|Forum topic by richgreer||posted 05-21-2010 10:41 PM||2483 views||0 times favorited||37 replies|
05-21-2010 10:41 PM
In my opinion, festool offers some genuinely innovative tools that can (and do) change the way we do woodworking. At the top of the list is the plunge saw. I have one and I think it is absolutely great for what it can do. It has changed, for the better, the way I make a number of cuts.
Probably second on the list are their dust extractors. There is nothing else quite like them. I am particularly sensitive to the fine dust from sanding and I have tried everything to control this dust. Nothing works better than a festool sander and the dust extractor. The dust extractor seems to capture virtually every particle of dust. This not only keeps the air clean, it also keeps the sandpaper from clogging up.
I would also give the domino jointer high marks despite the fact that I don’t own one and I am not sure I can justify the cost for the type of work I do.
After that, I think festool just offers very good routers, miter saws, cordless drills, hand held planers, etc. In these tools I see nothing particularly innovative and I cannot justify the high price (unless I can get a good deal on a used one).
The sanders are sort of a special situation. The dual mode on the rotex is somewhat innovative but other than that, the festool sanders are just good quality sanders at a high price. However, when coupled with a dust extractor, these sanders are incredible a providing dust free sanding.
I really like my plunge saw, dust extractor and sander. I also own a cordless drill and the OF 2000 E router but only because I bought them used at a very reasonable prices. Unless I get a great price on a used item, I doubt that I will buy any more.
I would appreciate other thoughts on festool.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.