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World first from Festool: CONTURO - the first mobile edge bander with unique cartridge gluing system

 

Festool is launching the new CONTURO system onto the market - a hand-guided electric power tool for edge banding and a complete system solution to create the perfect edge with virtually invisible joins. The CONTURO is easy to operate and produces excellent results – both on rectangular components and complex free shapes. Perfect for manufacturing small batches as well as individual solutions that require the quick attachment of high-quality edging, even on curved, convex or concave shapes.

Requirements for the perfect edge are becoming ever more demanding because in addition to functionality, greater importance is being attached to appearance and feel. Visible glued joins and dirt that settles along the edge or noticeable protruding edges are definitely to be avoided. The working result can only be considered high in quality if the edges are machined perfectly. At present, straight edges are predominantly affixed using a bench-mounted edge bander that glues, trims, cuts and polishes to a perfect quality standard. A machining centre that incorporates a gluing station is required to affix edging to shaped parts and can be very costly as well as financially unviable for smaller enterprises. Mobile gluing has always been a messy, slow and awkward process that usually fails to deliver the desired edge quality.

 

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Guided by hand and simply perfect

With the new CONTURO system, Festool has reached a new level of edge trimming perfection that was previously unattainable with hand-guided machines. "The perfect edge": the attachment of edging to simple rectangular components or complex free shapes such as curves, radii, convex and concave shapes. Includes internal curves of up to 50 millimetres and outer curves of 30 millimetres and above. Edging with a height of 18 to 65 millimetres and a thickness of 0.5 to 3.0 millimetres (depending on the material) is quick and easy to process. Likewise, it is possible to attach edging to mitred edges from 0-45° to an outstanding quality in combination with the bench unit. Versatile and easy to operate, the CONTURO represents a genuine system solution for manufacturing individual shaped parts as well as attaching edges to workpieces or items of furniture produced in small batches. Packed in a SYSTAINER, the CONTURO is also suitable for mobile use and small handicraft companies as well as manufacturing edging in situ to a perfect quality finish.

 

A glue application system that has never been seen before

Festool has equipped the CONTURO with a unique glue application system that can glue edging made from different materials such as wood, plastic or melamine onto workpieces. The glue is applied accurately to the edge band through a nozzle and guarantees a tight join. The glue dosage is adapted automatically to the preset edging height. The display provides all the necessary information: temperature, glue level and the residual edging length – a specification that indicates how many metres of edging can still be glued at the preset edging width. In this way, the glue can be applied efficiently, easily and cleanly in exact doses. The heating grid only melts the exact amount of glue that is actually required. Consequently, the glue is not heated unnecessarily and the adhesive properties and colour of the glue are therefore retained. In practice, the CONTURO produces consistently perfect results without requiring unwanted rework. The unique glue application system uses cartridges that make changing the glue colour both practical and easy.

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The complete solution for the perfect edge

Festool offers a complete system for producing the "perfect edge": the new CONTURO KA 65 with system accessories together with the new Basic MFK 700 edge router, new stationary unit for small workpieces and mitre cuts and the VAC-SYS vacuum clamping system for reliable work without leaving scratches. Festool also offers matching accessories such as EVA adhesive, a trimming machine, edging holder, patented scraper, additional roller and much more. More information on the complete CONTURO system as well as a selection of product and application films and user manual are available at www.festool.de/conturo. The CONTURO system is available at specialist retailers from February 2014.