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Forum topic by Bob #2 posted 08-14-2008 12:18 AM 21286 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2008 12:18 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig resource

“This looks interesting

I didn’t check the price yet but it certainly does a lot of job site requirements relatively easily.


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#1 posted 08-14-2008 12:29 AM

A lot of Festool stuff in that video…this thing oozes expensive…looks cool though.

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#2 posted 08-14-2008 12:35 AM

It’s seems really compact, That’s what attracted me to it.
$899.00 (Free shipping to the Lower 48 States)


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#3 posted 08-14-2008 12:45 AM

looks very cool! i’m thinking uber expensive also. it might be like an omni-jig, high priced to begin with but you still have to buy a ton of attachments and things if you really want to do serious work like they show in commercials and stuff.

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#4 posted 08-14-2008 01:55 AM

I’ll have to try and look at the video later tonight. The picture in the link to festooljunkie just looks like a workmate.

Anyone care to expound on how its not?

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#5 posted 08-14-2008 02:39 AM

Yep that thing is nice, if you were a trim carpenter or something it might be worth it but it is way to expensive for me just like all the festool tools he was using.

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#6 posted 08-14-2008 03:50 AM

If I were a Pro in the building trade I would not be too upset at paying $900.00 for a tool like this.
With this a couple of other Festool machines you could potentially save yourself thousands in time and lord knows how much in gas pulling a trailer full of shop tools.
Today time is money and if your bid too high because you have old equipment you wont get the job.

Probably a bit pricey for a weekend warrior but then time is not money in that case.


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#7 posted 08-14-2008 11:28 AM

It looks like it is new company just coming into the market place from Europe (Netherlands)

Here is a link to more technical information.

Link to European price list

Link to the general brochure

Not being a general contractor, I really do not know what is on the market place, but for me it gets a thumbs up – it looks very versatile and sturdy. I wonder how it will stand up to all the abuse it gets on site.

If anybody buys one of these, I would love to see a report on what they think.

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#8 posted 08-14-2008 12:13 PM

no thanks. I cant see how this can be worth that kind of money. Saw horses are cheap and with a little clever design, you can make something just as if not more functional

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#9 posted 08-14-2008 01:42 PM

if I didnt “NEED” a new (used) tractor I’ld buy one.

Festool might be expensive but youcry once and never cry again. Making dust in another persons house is nasty on relationships and Festool seems to have solved this problem. That in itself is worth it.

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#10 posted 08-14-2008 02:02 PM

Tony, that price translates to about $750.00 in U.S. dollars for the professional unit. I would think less than $100.00 for shipping . They weigh in at 100 lbs.
They guys importing them have chosen $899.00 as the U.S. retail.
We will have to see how well that works over here.

Roman, you are right about making a mess on others property. There is little excuse for it today and it is not well tolerated.
I have to admire the efficiency of the Festool line too.


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#11 posted 08-14-2008 04:11 PM

Hi Bob;

Cool product! I’ll admit it looks quite useful.

I’m not sure I’m smart enough to use one thoug.

I once got both hands stuck in one of those folding ladders at home depot!v It’s a good thing I had a helper with me to get me out.

And the price is a bit scary too.

Thanks for posting this.



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#12 posted 08-14-2008 09:24 PM

It’s definately a versatile unit but way, way too pricey. Give it a year and someone else will be making them for $200.00.

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#13 posted 08-14-2008 09:52 PM

Hi yes like all Festo stuff you are paying for the brand name .It’s hardly a new scientific discovery .I could knock something like that up out of wood/plywood for less than $100 way less ,so if you must have the brand name go for it. Otherwise I am sure we could all spend the money more wisely.It’s like having a five karat diamond ring buy one if you feel a desperate need to let people know how rich you are or that you can make the monthly payments but let’s be honest you don’t need one do you? Alistair

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#14 posted 08-17-2008 05:17 AM

An interesting looking tool. Thanks for the post.

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#15 posted 11-10-2008 09:16 PM

Hi all, For the record, I am the importer of the Walko. It has been in production for quite some time in Europe and has been very popular with all carpenters, not just the Festool dudes. Although, the bench is certainly Festoolesque. I wanted to give you all a bit of an update on the Walko Workbench. We have set up dealers nationwide (coast to coast) and there are several benches out there already. AceTool on Long Island, Woodwerks in Columbus, OH, Lincoln Hardwood and Tool in Lincoln, NE, and Eagle-Tool out in Pasadena, CA. We will begin shipping to dealers next week, so many of you all will be able to view the bench first hand in a week or two.



-- Timmy C

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