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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 09-29-2007 02:40 AM

Fingersleft said:

I think Festool did not intend to complete with conventional high quality tools. They are simply introducing an alternative.

Two things there, the first is that Festool’s been around since, what, the 1920s or so? They’re just a new company in the North American market.

But to your “an alternative” point: exactly. Tom pointed out a couple of places that the “saw on a rail” concept requires different thinking. That’s a big deal. If I pick up a magazine, I can make most if not all of the cuts the magazine suggests, but quite often I can’t make ‘em the way that the magazine suggests. I don’t cut dadoes with a saw, I cut ‘em with a router. For a tablesaw you’ve got to build a jig to do angled cuts, for the Festool saw you’ve got to build a jig to do repeatable cuts (where the MFT and/or the MFS isn’t sufficient, although for most cases it is). Yes, it’s an alternative, and sometimes it requires thinking about things in entirely different ways from the tradition.

For the sake of the portable shop and my safety concerns and the price of real estate where I live, I’m all over Festool. If you’ve got room for a SawStop with a good dust collector, there are times when I envy you…

And as slaphitter points out, yeah, I could cut dovetails with a saw and a chisel. Lots of people do, and I respect them. If money were no object I’d have a WoodRat. Diff’rent strokes.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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