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PaulHWood

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01-12-2021 04:37 PM

So finally going to take the plunge into my first festool and appears these are out of stock everywhere until March. Is this typical of festool?

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice


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#1 posted 01-12-2021 04:56 PM

Sometimes it means there is a new model coming, but I haven’t heard anything about that. It’s a great tool. I was worried about whether I’d get enough use out of it to justify the cost (I’m not a professional), but yeah, it really was worth every penny. I use it ALL the time, on nearly every project.

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#2 posted 01-12-2021 04:57 PM

They are out of many of their products currently. It’s not like they had a sale or anything so you would think that supply and demand is easy to project. A few weeks ago I ordered a Festool sander and it has now been pushed back three times. Lat week I ordered it from another source and it was supposed to be here today, well it’s now on backorder there as well. I called a local store and the guy laughed and said he doubted it but would go look. He got back on the phone and said “You’re not going to believe this but I’m looking a several of them”. Guess where I’m headed right now?

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#3 posted 01-12-2021 07:40 PM

I picked up my sander. The store showed me a list of wait times that they received from their corporate office detailing wait times. Festool Domino’s – 16 weeks, most other Festool items are 8-12 weeks. SawStop and Rikon also 8-12 weeks out. Apparently these plants shut down for 2 weeks at some point which backed them up 3 months? With more people working from home, people spending less money on dining out and entertainment, more people are getting into woodworking, spending more time at it, and spending more money on it. The holiday season also had an impact.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#4 posted 01-12-2021 07:47 PM

I have more than a few Festool tools, and I subscribe to the adage “buy well, cry once, buy cheap, cry always”. I have several items that heavy use (125 ES sander and saber saw), might already have given up the ghost. The dust collection, when used with an appropriate vacuum is superb.

I have the Domino and though it is not used all the time, would not give it up. As mentioned already, many Festool items are on long wait times.

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#5 posted 01-12-2021 08:08 PM

Grizzly has only two models out of over a dozen sanders available to order.

Reason given is that demand is wayyy up as interest in home hobbies and such is up per CV19.

Lots of random crap is out of stock. Pools, freezers, sanders, etc., are all hard to find.

Not everything that is in short supply is from China so that’s not it.

Lumber prices are up close to 3x since last year. So are most things in the grocery store. Only fuel is relatively low.

Perhaps this is inflation due to the Gov’t printing trillions of $$$ for CV19. Kids 2day don’t recall “stagflation” when Carter tried to print his way out of a recession. Same cause, same effect.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#6 posted 01-12-2021 09:49 PM

Perhaps this is inflation due to the Gov t printing trillions of $$$ for CV19. Kids 2day don t recall “stagflation” when Carter tried to print his way out of a recession. Same cause, same effect.

- Madmark2

I suspect inflation. Bonus unemployment checks means even people that weren’t working still had money to spend. But less people working means less people to make stuff other people want. Eventually prices will rise until demand and supply are balanced again. When the unemployment bonus runs out (maybe it has?) workers might start returning to the workforce.

Seems almost everyone in the trades or manufacturing is backlogged. Contractors I speak with are overbooked. My company is overbooked and I turn away almost every new potential client and still can’t make as much stuff as my current clients want.

-- See my work at http://altaredesign.com

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#7 posted 01-12-2021 10:48 PM

Maybe 400,000 Covid cases daily in the European Union & US, who should be isolating for 14 days has something to do with messing up the supply chain?

-- Just a Duffer

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#8 posted 01-13-2021 12:26 AM

Additionally, the additional unemployment and stimulus monies don’t even come close to how much wages were lost due to employment and business cuts. And the annual rate of inflation was very low this year. IMHO (as both an economist and a corporate lawyer), most of the shortages are due to supply chain interruptions and poor forecasting by producers as to what what going to needed and when. And don’t forget to throw in the tariffs, which also messed up a whole lot of things.

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AlaskaGuy

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#9 posted 01-13-2021 12:58 AM

No it’s not typical.

I have noticed “out of Sock” all over the online stores on lots of items.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#10 posted 01-13-2021 01:16 AM

Typical of the time, my Festool dealer may have one.

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#11 posted 01-13-2021 01:55 AM

im in the construction supply industry and a lot of things are in short supply with long wait times and prices that are rising dailly.so tools the same,right now i cant get hammers,shovels,sledge hammers all out of stock.so is it typical.no but it is for many things right now.be patient,it’s a great tool that is worth every penny in my opinion.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 01-13-2021 06:07 PM

Wonder if some Joker is held up in his basement bunker sitting on 32,000 rolls of toilet paper, and 65 Domino’s?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#13 posted 01-13-2021 06:25 PM

At my local lumberyard, Festool items are mainly out of stock, as well as their whole Woodpecker wall, a lot of their Veritas items, etc. The only stuff they seem to have a decent supply of is Kreg.

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PaulHWood

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#14 posted 01-13-2021 06:29 PM

That is one theory I did not think of.


Wonder if some Joker is held up in his basement bunker sitting on 32,000 rolls of toilet paper, and 65 Domino s?

- therealSteveN


-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#15 posted 01-13-2021 06:48 PM

Guy at Woodcraft told me the on/off switch is the issue. Their supplier has issues making the part and the same switch is used on a ton of their tools. This is all according to him. I didn’t research any further.

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