Festool CXS Compact Drill Review
With significant advances in motor and lithium-ion battery technology, drill manufacturers are able to release small drills with big-drill power onto the market. Compact drills are perfect for furniture making applications and offer you the potential for boring holes in hardwood with enough precision for driving brass screws without the risk of twisting the little heads. In addition, they are small enough to fit in cases and installing drawer runners.
The Festool CXS Compact Drill Li 2.6Ah 564534 is a unit that offers you several features found on professional, larger drills, including the capability to adjust the clutch for fine-tuning your screw driving applications as well as adjustable speed. It takes under 30 minutes to fully recharge the batteries. This unit is lightweight and truly excels at tune-up work, cabinetry and furniture. 10.8-volt lithium-ion batteries drive this drill, and it weighs at 7.8 pounds, offering you the perfect balance between long battery life and small size.
Efficient Driving Mechanics
If you have big hands and holding coffee mugs is a problem, handling this unit is a breeze. The trigger on the CXS is meant to be pushed using your middle finger while the index finger is not for wrapping around the unit’s handle. This design allows the back of the drill to fit snuggly between your index finger and thumb, offering you better driving mechanics. The grip is comfortable to hold, giving you a bit of extra power for working on your project.
A Unique Chuck System
Most Festool family drills have the FastFix Interchangeable Chuck system that makes this CXS more versatile than most of the options available on the market. Swapping one chuck for another is like hose fitting and can be done with one hand. The FastFix system offers you six different driving options; right angle, offset, quick hex, keyless chuck, depth stop and none at all for the tightest situations.
The CXS offers the traditional keyless chuck that is similar to those found on many other drills. Use the right angle while drilling around tight spaces where not only is space unavailable, but there is stuff too. In addition, the drill is short, regarding height and length, making it perfect for people who struggle with cramped spaces.
Use the CXS to work in tight, small spaces where light is required. The LED light on this unit draws only a tiny fraction of power from the unit’s batteries. It can illuminate about a foot away.
Most drills on the market offer you onboard bit storage, but few have incorporated it as well as this model does. On the battery slot’s outside face are two 2-inch long smooth slots that are backed up by magnets. This long slot allows you to store your drill and driving bits. The inside of the slots are ramped making it easy to slide a bit up or down and release it from the magnetic pull.
Festool CXS Compact Drill Conclusion
Well designed and engineered, the Festool CXS Compact Drill Li 2.6Ah 564534 is a dream unit for anyone looking to set cabinet doors or install knobs. The drill is lightweight, but sturdy enough with variable speeds. The basic kit includes two batteries, a Systainer storage box, a charger, FastFix keyless chuck, Centrotec bit holder, Systainer storage box and Centrotec chuck. Overall, the CXS is your best bet for fast fastening and drilling.