Stationary machines like hollow chisel mortises and slot mortises occupy large amount of floor space in your shop, are expensive to purchase, require a lot of setup and maintenance, and force you to bring the material to the tool.
Festool has taken the revolutionary concept of the Domino joiner and made it larger, the Domino XL Joiner.
The Domino XL offers a more elegant solution to the challenge of large scale joinery. Amazingly simple to use, fast and accurate. The Domino XL now complements the capabilities of the original Domino DF 500, with a maximum tenon size of about five and a half -Inch in length (140 mm).
No job is too big for the Domino XL. With an expanded range of thicker, longer tenons, you will quickly and precisely join massive slabs, doors and gates, or construct the most durable of tables and beds.
With the Domino XL, you’ve got a system light enough and nimble enough for use anywhere in the shop or the jobsite.
When the work piece is too large to come to the machine, this makes all the difference. Precision placement of solid hardwood tenons guarantees not only a perfect fit, but a finished product that will last for generations Set version includes trim and cross stop accessories.
What’s in the box? Domino XL 700, D12 cutter, Plug-it Power Cord, Support Bracket, Wrench, T Loc Systainer Sys 5, Trim Stop and Cross Stop.
Not a huge Festool fan here. I think most of their stuff is over rated and overpriced. The Domino is a unique case because Festool’s patent isn’t going to expire any time soon so there is no alternative brand option here. I finally broke down and bought the DF 500 and it has proven to be a valuable addition to the shop so I figured I may as well go ahead and get the 700 since I had a bunch of exterior doors to build and this thing was a real time saver. No surprise there as the Domino is known for making accurate cuts quickly. The real surprise for me was Festool’s connector system for the Domino. The connectors install in a series of 3 domino mortises and make a really strong knock down furniture joint. Ikea ain’t nothing on these things. They are perfect for bed frames and similar large projects.If you are looking for a super detailed description of how the Domino works there are plenty of reviews that cover that. For most of us it is really a question of is this thing really worth the hefty price. The $1500 price doesn’t even include a full set of cutters. By the time you invest in those you are getting real close to $2,000. For that kind of money it is clear that Festool is targeting professional users. For production work this tool will save enough time to justify the price. It is a much tougher call for a hobbyist. There is no shortage of joinery methods that will accomplish similar results. It really comes down to how you like to spend your shop time. If you have lots of free time and/or like to tinker then you probably won’t find much value in the Domino since you can make your own jigs for a fraction of the price. The hobbyist who doesn’t have as much free time to spend in the shop may well see the value in a tool that will help get that project built faster. I think most hobbyists would get by just fine with the baby Domino and, for about $500 less than the 700, it is a less painful purchase. Either way you will be getting a well designed machine that seems to be built pretty well.
Oh my it’s expensive. Very expensive. But it’s Festool, and it’s designed and built by employees who are much better paid for their expertise than your typical Chinese built tool. The quality is almost impeccable. My only complaint so far is the adjustment nobs for the height and angle adjustment are plastic and feel like they may eventually break off.Once you own this tool, it really opens your eyes to new possibilities for building typical projects in a faster and more efficient way. I like to joke that the more I spend on tools, the less money I make on my projects. It’s true, since I charge by the hour, but hopefully my lower pricing will lead to more business!
I looked really hard at both the 500 and this bigger 700 XL because the price difference isn’t trivial. I decided to go big (700 XL) and then also buy the Seneca bit adapter so I can use Domino 500 bits. Ultimately I now have the full mortise range that both machines offer.Note that the 700 XL is a big and reasonably heavy machine for a hand-held tool. The pros to the weight/size are stability. The cons are also with the weight & size – it’s a little more onerous if you’re mainly making smaller joints (which I have to date). I think the size is a bigger pain than the weight because I’m often using narrower stock and I find myself constantly shifting the machine around to confirm I have it lined up correctly.I think I would have been happy with the 500 machine for 90% of what I’m doing. But the ability to do the bigger joints was the kicker for buying the bigger machine.Read all the other reviews about the precision and capability of both machines because they are true. That’s why I still give it a 5 star review. In the end this is a quality machine that has greatly improved my ability to create quality pieces of furniture.
If you are on the fence about getting one of these, come on over! The hype about this tool is totally justified. It makes even the novice woodworker super accurate and precise. It’s very easy now for me to get perfect, super strong joints, without having to lift a chisel or setup a dado blade set. You load the proper cutter (12mm supplied), set your height and depth settings, set on your work using the tool mounted spacing tabs, and plunge to create your mortise. Repeat on the other side of the joint and slip in a (not included) domino. Voilà! A perfect joint. Also, you can purchase a Small Mortise Kit from Seneca Woodworking to be able to use the cutters from the DF 500 (aka smaller domino machine). Only real gripes are it is VERY expensive and even at the very expensive price, only one cutter and NO dominos are included (that seems kinda cheap to me).
I just received the product. Seems built very solid and with the Seneca adapter kit, I expect it to come in really handy making frames for dry erase boards, picture frames as well as furniture. Looking to build a coffee table, book case and some other projects.What concerns me is the item arrives without a box and I notice in unboxing videos the units arrive with a tag attached as well as blue cellophane wrap on the bottom of the unit to prevent scratching I sent the first item back because it looked used, Amazon (ships and sold by Amazon) just sent a second unit and same thing. No tags, no box and the cellophane protective wrap is not on it. Is Amazon passing off used/ refurbished tools as new? I am going to check it out at a local store and see if the ones sold at a local restore do. If so, Amazon is getting this sent back again.
I looked at this tool for awhile trying to justify the expense but it all boiled down to one thing, I WANTED IT! 🤣🤣 I went ahead and pulled the trigger and not only got the DF 700 XL but also the DF 500 adapter from Seneca Woodworking, the domino connector set, the domino set for the DF 500 which is an assortment of the smaller dominos and the associated cutters and the larger DF 700 domino set so yeah I dropped a chunk of change here like $2500 OUCH! Oh well. So I’ve been looking at it, haven’t used it yet just getting familiar with it. It’s very well made, very nice cases with the tool and domino sets. So yeah, you ought to get one! Go ahead with the DF 700 and the adapter. That way you’ll have the full range of dominos to use.