Does it make sense to buy a used Festool Domino 500?

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Forum topic by Joel_B posted 11-25-2017 07:30 PM 2893 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2017 07:30 PM

I have been using a lot of loose tenon joinery but my current setup is too slow and error prone and I have a lot of projects to do with limited time. I decided that a Festool Domino would be a good option.
I found a slightly used one locally and I would like to save some money, but I wonder if I would be better off spending a few hundred more on a new one. Not sure about how the warranty works.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#1 posted 11-25-2017 09:22 PM

If it’s only “slightly used,” I’d buy it. My Festool Rotex has worn very well.

-- Dale

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#2 posted 11-25-2017 09:29 PM

I bought mine second hand, and it was well used. I wouldn’t hesitate (if the price is right). But then I don’t get to wrapped in warranties.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 11-25-2017 09:49 PM

Joel, I would grab a used one unless it has been abused. Cut a few test mortises with it in the various sizes and check that the tenons fit snugly. I oftentimes need to use vise grip pliers to pull them out of the mortises because there is very little wiggle room. Good luck!

-- Art

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#4 posted 11-25-2017 10:00 PM

I have looked but it seems that used Festool sell for a pretty high price relative to other used brands. If in good shape and reasonable price then yes.

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#5 posted 11-26-2017 01:09 AM

Ask to use it first and if it sounds and works good get it.

Remember the selector switch is used when the machine is running.

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#6 posted 11-26-2017 02:59 AM

Been looking at one too. Used they go for a premium which seems to make buying new a better deal. There’s not much of a discount in used.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 11-26-2017 03:15 AM

Thanks for all the feedback. Now I am not so concerned about buying a used one.
I have done that with a lot of my tools and have no regrets.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#8 posted 11-26-2017 04:24 AM

I’m in the same boat. Hard to find a used 700 though.

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#9 posted 11-26-2017 11:57 AM

I m in the same boat. Hard to find a used 700 though.

- PharmDre

No kidding, there’s one listed here on CL right now.. $1,750!

that’s INSANE to me…

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#10 posted 11-26-2017 03:54 PM

There’s a 700 going for $1700.00 in CL with some accessories.

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