More stories about Festool

  • Tools Up Close: Festool CT 26 Dust Extractor

    About a year ago my remodeling company had an opportunity to test the new CT 26 Dust Extractor. This product was not entirely unfamiliar to us, because our stable of vacuums already included some older Festools.

  • Tool Test: Subcompact Drill/Drivers and Impact Drivers

    Subcompact tools are the fastest growing segment of the cordless market. The number of available models has grown from a mere handful four years ago to more than 100 today. The tools in this category are defined by their small size, light weight, and 10.8-volt lithium-ion battery packs (which for...

  • Product Watch: 3-in-1 Sander

    The Festool RO 90 DX Sander has switchable modes that allow it to function as a grinder, orbital sander, and detail sander. In grinding mode, the motor gears down to produce more torque.

  • Spring 2011 Product Watch

  • New HEPA Vacs from Festool

    Several weeks back I had the opportunity to check out Festool's new CT 26 and CT 36 dust-collecting HEPA vacuums. As I examined the tools and read the list of features it reminded me of how far vacuums have come since my early days in the trade. My first shop-style vac was little more than an...

  • Cutting Edge: New Tool Report

    Our mission at Tools of the Trade is to feed your endless appetite for new tools, which includes telling you about product introductions as soon as we learn about them.

  • 2010 Editor's Choice Awards

    This year's search for outstanding new tools, equipment, and innovative features was as challenging as ever, given the continued rate of product introductions from all corners of the manufacturing world serving professional construction markets.

  • Tool Test: 5-inch Random-Orbit Sanders

    The workhorse sander for most tradesmen is the 5-inch-diameter random-orbit sander. Thanks to its ability to hog off stock with a coarse grit disk and leave a smooth, finished surface with a fine grit, this single tool has replaced the old progression of belt sander to half-sheet finish sander for...

  • 2010 Editor's Choice: Festool Router

    Festool makes a practice of producing category-leading tools, and the 3-1/4-hp OF2200EB+ router is no exception.

  • Festool Compact Hand Planer

    Full-size 3 1/4-inch hand planers are meant to be guided with both hands for maximum control, but Festool has a compact model designed to be held in one hand, so the other hand can steady the work.