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Forum topic by MNWOODWORKER posted 07-07-2009 06:51 AM 1333 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2009 06:51 AM

Now that I finally have enough pennies save I am going to get a Festool drill. If I can’t find any of the discounted units that PaulMarcel was nice enough to clue me into I will be looking at either the 15.6v TDK with the T-style that I am used to or the C12 12v which looks pretty intriguing, mainly just cause something different. I don’t think the power difference will matter much, I have never had anything other that a 12 volt. I was wondering from those of you out there that have experience with them what are your likes and dislikes between the two. I have never even had my hands on either of them which makes me a little nervous but the closest dealer is 2 1/2 hrs away. Any thought or experience would be greatly appreciated-thanks a million.

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#1 posted 07-07-2009 04:19 PM

I have both drills, and I’m still not sure which one I would choose if I had to. Like any tool purchase, a lot depends on your personal use. I gusess I would probably get the TDK for the extra power. That may not matter to you. I also kinda of like the traditional feel of the T-handle style. I would usually do more drilling with it, rather than driving screws, because I really like my Bosch 10.8 V impacter for screws. That said, The C12 is nice. If you don’t need extra power , It might be a very good choice. It’s well balanced and is comfortable to use. I guess when it’ all said and done ,I probably didn’t answer your question, but maybe this helps a little.

You won’t go wrong with either one. Good luck.


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#2 posted 07-07-2009 04:39 PM

at this day and age – I would chose neither of those you mentioned – I believe both use NiCD batteries which are an old technology and a poor choice compared to LiIon.

but thats just me (5 dead NiCD batteries later….)

Edit: unless there are compatible LiIon batteries that would work on those… in which case. I’d go with the smaller lighter 12v for general woodworking it seems like it’s very capable. if it was for a more robust need like construction – then bigger is definitely better.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 07-07-2009 04:55 PM

i have thought about a festool drill and the only reason i wont buy one is for the price liIon b batteries should be available. i terms of which drill i really don’t think you’ll notice a difference in weight Ive held both and they seemed to be fairly equal.

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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#4 posted 07-07-2009 05:06 PM

Festool now has new drills out that have LiIon batteries. —-T 12+3 & T15+3. They range in price from $470.00 to $575.00 for the kits. The TDK is actually discontinued, but is still available. I don’t believe the LiIon
will interchange with the old drills.

PurpLev—Good point on the batteries, although Festool’s NiCad are a cut above most. I too have lots of worthless batteries, in several brands (Not Festool)


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#5 posted 07-07-2009 05:36 PM

I’d go for the 12v Bosch…save some pennies for something else. i really like mine.

-- Andy, PA ~Finding satisfaction in creation

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#6 posted 07-07-2009 05:38 PM

I had both of them in my hands here in Cologne.
I personally liked the T series, as the have this nice (and very robust) torque stop which is a electronic one. No longer the ratteling sound of the clutch working when you want to limit the torque during screwing.
The other thing to thing about the Festool stuff is, that they do not need maintainance. The motors have no longer wear with the coals and the eletronik torque stop ist pretty unique to my knowledge.

So I’ll hold on a bit longer on my old drill to get “the right one” instead of a cheaper but not that long lasting one.

Just my 2 cents.

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#7 posted 07-07-2009 06:02 PM

I have the C12 and have been using it daily for 2 1/2 years. I still have the original batteries and they hold a charge as well as they did on the first day. I bought mine with NiMh instead to get more amp hours. The drill is a dream to use a single battery charge will last about 8hrs driving screws non-stop. I used to sheetrock a kitchen once just to see. Building cabinets I get about a day and a half out of a battery. It has plenty of torque and no brushes to replace. I’ve replaced brushes in my 18v twice since I bought my C12. I’ll be saving up for LiIon models and retire the 18v except for odd hamerdrill functions. It is in my opinion one of their tools thats actually worth the expense I have a couple of their tools.

For what it was worth,


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#8 posted 07-09-2009 07:32 AM

Well after all the responses(thank you all very much) I went ahead and ordered the TDK 12 CE set for $307.50-delivered by the end of the week. I was really torn, either get the C12 or get the TDK with all the exrta chucks. From what I have read here and other forums you can’t go wrong with either one. The thought of having a drill that is 50 times better than what I have had, the same style that I am used too-so I will not notice a difference for better or worse-and all at a great cost I caved. I don’t know how often I will use the extra chucks, the right angle one would have gotten me out of a few jams in the past, and having them I will probably they will probably become one of those things I can’t live without. Now when ever I get near the C12 I will just not touch it-what I don’t know will not make me regret anything. Thanks again everyone. I will let you all know what I think after I get some use on it. Take care and thanks again everyone.
Just in case anyone else is looking I found them at the following link. Bob is a dealer that is awesome. I E-mailed him last night with a couple ?’s like making sure that the set did come with the extra chucks, and when he could not get his return E-mail to go through he called me back personally and went beyond everything I ever would have imagined a dealer would do. Hats off to great service-any future Festool purchases will be through him.

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#9 posted 07-09-2009 09:23 AM

I just bought ( a few minutes ago) a double set of makita drills cordless (which is my favourite tool) I don’t own or have ever used festool so I can’t comment they must be very good at those high prices.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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