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Jorge G.

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#1 posted 10-28-2012 07:18 PM

The problem with your argument is that what you find superfluous other find necessary, or if not they find having a nice tool enjoyable. There is nothing wrong with this, which is a recurring topic, try an read a festool thread.

Personally I do not buy a tool unless I have seen the need and have thought “It would be nice if I had xxxx instead of having to hassle with this in a half assed way” a couple of times. And I do have tools that I might use maybe once or twice a year, but when I use them, they are exactly what I needed.

Lets take for example a kerfmaker, by your argument this is a silly little tool not worth the money. For me, every time I make a dado that fits the mating piece exactly and saves me half an hour of trial and error fitting, it has paid it’s price many times over.

For those who have limited time in the shop, maybe those upgrades you mention are worth the money. I really do not understand this idea that you have to “suffer” for your art or in this case your craft and that you have to “make do”. Seems to me this is more a case of envy towards those who can afford the better tools. Let me put it this way, if I could afford it, I would have Altendorff TS, a wall full of Festool power tools, Damascus steel chisels, and all the tools BCT makes. I cannot, but I do not begrudge those who can, good for them IMO.

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