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Blog entry by oldnovice posted 07-30-2009 07:05 AM 1946 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I was putting some of my hand held power tools away and I realized that the AC power cables were taking up a great deal of space and it would be nice if I could remove them and hang the up (in a cable rack) much like the electronic instruments I used when I still had a job.

On the instruments the AC cord connects to a socket on the instrument and the same could be done with nearly all power tools (the Bosch Colt router has an EMI filter on the cord and maybe an exception) with the addition of a locking mechanism (you don’t want to lose power in the middle of any task). The cord could be disconnected, the tool put away, and a new one connected.

Power tool manufacturers could save and make some money as you could buy a tool with or without the AC cord and buy replacements as needed. I have had a number of AC cords break (typically at the tool end) and re-wiring a tool for a new power cord is a pain in the butt (specially when you want/need to finish the task).

I would like some input from the LJ folks!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 07-30-2009 07:16 AM

Some of Milwaukee’s tools have a removable cord. They install as a twist-lock.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 07-30-2009 11:56 AM

My DeWalt router does also! I would be in favor!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#3 posted 07-30-2009 12:14 PM

nice feature to have ,
probably be like fords and chevys though .
34 different cord lock combinations ,
then the popeal multy connector gizmo,
with free ginshu steak knives !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Kent Shepherd

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#4 posted 07-30-2009 03:34 PM

Festool does that on almost all their tools.
It works great


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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 07-30-2009 04:48 PM

Yep, I forgot about the Festool – and I even have a couple of there tools!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 07-30-2009 05:05 PM

I agree with everyone that it would be a very nice feature to have.
What is unfortunate though is that each manufacturer uses their own proprietary connectors to attach to the tool end so that the only standard connector we find is the 110Vac plug on the other end of that cord.
Soo that limits you to only having 1 brand in your shop.
I personally will not suscribe to that filosophy….

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#7 posted 07-30-2009 05:38 PM

I, t00, would like to see this feature. I, too, agree all mfg’rs would use a propiertary lock. Therefore, it would be necessary for a governing board to adopt a standard for both 110/120 and 220/240 connectors. Of course, several sizes may be necessary for different conductor sizes for safety.

We see this on the other end of the power cord when we plug into the source. Why not at the tool end also.

This could eliminate power cord included in the purchase of ANY electrical appliance/tool. the user could than purchase the type, colors, and length of cord to suit his (or her) need. It could save significantly upon the amount of power cords made in the world. It could save billions over the next decade.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#8 posted 07-31-2009 01:46 AM

I am interested how the Festool (can’t afford these tools) connects. Do they use a locking mechanism like Milwaukee?

Connection at the tool end CAN be standardized much like they were for electronic instruments, all it takes is power tool industry cooperation.

I also see a parallel to the pneumatic tools. Pneumatic tools all use interchangeable connectors. Can you imagine what king of mess there would be if these came with connected hoses instead of connectors?

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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Dan Lyke

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#9 posted 07-31-2009 04:55 AM

Festool’s mechanism locks with a quarter twist. I’ve zip-tied a cord to my dust collector hose, and just use that cord. The rest hang on the pegboard or sit in the tool boxes.

I believe that some folks have tracked down the tool side connectors for Festool and modified their other tools to have a short tail to the Festool connector.

Aaaaand, Power Delivery Systems is trying to commercialize a swivel connector for 110v power. I’d consider replacing my Festool connectors for that… Unfortunately, it looks like they’re just shipping prototype quantities right now, but it might be worth opening a communication with them.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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