As a bungling amateur who lives in Switzerland, I have to be careful what I buy. Swiss houses are much smaller than their US counterparts, ditto their garages, so everything I buy has to be bought with good storage in mind, otherwise the car (a subcompact!) won't fit. My workbench is relatively small and somewhat awkwardly placed, so I considered this table. It is expensive for a work table, as in very expensive, but then, a bigger house with a bigger garage is even more so, so I bit an entire arsenal of bullets and bought one. I bought in in its homeland (Germany), where it's (a) cheaper, and (b) I can get back the German value-added tax (19%). I tried to be naughty and avoid the Swiss VAT (8%) by bringing it across the border at a checkpoint that the Swiss didn't man at the weekend, but, alas, the German Zollbeamter made me fill in a declaration form and post it in the empty Swiss border post!
Initially, I went through the "what have I done??" agony, having spent all this money on a new toy. But then I started to use it - and suddenly I started to wonder how on earth I had ever managed without one. It's a nice height, workpieces can be clamped firmly on the surface, and the hinged rail makes crosscut sawing such a breeze. I'm constantly finding new uses for it, and the old workbench is now relegated to holding the tools I need, while all the action takes place on the MFT/3. Festool might not make the cheapest things around, but it certainly produces amazingly useful things.