As model railway enthusiasts, we appreciate systems. Wheels and rail work together as a system to guide trains where they need to go. Command stations, power supplies, boosters, throttles, plug-in panels and decoders work together as a DCC system to control our trains. We’d be in dire straights without systems.
It’s the most expensive drill I’ve ever purchased, but also – by far – the best.
The other day while waiting for my number to be called at Lee Valley, I was looking through the Festool display and came across a handle that can be used with the driver/drill components to, for example, create an old fashioned screwdriver. That’s really handy for times when you need to turn a screw a quarter turn, but no more.
I have lots of screwdrivers, so I would not have bought the handle – except that because this drill is part of a system, the handle also fits the chuck from the drill, which pops off the drill body so that one can fit other attachments.
I often run into situations when working on models where I need to drill a hole, but I want very careful control over how deep I drill it, or how aggressively the drill attacks the material. As an example, I recently needed to enlarge a hole in the compensated truck subframes I use under my passenger cars, in order to clear a screw head.
These subframes are laser cut from very thin ply so a light touch and precision control is important. The mega pin vise did the job in a spectacular fashion.
More tools should be built with as much thought as Festools. Not cheap – but lifetime tools that I feel are worth the investment.