What Your Festool Is Trying to Tell You

Saturday, November 15, 2008 | Reader Comments | Festool Facts

Festool Facts


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?

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In the photos above, you can see that the Festool TS plunge saw (left) has information about the blade diameter and arbor bore size. Additionally, there are several blocks of colors with icons that represent different types of materials including wood, plastic, non-ferrous metals and steel. We incorporate a technology we call MMC Electronics which, among other things, gives you the ability to match motor speed to a given application and material. The numbers represent the setting recommended for the variable speed control that should be used for each type of material.

The saw blade (right) has a matching color code, in this case yellow which means it is designed for wood, on the blade itself and on the packaging. That makes it easy to determine the best blade for the job at hand. Information about the kerf and tooth configuration are also shown. In the case of this blade coded with yellow, you can see on the saw that you would use a speed setting between three and six (3...6).

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The two photos above are from the Festool OF 2200 router. The micro adjustment knob (left) allows you to adjust the depth of the router bit in increments of 1/256 of an inch (or 1/10 of a millimeter). An icon below the knob shows that to increase the bit depth you would turn the knob clockwise and to decrease depth you would turn it counter-clockwise. This may seem insignificant at first glance but it's intended to make operation of the tool quick and simple.

The variable speed dial (right) is used in conjunction with MMC Electronics on the OF 2200 to set the speed of the router bit in RPM. A convenient reference shows you which speed setting on the dial correlates to what speed in RPM. Festool router bits are engraved with information about the appropriate speed for safe operation as well as a line indicating how far the bit should be inserted into the collet.

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The photo above of the systainer lid (left) shows information about compatible accessories, storage locations for the various tool accessories, and part numbers for consumables to make replenishment easy.

Our tools have a label (right) with the toll-free phone numbers for Festool USA sales and service. You will also find the part number and serial numbers on the tool. We want to make sure that you can get in touch with us easily should you need our assistance. When you have a question about how to operate your tool, the last thing you want to do is to hunt for a support phone number. That would only make the situation more frustrating. No digging for the manual, calling directory assistance or getting on your computer to find our phone number. Just look on your tool

These are just some of the things you will find that your Festool power tools are trying to tell you. Take a moment to look at your tools and accessories and discover how much attention to detail is given to make sure your experience is unsurpassed when using our products.

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