Festool Domino DF 500 Joining System review

Festool Domino DF 500 Joining System reviewFor many, the question arises what is the best conventional router, Jointers, the expansion plug machine for two dowels or flat-dowel mill Festool Domino DF-500 (a more powerful version of the DF-700XL). The best, according to many, is the Festool Domino DF-500Q. Opponents led counter arguments, that the same things can be obtained unlike the cheaper using other tools. Well, if you do two cabinets per month, it may be so, but if you do something on a larger scale, it is difficult to do without Domino.

Small review of Domino DF 500

What is this tool? It is a primarily flat-dowel mill in intended for connection details. The main purpose – to position the detail so that it will not have traveled. The machine can work with mills and Domino Tenons 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm and 10mm. The cutter may include a fixed depth of 12, 15, 20, 25 or 28mm.

Fraser has three fixed width Cutting capacity at Domino Tenons. At its narrowest position, cutting width is the width of a domino. The other two provisions make wider cuts.
Domino DF 500
Emphasis sets the distance from the cutter center to the edges of the material. The focus may move “smoothly” in the range of 8 to 30 mm. There are a number of predefined stop position: 16 mm below material 20, 22, 25, 28, 36 and 40 mm. Also, the emphasis can be installed at angles between 0 and 90 degrees.

Domino Tenons

The first models had round side stops, the new models have a different design. This is due to the fact that their competitor said copyrights to point stops, so they were replaced by blades “improved design”. The only advantage of the blades is that they can be removed. In my opinion, the round stops have more advantages. As the Domino Tenons to find extremely difficult with them, and they will not consider advantages.

Domino Tenons

Very Important! Domino Tenons can be used to connect a vacuum cleaner only! Firstly cleaner, and secondly not to score cutter shavings. Cleaner, meaning that if the chips fall under the stops, the whole accuracy will be lost, instead of a flat surface will lestitsa.

For cabinet furniture mainly used Domino 4.5 and 6mm. Why is that? The main rule is that the thickness of the Domino Tenons must be no more than one-third of the thickness of the material. Those. 18mm for sheets is 6mm, 16mm is 5mm. Less please, but the more, the stronger.

Small review of Domino DF 500

With Festool Domino DF-500, you can do whatever you want. Cabinets, doors, doors, tables, chairs, stands, etc. Domino Tenons can replace 95 percent of dowels, and virtually all of the lamella.



  • Unique, patented cutting action that rotates and oscillates to create perfect, clean, and repeatable mortises every time.
  • Mortise width adjustment with the turn of a dial allows for easier alignment when joining panels.
  • Pivoting Fence allows you to create angled mortises from 0-90° with positive stops at 22.5°, 45°, 67.5°.
  • Indexing pins for quick alignment against the edge of the workpiece for accurate placement.
DOMINO cutter D 5 +
Plug-it power cord  +
Support bracket  +
Wrench  +
Systainer  +
Cutter spindle speed 24,300 rpm
DOMINO slot cutter diameter (5/6/8/10 mm)
Miter routing 0-90°; stop positions at 0°, 22.5°, 45°, 67.5°, 90°
Movable stepped stop (16/20/22/25/28/36/40 mm)
Power consumption 420 watts
Routing depth stop (12/15/20/25/28 mm)
Routing height adjuster with scale (5-30 mm)
Weight 7 lbs. (3.2 kg)

Origin: www.festoolusa.com

What about the Domino? This is an expensive and specialized tool, but it gets the job done quickly, efficiently and perfectly. The money is definitely worth it!


Festool Domino DF 500 review is not a finished material. We will further test the tool and extend our experience in the near future. In the meantime, you can leave your feedback about this tool.

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