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jim C

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#1 posted 08-30-2010 01:17 AM

My experience’s with German engineering is as follows:
I owned a precision machining metalworking company and the German and Swiss machines are light-years ahead of anything else. They invent the systems, and the far east makes replicas. The Japanese at least give it a good go and make some very nice machines.
I have owned a Mercedes S-600 SEL (12 cylinder huge sedan) and it was an incredible vehicle, except in the 10 years I had it, it cost me $22,000.00+ for over and above maintenance. (You want to be a big-shot, you gotta pay the price)
I owned a BMW 320i, and couldn’t get rid of it fast enough. Injectors every 6 months, seats were made of concrete, any snow… go.
I owned a VW Scirocco that was ahead of it’s time, but behind in any snowfall. (Front wheel drive)
Regarding Festool, I have no tools, but from what I have read, the vacuum systems and the plunge saw are on my list when the wife isn’t looking.
All in all I love German/Swiss engineered products. PRIDE. They remind me when we took manufacturing in the USA seriously in the 50’s and 60’s, before we became paper pushers.

Just my rant.

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