Take that, “to do” list!

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How many task solutions can you organize into 6 sf?

Festool Systems for Organization

One of the most stressful aspects of managing multiple paint projects simultaneously is that empty feeling when you arrive on a job and realize that you have forgotten something. There is always something. But we are gaining on it. Giving every system a little scrubdown, or in some cases a major upgrade, is a big step in the right direction. There is just no good reason not to make things a little easier on ourselves.

In the past couple of years, we have seen day in and day out the cumulative effect of integrating Festool systems. Neat and tidy is a much better way to fly.

What has been your number one system tweak lately?

Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you!

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  1. Mike says:

    Scott, I too use a “Bucket Boss” for my paint stuff and try to keep everything under the Sun in it. I need to get wheels for that thing cause it’s so heavy! The systainers are probably nice, but pricey (I’m a cheapskate! I just hate having to dig through the interior of the bucket for stuff. Kinda like finding something in a woman’s purse. As I mentioned in another post, I’m thinking about inventing a brush holder that would display all your brushes and hold them in place. Just don’t know how much of a market there is for it.

  2. I love our systainers. The best thing I did was to buy systainers for all the papers we use for our various sanders. Keeps them all neat and tidy and in order. Easier to manage stock numbers as well. I even ripped the liner out of a cooler systainer that I got in a promo that I now use for our vacuum bags. Gotta love Festool.

    • Scott Burt says:

      Thats a good idea, Rob. Dedicating a small systainer to vac bags would be a surefire way to make sure they are properly inventoried and accounted for, and most importanly…there when you need them!

  3. StevenH says:

    I’m curious where did you get your midi? Because a lot of dealers still have the older stock.

  4. StevenH says:

    I made a decision and get the festool vacuum instead of dustless vacuum.
    I’m still waiting for the newly updated vaccum they did on their mini and midi. New self cleaning filter bags and factory installed HEPA filter.

  5. Rob says:

    Thanks Scott, you know what is going to happen as soon as my wife sees that! Is that a systainer for the vacuum parts or part of the vacuum? I do get tired of chasing vacuum parts!

    • The systainer on top of the vac contains a sander to hook up to the vac. All the tools have systainers that lock together and are compatible with the vac units. Totally self contained, grab and go.

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