Recently I posted a topic in the power tools, hardware and accessories section; Festool or Fesfool.Looking back on my choice of title I think I may have offended Festool owners right out of the gate which was never my intention. The title can sound rather insulting. Trying to come up with cleaver title and stimulate debate I over step my bounds and the title became more important than the subject matter at hand which is never good in a debate with any substance. Sorry.
With that being said I don’t apologies for the posts content. I was trying to understand why Festool is so much more expensive than say Dewalt or Porter Cable. Most of the responses not all were, “Well their high quality tools”. That argument just isn’t enough to convince me. If you don’t want to convince me and participate in the debate then simply don’t respond I am not twisting anyone’s arm here. I find on Lumber Jocks what I call tool brand sensitivity and Country of origin sensitivity.”Don’t make fun of my tool”,”Oh your buying a Grizzly you’re a bad American”! In a world economy and I hate that term but let’s face it,”the horse is out of the barn”. I challenge any lumber Jock to start turning over their own tools to look at the labels and I think you’re going to find MADE IN CHINA on more than a few. Sure I would love to buy American but what does that mean anymore? When a Honda is built in OHIO and your HARLEY has parts from Mexico where do we draw the line on what to be loyal to and what not .We as consumers have some blame is this foreign or domestic issue. We want dirt cheap prices and quality at the same time and I don’t think they walk hand and hand all the time. I usually am a “give me the Cadillac type of guy “but in this economy these days companies have us over a barrel. I am in the market for a new table saw and Band saw and I have shorted out both the laptop and the keyboard on my PC drooling at Delta Uni saw adds. But for the price of the Delta saw I can buy a Grizzly 17” band saw and their 3hp Table saw(50” fence),36” roller out feed table, mobile bases both machines, so what would you do? You Delta saw owners are bared form answering the last question, just kidding!
So in closing I just might like Festool I don’t know? But if we make it off limits debating tool quality,cost,features because we might hurt someone’s feelings we are doing a disservice to each other and the tool companies will be the winners not us!Chipy AKA Scott