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Offline josephgewing

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #60 on: June 13, 2015, 05:57 PM »
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Offline teocaf

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #61 on: June 13, 2015, 06:27 PM »
The thread is festool hobbyists so those of us that use them for a living are somewhat excluded.
Dave

option 1:
post your thing anyway--Even though you know that ALL the threads on here stay strictly ON topic.........(excuse me, but I just had a major laughing fit for a minute there), but take a shot anyway.  don't be like:  "Oh my, I feel so left out!--If I make my living with Festools and I want to post on this thread, I'm going to open myself up to all kinds of ridicule... I just don't think my poor constitution can handle it..."

option 2:
Geez, is it that hard to start your own thread ?!?  Go to  General Friendly Chat. Click on the New Thread thingie.  Make up an awesome topic title like:  "Festool Pros Only--Collectors and Amateurs Need Not Apply--Hit me up with your Job Line Dudes!"

I'd do it myself, but too busy clipping my toenails before I head in for my monthly bubble bath...

Offline VW MICK

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #62 on: June 14, 2015, 03:26 AM »
It Looks like there is a definite connection between IT and festool 

Not so much from the joinery background

But it's early days

Well done frank a great thread

The thread is festool hobbyists so those of us that use them for a living are somewhat excluded.
Dave

Maybe. Not sure where that puts me then. I haven't actually used my tools on site for over 15 years

In fact I have only bought festools since I stopped needing them for my every day job   

So I posted anyway .......sorry

Offline KrisB

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #63 on: June 14, 2015, 03:51 AM »
Self employed IT system engineer for small businesses in the Flemish part of Belgium. There seems to be something indeed between us, IT guys  and Festool. Are we drawn to it because of our IT backgrounds, and if so, why Festool and not another brand? Perhaps there is a shrink on the forum who can explain?

For my personally, the system approach of Festool, the quality of the tools and the emphasis on dust control are the main reasons to go with Festool. And of course that they are created by well paid, skilled workers in Germany in stead of underpaid, exploited kids in the far-east.
Grtz,

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Offline Tinker

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #64 on: June 14, 2015, 04:05 AM »
The thread is festool hobbyists so those of us that use them for a living are somewhat excluded.
Dave

option 1:
post your thing anyway--Even though you know that ALL the threads on here stay strictly ON topic.........(excuse me, but I just had a major laughing fit for a minute there), but take a shot anyway.  don't be like:  "Oh my, I feel so left out!--If I make my living with Festools and I want to post on this thread, I'm going to open myself up to all kinds of ridicule... I just don't think my poor constitution can handle it..."

option 2:
Geez, is it that hard to start your own thread ?!?  Go to  General Friendly Chat. Click on the New Thread thingie.  Make up an awesome topic title like:  "Festool Pros Only--Collectors and Amateurs Need Not Apply--Hit me up with your Job Line Dudes!"

I'd do it myself, but too busy clipping my toenails before I head in for my monthly bubble bath...

Oh yes, we should all stay strictly on topic at ALL times. Yes! We should all..........  about clipping your toe nails, i just have a heck of a job doing that.  If i bend over, I can't straighten up for days.  I just hate bubble baths.  the bubbles float into my eyes,  As I was driving home a week or so ago, I saw a bear in the woods.  Yes we should ALL stay strictly on topic.  Oh!  What was the topic?  [scratch chin]
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Offline Alex

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #65 on: June 14, 2015, 04:16 AM »
There seems to be something indeed between us, IT guys  and Festool. Are we drawn to it because of our IT backgrounds, and if so, why Festool and not another brand? Perhaps there is a shrink on the forum who can explain?

Too little data to draw your conclusions. Perhaps there are so many IT guys here because they tend to be more involved with computers and have a larger internet presence than people with other backgrounds?

Offline KrisB

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #66 on: June 14, 2015, 04:24 AM »
There seems to be something indeed between us, IT guys  and Festool. Are we drawn to it because of our IT backgrounds, and if so, why Festool and not another brand? Perhaps there is a shrink on the forum who can explain?

Too little data to draw your conclusions. Perhaps there are so many IT guys here because they tend to be more involved with computers and have a larger internet presence than people with other backgrounds?
Perhaps my wife got it right when I told her about this thread. She said IT guys earn enough to buy Festool, that's why. [smile]

Offline Wuffles

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #67 on: June 14, 2015, 04:38 AM »
Perhaps my wife got it right when I told her about this thread. She said IT guys earn enough to buy Festool, that's why. [smile]

Not in the UK they don't.

IT guys hang around on forums more than the average person. It's really that simple.
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Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #68 on: June 14, 2015, 07:07 AM »
Or is it that IT guys like/follow a 'systems' approach?

But then that does not account for free thinkers and artisans that also use Festool, nor the 'Untidy' who seek precision in an environment of chaos!  [smile]
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Offline Brice Burrell

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #69 on: June 14, 2015, 07:11 AM »
There seems to be something indeed between us, IT guys  and Festool. Are we drawn to it because of our IT backgrounds, and if so, why Festool and not another brand? Perhaps there is a shrink on the forum who can explain?

Too little data to draw your conclusions. Perhaps there are so many IT guys here because they tend to be more involved with computers and have a larger internet presence than people with other backgrounds?

Alex, it's true, IT types are drawn to Festool and the FOG because of the some special, subliminal code Shane has been putting in here and the Festool site.  It doesn't seem to effect us regular people, but the IT guys are like trained rats. [tongue] [big grin]   
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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #70 on: June 14, 2015, 08:50 AM »
Maybe it's because us IT guys are smarter than the average toilet paper tube  [tongue]  and understand concepts like cost-benefit ratios.  It could be that some of us are smart enough to use IT skills to fund the stuff we'd rather be doing/using.  Then again, we might just all be shuddering in horror at the thought of seeing Tinker in a bubble bath and wandering around afterwards in his fuzzy pink slippers...   [poke] 

 [popcorn]
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Offline MrGinCT

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #71 on: June 14, 2015, 09:00 AM »
My day job is as a Safety professional and I spend all of my time telling companies with fabrication shops how to improve their productivity by working more efficiently.

I always find it interesting that folks can't see the forest for the trees / the obvious  ;D

Offline lambeater

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #72 on: June 14, 2015, 09:27 AM »
industrial electrician by trade, But build logging processors for cutting trees. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Southstar-Equipment/526874834024195

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Offline Gwerner

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #73 on: June 14, 2015, 02:26 PM »
Sales Director and Product Manager for a company focused on tactical radio integration work for the US Military, beer taste tester by night.

Offline Davej

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #74 on: June 14, 2015, 03:39 PM »
It Looks like there is a definite connection between IT and festool 

Not so much from the joinery background

But it's early days

Well done frank a great thread

The thread is festool hobbyists so those of us that use them for a living are somewhat excluded.
Dave

Maybe. Not sure where that puts me then. I haven't actually used my tools on site for over 15 years

In fact I have only bought festools since I stopped needing them for my every day job   

So I posted anyway .......sorry

I wouldn't worry too much , my post was taken totally out of context and got a sarcastic reply because I had the audacity to point out the thread was related to hobbyists in particular rather than a general question for all members.
Dave
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Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #75 on: June 14, 2015, 04:44 PM »
Retired graphic designer / communications consultant… Self-employed since 1980 — kinda ended my pro career ten years ago, aged 49. And because I could, I did.
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Offline elfick

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #76 on: June 14, 2015, 04:56 PM »
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Offline ewils91

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #77 on: June 14, 2015, 06:09 PM »
I'm a senior security coordinator for a fleet of nuclear reactors.  [blink]

Offline blk65brd

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #78 on: June 14, 2015, 07:29 PM »
Retired 2001 as an operations director from the Wireless Industry (worked in the beginning of the cellular industry when phones were big boxes in the trunks of cars, had 4 antenna's on the roof and air time was 90 cents a minute), worked for an American company that then became French and is destined to next be Finnish, was off for a couple of years and then was asked to come back as a contractor to manage a “few” more projects.  Have now been free for the last year and a half and using the Festools that the work after retirement allowed me to purchase.  Current project is a Queen Anne Victorian home that we have been building since 1989, taking a break now from installing cherry flooring.  Tools used were Kapex and MFK 700 trim router.  Amazing how many 22 and 1/2 degree cuts or close to it have been made in woodwork finishing this house.

Offline Gnovice17

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #79 on: June 14, 2015, 09:53 PM »
General and vascular surgeon--28years.  Just started woodworking a few years ago but found that measure twice , cut once applies to woodworking also.

Offline atomicmike

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #80 on: June 14, 2015, 10:32 PM »
I worked as a software engineer for over a decade, but for the past year and a half, I've been back in college finishing my bachelor's degree and getting ready to apply to med schools. Sadly, this new path hasn't left me much time (or money!) for woodworking lately, but I have a feeling it will be worth the sacrifice.

Offline Kevin D.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #81 on: June 15, 2015, 03:51 AM »
Maybe it's because us IT guys are smarter than the average toilet paper tube and understand concepts like cost-benefit ratios. 

No!  IT guys are simply exacting types that also work constantly with structure and interconnected systems that lends them to adopt such similar system as Festool offers.

IT guys have little to none concept of cost benefit scenarios I would think.  They just like the systematic approach and overall efficiencies in what they do.

As I said earlier, I'm a CFP and although being such is not greatly geared to such analytical discussion as to why people do lend themselves to Festool products and their premium pricing, I do get to express what I feel are some of the probables of those who may tend to adopt Festool based on my experience with people of different calibers of disposable income and their general nature as to where they came from.  Been doin' it for 25 years now.  There are definitely certain indicators with who typically is a Festool adoptee although I am stunned as to how many IT guys are here in this thread that are in this group of non-pro-contractor users.  Bit unexpected actually.
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Offline Wuffles

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #82 on: June 15, 2015, 04:08 AM »
Maybe it's because us IT guys are smarter than the average toilet paper tube and understand concepts like cost-benefit ratios. 

No!  IT guys are simply exacting types that also work constantly with structure and interconnected systems that lends them to adopt such similar system as Festool offers.

IT guys have little to none concept of cost benefit scenarios I would think.  They just like the systematic approach and overall efficiencies in what they do.

As I said earlier, I'm a CFP and although being such is not greatly geared to such analytical discussion as to why people do lend themselves to Festool products and their premium pricing, I do get to express what I feel are some of the probables of those who may tend to adopt Festool based on my experience with people of different calibers of disposable income and their general nature as to where they came from.  Been doin' it for 25 years now.  There are definitely certain indicators with who typically is a Festool adoptee although I am stunned as to how many IT guys are here in this thread that are in this group of non-pro-contractor users.  Bit unexpected actually.

People seem to be confusing the cross section of casual Festool adopters on this forum vs casual Festool adopters in real life.

IT guys hang around on forums more than the average person. It's really that simple.

I know lots of people with Festool gear who are not on this forum, I'm the only one with a streak of geek in me, therefore I am here. Can't help ourselves.
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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #83 on: June 15, 2015, 09:41 AM »
Maybe it's because us IT guys are smarter than the average toilet paper tube and understand concepts like cost-benefit ratios. 
No!  IT guys are simply exacting types that also work constantly with structure and interconnected systems that lends them to adopt such similar system as Festool offers.

IT guys have little to none concept of cost benefit scenarios I would think.  They just like the systematic approach and overall efficiencies in what they do.

Au contraire, monsieur!!!  In my line of work, I have to be VERY cost-conscious, to the point of recognizing that even slight deviations from the contracted plan can adversely affect the profitability of the job and/or its deliverables.  I have to weigh very carefully every prospective change to a project and identify a detailed, defensible path, with clear alternatives and a very robust risk matrix fully identified going forward, that is cost-justifiable and acceptable to my customer(s).  If I do anything that even incidentally/accidentally blindsides the customer or adversely affects the timing or scope of the desired outcome, I'm likely going to be in very deep kimchi.  The fact that I understand systems and interactions makes it easier to see the big picture, and therefore makes it easier to predict with some reasonable certainty the effects of changes.  It's this appreciation of unified systems that makes use of Festool products so attractive in my other line of work. 
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Offline Bruce W

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #84 on: June 15, 2015, 09:45 AM »
Retired from a 33 year career as an electrical engineer, engineering manager and project manager for a high tech company.  Volunteer high school swim coach during last 7 years of working career, then 8 years as a club swim coach after retiring.  Currently and for the last 6+ years have been working with Habitat for Humanity as a site supervisor/project manager building affordable housing. 

Offline DB10

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #85 on: June 15, 2015, 10:01 AM »
Maybe the reason why there are so many more IT guys on the FOG is because they have more opportunity to get on here.
 what would you rather be doing through out the day? writing code or maybe dozing off in front of spreadsheets, or a quick check on the FOG!

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #86 on: June 15, 2015, 03:00 PM »
I'm a Structural Analysis Engineer working in the Aerospace field.  I spend my days figuring out how to make things not break, or figuring when they will break.  Or if things go badly, figuring out why they broke!

Offline cliffp

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #87 on: June 15, 2015, 03:49 PM »
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #88 on: June 16, 2015, 12:43 AM »
I run a small wholesale business in Austria for fiberoptic cables and accessories serving the EU market.

Offline dougnath

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #89 on: June 22, 2015, 04:52 PM »
Petroleum engineer by trade, presently Director of Business Development for a large independent oil company in Houston.  Have worked in the oil business for over 30 years and counting the days (well probably years) until I can dedicate more time to woodworking!  Really enjoying the FOG and learning a lot from everyone here.