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Old 12-11-2012, 11:20 PM   #1
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My Milwaukee drill died after six years, so I replaced it with this. It does everything, I can put a drill bit in the quick release chuck, drill a hole then quick swap it out for a screw bit.

My only question so far is when I take the bit extension, it will fit in the quick release chuck just fine, but if I take a standard 1" long screw bit, it won't fit in there. I have to insert the bit extension and put the screw bit in that extension, then I run into the problem with the bit constantly falling out and getting lost.
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Just got my first festool today.

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You both are going to need such a high dose of penicillin you will crap through the eye of a needle for a month now.
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Are you talking about putting a driver tip in it?

You put it into the centrotec bit holder, which should have a fairly strong magnet in it.
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A standard bit will not fit the Centrotec chuck directly. The corners are slightly rounded on the Centrtec. A wire detent bit should stay in the bit holder, if not there is a problem with either the holder or your bits. If the originals stay in ok, your bits may be ball detent so the wire won't grab the bit.

The bit will fit in the motor drive shaft without the Centrotec chuck. On the CXS (small drill) the motor output shaft is magnetic. Yours may be, mine is about 3 years old, haven't killed it yet.

If you got it locally take it back and try another holder. If you got it online hopefully your dealer will service you well. If you want an online dealer who is first rate, let me know, I'll PM his contact info. I would never use Amazon for my Festools.

If you can't get a resolve PM Shane, he'll advise you what steps to take.

I see you got the drill bit set with the counter sink. Those bits are beyond sharp, watch your fingers removing them from the index. You'll cry when you hit something and ruin a bit, then you'll order a replacement, they're that good. The counter sink looks like it shouldn't work, but it is the best I've ever used.

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Are you talking about putting a driver tip in it?

You put it into the centrotec bit holder, which should have a fairly strong magnet in it.
Yes, but it still falls out, the magnet isn't that strong. I'm thinking I need to get this one



The bit holder that came with the set doesn't have the ring on the end, which clamps it in.
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There is something wrong with your holder, I've read where the magnet sticks to a bit and gets lost.

I have the locking holder in my kit, I use the regular one much more often.

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I have not had any real issues with that, with my 4 year old c-12 or cxs. I just have the regular bit holder them came with.
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Hmm, yeah it could be the bits. I bought the drill locally, not online, they had a limited selection of Festool genuine driver bits. So he gave me some other ones, generic driver bits.

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I see you got the drill bit set with the counter sink. Those bits are beyond sharp, watch your fingers removing them from the index. You'll cry when you hit something and ruin a bit, then you'll order a replacement, they're that good. The counter sink looks like it shouldn't work, but it is the best I've ever used.

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For about $18 a bit, yeah that would be frustrating when you hit something. I almost wasn't going to buy them but he said they could sharpen those bits. Plus I wanted the hex shaft so it would fit the Centrotec.

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I mostly use the grk tips.
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What is that?
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Grk bits are driver bits made to fit along with grk r4 screws.
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I don't get how they size their tips http://www.festoolproducts.com/Drill...show=30&page=3

With the philips head they have:
3-25mm
2-25mm
1-25mm
HiQ 3-25mm
HiQ 2-25mm
HiQ 1-25mm

But judging from the pictures they all look like #2 sized philip heads. They are $11 for each one, if I were to buy every size tip including philip, slotted, sqaure drive, torx, I would probably spend over $300 in tips. I don't see any set where you get one or two of each
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I don't get how they size their tips http://www.festoolproducts.com/Drill...show=30&page=3

With the philips head they have:
3-25mm
2-25mm
1-25mm
HiQ 3-25mm
HiQ 2-25mm
HiQ 1-25mm

But judging from the pictures they all look like #2 sized philip heads. They are $11 for each one, if I were to buy every size tip including philip, slotted, sqaure drive, torx, I would probably spend over $300 in tips. I don't see any set where you get one or two of each
The 25mm is the length...about an inch
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Grk bits are driver bits made to fit along with grk r4 screws.
t-25 starhead I believe. Well at least t-25 for the general purpose #9's I use a lot of.
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The #2 phillip tips (all the non-HiQ 25 mm) are 10 pack for $11.00. The HiQ are 3 pack for $15.00. The HiQ are for use with an impact driver.

As stated in an earlier post, the 25 indicates a 25 mm length.

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So far I love it, it drives screws better than an impact, it's just more comfortable. The 18V battery lasts forever, I've used it a lot for almost a week and I'm still on the first battery, haven't swapped to the second one.
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So far I love it, it drives screws better than an impact, it's just more comfortable. The 18V battery lasts forever, I've used it a lot for almost a week and I'm still on the first battery, haven't swapped to the second one.
I have not hardly touched an impact driver in the last 4 years, since I got my C-12.

I am really trying hard to not buy a new C-15.
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I have not hardly touched an impact driver in the last 4 years, since I got my C-12.

I am really trying hard to not buy a new C-15.
Well they just came out with a cordless impact. I don't think it's on their website yet. I think it would only be good for it's intended purpose, driving nuts and bolts. The ordinary drill works better for screws if it's Festool because you can swap between a driver and drill bit pretty fast. Unlike their impact, you'd have to swap chucks to go from driver to drill.

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