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Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« on: April 25, 2017, 03:01 PM »
We officially have a date for Festool Connect 2017! Join us at our North American headquarters in Lebanon, Indiana on Saturday, September 16!

We'll be announcing more details once we get closer to the date, but registration is open now. (Registration is free, but it helps us to plan for food, parking, etc.)

Register here: https://www.festoolusa.com/company/festool-connect

We want to plan a special FOG event. (Maybe on Friday evening?) We'll share more info as we have it.

Who is planning to make it out this year?


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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2017, 08:48 PM »
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2017, 08:51 PM »
Pretty certain I'll be there.

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 10:07 PM »
Had a great time last year, but not sure if I'm going to make this year's event.  The wife and I are thinking of going to Maine in September so might have a date conflict.  Maine lobster vs. Festool?  Tough choice for me- easy one for the wife...

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 10:10 PM »
Had a great time last year, but not sure if I'm going to make this year's event.  The wife and I are thinking of going to Maine in September so might have a date conflict.  Maine lobster vs. Festool?  Tough choice for me- easy one for the wife...

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Indianapolis is between your location and Maine. [eek]

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2017, 10:19 PM »
Had a great time last year, but not sure if I'm going to make this year's event.  The wife and I are thinking of going to Maine in September so might have a date conflict.  Maine lobster vs. Festool?  Tough choice for me- easy one for the wife...

Regards,
Gerald

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Indianapolis is between your location and Maine. [eek]

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Hi Tom,
Yes it is- trying to figure out how to work the stop into the plans.  Probably my only hope is to find a yarn store or two where she can go spend a day.
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2017, 10:43 AM »
 Last year's Connect was a real winner for everyone; very enjoyable.  I'm looking forward to going again this year and hopefully have more time to spend with fellow Foggers.
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2017, 07:33 AM »
I should be back in the states by then. I'll see how things go
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2017, 07:50 PM »
Free Food.

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2017, 08:26 PM »
Free Food.
Not just free food....fantastic awesome food and deserts! Last year was great!

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2017, 09:43 PM »
I'm looking forward to another year -

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2017, 05:46 PM »
  If anyone should be sitting on the fence about attending, I would strongly suggest you jump off and attend. I have gone to each Connect event Festool has offered - all were in Rhode Island, a relatively short and pleasant ride on Amtrak and I had maybe a moments' hesitation about traveling out to Indy, before deciding to attend.  It was a huge success on many levels; lots of fun and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2017, 01:34 AM »
Free Food.
Not just free food....fantastic awesome food and deserts! Last year was great!

Yes, I will be at the front door, offering to trade a Pro5 systainer for extra meal tickets.  👌

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2017, 12:27 AM »
Dan told me that I will be attending Festool Connect this year. Oh, the things I have to do for work! 😀

Looking forward to meeting lots of Foggers face to face.
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2017, 02:06 AM »
Dan told me that I will be attending Festool Connect this year. Oh, the things I have to do for work! 😀

Looking forward to meeting lots of Foggers face to face.

I will see you there Chris, want to carpool? haha

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2017, 12:41 AM »
Dan told me that I will be attending Festool Connect this year. Oh, the things I have to do for work! 😀

Looking forward to meeting lots of Foggers face to face.

I will see you there Chris, want to carpool? haha

-Rodger

I'm in as long as we stop at Bowen Island for some pie!
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2017, 10:17 PM »
we wouldn't miss it for anything. This time we'll plan to stay more days to have time to visit with fellow FOGgers.
See you there!

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2017, 10:58 AM »
I hope things work out and I will be able to attend, always had a great time when I went in Rhode Island.  Just doesn't look good at the moment.
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2017, 11:14 AM »
  I've been going to the RI Connect well before it was called that and was a dealer's only presentation. Festool then opened the doors for everyone to attend and it was a smart move on their part and customers and potential customers responded positively. For convenience sake I really liked the RI location, but Festool took the next step and decided to have it at their headquarters in Indiana. Another smart move - more centrally located so it's more accessible for way more customers and all the products are on hand. I think by all accounts last year's Connect was very well received and I expect this years to be at least as good. Again, if you are on the fence, jump off and attend.
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2017, 01:39 PM »
We'll be hosting a FOG event the night be Connect. Here's more information:
http://festoolownersgroup.com/member-connections/fog-exclusive-meet-up-at-festool-connect-2017

To help us plan for the location, food/beverages, etc., please RSVP here:
https://festoolusa.wufoo.com/forms/festool-connect-2017-fog-meetup/

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2017, 09:34 AM »
Registration is open for the Saturday FESTOOL Connect Event! 

Festool Connect 2017 Registration (Saturday Event)

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2017, 10:14 AM »
Does anyone know if they are going to have the same refurbished tool sale they had at the Festool Connect 2016.
Its not listed on the event info.

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #22 on: August 09, 2017, 10:16 AM »
Does anyone know if they are going to have the same refurbished tool sale they had at the Festool Connect 2016.
Its not listed on the event info.

This is still TBD. There will be a final answer in about a week and a half.

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2017, 10:23 AM »
Does anyone know if they are going to have the same refurbished tool sale they had at the Festool Connect 2016.
Its not listed on the event info.

This is still TBD. There will be a final answer in about a week and a half.
Thanks for the fast response, here to hoping you decide to have the sale!
Seemed like a huge hit last year with how long the line was. Only downfall was how long it took to get through it.
Half way through I was very happy to fill out the order form and just wait for the tools to be shipped to me 4 days later.

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2017, 07:09 PM »
I will be at festool connect, I will try to be there on Friday as well

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #25 on: August 14, 2017, 10:55 AM »
Who has made hotel reservations already? Where are you staying?
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2017, 01:36 PM »
I just what to give a heads up.  There is an Indianapolis Colts game on the Sunday after the event so with all the pre-game hoopla there might be shortages of rooms.  Last year there were events the weekend of the event but do not wait to the last moment to book rooms wherever.

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2017, 02:47 PM »
Who has made hotel reservations already? Where are you staying?

Holiday Inn Express- Lebanon----

Need a lift ?

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #28 on: August 17, 2017, 09:20 PM »
Who has made hotel reservations already? Where are you staying?

Holiday Inn Express- Lebanon----

Need a lift ?


Thanks for the offer. I booked at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Indianapolis NW - Whitestown. I have a car rented if anybody else needs a ride.
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2017, 10:43 PM »
I'd offer rides, but it turns out I will not make Connect this year (unless a wedding gets canceled, or my wife tells me I don't have to attend [big grin]).

I will be down Friday night for the FOG meet and greet.

Tom

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2017, 07:31 AM »
I'm staying at Holiday Inn Express in Lebanon, just wondering if I should rent a car or just use UBER?
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #31 on: August 18, 2017, 09:06 PM »
I'm staying at Holiday Inn Express in Lebanon, just wondering if I should rent a car or just use UBER?

Bob,

I am staying at the same place. I will arrive at the Indy airport about 2:00 PM on  Friday(15th). I am flexible. I have a car rented. I need to leave the hotel by noon on Sunday(17th), back to the airport. Let me know if I can assist with your transportation needs.

Looking forward to meeting everyone.

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2017, 11:48 AM »
I'm staying at Holiday Inn Express in Lebanon, just wondering if I should rent a car or just use UBER?

Bob,

I am staying at the same place. I will arrive at the Indy airport about 2:00 PM on  Friday(15th). I am flexible. I have a car rented. I need to leave the hotel by noon on Sunday(17th), back to the airport. Let me know if I can assist with your transportation needs.

Looking forward to meeting everyone.

Trosey

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #33 on: August 20, 2017, 12:16 PM »
Made all my reservations (HI Express) and looking forward to meeting everyone.

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #34 on: August 28, 2017, 07:43 PM »
Does anyone know if they are going to have the same refurbished tool sale they had at the Festool Connect 2016.
Its not listed on the event info.

Tyler any update? Thanks!

This is still TBD. There will be a final answer in about a week and a half.

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #35 on: August 28, 2017, 07:46 PM »
Does anyone know if they are going to have the same refurbished tool sale they had at the Festool Connect 2016.
Its not listed on the event info.

Tyler any update? Thanks!

This is still TBD. There will be a final answer in about a week and a half.

An official announcement about a Festool Connect recon sale has been delayed. However, it is looking very likely. I wouldn't plan on being able to ship tools, though.

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #36 on: September 03, 2017, 09:48 PM »
Any official word on the recon tools yet?


Does anyone know if they are going to have the same refurbished tool sale they had at the Festool Connect 2016.
Its not listed on the event info.

Tyler any update? Thanks!

This is still TBD. There will be a final answer in about a week and a half.

An official announcement about a Festool Connect recon sale has been delayed. However, it is looking very likely. I wouldn't plan on being able to ship tools, though.

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #37 on: September 06, 2017, 12:44 PM »
It's OFFICIAL. A limited selection of reconditioned tools will be available for a "charge and carry" sale at Festool Connect 2017. Please note the following:
  • All transactions will be done via a credit/debit card. No cash, checks, etc.
  • There will NOT be an option to ship tools.
  • All reconditioned tools will include a one-year warranty.
  • There will be a limited selection of reconditioned tools available while supplies last.
  • No new tools will be available for purchase a Festool Connect. Recon only.

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #38 on: September 06, 2017, 01:26 PM »
No shipping?  Understandable- that's probably why the line was so long last year.  Glad I'm driving this year in case there is something on the list I cannot live without.

Got reservations made at HI Express in Lebanon- looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #39 on: September 06, 2017, 01:49 PM »
There are a couple of UPS and FedEx stores along the northern perimeter if Indy ; and down by the Speedway for those going to the airport.

Not as convenient as ship from the warehouse.  But if ya gotta have a domino at 30% off , you'll figure out how to make it work  [wink]

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #40 on: September 07, 2017, 07:36 AM »


Can I use my $50 from the Pro 5 on a purchase?

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #41 on: September 07, 2017, 08:07 AM »

Can I use my $50 from the Pro 5 on a purchase?

Good question. No, we're not going allow PRO 5 vouchers. Because these on-site sales aren't really our focus, we're trying to simplify things as much as possible. (Anyone who had to stand in last year's line will understand why! :) )

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #42 on: September 09, 2017, 08:51 AM »
One week away! 
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #43 on: September 15, 2017, 06:31 AM »
Have a safe trip everyone... See you all soon!
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #44 on: September 15, 2017, 07:16 AM »
 Phew! May I state the obvious - Newak airport is not fun -  but.........CONNECT is more than worth it. See ya tonight/tomorrow.
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #45 on: September 16, 2017, 09:03 PM »
 Well connect 2017 is over  and as expected was informative and enjoyable.
 It was also fun to be meeting up with some old friends and customers. And even the weather gods cooperated.   This was an awful lot of work on Festool's part and a big thank you goes out to all of the staff and management  for a job well done.
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #46 on: September 17, 2017, 07:33 PM »
Thank you SO much to everyone who came to Festool Connect 2017! We're blown away by how many people traveled crazy distances for it. We hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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« Reply #47 on: September 17, 2017, 08:08 PM »
Many thanks [thanks] to Festool USA and all the great folks that made the FOG meet-up and the Connect happen.  They clearly worked their bumpers off all week and weekend to set up, man the stations, and then tear down today so that business as usual can take place tomorrow.  It was just delightful to see many old friends and meet new ones, and to see the new goodies all in one place.   [smile]
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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #48 on: September 18, 2017, 04:19 PM »
It has taken me a couple of days to recover from the whirlwind excitement I experienced from last Thursday thru Saturday night.  What an experience!  So many new people to meet at Festool, so many new Foggers to meet.  So many old friends to see and catch up with.

I have been doing this awhile and have had many great experiences and have met lots of exceptional people but here are just 2 of many experiences for me on Friday and Saturday.

Walking into the FOG event and instantly having a Member come over with a handshake and a brotherly hug.  I didn't have a name tag on or my special FOG shirt nor has there been a picture of me here on the FOG for quite some time.  To think that someone would remember was mind blowing.  Then to think that we only live about a hundred miles apart and have tried to get together without success but now meet hundreds of miles from where we live - pretty wonderful in my mind.

Then on Saturday as the event was winding down talking to one of the Festool executives (that I met for the first time on Friday) and finding out that we had met at the 2016 Connect event when I was talking to everyone in the reconditioned tool purchase line.  And at that time he didn't work for Festool.  But he loves his TS-55 even more now.

So many great people worked so hard to put this together and at the end of the day there were bigger smiles.

Thank you to all at Festool for the event.  My wife sent me away to get my smile back and  [thumbs up] [thumbs up] [thumbs up] [thumbs up].

And to Mr. C., thank you for the conversations and beliefs back in 2010.  Sorry you couldn't make it this year.  I sorted out your monogrammed shirts so I know you intended to be there.  And, Lebanon isn't boring when you have Festooligans around  [poke].  Your desire and forward thinking continues.

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Re: Festool Connect 2017 is September 16
« Reply #49 on: September 27, 2017, 01:39 PM »
I have been quite busy since returning from Festool Connect and the meet-up on Friday night so my response has been delayed, but wanted to share some of my experiences and observations:

- the Meet-up on Friday night was a great time!  Had great discussions from FOG folks I met last year as well as others that just met this year.  I hesitate to mention names because I would forget some, but great to see @tjbnwi again this year- Tom, Thanks again for all your finishing help over the last year.  Great to see FOG moderators Peter and Seth- appreciate all they do to keep things interesting on the forum!  Thanks especially to Tyler, Sedge, Aaron and Minnie and others from Festool for being there, and to @Festool USA for holding the event- much appreciated!

Festool Connect: 
-Better weather this year!  I thought my wife was just going to drop me off and go shopping, but she stayed and actually bought her very own Festool during the recon sale (SysRock).  I picked up a CTL-Sys.  Recon sale was much more organized this year- very little wait in line.

- The social media panel started out a little un-interesting, but just before I was going to leave and look at tools, the subject changed to marketing for small businesses.  I picked up a few tips that I will use so glad I stayed.  Thanks to all the panel members and for Sedge serving as moderator.

-Cordless sanders are more balanced than I thought they would be and felt good in my hand.  Was glad to see they use the std charger.  I don't have an RTS-400 yet so might get the cordless version in the future.

-New inspection light seems like a better solution that using multiple Syslites to see scratches/defects in wood while sanding.  I pre-ordered one from my local dealer upon returning home and cannot wait to try it out.

- Tanos was in attendance this year showing several options to organize/use Systainers- great to see and Franck gave me some ideas for further organizing my shop.

- SawStop and Shaper Origin also in attendance- someday hope to go from my UniSaw to a SawStop model- if that doesn't happen, I'll have to plan on getting their overhead dust collection arm and keep the one I have.

- Festool team members were all very friendly and were good about answering questions- it's clear that they all get some detailed training on the tools no matter what department they work in.  Food was great and Swag included battery and charger.  Before going to Connect, I just purchased an Airstream battery and charger so really didn't need another one, but hey- it was free and very much appreciated (never can have too many batteries).

It was a long road trip (10-1/2 hours one-way) but was well worth the trip.  If they hold it again next year, would recommend you consider going.

Regards,
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