Festool is introducing its first edgebander, the Conturo KA 65, a portable tool that accommodates a variety of banding materials for use on straight and curved runs, convex and concave shapes, and internal corners.
The Conturo is part of Festool’s system to fulfill a woodworker’s entire range of banding needs, according to product manager Rick Bush.
“We wanted to think about application and the end-user when making it so we’re introducing what we call the Perfect Edge System,” Busch says. “We also have a new router, bits and other accessories coming out that will work along with the Conturo. The customer will be able to apply the edgebanding, trim and machine it to a finished edge or what we would call the ‘perfect edge.’ ”
The Conturo features a self-contained cartridge gluing system, called a Glue Puck. The pucks are available in four colors — “natural,” white, black and brown — that are easy to change. The amount of available glue is displayed on a digital readout.
But the tool’s standout feature is really its versatility.
“Shops that already have edgebanding machines that do straight work often need very expensive attachments for contoured work. The Conturo allows them to have that flexibility to do all types of custom work,” Bush says. “And for shops without a stationary edgebander, the Conturo eliminates a big investment in capital and floor space. It can fit into one of our Systainers and go underneath a table for easy storage.”
The Conturo sells for $2,600. It will be available as a kit with a Systainer and accessories for $2,800.
For information, call 888-337-8600 or visit www.festoolusa.com.
This article originally appeared in the March 2015 issue.