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Forum topic by richgreer posted 04-23-2010 03:20 AM 1087 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2010 03:20 AM

I’ve always been curious about festool but, like many, I could not justify the price. However, I remember when I couldn’t justify the price of a Mercedes-Benz until I bought one. Then I bought a second. I also remember when I could not justify the price of a BMW motorcycle until I bought one. Then I bought a second.

The festool plunge circular saws are on sale this month for 10% off. That is not a huge discount but, since festool never puts anything on sale, this was sort of a big deal. I bought one and immediately fell in love. This is just what I need for a big project I have coming up. However, I did not buy the dust extractor or any other additional product.

I soon realized that I really appreciate the quality of festools and I need a dust extractor. I also did some reading and learned that one could get a modest discount if you bought your products in packages. Furthermore, I determined, via my reading, that their rotex random orbital sander is something special. I took the second plunge and now I own a dust extractor (the midi) and a rotex random orbital sander (5 inch). WOW – these tools are great. I remember when I could not justify the price of a festool until I bought one. Then I bought 2 more.

Are they worth the price? I don’t know. I just know they are exceptional tools. They rank right up there with Mercedes Benz cars and BMW motorcycles. Love those German engineers.

I hope to be woodworking for at least another 20 years. If these tools hold up like I expect, they may very well be worth the money.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 04-23-2010 03:32 AM

I’ve got two bicycles like that, a bicycle LIGHT like that, and … of course … my BMW motorcycle.

And … yeah … ain’t it sweet :-)

You probably have the bug, now, Rich. My understanding is it’s a ferociously tough habit to kick :-)


-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 04-23-2010 04:31 AM

I understand that it is a ferocious habit to break. However, I consider the plunge circular saw, the rotex sander and the dust extractor to be genuinely innovative engineering ideas. I feel that the other tools are just very good tools. At this time, I cannot see spending $1300 for a better miter saw, $400+ for a better cordless drill or $500+ for a better router.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 04-23-2010 05:37 AM

The Festool are great products. The two things I always remember is that yes they are expensive, but you buy them for the system. One Festool is expensive.. but once you get the saw and rails and then start adding other tools, it is well worth the precision and ease. The second part is you pay for the service. I have yet to have anything break, but from reading other groups, people have shipped their tool and within 48 hours of festool receiving the tool, it is shipped back to them next day air.

I have had the Ts55 and ct12 for almost 5 years now and they are still going strong. I bought a rotex last year and it is hands down the best sander. I just bought the router and can not wait for it to get here.

I will say, I do not see myself getting the domino when I can build my own floating tenons and damn, 1300 for a chop saw is a bit rich.. maybe if I did trim work for a living I might consider it.

-- Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.

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#4 posted 04-23-2010 12:51 PM

Festool is well worth it. The thing that surprises me is that the rails stay where you put them without even when the board is not clean.

Beware of the forward plunge. It WILL grab, slam the saw down, and cause huge ugly damage, to the wood and sometimes your rails. Go easy and let the saw do its job.

I am very impressed with the quality of the cut from a festool blade.

If I were an installer (mobile) or had a limited shop, there is no doubt I would be sure to have a Festool system.

Also be sure to use the vacuum when sanding. The sander pad hooks get wasted real easy by the dust. I get the feeling the they’re not designed to get rid of the dust like other ROS’ers. I think they really need the active dust extraction.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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