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Forum topic by Charliefreak posted 07-05-2018 06:09 PM 898 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Charliefreak

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07-05-2018 06:09 PM

I’m travelling to the UK and was thinking about picking up a Festool domino joiner while there to bring back and use in the USA. The UK uses 110V for jobsite power tools, so the unit is available in a UK 110V version. Assuming it states 50-60 Hz, and I’m happy to change out the plug or get a new power cable, can anyone think of any reason why this would be a bad idea? The savings would be in the order of $200-$300.


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#1 posted 07-05-2018 11:09 PM

Universal motor so no issues, it will be happy running at 60hz. The only real issue is dealing with the need for a different plug. I have seen the warranty issue come up but I don’t think I have read about anyone needing warranty service on a UK import to illuminate the issues or non-issues. If the tool is NAINA (not available in North America) Festool US will not have parts. Some people have imported 240v tools but they have no support or parts in the US, they also run fine except the plug issue.

The big hassle is getting the VAT back at the airport, I absolutely hate doing this.

I just have never done it I hate the extra hassle when I am traveling, I watch eBay for sales. Last month they had a 20% sitewide sale (eBay covers the 20% to the seller) and I bought a TS75 from Hartville (they have most of the Festool Line on eBay).

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Charliefreak

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#2 posted 07-06-2018 02:32 AM

Many thanks for this reply – really helpful. Without reclaiming the VAT it’s still cheaper (about £620 = $810 for the bare tool vs $960 here in the US). Obviously it gets even cheaper if I can be bothered with the VAT thing.

I will at least buy the box of tenons / cutters, for £160 = $210 vs $310 here in the US. No worries about power or warranty issues with a box of tenons!

Thanks again… I’ll keep an eye on the ebay thing.

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#3 posted 07-06-2018 03:59 AM


I will at least buy the box of tenons / cutters, for £160 = $210 vs $310 here in the US. No worries about power or warranty issues with a box of tenons!

- Charliefreak

Don’t bother, the best source for the assortment is Amazon.de (German Amazon) I checked and the last set I got was 138 Euros plus about 20 Euros in shipping (I am guessing on the shipping since I bought 2 Sys 5s and a Sys 4 at the same time and paid 53 Euros total in shipping, Prime doesn’t give free international shipping). I get my orders from them in about a week. I think the Euro is stronger since that order and they currently don’t have them in stock (only sales from Amazon ship to the US and they are currently OOS) Amazon had them last week, they go in and out of stock pretty regularly but I never have to wait more than a week or two for them to have them in. Keep checking and see what the current price is when they come in stock, IIRC from last week it was about 140 Euros (~$155) plus shipping, be aware the price you see has VAT included so it isn’t until later in the order process (before it is final) that you see the actual price without VAT.

No point in paying more money and dealing with VAT on the assortment. The tools can indeed be cheaper for direct import, most people I know do it for non-NAINA tools just because it is the only way, they usually pay up for others (like the Domino) just for warranty purposes. I have over 20 Festool tools and never paid retail for a new one yet and the only accessories I have ever paid retail for have been “need it today purchases”.

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Charliefreak

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#4 posted 07-06-2018 12:38 PM

These are great tips for cheap Festool purchases! Thank you.

Now all I need to do is find someone who works in Woodcraft and can get me an employee discount on the domino!

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#5 posted 09-03-2018 04:15 PM

I don’t think it is an ideal get around but 110V, would a UK/US travel adapter be an answer £5 ?

I can only imagine its a metal connection from in to out on each pin.

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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