Festool Experience 2022

Festool Experience 2022

Friday, October 21, 2022
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
1500 Riverside Ave., Fort Collins, CO

Learn about all things Festool at Festool Experience 2022.

Festool representatives will be at Sears Trostel to answer your questions about the Festool system of power tools and demonstrate the latest innovations. The event will focus on the experience of cutting, joining and finishing with Festool products, and promises to be a great introduction for those who are new to Festool. Sears Trostel is one of only two retailers in Colorado chosen to host a Festool Experience event this year, and the only one in Northern Colorado.

Over the last 90 years tradespeople and woodworkers have come to trust the reliability and longevity of Festool products, which are built to stand-up to the toughest demands in construction, carpentry, renovation work and woodworking.

Register for Festool Experience 2022 on the Festool website, to help them gauge how many representatives will be needed at the event. To register you will need to create a MyFestool account or login if you already have one. In creating an account you will be able to say 'yes' or 'no' to receiving promotional materials from Festool. You can easily delete the account under My Profile after the event, if needed. Purchasers of Festool equipment can access warranty information and other helpful resources in their MyFestool account.  

Click here to register for Festool Experience 2022

Enter to win a TOPROCK Bluetooth Speaker and Festool swag at the event!

LUNCH is on us from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Demo Day

Demo Day
Thursday, September 22, 2022
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
1500 Riverside Ave., Fort Collins, CO

See the latest tools and products from top woodworking brands IN ACTION, talk with manufacturer reps, and enter to WIN great PRIZES at this fun and informative event. Whether you are a professional contractor, home DIYer or woodworker, this event has something for you. 

Representatives from SawStop, Festool, Fein, Kreg, CMT Orange Tools and Kenryu blades will be on-hand to demonstrate products and answer questions throughout the event.

Don't miss the amazing hotdog-vs-SawStop table saw demos!  10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm and 1:15 pm

SAVE 20% on ALL General Finishes products, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. This a great deal that you won't find often!
Discount taken on regular retail prices.

Register on Demo Day to WIN
over $500 worth of prizes between 7:30 am and 2:00 pm. You do not have to be present to win.

  • Festool Systainer3 CENTROTEC Drill Bit Set  
  • Festool Work Lamp SYSLITE KAL II-Set
  • Festool TS 55 Plunge Cut Saw Blade
  • Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig® 720
  • Kreg Panel Carrier
  • Kreg Multi-Purpose Project Blocks
  • Kreg Drilling Guide
  • FEIN 10pk Multi-Tool Blades
  • CMT 10” Cabinetmakers Series Blade
  • CMT 10” Combination Blade
  • CMT 10" Ripping Blade 10”
  • TENRYU Silencer series 10” Arbor Blade
  • TENRYU Silencer series 10” Arbor Combo Blade

Tacos El Diablo food truck (eldiablofortcollins.com) is serving LUNCH! The first 125 people at Demo Day will receive a voucher for one FREE entrée* valid during Demo Day only (10:00 am - 2:00 pm).

* The entrée includes 1 Asada, Pastor, Chorizo or Chicken Taco, or Cheese Quesadilla, plus beans and rice.

Take advantage of our Cedar Sale deals!  LEARN MORE

We look forward to seeing you at Demo Day!


Pakari: The Pine That's Perfect for Exterior Applications

June 15, 2021

Pakari: The Pine That's Perfect for Exterior Applications
Pakari is a new and innovative, real-wood choice that is perfect for building decks. It's durable, water and decay resistant, chemical-free, sustainably sourced and has an exotic look.

Read more about how this softwood pine is being used for exterior projects on the Colorado Builder magazine website.

Check out our Pakari decking, lumber and paneling options here.

Cut the Cord with Festool

Cut the Cord with Festool
There’s great satisfaction in a job well-done. The process is even more enjoyable when you have the right tools to help a project come together quickly and with ease.

Going cordless with your power tools offers a lot of freedom. Many brands and options are available to contractors and home DIYers in cordless power tools, and an equally wide range of quality, construction and life span.

We asked Sears Trostel customer, Jeremiah Sailer, why he has invested in many Festool cordless products, as well as the whole Festool line.

Jeremiah has worked in custom carpentry for 15 years, and six years ago started Sailer Carpentry in Fort Collins. Three years into business for himself, after trying-out a fellow contractor's Festool products, he started selling-off his tools from another tool brand and replenished them with Festool. Now his job sites are outfitted with nearly all Festool products and he has no regrets about making the change.

Festool manufactures many cordless tools — drills, sanders, jigsaws, track saws, multi-tool, angle grinder — and Jeremiah says he owns most all of them. Cordless makes up approximately 30% of his tool inventory. The convenience of cordless tools adds to the overall efficiency of a job by allowing his team to easily move between sawing stations on a job site with one track saw; walk through a house and do sanding detail work; and have freedom of movement with the twisting and turning of a jigsaw without the cord slowing you down.

"I think there is night and day difference" he said when asked about the battery life between Festool batteries and the batteries of his previous cordless tools.

“Cordless Festool lasts quite awhile. Plus their charger charges fairly quickly,” he added. “All of our drills are cordless and we're not having to swap-out batteries all the time. We can go quite awhile before we would need a charge. Even our little drills for cabinet installs. We can almost get through an entire cabinet pack in a custom home without having to swap-out batteries."

“Drills in box stores are designed for a certain amount of use and then they fail,” said Jeremiah. They’re not necessarily designed to break, but they don't have the gearing. They don't have the proper engineering to last like Festool does. That to me is the big difference. I feel like everything is geared and engineered to what we do. Cordless and corded."

Jeremiah is sold on both cordless and corded Festool. But why did he make the switch to Festool? There are several reasons he said…
  • “Precision. Festool is specifically engineered for what we do.”
  • “The efficiency of working with the tools allows us to be quicker on the process of building so that we can take our time on the install."
  • "The cleanliness of how Festool comes together and the set-up is very organized. I really love that."
  • "Every tool hooks up to a dust extractor. That's really key with my homeowners and my clients."
  • “Their warranty program is amazing."
  • “Festool allows us to set-up shop in somebody's home and be able to fabricate anything out of wood for their house."

Jeremiah bases the success of his business more on the outcome of projects, rather than on the financial bottom line.

"The majority of what we work with and what we wear on our sleeve is Festool, and that is what creates a lot of success in what we do.”

Sailer Carpentry specializes in finish work and custom carpentry in custom homes, and takes on projects like stairways, cabinet installs, built-ins and faux beams. Check out their website and Instagram to learn more.


2020 Woodworking Show Winners

2020 Woodworking Show Winners
THANKS to everyone that participated in the Sears Trostel 17th Annual Woodworking Show, Sale & Competition last week, February 20-22! There is so much talent in our community and we love providing a venue to share their creativity.

We also thank this year's judges who took-on the difficult task of picking the winners from the wide variety of beautiful and technically-challenging entries:
Hobbyist Category Winners

1st Place — Dan Swaim, "Swirl Bowl" in Purpleheart, Redheart, Ash, Oak and Wenge

2nd Place — Don Maul, "Blanket Strip" in Bigleaf Maple Burl

3rd Place — Brian Carroll, "Chillin" in Mesquite and Juniper

Professional Category Winners

1st Place — Ray Cole, "Rosette" in Oak, Cherry and Maple

2nd Place — Terry Chaplin, "Prairie Storm Table Lamp" in Maple

3rd Place — Spencer Young, "Everette Media Console" in Walnut, Bubinga and Maple

Best of Epoxy — Jim Stroh, "Serving Tray 2" in Reclaimed Red Oak, White Oak and Elm

Visitors at the show were the judges for the People's Choice Award. Congratulations to Doug Turner for his "3-Leg Stool" in Black Walnut!

If you weren't able to make it to the show, you can see all the entries in the 17th Annual Woodworking Show Gallery.