Festool TID 18 and T18+3-E Review
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MSRP: Starting at $ 199 for the naked tool
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Like all power tool companies, Festool continues to improve its battery technology and the way it pairs with tools powered by these batteries. You can see (and feel) the rewards of this innovation in their new TID 18 impact wrench and T18 + 3-E drill / driver, both powered by redesigned brushless EC TEC motors and 4AH batteries.
The TID 18 impact wrench includes three speeds plus a special mode designed to insert self-tapping screws into wood-bottomed metal (think flashing a house). This mode starts with a high speed to penetrate the metal, then automatically switches to a slower speed (detecting the change in the material) so that the screw is not removed.
The T18 + 3-E drill / screwdriver has two speeds and an electronically controlled clutch. The standard chuck can also be replaced by the user with a quick release collet, eccentric shank and right angle chuck.
Overall, with both instruments paired with surprisingly compact 4 AH batteries, they performed admirably. (I put the drill and drill a lot of abuse out of the shop, including fixing Tapcons into concrete and drilling through galvanized steel.) There is plenty of time (Impact driver is rated to drive 800 23/4“ screws on a charge), the instruments are relatively light and well balanced and do everything you ask of them. They also come with three-year full service warranties and third-generation Systainers. Festool offers them as individual tools and as part of larger packages for different trades.
■T.ID 18 IMPACT DRIVER &
T 18 + 3 DRILL COMBO PACK
Price: $ 549
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