festool drill review

Festool 576447 T

Pros

Cons

£364.84

approx. price

The Festool cordless drill with a modern Li-Ion battery impresses at first glance with excellent parameters. The battery voltage of 18 V indicates that it will be a powerful machine. The capacity of 4 Ah then promises a long battery life. Despite the high capacity, the drill battery charges very quickly; ideally, it can be recharged within 30 minutes, and several times longer charging time is expected. A minor drawback for some users may be the weight of 1.7 kg. Of course, there are also significantly lighter models. The dimensions of the drill are standard; you can find them below in the table.

Basic characteristics

The Festool drill can handle drilling in wood and steel easily, creating a hole with a diameter of up to 40 mm in the first material and up to 13 mm in steel, both above average. The drill’s torque is also above average, 35 Nm for wood and 50 Nm for steel. So you don’t have to worry about the force when screwing or drilling. Chuck’s range is from 1.5 – 13 mm. The drill does not lack speed adjustment or reverse, so it can handle drilling, tightening and loosening. The disadvantage, however, is the need for hammering, due to which it may not cope with some more complex and rougher materials.

ParameterMakita DHP485
Chuck range1.5 – 13 mm
Gears2
Idling speed 1st gear0 – 450 min
Idling speed 2nd gear0 – 1,500 min
Torque adjustment 1st gear0.8 – 8 Nm
Torque adjustment 2nd gear0.5 – 6 Nm
Drilling diameter wood40 mm
Drilling diameter steel13 mm
Max. in Steel13 mm
Max. torque wood35 Nm
Max. torque steel50 Nm
Battery capacity (ah)4 ah
BluetoothYes
ReverseYes
Weight1.7 kg
Drive typeBattery

Expert Review

Due to the absence of impact, the Festool drill is only used in specific projects, such as furniture assembly and kitchen fitting, or installation of doors and windows, and drilling and screw-driving in wood, metal and plastic. You can also use it to install fences and outdoor pergolas. An excellent feature is the light weight of the drill.

Summary

The only thing we can criticise about the Festool 576447 T cordless drill is the absence of impact. In this respect, it depends mainly on you and your needs; for example, you will not use hammering when drilling in wood. Otherwise, however, it performed great in the comparative test and, in addition to high performance, it also pleases with fast charging and long endurance. So if you miss the hammer, we can safely recommend this drill. For example, there is the DeWalt DCD796 18V XR cordless drill as an alternative to hammering.