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Posted on Festool (I just don't get it.)

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#1 posted 09-28-2007 11:53 PM

Thank you all for your comments. Particularly Dan who took a good amount of time to add to my level of understanding. As my original post indicates, there is, no doubt, a valid market for Festool. I just wasn’t quite sure where it was. As Dan says at the end of his post, and I completely agree, its the destination (the result) that counts. How you get there is a personal choice. However, for many of us who have gone a great distance on one path, it is difficult to absorb a completely new technology into our practices and mate it with the equipment we already have.

No doubt Festool is innovative and beautifully built. That’s why I took the time to demo it. And again, in my original post I suggested that we leave cost aside. Lord knows the number of times I’ve spent, what some would consider a startling amount of money, for a special router bit. We all spend our dollars the way we wish. Possibly, if Festool had been around 20 years ago, I might have taken that path.

I also absolutely agree with Dan’s comments about cheap tools. IMHO they are unworkable, dangerous – so much so that in the evaluation of the total price, one should include the cost of the materials which will be wasted and maybe even the first trip to the emergency room. Several years ago I was given a cheap ($29.00) Skill circular saw as a door-prize for a new store opening. After smiling politely, it went into the trash as soon as I got home. If I’m going to loose a finger, its going to be through my own carelessness, not the carelessness of some company trying to sell a cheap, poorly designed tool.

I also can relate to Dan’s comment about “fear.” Fear is instrumental in keeping us connected to our digits no matter which tool we use.

With respect to Mark’s comment equating Festool to a fine German automobile, I would stack up my table saw, my surface planner, and many other powertools I own to Festool’s quality and performance. I think Festool did not intend to complete with conventional high quality tools. They are simply introducing an alternative.

-- Bob

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