Festool Centrotec Installer Set – Use

So it’s been nearly 1 year that I purchased a Festool Centrotec Installer Set.  See my post here for the initial review and content of the set.
As mentionned in the original post, I was looking for good drill bits, which this particular set had.  This is why I chose this set as I did not have the need for the forstner bits as I already had a good set.
The most used parts of the kit are the drill bits.  Both kits have seen some use, the stuby one the most as I drove smaller holes.  Did not really need the bigger drill bits.
The counter sink included in the brad point set has also seen some use and it does a really good job at what it is intended to do.  Extraction of the wood ships are pretty good and does a fine job.
The screwdriver is also nice to use, extending the use of the screwdriver bits that are included in the kit.  This is pretty nice and the fit is also very good in my hand.  This is a nice component of the kit if you do hand drive screws without the use of a drill.
My original use the kit’s components were done with my Dewalt drill, which was not centrotec native.  The kit does include the bit to convert a non-Centrotec drill/driver that you chuck into the drill and then add the Centrotec chuck.  The particular model of the drill was already pretty long and adding this extension made the use somewhat cumbersome. Made the different bits somewhat not fun to use.
I then added a Festool drill (T15) to tool collection, which then made using the different components of the kit easier and less front heavy as the length of the drill was shorter. One thing I find need with the drills is to include the “normal” drill chuck for non centrotec bits.  If one thing about the kit, is not to include small size bits.  I got to drive some smaller whole then the included bits.  I could of looked in the catalog, but was just easier to get standard bits and chucked them in the proper drill chuck.
The Systainer is nice and well organized with some empty spaces to add bits that you already have in your collection.  I was able to add the smaller sized and impact bits that I already have, all in one place to travel with.
As with other Festool, is it worth the price ? To me, so far yes it has.  The quality is there.  Could I have looked to get good quality bits and got them cheaper ?  Maybe, but I still don’t regret the choice I made and so far it is a solide performer in the tool collection.

New Festool T15 Drill

Festool T15 drill

So I finally did the plunge a few weeks ago a replaced my main drill form the Dewalt Kit and bought the Festool T15 Drill.

Disclaimer

First things first, yes it’s a Festool.  Yes it’s expensive and I assume it.  After experimenting with the Centrotec Kit that I bought earlier this year, putting the chuck into a normal drill felt cumbersome to operate.  Yes I looked at other brands that were cheaper in price, and would of done an awesome job, but was not convinced that it would of did a better job then the dewalt did with the centrotec chuck.
 
I was looking at the drills for a little while and after looking at the spec, had a bit of trouble deciding between the C and the T series.  So I decided to go try them at a local distributor to see which one would of been a better comfort choice in my hand.  The T series was better in my hand and settled on that model.  Only had to choose the voltage and kit on non kit version.

The Decision

So when I finally felt it was time, I went to the same dealer, going for the T18, non kit.  I did not feel that the kit version was really worth paying for what I used.  For the voltage, I taught that going with the higher voltage, would serve me right.
 
Unfortunately, the local vendor did not carry locally the T18, mainly because it did not sell compared to other brands that sells better.  He could order it but it would take a few days to get it.  But the salesperson proposed an alternative to me which interested me.
 
He had only the 3.0 amps/hour kit, basically, not the latest kit and because of the promotion of Festool for a certain discount amount for the previous model, suddenly, the T15 Kit became somewhat interesting.

In use

After thinking about it, I opted out for the T15 kit and after some use, I did find some use of the the other chucks.  Would I say that the kit is a must for my own use? not really, but I got it and will use it if I need it.
With use, chucking centrotec bits felt better then with the adapters used with a non-Festool drill.  So far, after drilling holes and driving some screws (rebuilding deck stairs) went pretty well and very satisfied with the move.
I kept the impact driver from the Dewalt Combo Kit I bought and this one is a Keeper.  Unless it will break on me, I don’t plan on replacing it with anything soon.  I now also got 2 batteries for each of the drills and having 2 of them running at the same time is a good thing.  Yes I could of done it with the 2 batteries from Dewalt, but did not have the luxury of having a spare fresh battery for longer jobs that could drain the battery
 

Technology brief

On the technology perspective, I must admit that the 2 drills don’t really compare.  Batteries are Nicad (Dewalt) vs Li-Ion (Festool) and brushed (Dewalt) vs Brushless (Festool).  The brushless portion is one of the reason that got me to change my first decision about the voltage.  By being more efficient, I was willing to sacrifice a bit of voltage, again for my context of use.  If I would use a drill day in day out, my decision might of been different.
 
From a battery perspective, the use of Li-Ion chemical solution make me think of one major thing : different reaction when coming close to the end of a charge.  Li-Ion does not suffer form the same symptoms when it comes close to the end of the charge.  Great thing for a meter for the usage on the base of the drill.

Conclusion

All in all, very happy with the Drill and Centrotec kit so far and I think this will last for a while before I think of upgrading or changing anything about driving screws or getting holes from tools that fit in my hands.

Festool T15 drill
Festool T15 drill

Driver Combo
Driver Combo

Festool Centrotec 98-Piece Installers Set – First Impressions

So I took the plunge to get the Festool Centrotec Installer kit that came out December 2013.  I believe, as with other kits like it, has a limited quantity associated to it.
Just before I dished out the money to get the set, I did get some information on the kit and watched videos on the Festool youtube channel.  For sure, not all people saw the need to get all the components of the set, but took a look at what I was looking at and found my value into it.
My first impressions after opening the box was the well built components, at least to my opinion and from what I’ve seem from the Festool tools, they seem to have done it to the accessories side of things.
Here are a few items I was on the looks for and the kit seems to fit the bill :
– Update of some drill bits.  Was long over due for this one and was looking for a good kit
– Update of some driver bits.  Had a few bits to change from a cheaper kit that I owned and was a good addition.
– Hand driver.  the ability to use some of the bits with the holder was a very nice to have.  Having a dedicated Centrotec chuck for the hand driver was a nice addition compared with the picture included on the Festool Website.
– I would eventually see a Festool drill in a certain future.  My current drill has some shortcoming and would eventually consider doing the plug to a Festool drill.  Investing into Centrotec makes sense, specially that the kit includes the converter for non Festool drills to still use the Centrotec bits.
 
Here are some pictures :
 

Festool Centrotec 98 PCS Installer set - Bottom
Festool Centrotec 98 PCS Installer set – Bottom

Festool 5-Piece Stub Brad Point BKS Wood Drill Bit Set
Festool 5-Piece Stub Brad Point BKS Wood Drill Bit Set

Festool Centrotec 98 PCS Installer set - Top right
Festool Centrotec 98 PCS Installer set – Top right

Festool 8-Piece Countersink & Brad Point Wood Drill Bit Set
Festool 8-Piece Countersink & Brad Point Wood Drill Bit Set

Festool Centrotec Installer set - Right Top
Festool Centrotec Installer set – Right Top

Festool Centrotec 98 PCS Installer set
Festool Centrotec 98 PCS Installer set