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When to buy Festool?

by steffen707
posted 08-28-2018 10:18 PM


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#1 posted 08-28-2018 10:20 PM

No, no and no.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 08-28-2018 10:49 PM

I would look at Bob’s Festool online. Great online shop for everything Festool. Call him and ask. If you are ready for it now and have a use for it, just get what you need. Sometimes we fuss too much with waiting on the right sale. There are rarely Festool sales, but regularly they have price increases!

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#3 posted 08-28-2018 11:35 PM


If you are ready for it now and have a use for it, just get what you need. Sometimes we fuss too much with waiting on the right sale. There are rarely Festool sales, but regularly they have price increases!

- BroncoBrian

+1 on that. It sounds like you have the need for the track saw, several rails, and the dust collection system now. A potential savings of 10% on just the dust collector probably is not that big a portion of the overall price tag. If you need it now, buy it now. As Brian mentioned, the chance of a price increase before any small sale is pretty good. You snooze you lose!

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#4 posted 08-29-2018 01:44 AM

Thanks guys, i’ll pull the trigger now I guess.

Any opinion of which blade I should get to rip 40 year old rough sawn pine and oak? Does the blade it comes with work for that application well? Doesn’t need to be glue line smooth.

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#5 posted 08-29-2018 01:55 AM

I am on a e-mailing list from Festool to receive notices about reconditioned tools sold for less than brand new (slightly!). Have to pay attention … they don’t last long!

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#6 posted 08-29-2018 02:16 AM

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#7 posted 08-29-2018 02:33 AM



No, no and no.

- robscastle

Would you buy a SawStop?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#8 posted 08-29-2018 11:13 AM

Toolnut.com seems to always offer the 10% off a dust extractor or MFT when you buy a Festool tool. I just checked and tehy are now. Free shipping as well. I’ve had good experiences with them.

I have a TS55 and I’ve very happy with it. I would definitely suggest getting a rip blade if you’ll be cutting thick solid wood. My stock blade was struggling, but the rip blade works great.

-- John

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#9 posted 08-29-2018 12:44 PM

I’ll get a ripping blade too, just don’t know if I should get that panther 12 tooth or the 28 tooth one.

I forsee making glue up panels in the future, so may e I should get the 28 tooth one.

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#10 posted 08-29-2018 02:36 PM

keep an eye on ebay for their xx% off days. Sometimes you can get festool from Hartville hardware on sale that way.

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#11 posted 08-29-2018 02:51 PM



keep an eye on ebay for their xx% off days. Sometimes you can get festool from Hartville hardware on sale that way.

- BuffaloBrewer


Thanks for the tip!

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#12 posted 08-29-2018 04:57 PM

I just bought a Domino XL, vacuum and 8/10 domino kit from Lee Valley on Sunday, they threw in free shipping.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#13 posted 08-29-2018 06:07 PM

if you buy another domino kit check amazon.de .

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#14 posted 08-29-2018 06:59 PM



if you buy another domino kit check amazon.de .

- BuffaloBrewer

Good prices, but the one I wanted is sold out. What is the shipping to US?

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#15 posted 08-29-2018 07:02 PM


if you buy another domino kit check amazon.de .

- BuffaloBrewer

Good prices, but the one I wanted is sold out. What is the shipping to US?

- RobS888


Looks like about $180 with shipping. I’ll try them next time.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#16 posted 08-29-2018 07:06 PM

If I remember right about 20 euros. I have prime, so not sure if that affects it or not.

if you buy another domino kit check amazon.de .

- BuffaloBrewer

Good prices, but the one I wanted is sold out. What is the shipping to US?

- RobS888


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#17 posted 08-29-2018 07:28 PM



If I remember right about 20 euros. I have prime, so not sure if that affects it or not.

if you buy another domino kit check amazon.de .

- BuffaloBrewer

Good prices, but the one I wanted is sold out. What is the shipping to US?

- RobS888

- BuffaloBrewer


Pretty cool, thanks.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#18 posted 08-30-2018 06:22 AM



keep an eye on ebay for their xx% off days. Sometimes you can get festool from Hartville hardware on sale that way.

- BuffaloBrewer

I have never paid retail for a single Festool bought new, eBay has been a major factor in this, either via percentage off sales or eBay bucks. For accessories I use German and UK Amazon and have saved a ton.

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#19 posted 09-03-2018 03:03 PM

do you have a table saw…..just saying

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#20 posted 09-04-2018 04:44 AM

I was in the my local wood working house of ill repute yesterday and overheard the store manager say that Festool may have a deal in October. He didn’t much in the way of details, but sounded like a tool exchange program. Where if you buy a festool, send back the tool it replaces. With festool paying the shipping.

Stay tuned later in the month and watch the obvious houses of wood working ill repute web pages or flyers….

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#21 posted 09-04-2018 01:56 PM

Anytime is a good time to buy Festool!

I also get email notifications about the reconditioned items. They are 20% off retail. I’ve gotten items that look like they are brand new and I have gotten some with some small scuffs and wear marks.

I will likely keep trying to buy the reconditioned items as long as I don’t have any issues with them.

-- I live on caffeine, sawdust and swear words. https://timberandashdesigns.com/

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#22 posted 09-19-2018 12:14 PM

Wouldn’t you know it, I bought it 2.5 weeks too early.

$100 off until October 31st.

https://www.festoolproducts.com/festool-575387-ts-55-req-plunge-cut-track-circular-saw-imperial.html

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#23 posted 09-19-2018 02:45 PM



Wouldn t you know it, I bought it 2.5 weeks too early.

$100 off until October 31st.

https://www.festoolproducts.com/festool-575387-ts-55-req-plunge-cut-track-circular-saw-imperial.html

- steffen707

If you bought it after Aug 1 you are golden:

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#24 posted 09-19-2018 02:54 PM


Wouldn t you know it, I bought it 2.5 weeks too early.

$100 off until October 31st.

https://www.festoolproducts.com/festool-575387-ts-55-req-plunge-cut-track-circular-saw-imperial.html

- steffen707

If you bought it after Aug 1 you are golden:

Trade Up
If you have purchased a qualifying 55-series saw or plunge router between August 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018, please submit the following form.

- AHuxley


SWEET! I called festoolproducts and they said i needed to get it “ok-ed” by Festool, but I see on https://www.festoolusa.com/company/promo#BuyNow that you’re right, 8/1/18 Woohoo!

https://www.festoolusa.com/company/promo#BuyNow

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#25 posted 09-19-2018 02:58 PM

http://www.bobmarinosbesttools.com

Uncle Bob will sort it out ^

Good call AHuxley!

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#26 posted 09-19-2018 03:29 PM


SWEET!
- steffen707

Glad someone benefitted from me reading every post on every forum.. :)

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#27 posted 09-19-2018 03:45 PM


SWEET!
- steffen707

Glad someone benefitted from me reading every post on every forum.. :)

- AHuxley


Sure did! Had i not received that from you, i might have returned the saw within 30 days, paid shipping to do so, then re-bought it, just to qualify, which would be silly, but still would have netted a $80 savings.

This deal is about $20-30 better than getting 10% off the dust extractor. Plus for me, I don’t want to pay for the dust extractor at this time, so i’ll gladly take $100 back. Eventually i’ll get the dust extractor, but already dropped like…..$2500 on tools this year that I didn’t save fore. Thanks HELOC!

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#28 posted 09-20-2018 05:28 PM

Haven’t looked in a while (not since the kids are no longer deployed to DE). But, I had the bright idea of getting them to buy Festool item’s for me (actually me buying them off amazon.de and shipping to them. The prices looked great until the VAT was applied. That pushed the price higher than US.


if you buy another domino kit check amazon.de .

- BuffaloBrewer


-- ...Specialization is for insects.

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#29 posted 09-21-2018 10:49 AM


Haven t looked in a while (not since the kids are no longer deployed to DE). But, I had the bright idea of getting them to buy Festool item s for me (actually me buying them off amazon.de and shipping to them. The prices looked great until the VAT was applied. That pushed the price higher than US.

if you buy another domino kit check amazon.de .

- BuffaloBrewer

- Holt

Where are you shipping them? If they are shipped to the US there is no VAT. I get Festool from Amazon.de at least once a month (3 shipments last month and I am waiting for one now). The prices are always SIGNIFICANTLY below US prices, many near half. The last Domino assortment I got was ~$188 shipped. The prices you see are with the VAT already added, it comes off when you add your US address. You do have to find items that Amazon ships and things often go out of stock (this is much worse since I started preaching about this on all the forums about 3 years ago).

EDIT: I see now your mistake was trying to ship them to someone IN Germany! The shipping to the US is cheap (relative). The prices even with VAT shipped Prime (free to Germany) for many things should still ve 40-50% cheaper but then you have someone dealing with getting it to you. Just have it shipped directly to the US. Time varies between 5-15 days depending. Also, keep the orders $500 or so and below, once you get over about $600 they start holding money for customs, I just make multiple orders and I have never had to pay any duty/customs.

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#30 posted 09-21-2018 01:32 PM


Haven t looked in a while (not since the kids are no longer deployed to DE). But, I had the bright idea of getting them to buy Festool item s for me (actually me buying them off amazon.de and shipping to them. The prices looked great until the VAT was applied. That pushed the price higher than US.

if you buy another domino kit check amazon.de .

- BuffaloBrewer

- Holt

Where are you shipping them? If they are shipped to the US there is no VAT. I get Festool from Amazon.de at least once a month (3 shipments last month and I am waiting for one now). The prices are always SIGNIFICANTLY below US prices, many near half. The last Domino assortment I got was ~$188 shipped. The prices you see are with the VAT already added, it comes off when you add your US address. You do have to find items that Amazon ships and things often go out of stock (this is much worse since I started preaching about this on all the forums about 3 years ago).

EDIT: I see now your mistake was trying to ship them to someone IN Germany! The shipping to the US is cheap (relative). The prices even with VAT shipped Prime (free to Germany) for many things should still ve 40-50% cheaper but then you have someone dealing with getting it to you. Just have it shipped directly to the US. Time varies between 5-15 days depending. Also, keep the orders $500 or so and below, once you get over about $600 they start holding money for customs, I just make multiple orders and I have never had to pay any duty/customs.

- AHuxley

I’ve checked Amazon.de a few times since buffalobrewer mentioned it, but most I check won’t ship to the US. Still any that do are far less expensive.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#31 posted 09-21-2018 02:04 PM

I ve checked Amazon.de a few times since buffalobrewer mentioned it, but most I check won t ship to the US. Still any that do are far less expensive.

- RobS888

You have to develop a strategy. First, search for the items you want and then click to view the Prime only items. Most Prime items will ship to the US. Once you find items you have ANY interest in put them in your cart and later move them to the “save for later list”. Do this on some regular basis because when the item is out of stock at Amazon it leaves the item up but shows a different merchant that sells it but almost none ship to the US as they are not supposed to, neither is Amazon. Axminster in the UK quit shipping last year because Festool slapped them on the wrist. So by searching individual items or just Prime shipped Festool, in general, you will build a list of things that Amazon ships in your saved items. Any time you like you can look at the list and see which ones are in stock and ship Prime. When you see things come into Amazon stock buy them. I have been doing this for quite a while and got 13 Systainers and Sortainers in the last 30 days alone. Everything I get is about 50% of the US pricing once shipping is included. Over the last 3 years I have saved close to $5k using Amazon.de.

Also if you like German handtools don’t stop at Festool. I have bought tons of Wera, Wiha, NWS and Knipex from them. I can usually match Knipex with the Zoro 20 or 25% off coupons I get regularly. If you don’t have a Zoro account sign up. While some are their prices are over the normal street price you never have to wait more than a few weeks to get at least 20% off, the more often you buy the more often they send coupons and they are often individual (can’t share) coupons. When I first started proselytizing about Zoro two people actually bought Sawstops for about 15% off (again the start price was over “retail”). Zoro has since put SS on the no discount list. Tormek is one that is NOT on the list and I got my T-8 and all the jigs for near 20% off. I buy lots of handtools, PPE, storage type things from them.

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#32 posted 09-21-2018 02:48 PM



I’ve checked Amazon.de a few times since buffalobrewer mentioned it, but most I check won t ship to the US. Still any that do are far less expensive.

- RobS888

You have to develop a strategy. First, search for the items you want and then click to view the Prime only items. Most Prime items will ship to the US. Once you find items you have ANY interest in put them in your cart and later move them to the “save for later list”. Do this on some regular basis because when the item is out of stock at Amazon it leaves the item up but shows a different merchant that sells it but almost none ship to the US as they are not supposed to, neither is Amazon. Axminster in the UK quit shipping last year because Festool slapped them on the wrist. So by searching individual items or just Prime shipped Festool, in general, you will build a list of things that Amazon ships in your saved items. Any time you like you can look at the list and see which ones are in stock and ship Prime. When you see things come into Amazon stock buy them. I have been doing this for quite a while and got 13 Systainers and Sortainers in the last 30 days alone. Everything I get is about 50% of the US pricing once shipping is included. Over the last 3 years I have saved close to $5k using Amazon.de.

Also if you like German handtools don t stop at Festool. I have bought tons of Wera, Wiha, NWS and Knipex from them. I can usually match Knipex with the Zoro 20 or 25% off coupons I get regularly. If you don t have a Zoro account sign up. While some are their prices are over the normal street price you never have to wait more than a few weeks to get at least 20% off, the more often you buy the more often they send coupons and they are often individual (can t share) coupons. When I first started proselytizing about Zoro two people actually bought Sawstops for about 15% off (again the start price was over “retail”). Zoro has since put SS on the no discount list. Tormek is one that is NOT on the list and I got my T-8 and all the jigs for near 20% off. I buy lots of handtools, PPE, storage type things from them.

- AHuxley


yup, that is pretty much what I did, except I don’t have Prime on the Amazon.de site like I do on regular Amazon.

I added a few domino kits to my cart and then tried every seller. At this point it says no seller ships to US in red letters for many items.
Not saying it can’t be done, but it seems worth it if you can find the items.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#33 posted 09-22-2018 02:03 PM

I saw yesterday at Lee Valley, they had a hand full of festools on “clearance”. I can’t say how much or even if they were discounted. There was 3 track saws, drills, and a planer. They looked brand new in there cases. Might be something to consider if you have a store close by.

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#34 posted 09-22-2018 04:28 PM


yup, that is pretty much what I did, except I don t have Prime on the Amazon.de site like I do on regular Amazon.

I added a few domino kits to my cart and then tried every seller. At this point it says no seller ships to US in red letters for many items.
Not saying it can t be done, but it seems worth it if you can find the items.

- RobS888

Don’t bother with any sellers but Amazon, the ones that do ship are expensive. The Domino 700 assortments are in stock but the 500s have been out of stock at Amazon for over a month, I bought the last one then and they haven’t restocked. YOu actually have Prime on .de the site just usually doesn’t act like it, the only good Prime is for US customers is when you buy Prime exclusive items. Some of the Systainers are Prime exclusive.

RE the Lee Valley clearance Festool. When Festool makes changes in their line they allow sellers to discount the old items. All the large online sellers have closeout sections, these items are new just “old” stock. They had a bunch of items changeover this year saws, drill, planers, batteries, sandpaper, vac hoses… most have been sold off but some are still around if you look.

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