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Old 06-10-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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OK I have a Bosch 18 volt drill-impact kit which I use every day, but I have been eying the Festool drills for some time.
I've been considering the CXS because I have the bigger Bosch now, I've just wondered how powerful is this little guy? Will it handle 3" deck screws OK? I drive a lot of those. The C15 looks really sweet but $300.00 more than the CXS? I'm just not sure....
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yes it will put a 3" screw in but i would get the c15 if thats gonna be its main use. the CXS is great for the smaller stuff but you cant expect it to work live a 15-18v drill/driver. if its mainly 3" screws your gonna be driving the the C15 would be my choice.

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Just buy both
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I have an 18v Makita hammer drill and impact driver, and a cxs. I do general renovations/remodeling including lots of screws like 3" deck screws.

For larger screw driving an impact is perfect. Less stripping, slippage, no torque on your hands or wrist and drives the screw quickly. Those that have not loved impact drivers often have used a model or brand that spins very fast and not very controllable making it a pain to use.

As far as a powerful drill goes it sounds like you're covered for now with the Bosch. What you could probably use is a compact drill that is ridiculously useful- the cxs!

I bought it as an impulse and use it so much more than I expected. In fact its my go to drill by far and I've realized how often I use a drill for relatively small holes or screws. But it is quite powerful for its size and I probably use it for jobs I should get my 18v out for but don't because the cxs can handle it and is such a joy to use!

Most cxs owners on the festool owners group say the same thing. It is such a great little drill that you will end up using it for most of your work unless you do something specialized needing bigger power.
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The CXS is a perfect compliment to a full size drill. I use mine to run in all those hidden fastener screws on those hardwood decks. Drill lots of small with it too.
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Now if I could only get my hands on one of the centrotec installers kits
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Just ordered the CXS set....guess I'm joining the green side :-)
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Now if I could only get my hands on one of the centrotec installers kits
They let one go here the other day for silly cheap. It was only one left. I was gonna buy it just as a spare lol. You should still be able to find them online I would have thought.
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Got my CXS today, tried it out changing out a couple of locksets and deadbolts.
Love this little guy so far...so light and SMOOTH! This is my first Festool and pretty sure it's not my last!
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Yeah, I love mine. It went for 2 story dive the other day. Didn't phase it.
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They let one go here the other day for silly cheap. It was only one left. I was gonna buy it just as a spare lol. You should still be able to find them online I would have thought.
I can't find one anywhere. Japanwoodworker had one a couple months back. I should have bought it. Let me know if you come across one. I look on ebay every once in a while for them too.
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I can't find one anywhere. Japanwoodworker had one a couple months back. I should have bought it. Let me know if you come across one. I look on ebay every once in a while for them too.
Shame this thread didn't come up few weeks back. Would have picked it up for ya and sent it your way.
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Well I've used my CXS now for a week...must say I am seriously impressed.! I know it won't put out what an 18 volt will but it is amazingly powerful for it's small size. Makes my Bosch feel awkward and clunky...
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There was a review of 12V drills by Tools of the Trade I believe. Most of the other brands did better in terms of power and battery time. I believe the difference is how comfortable and convenient the cxs. The fast fix chucks are so handy.

You cxs owners will probably laugh, but I only just noticed that there are three (now very obvious) slots under the drill body storage area for bits. I have a set of the 3" Robertsons that have been floating all over the systainer and I only just realized this now!
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There was a review of 12V drills by Tools of the Trade I believe. Most of the other brands did better in terms of power and battery time. I believe the difference is how comfortable and convenient the cxs. The fast fix chucks are so handy.

You cxs owners will probably laugh, but I only just noticed that there are three (now very obvious) slots under the drill body storage area for bits. I have a set of the 3" Robertsons that have been floating all over the systainer and I only just realized this now!
My systainer has a picture under the lid showing where everything goes...
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Mine does too but isn't the drill in place in the picture? I meant underneath the drill... I'll check later.
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CSX is my top choice.
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If you like the CSX you should try out the CXS. It's a nice drill...
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I really love mine. I use it every day, I only get my 18volts if I really have to.

I've checked out the c15/t18's they're all extremely smooth and very well made. They look kinda bulky unrefined until you pick one up and go "wow".

But for me I can't bring myself to spend more than $500 on one drill.

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