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Rory Parker – Festool With You Every Day

Rory Parker is a Festool with you everyday winner. He won an incredible £10,000 worth of products, including £8,000 of Festool tools and accessories to choose from and £2,000 worth of bott Smartvan racking system for his van.

“You enter these things without any real anticipation of ever winning so it was certainly a surprise, and I couldn’t really believe it at first.” Rory was invited to visit the company’s UK HQ in Bury St Edmunds to look at what he’d won and receive some product training. The prize included Multifunction table, CSC SYS 50 cordless table saw, the Festool 1400 EBQ Router, an angle grinder, the PSC 420 Cordless Jigsaw, the Cordless Delta Sander DTSC 400, and the GHS 25 Bluetooth Ear Defenders and a new light.

Rory’s a co-owner of ParkerRose Kitchens & Interiors, trading since 2016 and specialising in kitchens and cabinetry. The quality work accomplished on site is complemented by an impressive showroom and workshop facility in St Ives, as Rory explains “it’s an invaluable resource for us because we can meet clients there, go through every aspect of the job, and show them samples.” The team can plan projects themselves or collaborate with interior designers with bespoke elements generated by ParkerRose staff using SketchUp and AutoCAD software. Rory will travel from his Cambridgeshire base around the surrounding counties, and into north London, with much of his work won through recommendation.

“I started working for my dad installing timber windows and we were using a lot of Festool sanders even then, so I’ve always been aware of the quality,” he recalls. “The first tool I actually bought was a Festool TS 55 Plunge-cut Saw, along with a couple of drills. I now use the cordless TSC 55 K all the time and its performance easily stands up to a mains machine. That comparable power output is the case with the entire cordless offering today and it’s such a convenient development.”

“With the kind of work we undertake I’d certainly need my original CXS and TXS compact cordless drill drivers. We use them in the workshop on cabinets and they are small enough to get into confined spaces but still have plenty of power and versatility. I’ve had them seven or eight years now and they’re so reliable. Added to those are the new 18- volt CXS 18 and TXS 18 compact screwdrivers which I use for site work.” One solution that has impressed Rory amongst the hugely generous Festool freebies is the CSC SYS 50 Cordless Table Saw, as the Cambridgeshire carpenter explains “it’s been brilliant, especially when we’re trimming units, making infills panels and scribes. You can’t really believe at first that it fits into a Systainer, which makes it super portable.”

The first tool I actually bought was a Festool TS 55 Plunge-cut Saw, along with a couple of drills. I now use the cordless TSC 55 K all the time and its performance easily stands up to a mains machine.”

Traditional techniques and modern tools

“One thing that I really like about Festool is how they look after you as an end user. Their service department is very good and the theft cover is unique. All you need to do is register the tool online on your MyFestool customer portal and, as part of the three-year warranty, it’s protected against theft. Simply pay a £100 excess and it will be replaced. I had my van broken into in 2018, and know what it’s like to be robbed, so that’s very reassuring.” “You can tell that every feature on Festool products has been really well thought out and tested,” concludes Rory. “If you add the level of service to the quality of the kit then they really are the best in the market.”

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