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Forum topic by damnHippie posted 03-28-2008 12:58 AM 9504 views 0 times favorited 38 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2008 12:58 AM

Yeah, it probably isn’t going to impact many of us (who don’t own or plan to own Festool products), but I figured I’d share the info:

-- 10 fingers, 2 eyes, and healthy lungs. for now. :P

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#1 posted 03-28-2008 01:08 AM

I don’t think I’ll ever buy any of them. Way too expensive. They may be good, but not 4 times
as good which is about how much more they cost.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-28-2008 01:13 AM

I can’t justify the prices before the increase anyway.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#3 posted 03-28-2008 01:15 AM

I know guys that drank the Festool koolaid and it is all that they can talk about. People who have it love it. I will stick with what I have

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 03-28-2008 01:45 AM

They are great tools but I live on a fixed income and have a wife who likes to spend the money in my account after she has gone through hers before the end of the month. Maybe I’ll have some of them if I ever win the lottery.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-28-2008 01:55 AM

this is a test

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 03-28-2008 02:48 AM

Kids buy $200.00 sneakers – this does not make them Michael Jordon!
Guys buy $1000.00 golf clubs- this does not make them Tiger Woods!
Guys buy a $120k Porsche, it does not make them a good driver!
Girls buy $150 jeans, it does not make them a movie star.

Perception is not reality——-Festool may be a great tool, but a great tool in the hands of a poor worker will produce marginal projects at best!

Just because someones spends 4 times the cost for a tool—-this does not make them a craftsman or an artist.

Festool markets to a limited demographic of people who can afford, some want to own and some wish to own—many of them feel the tool creates the project not the man.

I market and advertise products for a living——- it is amazing what perception will drive people to buy or simply feel they must have !

If you look at some of the fantastic projects on this site not produced with a Festool your question will be answered!

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#7 posted 03-28-2008 03:02 AM

Ditto. I couldn’t afford any of them.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#8 posted 03-28-2008 04:18 AM

I realize they are good tools, but there is a point where tool quality can become meaningless. My Porter Cable ROS and Ridgid shop vac together were less than $200. I don’t see how anyone in their right mind can justify $700+ for the same setup with Festool. It would have to have an auto sand feature where I tell it to sand a panel starting with 100 grit and stop when it reached 220, while I am at lunch. I would then consider buying one.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#9 posted 03-28-2008 04:23 AM

I still WANT A DOMINOE !!!!!!!!!!!!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 03-28-2008 10:43 AM

I couldn’t justify the expense before, I certainly can’t after a 15% bump.

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#11 posted 03-28-2008 01:15 PM

can you imagine how nice garyk s 1st place box would have been if he only had some fesstools ?? lol

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#12 posted 03-28-2008 01:46 PM

Give it a little time guys and we’ll soon see Festool knockoffs from China. And like the majority of you, Festool is way out of my price range. Now even more so.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#13 posted 03-28-2008 02:49 PM

These seem to me to be those shiny things that you see at a wood store that are nice to touch and hold but you end up on the other side of the room looking at the more sensible tools that most people use. I’m not saying they aren’t good quality, but I can’t hardly afford a new $200 router, much less one of these babies.

Eventually, we will get to the point where there are new models every year with little improvements. When this happens, the guy who has everything will go and buy “replacements” for the older models he bought when they first came out. Then, we can all go to ebay and have a bid war on them. (Seems like this may have already started…)

-- He said wood...

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#14 posted 03-28-2008 04:14 PM

To each his own.

For me, dust collection with the few power tools I have is an absolute necessity (for my health and for my family’s health and for the cleanliness of my shop/house), so I’m starting to slowly add some Festool tools to my shop. It isn’t something I’m going to do quickly, by any means, but I think it a worthy goal – I saved up for most of two years to be able to afford the sander and dust extractor I purchased last week.

It all comes down to priorities. I’d rather spend my money on Festool than on granite counter tops in the kitchen or $7000 worth of upgrades in a new car or another hunting rifle or a boat.

I certainly don’t think having Festool is going to make me a better woodworker. But the convenience and safety features of Festool make my woodworking experience more enjoyable. So to me, the cost is worth it.

-- Ethan,

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#15 posted 03-31-2008 06:54 PM

Thanks for all the replies!

Ever since I saw The Wood Whisperer's reviewcast of the Domino, I’ve wanted one. The rest of the Festool catalog seems too high-end for me, compared to the other more moderately priced tools out there. I completely agree that the dust collection system, and the majority of the other tools, are just out of the hobbyist / small production shop price range.

But the Domino is unique. I think it is brilliant to provide a tool that creates standardized mortise and loose tennon joinery. It provides all the benefits of biscuit joiners, but at a far superior strength. It may not be right for every project, and may not help me improve my joinery skills, but I really think it would be handy!

-- 10 fingers, 2 eyes, and healthy lungs. for now. :P

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