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  1. 19 hours ago, Chestnut said:

    It isn't clear through the instructions and manual how it works with the power plug on the unit. I don't want to have to go all bluetooth esentially. Can i shut off the sander disconnect the hose and then hit the bluetooth button or are there steps to switch over?

    I honestly find myself running my sander with the hose disconnected because i'm too lazy to bend over and turn the dial. Yes that sound aweful.

    I was pretty sure of the answer but didn’t want to reply until I tested it out.  There is no need to do anything to use the bt switch with a corded cool attached. I was just sanding some ply with the rotex connected. Turned the sander off and then turned the vac on then off with bt 

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  2. Forgive me if I misunderstood the question but do you mean if a tool that is NOT plugged into the vac?  If so, yes, this unit comes with a remote that attaches to the hose end.  
    The ideal situation however is to use it with BT batteries. 

    If the tool IS attached to the vac then there is no reason to use the BT. 


  3. I have the woodpecker prl 2 and the Jessem lift which is built in to the table. I like the Jessem better because it has a side handle and makes height changes much easier. 

    If I were to buy new today I would go with the newer Incra mast-r-lift with the magna lock inserts.  The slots on the inserts allow for better dc and are tool less to change.  Incra also makes the same lift for woodpecker and Jessem. 

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  4. My larger vac is a 36 with a boom arm and that thing is as non portable as a vac gets.   I have an older Fein (non hepa) that I use for the mitersaw station but that is a little too bulky for me as well. But then again.  Maybe I’m just lazy :)

    This might be old hat to some of you but there are aftermarket bags for the vacs now which are much cheaper than festool. The ones I saw are from powertec and you can get them through amazon. No experience yet but I just ordered my first set yesterday. Reviews seem good though

  5. 4 hours ago, JohnG said:

    I picked up a CT MINI from festool recon and it arrived today. 

    I was thinking about getting the Mini as well but wanted something with even more portability.  I ended up getting this at the recon sale.  So far I love it.  Just wish it had BT.  Just waiting for the other shipment to arrive. 

    Let us know how you like the Mini




  6. So I finally ran out of my 1 gallon west systems and was initially going to order another gallon but thought I'd ask opinions here first.  I've only used west systems so have no basis of comparison.  Just saw Cremona's vid and notice he uses Total boat and see that it's alot less expensive than west systems.  What have you guys used and which ones do you like?


    BTW I'll primarily be using it for glue joints and filling small voids not large epoxy fills.


  7. I recently sold a tool on another forum. Shipping using USPS.  It was kind of expensive so I’m thinking about getting insurance for it but not sure if it’s worth it. I was paid via venmo.  If on the off chance I did need to file a claim will the venmo receipt be adequate proof of the value of the item.  I figure if it’s not then I’ll just skip getting insurance. 

  8. 52 minutes ago, Chet said:

    I'll be interested in hearing how you like it.  They didn't have that version when I got mine.

    There 3 main differences are the grip, trigger and variable speed location. The following opinions are based on corded versions I had in the past but I think they should apply to cordless models as well.

    1. For me the barrel grip provides better accuracy when doing curves.  I find I have more control over the tool since you hold the tool closer to the blade. 

    2. The D-handle has a trigger while the barrel grip has a switch.  I personally like the trigger better but that is not really possible to have on the barrel grip.  It's also safer because you don't have to let go of the tool to turn it off or use your off hand.

    3. The variable speed on the D-handle is in the trigger itself.  The barrel grip has a dial.  Both have their advantages.  With the D-handle if you're cutting along and suddenly hit a knot or something you can slow down the cut much easier and faster.  Not really possible with the barrel grip as you would need to stop and turn the dial down then turn it up again once you get past.  But maintaining a constant speed thats NOT full speed can be a little difficult sometimes (at least for me).  I end up pressing the trigger too much or too little and I inadvertently change the speed.  With wood it's not really a big deal, especially if you're going to clean it up afterwards but if you're ever cutting aluminum, plexiglass, etc that's where I find the biggest advantage of a dial speed control.


    If you're primarily gonna use it for rough cutting I think the D-handle is the way to go.  The trigger is much easier and quicker to use than the switch IMO.  But if you're doing alot of curves and want to get pretty close to the line I like the barrel grip better.  I actually had the D-handle version but sold it a couple of days after I got this one.  If I could afford it I would have kept both.

  9. Some of the Chinese websites like banggood sell them.  No personal experience but there are a lot of YouTube vids that do reviews on them. Most of them from Europe.  Example below. Corner jig starts around 9:15

    also YouTube by hookedonwood also does similar reviews.  Haven’t gotten around to it but I’ll probably order a few in the future


    oh and they have many versions of the corner jig. They also have 45 degree versions as well as round over

  10. I'm in the middle of watching the Morley lounge chair project.  He uses a technique that I've never seen before and was curious if any of you have and whether you think it's safe.  He is cutting the pieces to final dimension using a template.  But instead of completely using a router he cuts the straight portions using an L-fence on a table saw.  It seemed like a cool technique that I couldn't wait to try.  But when he used it to make crosscut (one time with no miter gauge) it made my spidey sense tingle.  Now this guy knows waaay more about ww so far it be it from me to question the man's technique but just based on my limited ww past it made me pause for sure.  Now to be fair he said you can use a miter gauge if you're not comfortable and the piece he is cutting is very small (most if not all will probably be eaten up by the blade since it's not much more than the blade kerf).  But you're still applying lateral (some at least) towards the blade.  Anyway curious to your thoughts.  Can't wait to start the project.  Hopefully my helical heads won't take too long to arrive. 

  11. 26 minutes ago, Coop said:

    Just curious. I guess you can only use their batteries and if so, are they more expensive than say DeWalt? 

    Yes and Heck yes.  lol I kid.  MSRP they're a little more.  But you can often find really good deals on other brands and many stores will allow you to stack discounts or match competitors so you can usually get the batteries for a fraction of MSRP if you're patient and diligent enough to find the right deals.  Festool almost never has sales and when they do vendors cannot apply any other discount.

    One thing about the new Airstream batteries is that because of the built in cooling system (hence the name) they charge real fast.  Alot faster than my regular Milwaukee and Dewalt chargers and maybe a little faster or at least on par with the fast charger. 

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  12. I have older model of the jessem with the lift integrated in the table and the side handle crank that I absolutely love.  Especially the side handle. Makes bit changes a lot faster for me and don’t have to look constantly put in the handle when fine tuning a pass or if you’re absent minded like me misplacing the handle since the last time I used the Er and spending even more time looking for it. 

  13. Looks like Milwaukee is finally coming out with a 23 gauge nailer.  I've loved using my brad nailer and am hoping the quality holds up for the pin nailer.  I currently have a Grex but I've been slowly going cordless on alot of my tools and have not looked back.  I contemplated getting the cordless Grex but couldn't justify the cost.  The Milwaukee is set to retail for less than half and with all the promos they offer I wouldn't be surprised if you could get it even cheaper.



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