The Festool CT 17E Extractor

Hi Guys,

I’ve finally had a chance to put pen to paper and complete my write up of the new CT 17E extractor.

It’s one of the Protool to Festool conversions and has evolved from the Protool VCP 170E. I found to be an excellent and highly efficient machine and to date has performed all the work I’ve expected of it with no hiccups at all.

Click on this link  The CT17E Extractor to read my full review of this awesome little machine.

One of the best features of this machine is the price. at under $450 (AUD) with a 36mm hose and cleaning set it’s an absolute bargain. Click Here to check out the CT 17 on the Just Tools website.

In all honesty, if you’re on a budget an want a small fully featured extractor for under $500 you cant go past this!

As always, thanks for reading and feel free to post any questions of comments.

Be safe and have fun.




A Handy Hose Adapter from Protool

Hi All,

Just a short post today about one of those handy little things which will save you heaps of time.



The quick stem hose adapter from Protool effortlessly converts a 36mm hose to a 27mm port

so you can easily use your large hose, which    you’d normally use with tools like the

Kapex, Planex or renovation grinders, with tools like the Rotex, Domino or Jigsaws.






I discovered them about a year ago and have been selling them weekly since.

At less than $30.00 (Australian) they’re an absolute must have  for the tool kit.







The part number is 768135, and they should be available from most good Festool dealers.

If you can’t find one email me and I’ll see what I can do to help you out.







As always, be safe and have fun.



The Festoolisation of Protool

Hi All,

I recently came across a new You Tube video from Festool in Germany which I thought you all might find interesting. Titled “Festool Rhythm & Tools (gb)” its a marketing video to promote the Festool brand in a very interesting way. The link to the video is here,

and while is a little bit cheesy in parts, I’d recommend you have a look as it has some particularly good vision of the inside of the Festool factory.

I was intrigued the first time i watched the video as there were some tantalising glimpses of what looked like new Festool product and what got me really curious was that they looked like crossover products from the Protool range.

Have a look at some screen grabs from the  video here:



Now due to some commission work over the last couple of weeks I hadn’t had a lot of time to investigate this further but thanks to a dose of the flu courtesy of my 10 year old, Im off work for a couple of days and have managed to do a bit more research.

On the Slingers Ironmongers website, ( a UK based Festool Dealer)
I found a listing of New Festool Tools which are due out in the UK this September. Here’s some photos to wet you’re appetite!

Festool Duradrive 769205
Festool Duradrive Collated Screw gun 769205

Festool sword saw 769211
Festool Sword Saw 769211

Festool MFT SYS 500076
Festool MFT SYS 500076

Festool C17 768472
Festool C17 Extractor 768472

Festool Quad Drive 769202
Festool Quad Drive 769202

Festool Quadrill 769198
Festool Quadrill 769198

All bar the MFT SYS box appear to be direct crossovers from the Protool range so question now is Why?
Is the Protool range going to disappear, or are Festool, Festoolising Protool products so our Festool brothers and sisters in the North American can finally get their hands on these fantastic products. Only time will tell.

As always, your questions and comments are appreciated.

Be safe and have fun!


The Protool CSP 132


Hi All,

The beastie in the photo is the Protool CSP 132 Carpentry circular Saw and if you’ve ever got the need to cut timber up to 130 mm thick, this is the tool for you.

I had the opportunity to get in one of these massive saws for for one of my regular customers last week, so as it’s really uncommon, I took the opportunity to grab a couple of pictures to show you all.

The specs for the saw are:

Cutting depth 50-132 mm
Rated input 2300 W
Saw blade diameter 350 x 30/3,5 mm
Mitre cutting 0-60 °
Rated Speed (no-load) 2200 min-1
weight 18 kg


Whilst it’s not the tool for everyone you have to admit that it falls into the ” really cool tool category”.

Contact me if you want any more information about this or any other tools.

As always, be safe and have fun.



Protool PDP 20-4, New Video

Hi Guys,

The new Protool PDP 20-4 is on the way so please have a look at this new video on this outstanding tool which has been uploaded today by a Protool user in Russia

There’s no accompanying dialog and the production values aren’t fabulous but this will give you a really good idea of what this tool can do and the accessories that form part of the system

Please enjoy and let me know what you think.

As soon as I get a firm release date I let you all know.

As always, be safe and have fun



Protool UniverS SSP 200 EB, Sword saw

Hi All,

Today we’re going to have a look at a relatively new tool from Festool’s sister company Protool. The SSP 200 EB is a bit of an unusual beastie and I remember the the first time  saw it I was a bit perplexed by it.

The SSP is in essence, a chain saw that’s mounted onto a circular saw base. It has a  maximum cutting depth of 200mm (about 8 inches) and it runs along standard Festool or Protool, guide rails for accuracy and ease of cut.

Its not a tool that you have to have but if you’re regularly cutting sleepers, timber beams, or LVL, (laminated veneered lumber) boards or girders, the SSP is guaranteed to make your life easier

Designed for cutting large beams the SSP which weighs in at only 6.5 KG ( 14 Pound) is a lot easier and safer option than circular saws with a comparable cutting depth such as the Protool CSP 165 which weighs in at 22kg, (48 pounds)

The CSP 165E

I’ve used both the CSP 165 and the SSP extensively and, personally i’d now always choose the SSP over a large and heavy circular saw.

When docking beams to length with the SSP you can tilt the blade forwards at a 10 degree angle which exposes more blade to the timber and gives you a proportionately faster cut. The maximum mitre angle on the SSP is 60 degrees and when used on a guide rail will pivot on the scribe line in the same manner as a TS 55 or TS 75 will.

Lets have a look at the features of the SSP;

1, Blade,

2, Fast Fix Blade Changing

3, Guide Slot for Guide Rail

4, Mitre Angle indicator

5, Tool less chain tension adjustment

6,Tool Less chain lubrication

7,MMC, (constant speed under load) electronics

8, Bar oil level indicator

9, Dust Extractor Connection

10, Auxiliary Handle

11, Clearly visible cut indicator.

Not being a major fan of chainsaws, I must admit to being a bit nervous when using the SSP for the first time but, within 5 minutes I was as happy as a pig in …….., and had chopped up a large beam into small pieces before I realised it. When connected to a CT26 dust extractor,  with the 36mm hose about 2 thirds of the dust was collected leaving only a relatively small amount to clean up.

Click below to watch a video of the SSP in action.

As you can see from the video there is plenty of different applications for the SSP. Ive used it on both softwoods an Australian Hardwoods and found that it didn’t struggle with either of them.

No review of the SSP would be complete without giving you the chance to watch the Official Protool film on the SSP. Its the first Big Budget advert for a power tool that I can remember seeing in a long time.

Enjoy !!!!!

Well I hope you enjoyed that.

As always, your comments and questions are appreciated.

Be safe and have fun



The PDP 20-4 DEC FF, New from Protool


The new PDP 20-4 DEC FF, Percussion drill driver

Just about to be released onto the Australian and New Zealand markets, the new 240 volt PDP from Festool’s sister company Protool is surely be well accepted by trade and serious DIY users alike. Inspired by the old Protool PDP 20 this new model takes advantage of technological improvements and is fitted with a brushless EC-TEC (electronically commutated – technology ) motor, the same style as those found in the Protool cordless PDC 18 and the Festool T series drills and impact drivers.
The result is a tool with amazing speed and power. A four speed gearbox, similar to that on the hugely successful PDC 18 volt cordless drill, gives the PDP 20 a top speed of 4000 rpm in top gear and a low speed of 400 rpm in its lowest gear which is perfect for all those high torque applications.

The specs for both the PDP 20 hammer drill and its brother the DRP 18 Drill Driver are shown below.


Both drills feature the fast – fix chuck system and come with the unique and highly effective centrotec chuck as standard. The drills should be available as either standard or set configuration with a heavy duty right angle drive being included in the set version.

Please see below ‘for more features on the tools.


1: Fast Fix Interface, (comes with centrotec chuck)
2: Four Speed Gearbox, (400 to 4000 rpm)
3: Brushless EC-TEC Motor
4: Inbuilt Work-light
5: Magnetic holder for tips and drills
6: Inbuilt Belt Clips
7: Constant Speed Electronics.

I had a chance to have a play with the new PDP 20-4 at the recent tradesman’s expo in Melbourne and was blown away by its performance. Coming in at around 2 kg it doesn’t seem possible for a drill this light to have this much power, when it comes to using the tool in timber and concrete it doesn’t disappoint.

I’m hoping to get my hands on a test model soon so stay tuned for a full review.

In the mean time please drop me an email or post a comment if you have any questions.

Be safe and have fun



National Tradesman’s Expo, Melbourne


Hi All,

Just a  short post to remind you all that the National Tradesman’s Expo is on in Melbourne  this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (the 25th to 27th of May) at the Melbourne Show grounds.

The Melbourne show grounds are located on the cnr of Epsom and Lange roads in Ascot Vale and the show is open on Friday 10 to 6, Saturday 10 to 5 and on Sunday from 10 till 4.

This is the major show of big boys toys in Melbourne for 2012 so if you need to stock up on power tools it’ll be well worth a look.

There will be specialson tools for all brands and i know that there will be some extra special deals on the whole Festool and Protool range.

Please click here to go to the National Tradesman’s Expo Website

I’ll be there with Just Tools on the Festool stand so don’t be a stranger, pop in and say hello. For those who can’t get to the how i’ll post some photos of and new releases I can find

Anyway, thats all for now

Be safe and have fun.





New Dust Extractor, Protool VCP 260 E L A/C

Hi All,

I had a chance to see the new Protool dust extractor from Tooltechnic Systems, the home of Festool. The new VCP26o is a very impressive machine and has identical power and capacity to the Festool CT 26. A major difference is the addition of  a modified form of

the auto clean function that is on the Festool CT36AC. The autoclean on the VCP260 ac , when activated, cleans the filters at preset intervals of 10 seconds which helps the extractor cope with such challenging materials such as plaster, concrete and stone.

When in auto clean mode it’s recommended that you use the plastic liner to collect the dust. Alternatively there is a self cleaning bag, similar to the bag in the CT26, but with a larger pore to allow the bag to cope better with concrete, stone and plaster dust. The standard bags for the CT26 fit the VCP 260 AC.

When using the VCP260 with timber,  in applications such as routing and sanding you can turn off the autoclean mode and use the standard self clean bags.

As with the CT 26 and 36 there is a removable plate which allows you add a continuous supply powerpoint to the front panel of the extractor. You cannot add another tool actuated power port to the VCP260 AC

I was  really impressed with the dimensions of  the VCP260 The overall size is 673mm long X 365mm wide X 455mm high. The low profile means the extractor is more stable on uneven surfaces and also means it will easily fit under the hardtop of most ute’s and  into most vans.

The VCP260 comes with a 36mm antistatic hose in the scope of delivers as well as a rear mounted tool holder. There is reducing sleeve available as an extra which allows tools with a 27mm port to be nused with the 36mm hose.

The VCP 260 as shown in these images is fitted with a sys dock. This is not included in the scope of delivery and is available as an accessory.

One other cool new feature is the inbuilt hose holder, as shown in this photo. The hose is securely held in place when the extractor is transported and there’s no more battling to get a 36mm diameter hose into a hose garage.

This is an impressive all rounder which will tick all the boxes for the tradie who works in a variety of fields and is looking for one machine to suit all his needs.

We’ll have it in store next week so If you want more information either post a comment or send me an email.



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