Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: New Hill, North Carolina
99.9% of Festool owners would not trade in their used Festools for a new tool from a different manufacturer. I know that I wouldn't, and like WarnerConst I too have a significant investment in Festool products.
In particular, their sanders and Domino system are extraordinary, and their track saw provides glue-line rip quality cuts. I can use their sanders for an hour at a time and my hands don't tingle the way that they do with other manufacturers products. Their dust extraction system coupled with their sanders is so thorough that no dust mask is required. The list goes on and on.
As to whether to purchase them or not, it really comes down to individual preference. If you are a person who truly appreciates an excellent tool - even if you don't use it often - then Festool products may be for you.
On the other hand, if you are not a pro or really don't take joy in the use of an extremely well designed and built tool, then you might want to seek other options.
Unlike some manufacturers that invest more in marketing than R&D, Festool's reputation is well deserved and not just marketing hype.