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#1 posted 08-20-2011 11:07 PM

Festool is wonderful, no question. But I don’t support an over inflated product or its company.

Owning Festool does not make you a serious woodworker. It makes you a woodworker that has some spare cash to blow, that’s all. Maloof didn’t own Festool, Nakashima didn’t, Tibbetts doesn’t. Obviously they did fine without it. Festool wants you to think you are a serious woodworker if you own it. BS!
I used to be tool salesman and demonstrator for a big tool store a few years ago. We were a major vendor for Festool. Festool has very strict rules for being a vendor and requires (or used to) that a sales rep attend training about their product line. They are extremely well engineered and back their product up 100%. I have tried out their products and used their sanders heavily in production. Great, dependable equipment.

Do I think that they are worth the dollars they require to purchase them…..absolutely NOT!!
There is no question about their excellent engineering and quality. The reality of it is that the cost of this equipment is disgustingly absurd. The quality still does not justify the cost.
It’s like buying a Harley….a status symbol. Great bikes, no doubt. The best? Not convinced on that.

They have made it to where it is a status symbol to have their product. Clever marketing strategy at work here folks.
If I were a millionaire I still would not buy their product line.
Is it great…Yes! Is it worth the expense….hell no.
Yes they have made FESFOOLS out of some people. But hey…that’s just my well founded opinion.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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