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bzguy said:
Some more reading for you to ignore....... Will There Be A Recall For Chinese Tools In The Future? - Page 5 bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/threads/...Recall...Chinese-Tools.../page5‎ BTW your Gov is about to take another paid vacation, that's why I have dual nationality, Good luck! Stock futures plunge as Wall Street braces for government shutdown
I'll just note before un subscribing that your link contains a list of Chinese made tools that have been recalled within the last several years.
 

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I'll just note before un subscribing that your link contains a list of Chinese made tools that have been recalled within the last several years.
Look at the dates...........
I don't have time to do this for you but here's just one.
Black and Deckers last recall for instance was 2003.
They didn't start manufacturing in China until 2007.
This is a forum, opinions will vary.
"Corporations are American people?" be patriotic and buy all the Chinese-made stuff you want.
 

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One of two box store tools I have is a D walt veritable speed low profile ROS. It's exactly like the Porter Cable version only yellow. Its stubby and easy to use. I bought it in a pinch when my PC blew a spring set. I like it and it seemed to sand flat till I sanded a contoured bar stool seat. Now I need to replace the vel pad. I'm going to replace it with a fancy sanding system but I wont be Fe$tol.

Al

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Holy Crap!...I started this thread when my son was three years old. He just started second grade this year. I thought I'd stop by (been a long time) and see what's changed. I see someone dug up this Festool post and I also see not much has changed as to people's opinions. I also see some people still can't not derail a topic with politics which is the reason I backed off this site a few years ago or so.

I'm sure there are a lot of great new members here who I look forward to reading their posts and I also see at least one of the old pillars of this site still exists...How's the Shepards Cabinetman?
 

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joesdad said:
Holy Crap!...I started this thread when my son was three years old. He just started second grade this year. I thought I'd stop by (been a long time) and see what's changed. I see someone dug up this Festool post and I also see not much has changed as to people's opinions. I also see some people still can't not derail a topic with politics which is the reason I backed off this site a few years ago or so.

I'm sure there are a lot of great new members here who I look forward to reading their posts and I also see at least one of the old pillars of this site still exists...How's the Shepards Cabinetman?
I got on board when it got a new life. Just the mention of Fe$tool and a saw that I have stopped talking about. And you get a very lively debate. The biscuit jointer is a close second.

Al

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If I may be so impertinent, I think Festool is playing on folks desire to impress other people with the cost of their tools. It's kind of an American tradition - maybe worldwide - to value ones self with the cost of their possesions. Yeah, I've fooled around with their stuff at demos. Nice tools, but I figure 25-30% of the cost consists of bragging rights. Me...I'd rather put the cash into killer hunks of wood to work with.
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Sorry but no I thought the same thing until I couldn't find a sander or jigsaw that was worth a crap the festool fit the bill best money I have ever spent
 

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The first Festool I bought was a 5" Rotex with their mid-sized dust collector. For maybe 15-20 years, the only power hand sander I had was a 5" Bosch ROS. At the time of the Festool purchase, the Rotex wasn't the best buying decision I could have made but I was very impressed by the dust collector and how, when used in conjunction with the Rotex, it collected dust far more effectively (and quietly) than the Bosch did hooked up to a shop vac.

I had been developing a hyper-sensitivity to wood dust over the years and that was making woodworking a health issue. So I bought their 5" ROS. It worked too well and the Bosch became a forgotten tool. I've since purchased three more of their sanders and I love them all.

We've all had screwdrivers that fit loosely in the screw slot and we've all stripped out screw heads with them. :furious: But when you get a tip that fits snugly and holds as you're trying to remove or tighten a difficult screw, that cheap screwdriver makes you appreciate the quality screwdriver all the more. And the fact the quality screwdriver costs a bit more is quickly forgotten. That's been my experience with Festool.
 

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They are fantastic tools-innovative design and incredible quality control. That being said they are not for everyone- If you are a hobby woodworker then they're probably not worth it, but if you're a contractor it they can be a time saver. Do you need a Mercedes or will a Toyota suffice? Just my 2 cents.
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