it would seem then that the 'other tools' section of this forum is superfluous if no discussion about other manufacturers tools are to be permitted. I still believe there is a big difference in linking to an unpaid enthusiasts forum and linking to a competitors website/forum or competitor retailer especially when there is no self interest involved. in my opinion suppression of this type will leave a bad taste in the mouths of many here and cause them to seek other forums were all views can be heard.
My own impression since joining FOG is that the "other tools and accessories" section was probably originally created to have a place to discuss tools, supplies, and accessories that Festool DOESN'T
offer. Table saws, bandsaws, jointers, planers, clamps, jigs, air tools, compressors, glues, lathes, paints, finishing products and other items that together with the Festool items can enhance production and woodworking in general. Certainly there would be some things for which comparing apples to apples might be appropriate.. (ie the Carvex vs the others topic), but I am in full support of FOG for barring posts that clearly represent another product as superior, AND actively promote their purchase over the Festool model. That is the purpose for a forum run by either the competing company, or fans of their products. FOG is not the venue for those promotions in my opinion.
That all being said, there is simply no question that Ryobi products are so superior to Festool's that it is amazing that people buy the green stuff at all! All the comparison tests agree. And Harbor Freight tools are a close second in quality, performance, fit and finish. Can't be denied!