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TheWoodNerd

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#1 posted 07-20-2011 12:24 AM

I’m sorry, I just can’t see how to justify any Festool product

Not to be snide, but it’s because you haven’t used one.

Festools are head-and-shoulders better than most comparable products. Now, is a given tool three times better because it’s three times the cost? No, of course not. Quality/performance is an exponential factor. The first 75% of what a tool can do/be is the easy and cheap part, that’s where Harbor Freight lives. Improvements beyond that are progressively more difficult and costly.

As an example, probably like you, a couple years ago I thought you’d have to be insane to pay $600 for a cordless drill. I had just spent several weeks buying 7 different cordless drills, including Bosch, Milwaukee, etc and found them all lacking. Then, because I could return it for 30 days with no questions, I tried a Festool T15. What an eye-opener, I didn’t think a drill could be worth that much because I had never knew such a drill could exist. If you’re curious about the details, see http://www.thewoodnerd.com/reviews/festoolT15.html

I’m sure you’re familiar with the satisfaction of using quality tools vs cheap ones. Just imagine another step up and you have the Festool experience.

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