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HassanMirza

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02-03-2017 07:31 PM

Hello Everyone,

I am trying to do some research on how companies are pricing their products. We all know that Festool makes a great product but some of their stuff can be very expensive. Like those Quick Clamps that we have all see Ron Paulk use. I just went on Amazon and looked they cost $39.00!!!!!!! That priced me out really fast, I can think of a lot of other things that I can spend that money on and figure out another way to clamp. I wanted to ask all of you how much are you willing to spend on the Clamp, what is the Golden number you are willing to pay for these Clamps? Has festool priced itself out for most people?

Thanks in advance,

Hassan !

-- Hassan Mirza


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hotbyte

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#1 posted 02-03-2017 08:02 PM

There are some YouTube videos of converting the little Irwin quick clamps by breaking plastic end off, heating and bending metal beam to work like the Festool clamps. I’ve not tried it but end result in videos looks pretty good.

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HassanMirza

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#2 posted 02-03-2017 08:12 PM

Yea, but that is the cost of the clamp and them modification, I was asking on what is amount that you would be willing to pay to get it as is. Already in position to use.

-- Hassan Mirza

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hotbyte

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#3 posted 02-03-2017 08:30 PM

My apologies for trying to be helpful by pointing out a more affordable alternative.

You can get the Irwin on sale for around $5. So, I would consider paying up to $10 for the Festool. That better :)

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Slider20

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#4 posted 02-03-2017 08:30 PM

I have quite few Festool clamps, including the Festool quick release ones, didn’t seem too pricey to me to get the exact clamp I want.

When it comes to value, it’s all in the eye of the beholder, I’m sure I could get similar performance with many less expensive options, but I don’t really care, I like Festool, been happy with the quality of their tools and accessories, so i usually buy from them.

My opinion is likely not representative of most people, as I’m generally not very price sensitive when it comes to my tools and I’m just a Hobbyist.

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waho6o9

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#5 posted 02-03-2017 08:50 PM

If your talking about the ones above I’d pay the going rate whatever it is.

This clamp rocks the shop though:

The clamp goes under the rail and it’s great for trimming doors, etc….

Again I’d pay the going rate.

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 02-03-2017 08:58 PM

I suspect that Festool has priced itself out of the reach of most folks, and I doubt they care. They have the market they want (I guess) so their prices have little to do with actual value. It’s more centered (says me) on making sure everyone in the distribution chain makes a boatload of money. I wouldn’t pay that much for that clamp, though I might be more interested in the $15 range.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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HassanMirza

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#7 posted 02-03-2017 09:46 PM

I was not trying to be smart, I just wanted to know what the other woodworkers thought out thats all, Thanks for all those that replied

-- Hassan Mirza

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HassanMirza

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#8 posted 02-03-2017 09:49 PM

I also understand those that have bought them think the world of the product and I am sure it is worth every penny but an initial $80 investment for two clamps is a little steep. for those that say that they love them, do you love them because they are FESTOOL or would you buy the exact same item if it was made by lets say makita at a lesser price or bessey.

-- Hassan Mirza

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Loren

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#9 posted 02-03-2017 10:09 PM

The Dewalt clamps cost about $30 a pair on sale
and fit the Festool rails.

For that matter, I use a Makita rail now. I still buy
Festool, but only when I know it to be really
worth it to me. It’s a great system but I use
other brands of cordless, for example.

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waho6o9

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#10 posted 02-03-2017 10:55 PM

Maybe you can get different, although biased, opinions on the FOG:
http://festoolownersgroup.com

Festool’s a proprietary system that works well in a system.

HTH

Make sure your sitting down if your going to talk Mafell;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn8npDkfKCo

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