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Offline Linbro

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #240 on: June 17, 2015, 06:24 PM »
I bought a Virutex edge lipping planer from them last year, over the phone, and their service was fantastic. Arrived in Melbourne two days later.

Offline benwheeler

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #241 on: June 17, 2015, 06:28 PM »
Has anyone been tempted to splurge with the $20k instant write-off? Only time you'll get around 1/3 of Festool any time soon..

Offline Kev

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #242 on: June 17, 2015, 06:42 PM »
Has anyone been tempted to splurge with the $20k instant write-off? Only time you'll get around 1/3 of Festool any time soon..

It speeds your depreciation ... :)

If I was Festool, Felder, etc I would have hooked up with an interest free (or low) finance company and gone crazy with a promo campaign.

I'd drop $20K right now on Hammer gear if I had physical space [sad]

Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: One for the Aussies..Festool Aprons Available.
« Reply #243 on: July 07, 2015, 01:27 AM »
Festool  Aprons

Personally I do not like wearing aprons or carpenters belts and bags. However I realise these can be important gear for some.

So whilst doing my weekly check if the Festool Aus website I noted that the Festool Aprons are available in Aus for a limited time.

See-
http://www.festool.com.au/epages/tooltechnic.sf/en_AU/?ObjectPath=/Shops/tooltechnic/Products/F28375
« Last Edit: July 07, 2015, 01:31 AM by Untidy Shop »
If you don't like Signatures, just go to Look and Layout and tick No Signatures.

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Offline Kev

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Re: One for the Aussies..Festool Aprons Available.
« Reply #244 on: July 07, 2015, 10:39 AM »
Festool  Aprons

Personally I do not like wearing aprons or carpenters belts and bags. However I realise these can be important gear for some.

So whilst doing my weekly check if the Festool Aus website I noted that the Festool Aprons are available in Aus for a limited time.

See-
http://www.festool.com.au/epages/tooltechnic.sf/en_AU/?ObjectPath=/Shops/tooltechnic/Products/F28375

Kinda seems a shame if you don't have the rest of the ensemble (leather shorts, long socks and feathered hat) [wink] [big grin]

Offline Bohdan

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #245 on: July 07, 2015, 10:48 AM »
Got an email from Festool inviting me to a Sydney based training program:-

"Please note places are limited to 10 people per session to ensure maximum value for participants. Registrations are first in first served.
Further sessions will be scheduled - dates to be confirmed

The Sydney training session will be held at Parramatta District Men's Shed, 1 Fleet Street, North Parramatta on Friday 4th September and Saturday 5th September"

Offline Kev

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #246 on: July 07, 2015, 10:50 AM »
Got an email from Festool inviting me to a Sydney based training program:-

"Please note places are limited to 10 people per session to ensure maximum value for participants. Registrations are first in first served.
Further sessions will be scheduled - dates to be confirmed

The Sydney training session will be held at Parramatta District Men's Shed, 1 Fleet Street, North Parramatta on Friday 4th September and Saturday 5th September"

Didn't get an invite [mad] [sad]


Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #247 on: July 07, 2015, 10:59 AM »
Got an email from Festool inviting me to a Sydney based training program:-

"Please note places are limited to 10 people per session to ensure maximum value for participants. Registrations are first in first served.
Further sessions will be scheduled - dates to be confirmed

The Sydney training session will be held at Parramatta District Men's Shed, 1 Fleet Street, North Parramatta on Friday 4th September and Saturday 5th September"

Didn't get an invite [mad] [sad]

Interesting! I did Kev.
Perhaps they have mixed up their Melb and Sydney email lists!  [eek]

@Kev
If you don't like Signatures, just go to Look and Layout and tick No Signatures.

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Offline Kev

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #248 on: July 07, 2015, 11:15 AM »
Got an email from Festool inviting me to a Sydney based training program:-

"Please note places are limited to 10 people per session to ensure maximum value for participants. Registrations are first in first served.
Further sessions will be scheduled - dates to be confirmed

The Sydney training session will be held at Parramatta District Men's Shed, 1 Fleet Street, North Parramatta on Friday 4th September and Saturday 5th September"

Didn't get an invite [mad] [sad]

Interesting! I did Kev.
Perhaps they have mixed up their Melb and Sydney email lists!  [eek]

@Kev

Probably lost in the same corner of their warehouse as the 5.2Ah batteries.

Offline benwheeler

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #249 on: July 07, 2015, 01:15 PM »

Offline Kev

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #250 on: July 07, 2015, 01:49 PM »
Festool Sydney Training

Never knew how search worked on the internet thingy [wink] [big grin]

At least they're not charging a crazy amount of money for this .. hopefully some people will get value out of it.

It'll be interesting to see if they develop a positive reputation for actual training. An extended tool feature demonstration to entice buying won't cut it, it'll have to deliver techniques that really improve proficiency.


Offline benwheeler

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #251 on: July 07, 2015, 02:48 PM »
Yep, Melbourne training's this Fri/Sat - looking forward to finding out why those from the old country rave about it!

Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: One for the Aussies...Festool training
« Reply #252 on: July 10, 2015, 08:19 AM »
Yep, Melbourne training's this Fri/Sat - looking forward to finding out why those from the old country rave about it!

So Ben and Bohdan, who is who!?

https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1653882294825390&id=1443009462579342

@Bohdan  @benwheeler
« Last Edit: July 10, 2015, 08:23 AM by Untidy Shop »
If you don't like Signatures, just go to Look and Layout and tick No Signatures.

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Offline benwheeler

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Re: One for the Aussies...Festool training
« Reply #253 on: July 10, 2015, 08:38 AM »
Yep, Melbourne training's this Fri/Sat - looking forward to finding out why those from the old country rave about it!

So Ben and Bohdan, who is who!?

https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1653882294825390&id=1443009462579342

Oh dear!  [eek]

I'm the young whipper-snapper with no eyeballs; @Bohdan is the extra-tall bearded gentleman.

It's been quite interesting so far - I think the main stuff I want to know about is coming tomorrow.    Don't ask me how many $$$$ I've already mentally spent today though!!

@Bohdan  @benwheeler

Offline Bohdan

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #254 on: July 11, 2015, 07:09 AM »
Festool Sydney Training

Never knew how search worked on the internet thingy [wink] [big grin]

At least they're not charging a crazy amount of money for this .. hopefully some people will get value out of it.

It'll be interesting to see if they develop a positive reputation for actual training. An extended tool feature demonstration to entice buying won't cut it, it'll have to deliver techniques that really improve proficiency.

The Melbourne session was in fact an extended tool demo that was extremely comprehensive and included comparisons between various models, highlighting the intended application differences. We were introduced to some tools and applications that we didn't even know existed and even though we went over time there are still some things that weren't covered.

Some of the participants discovered features on, and application techniques for, tools that they already owned and used.

Most regular readers of the FOG probably already know about most of the tools but it is good to actually see and handle the tools, to have them explained and all of your questions answered. Some of the most interesting information was about all of the accessories that could be used with each tool.

The session was an extremely broad coverage of what's available from Festool, you were able to see and handle or try items that you would rarely find at most dealers.

They are planning more specific sessions which will be more hands on application later but for now I would recommend the Sydney session if you wish to learn what Festool is all about.


Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: One for the Aussies...anyone win the Vecturo yet?/workshop?
« Reply #255 on: July 13, 2015, 08:25 PM »
Re Vecturo Comp -
Anyone received the good news yet?

Re the workshop in Melb
Did you get anything to take home?

@Bohdan  @benwheeler
« Last Edit: July 13, 2015, 08:32 PM by Untidy Shop »
If you don't like Signatures, just go to Look and Layout and tick No Signatures.

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Offline benwheeler

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #256 on: July 13, 2015, 08:43 PM »

Re Vecturo Comp -
Anyone received the good news yet?

Re the workshop in Melb
Did you get anything to take home?

@Bohdan  @benwheeler
Would you believe.. Cap, coffee cup and ruler? I'll be able to open a shop for those 3 items soon!
Note to self: you've been to too many Festool events recently.
Anyway, my ruler's coming in very handy today :-D

Offline Bohdan

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #257 on: July 13, 2015, 09:06 PM »
@benwheeler you forgot the pencil.

Offline benwheeler

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #258 on: July 13, 2015, 09:10 PM »
Oh yes. And was I supposed to end up with the Festool pen?

Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #259 on: July 13, 2015, 09:15 PM »

Re Vecturo Comp -
Anyone received the good news yet?

Re the workshop in Melb
Did you get anything to take home?

@Bohdan  @benwheeler
Would you believe.. Cap, coffee cup and ruler? I'll be able to open a shop for those 3 items soon!
Note to self: you've been to too many Festool events recently.
Anyway, my ruler's coming in very handy today :-D

Yes I would!  [smile]
They could have had a door prize, not a Kapex but say a CXS.

Anyway do not dismiss those rulers, they are great for measuring up sheet goods.

@Bohdan  @benwheeler
If you don't like Signatures, just go to Look and Layout and tick No Signatures.

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Offline DB10

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #260 on: July 13, 2015, 09:19 PM »
Any word at the Melbourne workshop on when we are likely to see the 5.2 batteries or the release of the C18 down here anytime soon?

Offline benwheeler

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #261 on: July 13, 2015, 09:22 PM »


Re Vecturo Comp -
Anyone received the good news yet?

Re the workshop in Melb
Did you get anything to take home?

@Bohdan  @benwheeler
Would you believe.. Cap, coffee cup and ruler? I'll be able to open a shop for those 3 items soon!
Note to self: you've been to too many Festool events recently.
Anyway, my ruler's coming in very handy today :-D

Yes I would!  [smile]
They could have had a door prize, not a Kapex but say a CXS.

Anyway do not dismiss those rulers, they are great for measuring up sheet goods.

@Bohdan  @benwheeler

Yep!

Offline benwheeler

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #262 on: July 13, 2015, 09:28 PM »
No need to give away a CXS when they can just show me one and then I have to buy it (as I did yesterday)!

Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: One for the Aussies... Non structural ply
« Reply #263 on: July 13, 2015, 10:15 PM »
Ben, re that ply - is it that Brazilian/Australian 12mm or 17mm non structural ply that is being sold by Home and Bunnings?

As I both sell and use it, just be aware that the top layers can vary up to 1mm sheet to sheet. Recently I picked through the top twelve sheets of a 17mm stack to find 4 sheets I was happy with. I suppose I have that luxury as I work there, but if you are using this product regularly and want to sand it, try and have a good look at the sheets you select. [Or find a sales assistant that is as helpfull as me!  [big grin] ]

After patching a cut length of 17mm with Selleys Trim Filler yesterday, just now I sanded it and painted an undercoat with brush and roller. Reasonable result so far; but will see as top coats proceed using my version of Festool Blue/Black.

@benwheeler
« Last Edit: July 14, 2015, 05:19 AM by Untidy Shop »
If you don't like Signatures, just go to Look and Layout and tick No Signatures.

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Offline benwheeler

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #264 on: July 13, 2015, 10:19 PM »
It certainly is, and thanks for your concern! It's just for a rough job at work, as opposed to the nice precision stuff I do at home that requires green tools :-)

Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: One for the Aussies... Sales Opportunity!
« Reply #265 on: July 14, 2015, 05:16 AM »

If you don't like Signatures, just go to Look and Layout and tick No Signatures.

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Offline benwheeler

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #266 on: July 17, 2015, 02:38 AM »
Anyone tried the new Carbatec website yet? Much sexier..  Also, there's a 10% off promo til the end of the month. So if, unlike me, you haven't completely blown your budget on Sawstops and Festools, some discounted Veritas gear could be yours!

Perhaps I could stretch the budget to a few Bessey clamps..

Ps sorry for my dimwittedness - didn't get the Peppa pig reference [emoji22]

Offline Kev

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #267 on: July 17, 2015, 04:38 AM »
Anyone tried the new Carbatec website yet? Much sexier..  Also, there's a 10% off promo til the end of the month. So if, unlike me, you haven't completely blown your budget on Sawstops and Festools, some discounted Veritas gear could be yours!

Perhaps I could stretch the budget to a few Bessey clamps..

Ps sorry for my dimwittedness - didn't get the Peppa pig reference [emoji22]

About time ... their site was bad for the 90's !!

Offline DB10

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Re: One for the Aussies...
« Reply #268 on: July 17, 2015, 06:09 AM »
I think there whole business was stuck in the 90's. Stepping inside there shop was like going back in time apart from the prices.
 If you phone them up then you have to go through a call center when all you want to do is speak to the local store. And trying to search the old website was pure torture.
  This new much improved website must have cost them a dollar or two to set up, as there won't be any specials in store for a few months now.

Offline benwheeler

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One for the Aussies...
« Reply #269 on: July 17, 2015, 06:17 AM »
My main gripe (apart from the shocking quality of their home brand stuff) is that they never seem to have stock of what I want. I wanted to buy a Sawstop before the EOFY, and since they had no stock I went to Gabbet Machinery who managed to deliver one from Sydney for less than it would cost from the locals. Sold!

I must add though, that I appreciate that they have quite a large range of items on the shelf - I suppose that their focus would be hobbyists, which is not necessarily a red-hot market, and they'd have to keep stock levels under control. Still - keep the stuff I want in stock please!
« Last Edit: July 17, 2015, 06:23 AM by benwheeler »