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Forum topic by leftcoaster posted 03-31-2017 03:22 PM 440 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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leftcoaster

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03-31-2017 03:22 PM

Retailer I order tools from tells me that Festool is going to increase prices tomorrow.

I’ve been on the fence for a while about a Domino. TO buy or not to buy? They’re awfully expensive. As a hobbyist I can do mortise and tenons with my saw and router, though that’s more time consuming. On the flip side, this a pastime and I don’t need to rush to hit a deadline.

How have other non-pros resolved this one?


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#1 posted 03-31-2017 03:35 PM

The price hike should be April 3rd. I bought the Domino DF 500q and the Domino assortment systainer that comes with the extra cutters and the Dominos. I love it! Completely changed the way I build projects. I don’t build to a schedule either but I also don’t like spending a lot of time on joinery. M&T joinery is mostly hidden, so most people don’t appreciate the time it takes to do it. I’d rather spend that time on giving the project more visual appeal or taking my time with the finish. The Domino makes fast, accurate and strong joints. There are many methods out there to provide good joinery, none of which are as quick, versatile and strong as the Domino all at the same time.

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#2 posted 03-31-2017 03:37 PM

Struggling with the same decision lately. Next to my sawstop, a domino would be the most expensive tool in my shop.

I don’t have a lot of hobby time, so would it be worth the cost to make the most of that time? I have also thought of building a slot mortiser which would do most of what a dmonio can do, but much cheaper. I kind of feel like I should at least give that a try before shelling out. But then that is another project taking up time that could be going to furniture and other needs.

In the end I’m glad to have first world problems like this one.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 03-31-2017 03:41 PM

Are they really worth what people pay for them ….. for a hobbyist …..IMHO …NO :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Bobmedic

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#4 posted 03-31-2017 03:56 PM



Are they really worth what people pay for them ….. for a hobbyist …..IMHO …NO :<))

- GR8HUNTER


As with most things, tools are no exception. They are worth what a person is willing to pay for them. There are many ways to get a job done. Cars for example: a Ford Pinto vs a Mercedes Benz, they both get you from A to B but how comfortable do you want the ride to be.

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leftcoaster

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#5 posted 03-31-2017 03:58 PM


Are they really worth what people pay for them ….. for a hobbyist …..IMHO …NO :<))

- GR8HUNTER

As with most things, tools are no exception. They are worth what a person is willing to pay for them. There are many ways to get a job done. Cars for example: a Ford Pinto vs a Mercedes Benz, they both get you from A to B but how comfortable do you want the ride to be.

- Bobmedic

Following that same analogy—classic cars are not very comfortable and yet people are drawn to them in the same way that woodworkers are drawn to “classic” techniques. Therein lies the dilemma for me.

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AHuxley

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#6 posted 03-31-2017 04:09 PM

First the price increase is the 3rd not the first this year.

Second, I can’t think of a single hand held tool that has been nearly as big of a game changer in my work as the Domino, I now own both of them. I had a large Powermatic 400 foot operated mortiser that I finally just sold because I never used it anymore. The speed and accuracy of the Domino just makes every other way to produce a joint seem slow and clunky. When I want traditional joinery for a piece I simply hand cut them which is even more in keeping with tradition.

If you do buy the 500 buy the Domino assortment from German Amazon, $185 shipped (in 4-5 days usually) compared to $304 here.

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#7 posted 03-31-2017 04:25 PM

I own the Domino XL. I would say it allows me to make more stuff, even as a hobbyist who could, and have done mortises many ways…the ease and speed of what it allows is a great benefit. With limited shop time, the speed and results it yields are hard to argue. Even your hobby time has a value or worth. Least that is what I tell myself. The thing is pretty sweet.

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