toughest conditions in a dusty environment and meet the minimum durability requirements of the tool.
Arizona dust is supposedly the most aggressive dust in the world.