Calling All Festool Fans: Check out the NEW Festool multi-tool, eccentric sander, and Syslite LED!
It’s been a while since the last new development from Festool, which was the unique Conturo edge bander. Now Festool are back again with two brand new tools, and one upgraded version of a tool that should be pretty familiar to all fans of Festool cordless.
Okay, if you insist! Now that you know the basics, let’s get on with the real detail.
The ETS-EC 150 is a brushless random orbital sander that is available with two orbit sizes: 3mm and 5mm. The 3mm leaves a very fine finish, and the 5mm orbit provides you with both high surface quality and high levels of stock removal.
The EC-TEC brushless motor has already been used in other Festool tools like the BHC 18 SDS-Plus rotary hammer, but is still relatively new to the market. There are several key points to make about this motor:
Other great features of the ETC EC 150 random orbit sander include:
The hose cover is smooth and robust to protect surfaces and edges from damage, as well as to ensure that the hose doesn’t catch. It features an integrated Plug-It cable to allow quick and easy attachment to the tool, and a rotating adaptor and connector. We definitely recommend it!
This new Syslite shares many features with the original KAL version. It has the same wide scattering angle of 170°, the same shatterproof house, and the same dimensions of 50 x 100 x 150 mm. It still features a 7.2v internal battery, and is still compatible with external 12v to 18v Festool Lithium-ion batteries.
One of the differences is the lighting itself. Instead of six 3w LEDs the new KAL II has twelve 1.5w LEDs, and has two brightness settings: intense and dimmed.
Another difference is the battery capacity. The original KAL featured a 2.2Ah battery, which provided you with up to 240 minutes of operating time. The KAL II features a 2.9Ah battery, which provides you with up to 290 minutes of operating time.
The final new feature is the MA KAL spherical head, which is package with the KAL II. It features a permanently integrated magnet that you can use to mount the Syslite on magnetic surfaces. It also features additional openings for screw clamps, which allow you to attach the KAL II to non-magnetic surfaces too.
The rubber foot ensures that no scuff-marks are left on delicate or coated surfaces, and the rotatable head means that you can shine the light wherever it’s needed.
Overall, this is a very flexible and versatile light that will be of real use to hardworking tradespeople in the dark winter months that seem to come along all too quickly!
There are two main features that set this multi-tool apart from the competition.
The first is the 400 watt motor that features electronic speed control, which provides you with fast and controlled work progress. Most multi-cutters from other manufacturers have motors around the 300 watt mark, which means that this Festool model is an excellent choice if you’re after maximum power.
The second feature is really the main difference between this tool and its competitors. The larger of the two available kits includes a range of blades, as you would expect, but also includes:
The Vecturo oscillating tool also has all of the other features that you would expect in a multi-cutter. The tool-free blade changes are performed using a simple lever, similar to Fein “Quick” models. The body is slim and ergonomically designed to fit comfortably and securely in the palm of your hand. The rubber coating helps to dampen vibrations, which is important for anyone who will be using this tool frequently or for long periods.
In terms of accessories, Festool have all of the usual suspects like plunge blades for wood, plastics and metal, segment blades, circular saw blades, and scrapers. They also have a specialist blade that has been designed for tasks such as cutting putty from insulating window panes. We expect to see more blades like this in future that we know will be very useful to Festool customers.
Finally, the Vecturo oscillator kit is packaged in a Systainer. This provides you with full compatibility with the rest of your Festool system, which is definitely important when carting your kit around and between sites!
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We believe that the ETS EC 150 is best when purchased with the covered hose, and so we have the following options available:
Of course if you require any of the other versions then please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re always open to suggestions!
Are you impressed by the new Festool Vecturo? Or the ETS EC150 Sander? Feel free to comment, we would love to know what your thoughts are on these new products.
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