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Offline Alex

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Congrats to the winners, nice work.  [smile]

Offline Jonathan

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Congratulations to the winners, it a fantastic prize and all the reviews were terrific. Thanks Shane it was a really good idea.

Offline Chris Meggersee

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  It's apparent that by creating multiple reviews, our winners increased their odds of winning. 


YEAH very apparent  [sad] maybe next time you do a competition like this the rules could be changed to one entry per person to make it fairer. I know your idea was to get more reviews but still  ::)

I'm sure Shane thought of that and the logical reason why I would disagree with a cap is that worry that only a few people enter. You can imagine how bad it would be if only 7 people entered and they only 7 reviews. This way a few people can enter and you can still get a large amount of reviews. Having said that I think a cap of about 3 or 4 would be fair.

It has to be said though Greg and Junkie really did put in the effort, I mean 7 and 6 reviews. Wow, you guys deserve it. Congrats to both of you and thank you Shane for putting together this great competition and I hope there are more in the future.

Now any chance we could win a Kapex? As I've said before I would name my child "Festool" to win that.  [big grin]
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  It's apparent that by creating multiple reviews, our winners increased their odds of winning. 


YEAH very apparent  [sad] maybe next time you do a competition like this the rules could be changed to one entry per person to make it fairer. I know your idea was to get more reviews but still  ::)

I like the idea of multiple entries.  In this case we had 13 participants that would have meant only 13 reviews instead of 29.  I'm in favor of rules that generate more content on the forum, multiple entries allows that to happen. [2cents]
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Offline Festoolfootstool

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Multie entries means more reviews which is good for the rest of us lazy #@%* it does however create a problem in that someone who only has the resources to only enter once would stand little chance of winning. that said isn't it the taking part that counts......... jumpers for goal posts....hm mm


If Shane does another review competition (I hope he does its been fun)perhaps the prizes could be of lesser monitory value and the  prizes spread a little further,that way people who only enter once or twice stand a better chance of winning something cos it nice to win something......even if its only a knitted toilet roll cover [big grin]
« Last Edit: July 01, 2010, 01:51 PM by Festoolfootstool »
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Offline joiner1970

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I did say that I knew his idea was to get more reviews which worked and was great but still it does seem a bit unfair. Can the winners really honestly say they did so many reviews for the betterment of this forum or did they just do lots of reviews to better their chances of winning.

Offline jvsteenb

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Guys,

Thanks for the reviews! There were some very useful ones, and a couple of funny ones as well.
I'm a bit ashamed as I had planned to enter a review of the DD-DC drywall chuck, but as I found out that there was already a great review of that, I decided not to bother.
I'll add my personal experiences to that review whenever I get around to sum it up nicely.

What I particularly liked about this contest was the international character. I guess that wasn't as easily achieved as some of us may think.
Way to go Shane ! [thanks]

Seeing as I already own a Rotex 150 ( wouldn't be without it for the world ! ) I'll happily await the next international contest  [smile].

Congratulations to the winners - enjoy your new toys tools !

Regards,

Job
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Offline Chris Meggersee

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Guys,

Thanks for the reviews! There were some very useful ones, and a couple of funny ones as well.
I'm a bit ashamed as I had planned to enter a review of the DD-DC drywall chuck, but as I found out that there was already a great review of that, I decided not to bother.
I'll add my personal experiences to that review whenever I get around to sum it up nicely.

What I particularly liked about this contest was the international character. I guess that wasn't as easily achieved as some of us may think.
Way to go Shane ! [thanks]

Seeing as I already own a Rotex 150 ( wouldn't be without it for the world ! ) I'll happily await the next international contest  [smile].

Congratulations to the winners - enjoy your new toys tools !

Regards,

Job

I hope there is another international one.

Thanks again Shane for all the hard work.
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Not the old I never win anthing speach [doh],  you all did very well [thumbs up]

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Not the old I never win anthing speach [doh],  you all did very well [thumbs up]

Sorry to quote and old cleshay but it is true. Maybe my luck is changing....



Good for you and well deserved if you recall my pm to you [big grin]
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Maybe the next contest can have nothing to do with reviews. It is apparent reviews take a certain talent that many might not have here in this forum. Most forum members here are woodworkers, not writers or blogger's and some here can barley turn on a computer let alone type or figure out picture placement(other than just posting a pic), etc.

Maybe one contest idea could be the most cool(nontraditional) use of a Festool, etc. I think someone could enter that with two sentences and some pics without worrying about a nice writing format, etc.

I am sure many forum members are embarrassed to even try to enter when they see reviews of the likes of Brice and some of the winners.

Nice win guys!
« Last Edit: July 01, 2010, 04:05 PM by nickao »
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I hope there is another international one.

Thanks again Shane for all the hard work.

I will second that, it was good for the rest of the world to be included hope you do some more cheers

Offline Wood_Junkie

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Can the winners really honestly say they did so many reviews for the betterment of this forum or did they just do lots of reviews to better their chances of winning.

Yes... and Yes.  

With the exception of my last entry, which was a last hurrah, 20 minutes before the deadline, over-tired effort to be entertaining in reviewing a fairly one-dimensional product (the abrasive Systainer), I tried to be as informative as possible in the time/space, and to try to bring at least one insightful or new-useful thing to the understanding of the tool.  So, yes.  I was absolutely hoping to add something to FOG and the Festool store of knowledge.  Out of 7 efforts, I hope I succeeded in something new or profound (to someone) at least once.

There is a 10 minute cap on the video reviews (YouTube's limit).  Not enough to be 1000% comprehensive, but there's a lot of ground that can be covered, and I tried.
For the written reviews, there's a 20 picture max (I hit it on the RO review), and really who wants to read a novel-length review?  Lengthier write-ups, for example Jerry Work's excellent documents, are more methods-of-work tutorials than a review / overview.

As it is, I put about an hour each into these.  Between planning, photos, Photoshop time, writing, editing, and what-not the written reviews take a long time.

Believe me, those one-take videos are not a 5-9 minute affair.  I'm glad folks thought they were pretty good, but what you can't see is that I have an outlined script sitting off the side of points to cover, specs, etc.  Setup, trial runs, etc all take time.


Yes, I was also hoping to bolster my chances to win, by entering both categories and doing many.  The rules of the contest clearly state that multiple entries were allowed (and encouraged).  After all, it was a contest, not a charity drive.  


Ironically, that silly Sys STF D 150 review has generated the most thread discussion about that and related products.  Anyway, moot as I didn't win in the written category ('grats GPowers!) and I don't even think it was counted.
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Offline Festoolfootstool

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wood junkie

your post is totaly unnessesary, there is nothing for you to defend or explain and I am a little sadened that you felt the need to respond. You put in the effort and won end of story


trying to keep eveyone happy is akin to pushing a dog up a hill with a hot poker. Thats for Shane
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Maybe the next contest can have nothing to do with reviews. It is apparent reviews take a certain talent that many might not have here in this forum. Most forum members here are woodworkers, not writers or blogger's and some here can barley turn on a computer let alone type or figure out picture placement(other than just posting a pic), etc.

Maybe one contest idea could be the most cool(nontraditional) use of a Festool, etc. I think someone could enter that with two sentences and some pics without worrying about a nice writing format, etc.

I am sure many forum members are embarrassed to even try to enter when they see reviews of the likes of Brice and some of the winners.

Nice win guys!


The entry's were not judged on merit but drawn at random so even  a terrible review with just a few lines and a picture would have stood the same chance of winning. which shoots a big hole in you post.dam should have thought of that earlier [wink]
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wood junkie

your post is totaly unnessesary, there is nothing for you to defend or explain......

I completely agree. 

Please let's not turn an event that was meant to add to the usefulness and enjoyment of the forum into something negative. 
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Well said Brice.

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Congratualtions to the winners, and also to the FOG members.

We were worried that after the turn out in the previous contest and the slow start on this one, that contests were not liked here any more.

Shane is happy now - he got to give away tools!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest and also the threads about the entries.

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Maybe the next contest can have nothing to do with reviews. It is apparent reviews take a certain talent that many might not have here in this forum. Most forum members here are woodworkers, not writers or blogger's and some here can barley turn on a computer let alone type or figure out picture placement(other than just posting a pic), etc.

Maybe one contest idea could be the most cool(nontraditional) use of a Festool, etc. I think someone could enter that with two sentences and some pics without worrying about a nice writing format, etc.

I am sure many forum members are embarrassed to even try to enter when they see reviews of the likes of Brice and some of the winners.

Nice win guys!


The entry's were not judged on merit but drawn at random so even  a terrible review with just a few lines and a picture would have stood the same chance of winning. which shoots a big hole in you post.dam should have thought of that earlier [wink]

Yeah but that is not the point at all, everyone including me understood that it was a drawing.  I say that people are not going to post if they feel their work is not up to snuff. Just like most do not post their projects for the same reason, they feel they are just to simplistic and not good enough to be seen here. When in fact the most simplistic things sometimes are the things that turn on a light bulb for someone.

I wonder how many did not consider this contest because they felt they just would post crap, did not know how to make videos, did not feel their grammar is good enough, etc.

I was just proposing an idea for another contest that possibly more people might try to enter.
« Last Edit: July 01, 2010, 07:02 PM by nickao »
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Offline Festoolfootstool

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Nickao

it would be very interesting to know why there were so few entries, maybe a poll would be a good idea to see if it could be made more appealing or accessable.
my reasons for not entering
1 I have a ro150 cant use two and no I could not be bothered to sell it I would rather it went to someone that needed one.
2 do not know how to upload pictures or video ( bit lame as I'm sure I could work it out)
3 just taken on a new shop and am not set up to demo anything at the mo,
4 do not have a huge collection of festool no jigsaw no drills no kapex
5 would not want to review anything that had been reviewed for the competition already
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            Congratulations to the winners, thanks to all those who entered and  who do reviews in general.I imagine there's a fair bit of time and effort goes into it all.Cheers [smile]
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Mr. Wood:

If you're a Junkie, you should feed your habit...

You are a rare talent. You obviously put a lot of effort into making near professional quality videos for our benefit and I, for one, sincerely appreciate all your effort.


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Offline Corwin

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I just want to say thanks to all that participated in this contest.  I'm sure it took a bit of work, but it was a fun event for us bystanders.  Even though there were only two Rotex sanders, you all are winners for the experience.  Again, THANKS.     [thumbs up]
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Offline neilc

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Congrats to the winners and thanks to ALL that put reviews together.  They help in making buying (and getting the most out of the tools once you own them).

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I thoroughly enjoyed the contest and I want to thank Shane, Festool and all of the participants.  I certainly learned a couple of new things and hopefully someone learned something from the two reviews I submitted.  I like submitting reviews for the overall benefit of the community and I hope to add more in the future as I acquire more tools and get a chance to use them.  I also hope that there are more contests in the future...the only thing better than a new Festool is a new FREE Festool!

Congrats again to the winners!

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Offline jonny round boy

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I entered with a written review early on when there weren't many entries. I did intend to review a new NAINA (yet) product, but I didn't have the finances in place to buy it. I've now ordered it & am awaiting delivery. I'm still planning on writing the review, but I would have liked to get it done in time for the competition.

I could complain that this is the first competition eligible to members outside of the US, and yet both prizes were won by Americans! But that would be nothing more than sour grapes on my part! [tongue]

Seriously, congrats to the winners, and I think going by the number of new reviews it has been a very successful & worthwhile contest.

If it hadn't been for this contest, I probably would never have written a full review as I didn't feel I could contribute something worthwhile. This contest encouraged me to try, and I've had some great feedback which has in turn encouraged me to do more in the future.
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Offline woodguy7

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I agree with Footstool, I already have a Rotex & i struggle with photos & vids.

Johnny beat me to it, it was an international contest but both prizes stayed in the States ?

Well done Greg & Junkie, you both put a lot of effort into your reviews & deserve to win.  They were all very informative to read & watch, not just by the 2 winners but by all that submitted.

Shane, well done on this & i hope you continue the competitions & i will try to enter the next one.

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Offline Rob-GB

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I just want to say thanks to all that participated in this contest.  I'm sure it took a bit of work, but it was a fun event for us bystanders.  Even though there were only two Rotex sanders, you all are winners for the experience.  Again, THANKS.     [thumbs up]

I concur, but, would just like to adjust your post to say " We are all winners for the experience" as we all have learnt something and those that entered will no doubt have their hard work admired by future and existing members of this great forum. [thumbs up]
It has been of huge interest, to me.
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Offline Wood_Junkie

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Thanks all for the congrats, and a big high-five to Greg (GPowers). 
Thanks Festool and especially Shane for the contest itself.

I'm very excited to get it this week.  Most definitely there will be a review and comparison coming up. 

I have the perfect project for this sander:  a 4" x 24" x 60" hunk of Yew.  It is in *rough* condition-- rough milling; exposed to the elements for a while; and full of "character" marks.  It is WAY too big to put through my planer.  And, it is hard as a rock, which is discouraging for hand planing.  So the Rotex is going to get a workout trying to transform this into a slab bench seat.  I hit just a corner of it with the RO125 and 50 grit... the wood is the color of maple syrup. 

Offline Chris Meggersee

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Thanks all for the congrats, and a big high-five to Greg (GPowers). 
Thanks Festool and especially Shane for the contest itself.

I'm very excited to get it this week.  Most definitely there will be a review and comparison coming up. 

I have the perfect project for this sander:  a 4" x 24" x 60" hunk of Yew.  It is in *rough* condition-- rough milling; exposed to the elements for a while; and full of "character" marks.  It is WAY too big to put through my planer.  And, it is hard as a rock, which is discouraging for hand planing.  So the Rotex is going to get a workout trying to transform this into a slab bench seat.  I hit just a corner of it with the RO125 and 50 grit... the wood is the color of maple syrup. 


You don't by chance own a  RO 125 do you? I would love to see a comparison between those two.
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