I'd like to know if festools are really worth the premium. I've been getting along fine with dewalt, porter-cable, etc. Would it be that much more fun with festool?
i know a few guys that specialize in really high end work and they swear by festool. for these guys their work is their reputation and their tools are their livelyhood so they cant afford to mess around with innacurate tools
the kapex mitre saw is the only mitre saw that has 99% dust collection and be pulled out of the box and go right at building a set of stain grade stairs. most other brands need assemble and tuning... the only brand competing with festool for quality and accuracy right now is bosch
For heavy use and precision work, yes they are worth the price. For occasional use, while they are still great, are expensive.
Thanks for the replies. Maybe someday when I'm in an extremely generous mood towards myself.
I was taught to buy the best tool you can afford. Buying Festool is like buying SnapOn instead of Craftsman. The one thing I like about Festool aside from the smooth and accurate performance is their storage system. I don't know why no other manufacture that I know of has created such a convenient and efficient system. Good luck on your tool purchase.
Generally, yes, they are worth it; at least to me. The only tool of theirs I would not buy is the cordless drill. I have their big plunge router (which still gives me chills), the dual-mode 6" random orbital/disc sander, and the middle-sized shop vac/dust collector. Their entire system is based on being able to effectively suck up the dust as you work, and they have it pretty well figured out.
I have also spent a lot of time (at work) with their plunge-cutting circular saw, and it's OK.
If there's one type of tool they make that's leagues ahead of anything else, it's their sanders.
for bob villa. the system that festool uses for storage is called "systainera" its a very pricey storage system which can be bought on its own. both Bosch and Makita have adopted the system and most of their tools now come in the new kits in europe. a select few of their tools with teh systainer cases have hit north america. the new bosch plunge router has it as i was looking at it a few weeks back
In my opinion the systainer system is excellent if you are constantly packing your tools to take to a different job site all the time but an expensive little use product for most DIYers.
[COLOR=Black]As jkirk mentioned Tanos Systainer can be purchased on its own and they will also design your work shop for you. The only draw back is there are only three distributors in North America. For those that can afford it its not a bad way to go and they have a variety of colors too to choose from not just Festool's [COLOR=Silver]gray & green. [/COLOR][/COLOR] :)
being one of them, rockwell tools also has em. they can be purchased ****** as well and though smaller specialty stores