Festool Experience 2023

Festool Experience 2023

Friday, September 8, 2023
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
1500 Riverside Ave., Fort Collins, CO

Learn about the NEW Festool products introduced in 2023!

Festool representatives will be at Sears Trostel to introduce you to the new Festool products making their debut in 2023, including the much-anticipated CSC SYS 50 Cordless Table Saw, which will be available to purchase in September. See the full line-up below.

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.

Please register to attend the Festool Experience 2023 to help us gauge how many representatives will be needed at the event.


The first 50 registered attendees receive a FREE Festool swag bag. Enter to win a Cooltainer portable cooler at the event.

Have LUNCH on us from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm!

New Festool Products 2023

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!


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.


The End of An Era

July 10, 2019

The End of An Era
The Sears Trostel Bread ’N’ Boards annual fundraiser for the Food Bank for Larimer County has become a community staple that we are very proud to be a part of. And it is with sadness that we announce that the event will not be held this December.

For 13 years, Sears Trostel employees have made cutting boards throughout the year to sell at the Bread 'N' Boards event. With a sell-out most years, the boards created to meet the needs of the event have grown to 1000+ boards. That’s a lot of boards!
“It is a time- and manpower-intensive process, and it has been nearly impossible to divert staff to the project this year," says Curt Viehmeyer, General Manager and co-owner of Sears Trostel. "The increased pace of business has made it necessary to have all hands on deck to serve our valued customers.
“With less personnel time to devote to creating boards, plus an overall saturation in the marketplace, the difficult decision was made to bring the event to a close.”
We’re excited to say Bread 'N' Boards has raised just under $330,000 for the Food Bank since its inception. Now the staff is discussing alternative ways we can be of service to the Food Bank and the community.

We say THANK YOU to Great Harvest Bread of Fort Collins and New Belgium Brewery for their steadfast sponsorship support, and to all the volunteers, local artisans and businesses that gave of their time and resources to make Bread ‘N’ Boards such a success.