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Battery-powered ExoActive overhead exoskeleton from Festool

The battery-powered ExoActive exoskeleton makes strenuous overhead work a breeze.

Industry sectors

  • Painter
  • Drywall
  • Wallpapering

Functions and advantages

Everything you need to know about the features and benefits of the Battery-powered ExoActive overhead exoskeleton from Festool need to know.

Brief description

The battery-powered ExoActive exoskeleton makes strenuous overhead work a breeze. Whether drywall construction, painting, wallpapering or assembly work - on walls or ceilings - the ExoActive exoskeleton gives users an extra boost for tired arms and relieves strain on the neck. By reducing the strain on their bodies, they can work more effectively, focus more on the quality of their work and ultimately enjoy what they do more. They can set the level of support they need on the exoskeleton in seconds, giving them targeted support exactly where it's needed. Like a backpack, the ExoActive is comfortable and easy to wear and can be quickly adjusted to the user's individual body size. Anpowered by an 18-volt battery, it's called ExoActive. This product innovation signals a revolution for almost all trades in the construction industry, because unlike the systems currently available on the market, the ExoActive exoskeleton actively supports the worker under the arm to facilitate fatigue-free work on walls and ceilings.


The ExoActive is an active exoskeleton. This means that the user can precisely adjust the support setting to get the level of support needed for the task at hand. Thanks to its powerful Festool 18-volt battery pack, the ExoActive gives users just the boost they need to easily complete tiring overhead tasks. From the waist up, at chest level or overhead - users can adjust where and how much support they want in seconds.


If necessary, users can also pause the Support Boost completely. This allows the ExoActive to support the user specifically where it is needed, while being as easy to carry as a backpack. It also quickly adjusts to different body sizes, so its ergonomics work perfectly for all body types. The exoskeleton makes it much easier to avoid overexertion, especially during overhead work.


This makes work feel up to a third easier. In addition, it has an active system, which is a unique selling point in this product segment. "Active" means that it is powered. As a result, the ExoActive adapts almost instantly to any work situation. The ExoActive is powered by the same Festool 18-volt battery pack that we use for our other tools.


Provides support up to 5 kg


The ExoActive gives each forearm an additional thrust of up to 50 Newton. This corresponds to a weight reduction of approx. 5 kg. By way of comparison, the PLANEX LHS 2 225 EQI long-neck sander weighs 4.7 kilograms and yet is feather-light in the hand. "Because the possible applications in the trade are so varied, the support of the ExoActive can be individually adjusted to the task at hand. By turning the knob, you can adjust the support you need at any given time. The exoskeleton has three preset work ranges for effortless control: from the hips up, from the chest up, or overhead," explains Dominic Ender. The Festool Work app (free download from the App Store or Google Play Store) also lets users select additional profiles for optimal support. The ergonomically designed, Via an easy-to-reach control element, the user can switch the ExoActive on and off as required, set the level of support to one of five levels and select the working area. If the user does not need assistance for the time being - for example, if he wants to pick up a screw or mix paint - he can pause the system at the touch of a button.


Maximum freedom of movement


The new exoskeleton becomes one with your body. No interfering components, no restrictive straps. Whether you're picking up a screw, mixing paint or retrieving tools from your vehicle, the ExoActive exoskeleton offers maximum freedom of movement and a high level of comfort. A practical detail: all fabric and harness parts of the ExoActive are removable and washable, so it can be worn by different people. In addition, each user can be equipped with their own harness system, which makes switching between them even easier and faster.


Exoskeletons in humans and animals:


A brief explanation The use of an exoskeleton as a supportive unit is not a new idea: In nature, there are many different land-based organisms and marine creatures with an external support structure in the form of an exoskeleton. Mechanical exoskeletons, on the other hand, are mechanical structures that can be worn on the human body and are usually relatively easy to remove. Using joints in the exoskeleton that are powered by an external energy source, active exoskeletons support or amplify the wearer's movements.


Integrated into the Festool 18 Volt system


The ExoActive is supplied with all accessories in a robust packaging that serves as a raised storage surface in addition to product protection. The ExoActive is powered by an 18-volt battery that is also compatible with the entire Festool 18-volt system.


The rechargeable battery world from Festool:


There's more to it than "just" power "Battery technology and battery-powered devices are a very significant trend in the tool market. We have aligned our strategy with this and are continuously expanding our portfolio accordingly For the sake of it - we want to more specifically test how battery technology is best suited to the application in question, we want to optimize results so that products are perfect for their applications, and we want to make work easier and safer and better for craftsmen," says Sascha Menges, Managing Director of Festool GmbH. This commitment is exemplified by the new additions to the Festool 18-volt system, in particular the Systainer saw CSC SYS 50,


The battery-powered ExoActive exoskeleton was specially developed for strenuous overhead work such as drywall, painting, wallpapering or assembly work. It supports the user when the arms get tired and at the same time relieves the neck. By reducing physical strain, users can work more effectively, focus on the quality of their work and enjoy their jobs more. The ExoActive exoskeleton is an active support system that allows users to customize the level of support for a specific task. With a powerful Festool 18-volt battery pack, the ExoActive provides the support needed to complete overhead tasks with ease. Adjusting the level of support can be done quickly and precisely, and users can choose which part of the body needs support - be it the waist, chest level or above the head. In addition, users can pause support as needed. The ExoActive exoskeleton is designed to be easily worn like a backpack, providing targeted support where it is needed. Festool's battery-powered ExoActive overhead exoskeleton is an industrial exoskeleton designed specifically for indoor use. It focuses on supporting the upper body, particularly the shoulders, neck and arms. The exoskeleton allows overhead and frontal movements. It weighs 7 kg and is suitable for users with a height of 150 to 190 cm. It is used in the assembly, craft, industrial and manufacturing sectors. The exoskeleton is powered by electricity and does not contain AI components. It is suitable for use on machines, but not for driving forklifts or vans and not for sitting on a chair. It is dust, water and oil resistant and can be used in temperatures up to 40 degrees. The net selling price is 7500 euros and the product is available in Europe. There is no minimum purchase required and regular maintenance is necessary. The exoskeleton can lift up to 5 kg per arm. The manufacturer is headquartered in Germany and production is done in Europe. It has a CE mark and a warranty of 1 year.

More information:

The ExoActive is an active and 18-volt battery-powered exoskeleton from Festool. It is light and comfortable to wear like a backpack and can be individually adapted to different body sizes. The ExoActive adapts the required support force to the respective activity in seconds and relieves the front shoulder muscles by up to 30 percent during overhead work. Each forearm is supported by the ExoActive with an additional force of up to 50 Newtons, which corresponds to a relief of about 5 kilograms. The support force and working range of the ExoActive can be easily adjusted, also using the Festool Work App. The ExoActive is a unit with the body and offers maximum freedom of movement and high wearing comfort. It is powered by an 18 volt battery and is part of the Festool 18 volt system. It is expected to be available from specialist dealers in the course of 2023. Festool is continuously expanding its portfolio of battery-powered tools to make crafts easier, safer and better. The ExoActive exoskeleton from Festool actively supports craftsmen and can be worn like a backpack. It reduces physical strain and increases effectiveness and concentration. The ExoActive is individually adjustable and is powered by an 18-volt battery pack. It provides an additional force of up to 50 Newtons and relieves the wearer of up to 5 kilograms. Additional profiles and settings can be selected with the Festool Work App. The exoskeleton allows freedom of movement and wearing comfort and can be adjusted to different body sizes. It uses an 18-volt battery that is compatible with the Festool 18-volt system. Exoskeletons are also known in nature and animals as an external support structure. Festool has focused its strategy on battery technology to make crafts easier, safer and better.

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Facts & Figures

Bei der Firma Festool handelt es sich um ein Familienunternehmen aus Wendlingen und ist auf hochwertige elektrische Werkzeuge spezialisiert. Das Unternehmen hat im Jahr 2024 ganze 2.700 Mitarbeiter. Das Festool eigene Exoskelett namens ExoActive wurde von dem Unternehmen exoIQ GmbH entwickelt, welches wie Festool selbst Teil der TTS Gruppe ist. Das ExoActive von Festool wurde speziell für Handwerker entwickelt, das S700 von exoIQ für die Industrie. Das Unternehmen hat mehrere weltweite Standorte und wurde 1925 gegründet.

Company address

  • Festool GmbH
  • Wertstraße 20
  • D-73240 Wendlingen

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