The Festool Beer Stein……

Now available

Buy a tool featured in the current campaign and this little beauty is all yours

Please click https://www.justtools.com.au/festool-oktoberfest-beer/ for all the details

Cheers

Bryan

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Welcome Aboard Proxxon

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It’s been a while now since Bosch Australia pulled the pin and removed themselves and their subsidiary brands such as Dremel from the bulk of specialist tool stores in Australia. Their aim was to focus on the big box outlets and whilst the their corded and cordless tools were easy to find replacement brands to cover; the problem we’ve had, was to find a suitable replacement for the range of Dremel rotary tools that we had sold.

Part of my job in the store I work at, is to source and evaluate new product lines to enhance and expand our range, so the demise of Dremel created quite a headache. I looked at a number of alternatives but found that on the whole, they were only offering  a tool, with just a few accessories. Whilst the tools they offered were adequate, I was looking for something better.

 My idea was to replace the Dremel range, which was a good DIY product, with a range which was exceptional. 

A few months ago one one of the sales reps that visit our store mentioned that his boss had the opportunity so secure the distribution rights to Proxxon in Australia, and wanted my opinion. Whilst I hadn’t heard of the brand for years I was familiar with it as I had a 12v Proxxon rotary tool back in my early woodworking days in the mid 80’s. I remember it was a tough little unit so my recommendation to him was to go for it. 

Proxxon began in the small German town of Nierbasch in 1977 and has grown to become one of the the worlds leading manufacturers of precision power tools. Specialising in high quality power tools for model builders, precision mechanics, mould makers, tool makers, opticians, goldsmiths, watch-makers and more; Proxxon are giving users high-performance power-tools in a size never offered before. The Proxxon  Micromot system offers tools ranging from bench top table saws and thicknessers, to small angle grinders and polishers, as well as an extensive range of rotary tools and bits.

If you have a delicate and detailed project, then Proxxon have the tools to help you make it happen.

After a month of negotiation they managed to secure the rights and I was delighted when my boss gave me a catalogue and price list and told me to choose what i wanted, (sometimes i love my job!).  

For our initial offering,I decided on two rotary tools, the FBS 240E, and the IBS/E, the power carver, MSG, the awesome micro belt sander BS/E and the Long Neck angle grinder, LHW, as well as the full range of accessories for all these tools.

Given the extensive range offered I felt that this was good beginning to our relationship and I’m certain the range will grow when I get more of a feel for what our customers require. 

In following posts I’ll go into the more details of the individual tools features and accessories, so please watch this space.

Thanks for reading, and as usual, your questions and comments are appreciated.

Bryan

 

Calibrating The TS55R Blade

Five Minutes With Festool – The TS55

Let’s assume that we’ve just had a blade sharpened and we need to check the calibration between the cutting depth and the depth scale. Remember that when a blade is sharpened you invariably loose a small amount of the blade diameter. After one sharpen it may not be noticeable, but after two or three sharpens there can be a noticeable variation in your cutting depth.

 This method can also be used to fine tune the cutting depth if you’re using the saw on a different brand of guide rail, (not that I’d recommend that), as there can be a variation in the standard 5mm thickness between brands. 

To calibrate the blade on a TS55R, place the base of the saw on a piece of paper (A4 copy paper is ideal), on a  flat smooth surface and set the depth guide to zero. As we’re not on the guide rail make sure you use the unmarked indicator rather than the FS indicator.

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Depth Gauge set to zero. Note the blade calibration knob to the right of the FS mark.
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Fully Plunged, note the plunge stop resting on the calibration knob.

Once set, gently plunge the saw down until it stops and look to see if the tips of the blade are touching the paper

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Blade too high

Adjust by turning the calibration knob on the top of the saw until the tips of the blade just touch the piece of paper and you’re done.

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Blade set correctly

 

 

A good habit to get into is to periodically check this to make ensure that you TS55 is working at its best at all times. 

I hope you found this “Five minutes with Festool” useful and as always your questions and comments are appreciated.

Have fun and be safe,

Cheers

Bryan

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Five minutes with Festool

Five minutes with Festool is the title of a new series of articles I’m working on which will give you an in depth view of a wide variety of Festool tools and accessories tied up in a bite sized package. With each article being about 500 words they’re intended to be a quick and informative read.

Being the lead salesperson in one of the busiest dealers in Melbourne I field a lot of questions about the whole range Festool products and this article, which covers the range of blades available for the Festool TS55 , will hopefully address some of the questions you may have about them

Please click on the link below to read the full article.

Festool Blades 

 As always your questions and comments are appreciated and I’ll endeavour to answer as many as I can. 

See you next week for the next instalment.

Cheers

Bryan

 

  

 

 

    

  

I’m back in the saddle…..

Well I’ll admit that it’s been a long time between posts and a hell of a lot had gone on in the last few years. The biggest change, which has shocked most of you who know me personally, is the fact that I’ve gone from a weight of 178 kg down to a meagre 74kg. I had a number of quite serious medical problems which resulted in 7 hours of surgery and me losing 75% of my stomach.

That was back in Dec 2016 and whilst the body healed a while ago it’s been a challenging 18 months dealing with all the changes to my body and working on getting my head in the right place so that I can focus on writing again. A big thanks to those of you whose words of support have helped me move forward and and I must admit that It would of been a damn sight harder to get through this without the love and support of my wife Sharon and children.  Love you all guys.

Cheers,

Bryan

It’s Back!!!

After an absence of nearly two years the Festool SSU 200 is back on the shelf. With 200 mm depth of cut and running on a standard Festool rail this bad boy is the ideal problem solver for lvl's, timber slabs or sleepers.

Street Photography

Now, I’m not afraid to say that I’m new at this style of photography.   When I was in my late teens to early twenties my primary camera was firstly an Agfa Billy, then an Olympus OM2 and I burned through a lot of my  weekly pay check  on film to support  my hobby. I remember picking up the two to three rolls of processed film from the photo kiosk in my local shopping centre, rushing home to check them out and and and proudly showing my parents, friends, and whoever else would look, endless shots of trees, cars, our cats and whatever else I thought would make a good image.

Eventually, I suppose, I got tired of shooting the same style of image and my attention drifted to other interests.

Now, some 20 years later with amazing developments in technology, I’ve armed myself with an iPhone 6+ and have jumped  in feet first and have rekindled my passion for photography. After all these years I’m now shooting work that I’m proud of and am fortunate to have found a market for.  I’m back to shooting a lot of images and love having the ability to post process on my phone and to be able to consign my duds to the trash bin.

This series of work represents my first real foray into street photography, an area I thought I’d explore after reading an article on  Eyeem  about the noted street photographer Saul Leiter

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Pedestrian Study 1, Carlton Victoria
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Urban Transportation 2016, Melbourne, Vic
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Pedestrian Study 2, Street corner group
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“Joy” Cyclist, Collingwood Vic
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Pedestrian Study 3, Crossing the Road, Carlton Vic

Hoped you like them

Cheers

Bryan

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