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Offline HunterL

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US Dealer who ships to APO?
« on: October 12, 2016, 01:55 PM »
I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to find a US dealer who will ship to an APO address (currently living in Germany). I bought a few things on Amazon and they shipped to APO, but I'm trying to purchase the CMS GE Set and no website or company I've reached out to so far will ship it.

Suggestions?

Offline Max Fracas

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2016, 02:28 PM »
I lived in Germany for quite a while.  I sometimes shopped Amazon.de, but usually liked to see if I could find a local source.  You might be able to find a German Festool dealer who will take the tax form and save you some money.

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2016, 02:59 PM »
Hi!

www.shopfestool.com will ship to APO according to their site, I have no relation to them and no personal experience of shopping with them.


** Please note that UPS is not able to deliver to Post Office Boxes; Military Bases; or APO addresses.
** However, we will still service these addresses utilizing USPS (United States Postal Service).  Our shipping software will validate your shipping address and will automatically assign the carrier accordingly.  If you have any questions regarding this process please contact a customer service agent at 1-877-777-4717 or info@ustoolandfastener.com.


Hope this helps and thank you for your service!

Kind regards,
Oliver
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Oliver

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2016, 10:04 PM »
any service member having difficulty making a purchase in US and getting it shipped to Germany lets us know. We will try to facilitate on the basis of a favor for out-of-pocket shipping cost.
- just a little token of appreciation from our end.
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Offline GP ARMY

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2016, 03:13 PM »
Woodcraft.com ships APO
Also try amazon.co.uk

Where is Germany are you?  Military?
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Offline copcarcollector

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2016, 03:17 PM »
Be aware the CMS ships in multiple boxes. The table itself is a large box. I know that you are using Military Mail, but that is transported by the USPS here, you might check into any size and weight restrictions before you move forward.

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2016, 10:23 PM »
Be aware the CMS ships in multiple boxes. The table itself is a large box. I know that you are using Military Mail, but that is transported by the USPS here, you might check into any size and weight restrictions before you move forward.

 This is very true and is or can be very costly to ship. Please discuss this with the dealers mentioned, who I am hoping will be of help to you. Good luck with this and thanks for your Service.
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Offline Max Fracas

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2016, 10:45 PM »
APO shipping doesn't have to be any more expensive than shipping within the USA.  Companies have to use the APO address rather than the local European address.   Once the packages get to the last US post office (such as NY), the military system picks up and there are no additional fees.  Essentially, the shipper is only paying to the last PO.  For Europe, that's NY. 

I'm not sure why shipping to APO addresses is a problem, but I'd assume the problem is that some companies don't want to handle the customs forms. 

When I was stationed in Stuttgart I did use an APO shipping service a couple of times.  Very expensive and slow.  I found shopping locally a better deal, especially if the dealer accepted the VAT form.  Taking off the 20% value added tax made German sources very competitive. 

Online rst

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2016, 07:35 AM »
Having lived in Germany as a military dependent, I'm not clear on why you would not buy local rather than incurring shipping and possible damage costs.

Offline Holmz

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2016, 08:05 AM »
I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to find a US dealer who will ship to an APO address (currently living in Germany). I bought a few things on Amazon and they shipped to APO, but I'm trying to purchase the CMS GE Set and no website or company I've reached out to so far will ship it.

Suggestions?

By their agreement they generally should not, but sometimes you can find one that will.

In general I would try dictum.de, and other than the VAT it makes sense.

Getting the 230v versions of tools also makes sense, and then get a transformer when/if you head back stateside...

Offline HunterL

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2016, 10:17 AM »
Be aware the CMS ships in multiple boxes. The table itself is a large box. I know that you are using Military Mail, but that is transported by the USPS here, you might check into any size and weight restrictions before you move forward.

 This is very true and is or can be very costly to ship. Please discuss this with the dealers mentioned, who I am hoping will be of help to you. Good luck with this and thanks for your Service.

Thanks Bob. I went with Shop Festool and while they don't have one currently in stock they are still able to ship it to me "free shipping" to my APO. I appreciate everyone's help.

Offline HunterL

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2016, 10:20 AM »
APO shipping doesn't have to be any more expensive than shipping within the USA.  Companies have to use the APO address rather than the local European address.   Once the packages get to the last US post office (such as NY), the military system picks up and there are no additional fees.  Essentially, the shipper is only paying to the last PO.  For Europe, that's NY. 

I'm not sure why shipping to APO addresses is a problem, but I'd assume the problem is that some companies don't want to handle the customs forms. 

When I was stationed in Stuttgart I did use an APO shipping service a couple of times.  Very expensive and slow.  I found shopping locally a better deal, especially if the dealer accepted the VAT form.  Taking off the 20% value added tax made German sources very competitive.

I agree, I've tried explaining that it's really irrelevant to them where I physically am, but as soon as they hear that I want it shipped to "Germany", they are out the door... In this case yes, it is like shipping to NY zip code.

Offline HunterL

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2016, 10:22 AM »
I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to find a US dealer who will ship to an APO address (currently living in Germany). I bought a few things on Amazon and they shipped to APO, but I'm trying to purchase the CMS GE Set and no website or company I've reached out to so far will ship it.

Suggestions?

By their agreement they generally should not, but sometimes you can find one that will.

In general I would try dictum.de, and other than the VAT it makes sense.

Getting the 230v versions of tools also makes sense, and then get a transformer when/if you head back stateside...

Other than the VAT discount on the front end, I'm wondering if having to deal with transformers for the rest of the life of that tool is worth it for me. That's why I wanted to order some products from the US. Otherwise I could certainly buy local, like Dictum as mentioned where I've bought a few hand tools with a VAT form.

Offline Holmz

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2016, 11:27 AM »
I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to find a US dealer who will ship to an APO address (currently living in Germany). I bought a few things on Amazon and they shipped to APO, but I'm trying to purchase the CMS GE Set and no website or company I've reached out to so far will ship it.

Suggestions?

By their agreement they generally should not, but sometimes you can find one that will.

In general I would try dictum.de, and other than the VAT it makes sense.

Getting the 230v versions of tools also makes sense, and then get a transformer when/if you head back stateside...

Other than the VAT discount on the front end, I'm wondering if having to deal with transformers for the rest of the life of that tool is worth it for me. That's why I wanted to order some products from the US. Otherwise I could certainly buy local, like Dictum as mentioned where I've bought a few hand tools with a VAT form.

Brother we are in the same boat.
Basically if you have US-220v in a garage back home, then you are set. Or the transformer from 110 to 220v then you are set anywhere.

That opens up all the tools from Europe and the cost savings are notable.

I got comfortable with the trade off, but not everyone is.

For the CMS, maybe a different US router table with an Incra fence would be as good?

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2016, 11:27 AM »
I thought the post was about buying the CMS, which is not powered, having a router shipped is certainly not big deal...the CMS set whole different topic.

Offline RKA

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2016, 01:13 PM »
Well, the CMS does have the switch, socket and power cord to mains.  So this might be a consideration (don't know myself).
-Raj

Offline Max Fracas

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2016, 01:22 PM »
I have a Swiss coffee machine that runs off 220v.  I'd definitely like to have a US model and not have to run the step-up transformer.  I bought my Festool power tools here in the US, so no transformers needed.  But I regret not buying some non-powered Festool gear when I was in Germany.   

Offline HunterL

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2016, 05:23 PM »
I plan to buy all the non powered accessories and what have you locally, following on what Max said

Offline Bohdan

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #18 on: October 14, 2016, 05:40 PM »
I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to find a US dealer who will ship to an APO address (currently living in Germany). I bought a few things on Amazon and they shipped to APO, but I'm trying to purchase the CMS GE Set and no website or company I've reached out to so far will ship it.

Suggestions?

Buy the CMS in Germany and if you want to use it on 110V just buy the 110V switch as a spare part from the US and swap it over. I'm sure that even with a switch swapover it will be much cheaper than buying it from the states and shipping it. Plus you can get all of the modules that are NAINA.

Offline HunterL

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2016, 01:18 AM »
Good to know, because I just received an email that they wont ship the CMS without breaking it apart into smaller pieces so I'll use this opportunity to follow your advice.
I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to find a US dealer who will ship to an APO address (currently living in Germany). I bought a few things on Amazon and they shipped to APO, but I'm trying to purchase the CMS GE Set and no website or company I've reached out to so far will ship it.

Suggestions?

Buy the CMS in Germany and if you want to use it on 110V just buy the 110V switch as a spare part from the US and swap it over. I'm sure that even with a switch swapover it will be much cheaper than buying it from the states and shipping it. Plus you can get all of the modules that are NAINA.

Offline HunterL

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2016, 02:02 AM »
Good to know, because I just received an email that they wont ship the CMS without breaking it apart into smaller pieces so I'll use this opportunity to follow your advice.
I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to find a US dealer who will ship to an APO address (currently living in Germany). I bought a few things on Amazon and they shipped to APO, but I'm trying to purchase the CMS GE Set and no website or company I've reached out to so far will ship it.

Suggestions?

Buy the CMS in Germany and if you want to use it on 110V just buy the 110V switch as a spare part from the US and swap it over. I'm sure that even with a switch swapover it will be much cheaper than buying it from the states and shipping it. Plus you can get all of the modules that are NAINA.

Upon looking into the advice of buying the spare part, I came upon this: http://ekat.festool.de/login/jsp/main.jsp?doAction=start&autologin=true&userId=US-Kunde-FT_US&password=Customer&design=festool

When I go to CMS and look at the spare parts, it looks like I would need # 35 and 36? Can anyone else confirm or deny that?

Offline Holmz

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2016, 02:33 AM »
I have a Swiss coffee machine that runs off 220v.  I'd definitely like to have a US model and not have to run the step-up transformer.  I bought my Festool power tools here in the US, so no transformers needed.  But I regret not buying some non-powered Festool gear when I was in Germany.

You already have 220v in the kitchen if you have a stove.
An outlet would allow you to run the coffee machine... and then the transformer can be used for Euro tools!  [smile]

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Re: US Dealer who ships to APO?
« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2016, 03:37 AM »
Good to know, because I just received an email that they wont ship the CMS without breaking it apart into smaller pieces so I'll use this opportunity to follow your advice.
I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to find a US dealer who will ship to an APO address (currently living in Germany). I bought a few things on Amazon and they shipped to APO, but I'm trying to purchase the CMS GE Set and no website or company I've reached out to so far will ship it.

Suggestions?

Buy the CMS in Germany and if you want to use it on 110V just buy the 110V switch as a spare part from the US and swap it over. I'm sure that even with a switch swapover it will be much cheaper than buying it from the states and shipping it. Plus you can get all of the modules that are NAINA.

I as I already has the GE unit, I bought the VL unit stand only as I already have 3 modules. Since they in the UK you can buy just the stand and not the entire CMS with the router insert. I got one here. But to make it able to connect with my US tools
 I ordered the switch from the states.Now I could of ordered a 110V American style replacement plug from Amazon, I chose to just order the entire switch.

That switch aient cheap. Shipping was free to the APO, the switch added about $100 or more to the cost of the CMS when added into the total cost.