Festool has launched new 2022 limited edition tools – a 7pc pliers set with custom-fitted Systainer3 tool box.
The tools are immediately recognizable as being made by NWS pliers, a German brand that specializes in pliers and cutting tools.
The new Festool 577456 “limited edition” product is available for preorder right now, with an estimated shipping ETA of December 1, 2022.
It looks like you get:
- End cutters
- Long nose pliers
- Combination pliers
- Water pump pliers
- VDE insulated side cutters
- VDE insulated wire strippers
- VDE insulated angled long nose pliers
Festool doesn’t seem to list the sizes or dimensions anywhere.
Festool USA says:
The extremely sturdy and high-quality “Made in Germany” pliers have an extremely high cutting strength and are comfortable to use. This means that the seven-part set will significantly expand your application possibilities when working with tubes, screws, sleeves, nails or wires. So that you can make a professional impression, all pliers are stored – clearly organised and ready to use – in a specially developed foam tool inlay in a blue Systainer3.
Extremely sturdy pliers with extremely high cutting strength? Actually… that’s pretty accurate for NWS pliers in my experience. This set comes with NWS-made standard cutters, which are good, but I would attribute “extremely high cutting strength” to their popular “Fantastico” compound-leverage cutters (not-included).
Will this tool kit significantly expand your application possibilities when working with tubes, screws, sleeves, nails or wires? Maybe? I will say that NWS pliers do offer a superior experience than most of the less expensive pliers and cutters you can find at the home center.
You can make a professional impression, all pliers are stored – clearly organised and ready to use. I can understand neatly organized sockets, similar to what Festool offers with their limited edition mechanics tool set, but pliers? Toss them into a pouch or tool bag.
Actually, I’d be likely to grab the Festool insert, stick it into a tool box drawer, and repurpose the Systainer for something else.
Systainer tool cases are nowhere as strong as other modular tool box systems, but decent for workshop storage or transport under less demanding conditions.
Is it worth the sticker price? Well, that depends on whether you want this exact selection of pliers and cutters, you want more hand tools with Festool branding, and you can use the blue Festool Systainer tool box.
7 pliers at $199 comes down to less than $29 apiece, plus you get the Systainer3, which is valued at $60 (via Amazon).
I haven’t yet priced out how much it would cost to buy all 7 tools under NWS branding, but this Festool set does look to be a very good value, at least if you can use what it comes with.
I very highly recommend NWS pliers. If you want all 7 of the Festool-branded tools plus a blue Systainer3 tool box, go for the limited edition set! If not, shop for NWS pliers individually and take your pick from a much broader selection.
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