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Posted on A streamlined shop, New tools, not dream tools - aka to festool or not

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#1 posted 08-07-2012 05:39 PM

A good 3 hp cabinet saw would be at the top of my list. A Festool track saw is a good tool, but unless portability is an important issue, there are other ways of cutting sheet goods that are just as good; maybe not as convenient. I don’t knock Festool; I think they are 1st class in every way, but unless you must insist on the very best and can afford them, then go for it. I’m sure you wouldn’t regret it. Just knowing I have the very best is enough. I have been in the woodworking business for over 50 years and had the foresight to buy the best tools available at the time at prices I could afford. You, starting out don’t have the same choices I had. Most of the tools available to the consumer, will come from China. That could sway people over to the Festool quality brands. Remember the adage, “you get what you pay for”. If you buy Festool, you definitely will get what you pay for. If a Chinese made tool, you may or you may not get what you pay for. When you buy Chinese, you “pays your money and takes your chances”. I separate tools made in Taiwan. They are better than the mainland Chinese tools. I have all the tools I need, but if I were looking to buy today, I would search for good used machinery made in the U.S. of A. Japan is known for their quality, but because their economy grew at such a fast rate, they never got into the consumer tool race. The few good tools that were made in Japan, are now made in China and other countries where the labor market is better. Makita, Hitachi and Ryobi were good when made in Japan. Makita and Hitachi survived by maintaining quality and raising prices. Ryobi took the opposite path and choose to compete at the price level thereby sacrificing quality.

Sliding compound miter saws replaced radial arm saws. It is really a contractor’s type tool because it is portable (although heavy). In the home shop, they take up a lot of room. Bosch has a model that is more compact that any of the others, but still they are limited to the size of wood it can handle. The table saw will do everything a miter saw or radial saw can do and more.


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