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Offline mickmick

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FFX Tool Show
« on: March 03, 2019, 09:35 AM »
Went there on Friday, glad I did. Anyone else go?

Was impressed with the Festool stand, spent ages there, learnt loads.
Things I liked:
-staff really know their stuff and were very happy to demonstrate anything I asked about. Friendly, professional, you've got a good UK team there. They even had me getting involved with a LR32 demo.
-LR32 system. Others have been using this for years I'm sure, but I was on the fence about buying and am now sold after a demo. The ability to cut hinge holes was a clincher, didn't know it could do that before. Shelf pins, hinges, custom MFT tops. I like.
-Sys-combi systainers. Really liked these, they havn't been in any of my local shops so was good to check them out. Really like just the one main drawer and then insert dividers. Simple and what I was looking for. Sold. Well done Festool.

Things I wasn't so mad about:
-The new MW1000. It's too heavy for how I imagined using it (in and out of residential customer's homes). It is surprisingly stout. I am halfway through building an MFTC from plans and was cussing myself when I saw the MW1000 has just come out, but now I am ok with it, as the MFTC will be lighter I think. And if it too is too heavy, oh well I built something that I will just use in the workshop. For the price of the MW1000, it had to be right, and I wasn't sold. Others it may be great for, maybe if you are doing large installs and are going to be on a secure site for quite a while. Me, I am just there for a couple of days and working in UK homes is always a tight space affair, and awkward getting in and out. Younger guys may also have no problems.

Other Tools I checked out:
-Mafell Duodoweller, got to see up close and demoed. Was very impressed with this, especially the new version that has a lot more flexibility and improvements. The ability to space dowels at different distances was very clever solution to the drawback of the old one. Also the base is now flat. I'm gonna stick with my Domino for now, as I got it at a great price but if I get really busy/cashed up, I will definitely give one a try. It was very precise without being crazy tight on the joins. The tool oozed quality and I have to say is better made than the domino. The guy has got this thing right now.
-Sealey, PVC and rubber blend air hose:  ;) not a big purchase but I bought one and love it. Way better than the two hoses I have in the shop now. Easy to roll up, easy to unroll for use/stays pretty flat.


« Last Edit: March 03, 2019, 09:40 AM by mickmick »
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Offline jobsworth

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Re: FFX Tool Show
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2019, 11:52 AM »
Was Phil there?
How about Franke?
Did ya talk to Bob? Hes pretty Kewl.

Next time ya go to a Show, PM Peter Parfitt, the double P likes going to shows, maybe ya could of met him there. Thats the first place I met Double P was at the D&M show
Also theres a guy named John Street. Sometimes he shows up at the shows. Thats the guy ya wanna meet andget to know. He knows more about them tools then anyone in the UK does. I had a chat with him once, asked him about a part, off the top of his head , he was able to quote the parts nomenclature, part number and cost.

Great guy to. But he is busier than a one legged waitress named Ilene. So ya got to get to know him ad if you call TTS leave a message for him he will return it. But ya got to get to know him first. As he isnt a application specialist or sales rep anymore. Hes moved up in the company.
I miss the tools shows they had in the UK. We dont have them here anymore. Havent had them for years.
« Last Edit: March 03, 2019, 11:59 AM by jobsworth »

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: FFX Tool Show
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2019, 12:37 PM »
I watched the videos on the Duodowler and, indeed, it’s a neat machine. However, with both Domino machines in my shop, I can’t dream up any use for a doweling machine. Maybe someday.
Was Phil there?
How about Franke?
Did ya talk to Bob? Hes pretty Kewl.

Next time ya go to a Show, PM Peter Parfitt, the double P likes going to shows, maybe ya could of met him there. Thats the first place I met Double P was at the D&M show
Also theres a guy named John Street. Sometimes he shows up at the shows. Thats the guy ya wanna meet andget to know. He knows more about them tools then anyone in the UK does. I had a chat with him once, asked him about a part, off the top of his head , he was able to quote the parts nomenclature, part number and cost.

Great guy to. But he is busier than a one legged waitress named Ilene. So ya got to get to know him ad if you call TTS leave a message for him he will return it. But ya got to get to know him first. As he isnt a application specialist or sales rep anymore. Hes moved up in the company.
I miss the tools shows they had in the UK. We dont have them here anymore. Havent had them for years.
Birdhunter

Offline mickmick

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Re: FFX Tool Show
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2019, 12:57 PM »
Yeh Jobsworth I shoulda given a heads up, but new here. Will do next year.

I also heard a rumour while there that Festool have acquired the Shaper CNC handheld system. I was very interested in the kickstarter version at Christmas as I had just sold my table based CNC. It took up too much room. A Shaper would be great and I will watch developments on this with interest.
« Last Edit: March 03, 2019, 01:33 PM by mickmick »
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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: FFX Tool Show
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2019, 01:15 PM »
Yeh Jobsworth I shoulda given a heads up, but new here. Will do next year.

I also heard a rumour while there that Festool have acquired the Shaper CNC handheld system. I was very interested in the kickstarter version at Christmas as I had just sold my table based CNC. It took up too much room. A Shaper would be great and I will watching developments on this with interest.

It is not a rumor - Shaper is now part of the TTS family (which owns Festool, Tanos, SawStop, etc.), but is not owned directly by Festool.

Peter
« Last Edit: March 03, 2019, 01:35 PM by Peter Halle »

Offline JimH2

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Re: FFX Tool Show
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2019, 02:51 PM »
Went there on Friday, glad I did. Anyone else go?

Was impressed with the Festool stand, spent ages there, learnt loads.
Things I liked:
-staff really know their stuff and were very happy to demonstrate anything I asked about. Friendly, professional, you've got a good UK team there. They even had me getting involved with a LR32 demo.
-LR32 system. Others have been using this for years I'm sure, but I was on the fence about buying and am now sold after a demo. The ability to cut hinge holes was a clincher, didn't know it could do that before. Shelf pins, hinges, custom MFT tops. I like.
-Sys-combi systainers. Really liked these, they havn't been in any of my local shops so was good to check them out. Really like just the one main drawer and then insert dividers. Simple and what I was looking for. Sold. Well done Festool.

Things I wasn't so mad about:
-The new MW1000. It's too heavy for how I imagined using it (in and out of residential customer's homes). It is surprisingly stout. I am halfway through building an MFTC from plans and was cussing myself when I saw the MW1000 has just come out, but now I am ok with it, as the MFTC will be lighter I think. And if it too is too heavy, oh well I built something that I will just use in the workshop. For the price of the MW1000, it had to be right, and I wasn't sold. Others it may be great for, maybe if you are doing large installs and are going to be on a secure site for quite a while. Me, I am just there for a couple of days and working in UK homes is always a tight space affair, and awkward getting in and out. Younger guys may also have no problems.

Other Tools I checked out:
-Mafell Duodoweller, got to see up close and demoed. Was very impressed with this, especially the new version that has a lot more flexibility and improvements. The ability to space dowels at different distances was very clever solution to the drawback of the old one. Also the base is now flat. I'm gonna stick with my Domino for now, as I got it at a great price but if I get really busy/cashed up, I will definitely give one a try. It was very precise without being crazy tight on the joins. The tool oozed quality and I have to say is better made than the domino. The guy has got this thing right now.
-Sealey, PVC and rubber blend air hose:  ;) not a big purchase but I bought one and love it. Way better than the two hoses I have in the shop now. Easy to roll up, easy to unroll for use/stays pretty flat.

The DuoDoweller does shelf pin holes and it is way simpler to setup and use than the LR32. It does not do hinge cup holes though.

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: FFX Tool Show
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2019, 06:21 PM »
I really wanted to go but, had other commitments. I use FFX a lot, good prices, polite and helpful staff, and good after sales. What more could you want?
The only consolation I have is, it stopped me spending any more money, as on Saturday my bank account took a big hit in another tool shop  [blink]

Regarding the MW1000, I recently bought two of the extension tables, and they are proving really handy coupled with the MFT’s on site. I’ve not really experiened the whole system (cart) but, have heard similar comments about the weight, especially when loaded up, and negotiating stairs.