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Forum topic by Brett posted 08-02-2012 06:05 PM 2710 views 0 times favorited 83 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brett

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08-02-2012 06:05 PM

If you’ve ever wondered whether Festool products are overpriced, consider this:

$175.

For a flashlight.

‘Nuff said?

-- More tools, fewer machines.


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#1 posted 08-02-2012 06:19 PM

^I’ve been lol’g about that for days now. I’ve been posting it any chance I get.
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Want a $200 light, buy a Surefire, lol
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http://www.opticsplanet.com/surefire-az2-led-flashlight-black-hard-combatgrip-body-dual-output-white-led-az2-bk-w.html

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#2 posted 08-02-2012 06:23 PM

Woah, that is expensive !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 08-02-2012 06:24 PM

I usually stick up for Festool pricing, but this one’s lol-worthy.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 08-02-2012 06:30 PM

Perhaps it was assembled on the thighs of a virgin, like a very fine cigar.

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#5 posted 08-02-2012 06:34 PM

Festool products, while expensive, are worth exactly whatever someone is willing to pay for it.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#6 posted 08-02-2012 06:35 PM

^I’d go over $250 for that, without the spare battery;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 08-02-2012 06:38 PM

At least the batteries are cheaper than the D-cells that my MagLite uses:
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http://www.amazon.com/Festool-491823-Replacement-Battery-Cordless/dp/B003618FDO/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1343932538&sr=1-2&keywords=festool+battery

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 08-02-2012 06:39 PM

John, you’re absolutely right. They’re not the only ones in this game either.
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http://www.amazon.com/Fein-MSF636-1-6-Inch-Random-Adaptor/dp/B0000223PI/ref=sr_1_9?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1343932748&sr=1-9&keywords=festool

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 08-02-2012 06:40 PM

yes they’er nice tools, but i din’t think anyones told them there is a depression going on.
but that said, i’ll take two please!

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#10 posted 08-02-2012 06:43 PM

Bertha, I’ve never used a Festool product, but some of their power tools do appear to be worth the higher cost for the right person. But—come on!

It reminds me of a TV show I saw recently called Head Games. There was a segment in which customers at a restaurant were invited to try two wines: one called Red Tooth, that came in a bottle with a cheap, misaligned label; and another with a Napoleon/French-sounding name that came in bottle with a very fine-looking, high-quality, artistic label. The taste testers said that the first wine was awful but they loved the second one and were willing to pay high dollars for it. Here’s the kicker: the wine in both bottles was the same cheap boxed wine, from the same carton! People expected the cheap wine to taste bad—and it did. And they expected the classy wine to taste good—and it did. The thing is, their expectations almost predetermined how well they liked the wine—not the quality of the wine itself. I can’t help but wonder if some products—like Festool perhaps—seem to be great products precisely because they look nice and cost a lot of money.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#11 posted 08-02-2012 06:56 PM

Lol Brett, I can’t disagree with you, man. I think their success is due to 1) extreme quality, 2) fantastic customer service, warranty, support, etc.; 3) niche marketing, 4) professional craftsmen, and 5) raw ego.
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I’ve thought a lot about this. If I were a jobsite craftsman and I could set up a mitersaw (Kapex) and a rocksolid stand (Festool multifunction table) whilst getting insane dust collection (Extractor) with a small footprint and minimal back-clearance, a $3000+ setup might be totally worth it. That covers 1, 2, 3, and 4.
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If I got the same system in my home shop, it’d be for the same reason I have my lawn professionally landscaped and have my oxfords starched. It’s because I’M FRIGGIN BRAGGING, DUDE! I do all kinds of crap to simply feed my ego and appear impressive, lol. I’m not big on apologizing for my insecurities and vain. My expensive watch tells terrible time. My fancy car gets terrible mileage.
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I usually go back to #1, though, in the end. They are exceptionally well made tools that will at least perform on par with your other tools (I mean, they better, right?). It reminds me of the clearly ugly Louis Vuitton pattern. It’s good stuff, but distinctive for its perceived exclusivity. The light, just like a Louis Vuitton bath towel, simply cracks me up, lol;)
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Louis Vuitton – Monogram Classic Beach Towel – eLUXURY
$450 – eluxury.com
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We are all doomed.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 08-02-2012 07:00 PM

Yes, they’re nice tools, and yes they’re overpriced.
I say that not because of the sticker price alone, but sticker price compared to what you get.

If the market wasn’t so competitive, and there weren’t so many other great tools for hundreds less, then festool would be worth every penny.

But every other tool out there isn’t a cheap B&D, so there’s quality tools out there that cost less than festool and do the same job, sometimes as good or better than.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#13 posted 08-02-2012 07:05 PM

Not to the rich and famous. If I could afford a Ferrari or a Bugatti, all my tools would be Festool

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#14 posted 08-02-2012 07:06 PM

Never argue with a group of idiots.

They will eventually bring you down to their level and then beat you with experience. lol

kidding.

I would buy one in a heartbeat. Its virtually indestructible, don’t believe me, watch the video. It comes with a battery but you can plug in a Festool Drill battery and get 4 hours plus, or you can plug it directly to a wall outlet and have continual power/lighting. Each side has a different angle so it can light up a room as per requirement. Also can be used as a flashlight………..and the list goes on.

Can you drive over your flashlight and will it look the same and work ?

Watch the video and then maybe you might change your mind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL_4Tg8b1fg

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#15 posted 08-02-2012 07:06 PM

My own opinion is that Festool products are ridiculously expensive, however, I wouldn’t ever dream of telling anyone who’s just forked out a shitload of money for a new Festool that.
It would be like telling a proud new father that that’s a really ugly baby.
Then again, Mafell make Festool look reasonable.

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