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Title: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Matthew Schenker on June 26, 2008, 01:05 PM
Everyone,
This poll will help me understand members and make decisions about the forum to better benefit everyone!  Since the forum is separate and independent of Festool, this kind of information must come from members.  The information is anonymous, of course.

Please, kindly take a moment and vote for one of the amounts shown above.  I greatly appreciate everyone's input here.

Following polls will ask about your SECOND and THIRD purchases.

As always, feel free to post questions and comments below.

Stay in touch,
Matthew
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Matthew Schenker on June 27, 2008, 09:16 AM
Good Morning,
Thank you everyone for your responses so far!  I've received several notes from members asking for voting options beyond $1500.  I have added a few more.

Everyone who voted for the "Over $1500" in the original poll, please edit your vote to be more specific!

Thank you again!  This information is extremely valuable.

Stay in touch,
Matthew
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Matthew Schenker on June 28, 2008, 08:49 AM
Everyone,
I just edited the poll question slightly, to clarify the question.  I'm interested in major purchases, meaning tools or tools and consumables together.  The poll is not looking for how much you spend on incidentals like sandpaper.

If you need to, please change your votre to reflect this change!

Thanks,
Matthew
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Bill Wyko on June 30, 2008, 10:36 PM
After my BIL bought the TS-55 I tried it. At that point I was hooked. Of course I had to get the TS-75. Wouldn't want to copy him. ;D
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: jatt on November 08, 2008, 05:55 AM
Must admit I havent used the TS55 saw yet.  Hopefully next week I will be cutting up some formply.  Got two 1400 mm guides cause the longest cut I will need to do is 2400 mm (8 feet).  Recon I will get a neater cut than the currrent method I'm now using. 

Cooltainer gets used every day for battery storage.  So far it keeps the ice brick I wrap in newspaper fairly well frozen.  Still waiting for the hotter days to really test it out in the back of the ute.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Fathers Woodcraft on November 16, 2008, 02:37 PM
Our First Festool purchase was a second hand 55 (dont remember the exact pre-cursur) skill saw with one rail.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: gearup75 on January 24, 2009, 03:57 AM
First tool....cordless drill with all the chucks.  Was a mistake, now I"m hooked on Festool
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Wim on March 17, 2009, 06:24 PM
My first purchase was a TS55 with a CMS table and a fence. No CT yet, so I was sometimes ankle deep in sawdust. It was not my last Festool. Total price around $1750.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Matthew Schenker on March 17, 2009, 06:30 PM
Good Afternoon,
Thanks for those of you who have participated in this poll, as well as the two related polls (which can be found right here (http://festoolownersgroup.com/index.php?topic=4233.0), and also right here (http://festoolownersgroup.com/index.php?topic=4234.0)).

It's interesting to see the unfolding results of these polls and to consider what it means.

Thanks again,
Matthew
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Rob McGilp on March 18, 2009, 04:10 AM
Two OF2000's
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Daviddubya on March 18, 2009, 03:08 PM
...It's interesting to see the unfolding results of these polls and to consider what it means...

Matthew - In looking at the poll results nothing jumps out.  The amounts spent are widely distributed across the three poll ranges.  I'm not sure what conclusions to draw.  Please share your thoughts with us.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Tom Bellemare on March 18, 2009, 05:10 PM
How do you see the results, David?
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Daviddubya on March 18, 2009, 05:26 PM
How do you see the results, David?

Tom - As I said, I saw nothing that jumps out, and do not know what conclusions to draw.  The data says nothing specific to me.  It looks like a wide distribution of people spending a wide distrubution of money, and all three polls have similar results.  I was asking what Matthew meant when he said, "It's interesting to see the unfolding results of these polls and to consider what it means."  NBD.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Steve-CO on March 18, 2009, 05:27 PM
I'd like to know what the heck you would buy for < $100 as your 1st purchase.  Router bit, clamp, sandpaper?
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: dsh on March 18, 2009, 06:37 PM
Ok my first was $400 - $500.  What about my second at $1000, my third at $500, etc purchases?  You know the festool bug.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Tom Bellemare on March 18, 2009, 07:11 PM
David, or anyone:

I know this probably seems stupid but I was wondering how one sees the data as a result of this or any other poll. I'm not seeing it and probably because I don't know where to look.


Thanks in advance,

Tom
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Steve-CO on March 18, 2009, 09:06 PM
David, or anyone:

I know this probably seems stupid but I was wondering how one sees the data as a result of this or any other poll. I'm not seeing it and probably because I don't know where to look.


Thanks in advance,

Tom

What I see is that approx 50% of the 1st time purchases were b/w $400-$1K, which if I had to guess is a vac + 1 tool. No real surprise there. 12% of the 1st timers purchased more than $2K. What isn't known is if these large purchases were by pros or hobbyists, which would be worth knowing as a dealer.  You really need a bit more info to come to any meaningful conclusions.  As a dealer I think you would rather want to know what specific tools were purchased 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc, vs how much was spent.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: gearup75 on March 18, 2009, 09:54 PM
     1st tool....C12 drill with all the chucks....525 if I remember....24 hours later...T55 saw with CT22...OF1400 router...MFT3 table....you know the prices :D  Within 7 days...add the Domino set...domino assortment....RO150 sander...DTS400 sander and ETS 150/3 sander.
Now the only tools I don't own are the Kapex...the jigsaw and the planer, all of which will probably be in the arsenal before summer the way its going. 
     I am not a pro woodworker.  I have worked with metal  or humans all my life.   I am now enjoying wood working more then I had ever anticipated.  I don't think it would have been possible without the quality of Festool and this board for that matter.  The wife does not know what I spent on the equipment, nor does she bother to ask knowing of my previous Snap On tool habit, which seems to have been replaced by Festool:D  She even likes what I have done so far as to commision me to build things for her ;D
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Matthew Schenker on March 19, 2009, 09:27 AM
Matthew - In looking at the poll results nothing jumps out.  The amounts spent are widely distributed across the three poll ranges.  I'm not sure what conclusions to draw.  Please share your thoughts with us.  Thanks.

I have always just been interested in statistics of group activities.  It's always been interesting to me to get to know the people in the group -- in this case what we build and how we like the tools -- as well as the numbers behind the personal stuff.

To get the really large picture, of course, we need comments behind the statistics.

For me, it's just one more dimension of what the forum is all about: getting to know more about the group we have.

Thanks,
Matthew
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: richard.selwyn on March 19, 2009, 04:35 PM
My first purchase was the old AFT 55 or whatever saw and a 1400mm guide rail about 10 years ago.  I think I can say without exaggeration that it changed my life.  I'm now broke  ;) ;) (too many (Fes)tools) but have changed jobs to become a professional (I'm not sure I will ever merit that term) woodworker thanks in a large part to that saw.  Other than a Striebig panel saw or a table saw with a huge slider (my Austrian Felder saw only has a 2-metre slider) there's nothing that can compete for cutting down panels.  Discovering Festool was certainly the start on a slippery green slope but was also an eye opener.  The quality of their dust extraction has made working with MDF, if not a pleasure, at least a daily reality.   Discovering this forum was also the first time I had ever communicated in such a way - a real eye opener as well.  Thank you Festool and thank you FOG.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: johnvelazquez on March 30, 2009, 10:30 AM
my first purchase was long thought out and well worth the wait! Ct33, TS55, rotex 125, OF1400, 2 x MFT 1080, domino with cutter kit, RTS 400, FS 2700 & 1400, sytainers for both sandpapers & screw bin, 2 dollys, Trion barrel grip jigsaw. I was instantly addicted and been purchasing smaller add ons ever since. I will post photos of my shop shortly.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Alex on April 04, 2009, 07:40 PM
The Rotex 150 FEQ.

I wanted the 125 because I thought that would be enough for my needs and 125 size sanding paper is cheaper and better available than 150 size. Turned out God or fate wanted me to have the 150 because I got a deal on it that was too good to let go. Really, half price on a machine that was only used for 3 days on one single project.

I was immediately impressed by the power of the rotary action of this machine. This made work so easy. I was equally impressed by the excellent dust collection. And as a result of that, the long time the paper lasts. I have worked with many different brands and types of sanding machines but none of them made it so easy and clean as this one.

Best sander ever!

So this machine got me hooked on Festool right away, and as it stands for now, at least for sanders, I'm not considering any other brand any more.

Only thing I don't like now, is the terrible availability of Festool sanding media.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: clev1066 on July 06, 2009, 03:09 AM
My first purchase was the TS75.

I had been using the EZ Smart rails on a Porter Cable 325mag with pretty good results; but the dust collection was lacking and I liked my PC free of the base for framing and rough use.

I didn't fall in love with the 75, and actually returned it within a week. I got the TS55 and have loved it ever since. I initially used it with a Ridgid w/d and a Mr. Nozzle hose. It worked quite well.

As you all know, it doesn't take long to add to the madness. I got very lucky on a used deal to get a ct22 and an OF 1000, but the router doesn't have the rail stops, steel bars, or edge guide. I also picked up an MFT1080 on closeout. I paid retail for a ETS 150/5, and it hasn't hurt my feelings a bit.

I'm torn over what is next. Most likely the Domino, but I keep eyeing the OF 1400.

I like my OF 1000, but without the rails stops and bars, it really only sees roundover  and edge trim duty. In that regard, it isn't much handier than my Bosch kits. OTOH, I could easily see the OF 1400 used with the tracks getting me off the table saw for dado and rabbet cuts.

Then the Domino.... I could see it changing the way I do a lot of things: from traditional mortise and tennon joinery to reducing, and in part replacing, pocket hole screws. Heck, I can think of two projects I gotta get done before the end off summer that I could finish in literally 1/4 the time with a Domino.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: hrsm3 on July 29, 2009, 03:40 PM

My Very First Purchase was for ?3500 My Second was for ?2600 and to date have not used them due to in the process of building new workshop
Can't wait to play with my toy's
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Frank Drebin on August 17, 2010, 03:29 PM

I didn't fall in love with the 75, and actually returned it within a week. I got the TS55 and have loved it ever since. I initially used it with a Ridgid w/d and a Mr. Nozzle hose. It worked quite well.



Mind sharing why?  Is the 75 too big/heavy for everyday use?

I haven't bought a single festool tool yet.  Honestly I just discovered the Kreg pocket screw system a couple of weeks ago and have since got the woodworking bug.  I've made some hybrid cabinets/shelves for my garage using a circular and a 4' level as a fence, held together by pocket screws and lots of glue.  Nothing to look at but do the trick.  My house is low on storage and I now see quite a few places where I could stick some storage cabinets.  I would like to try my hand at some cabinets for inside the house that acutally look decent, so I will definitely look into the proper tools.  I don't have a lot of room in my garage (20'X24', + a car and a Truck) to build a shop either so that is definitely an issue when it comes to getting a track saw over an expensive table saw.

Likely my first purchase will be the TS55 or 75, depending on user feedback for my application, and the domino joiner.  I have neither the financial means nor can I justify spending that type of money on my skillset to be a strictly festool guy.  I've got a decent collection of yellow cordless tools and a makita LS1016L miter saw, which will have to work for now.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Dovetail65 on August 17, 2010, 03:49 PM
Funny, that is the exact opposite of what I thought and did.

The TS55 is underpowered and I can't stand a 500.00 saw bogging down or even completely stopping.

I can zip through 2" Wenge, Brazilian Cherry, Ipe, etc with the TS 75, can't do it with a TS 55. I guess I just am in a hurry all the time.

If all you are cutting is 3/4" ply the 55 is fine. I would rather have the 75 or one of each, but just a 55 can't handle everything I throw at my saws everyday.

For me the weight is irrelevant. The saw sits on the rail, the weight is nothing like holding a skill 77 worm drive free hand off your foot. Man that worm drive used to hurt my wrists.

You have to find a way to get a CT and a sander at least a 150/5, preferably a 150/3 and a Rotex. Sanding becomes fun once you get the Festool sanders so put it high on your list. I would not rule out putting the sanders above the saw purchase, actually I did. The sanders and dust collection is what really made my work more enjoyable much more than the TS saws.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Frank Drebin on August 17, 2010, 10:13 PM
Funny, that is the exact opposite of what I thought and did.

The TS55 is underpowered and I can't stand a 500.00 saw bogging down or even completely stopping.

I can zip through 2" Wenge, Brazilian Cherry, Ipe, etc with the TS 75, can't do it with a TS 55. I guess I just am in a hurry all the time.

If all you are cutting is 3/4" ply the 55 is fine. I would rather have the 75 or one of each, but just a 55 can't handle everything I throw at my saws everyday.

For me the weight is irrelevant. The saw sits on the rail, the weight is nothing like holding a skill 77 worm drive free hand off your foot. Man that worm drive used to hurt my wrists.

You have to find a way to get a CT and a sander at least a 150/5, preferably a 150/3 and a Rotex. Sanding becomes fun once you get the Festool sanders so put it high on your list. I would not rule out putting the sanders above the saw purchase, actually I did. The sanders and dust collection is what really made my work more enjoyable much more than the TS saws.

What exactly makes a sander better than another, aside from the dust collection?  Thanks for the advice on the 75, seems to be more of a future proof saw.
Sorry for the extremely newb questions, just trying to learn as much as I can.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: pnwradar on August 18, 2010, 02:23 PM
What I see is that approx 50% of the 1st time purchases were b/w $400-$1K, which if I had to guess is a vac + 1 tool. No real surprise there. 12% of the 1st timers purchased more than $2K. What isn't known is if these large purchases were by pros or hobbyists, which would be worth knowing as a dealer.  You really need a bit more info to come to any meaningful conclusions.  As a dealer I think you would rather want to know what specific tools were purchased 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc, vs how much was spent.

As a hobbyist, I thought Festool were pretty cool, but couldn't ever justify the upfront cost, especially when I already had a Skilsaw, some cheap RO sanders, etc. to get stuff done.   If I made too much dust in the shop, I just left and did something else until it settled and could be shop-vac'd.  A few years ago, I did talk myself into spending a bonus check on a Cleavue cyclone and a truckload of metal 6" ducting to hook up all the stationary tools, but just didn't worry about the sanding or benchtop power tool work.

When I started getting paid for my woodworking, and began spending whole days in the woodshop to meet schedules, justifying the ergonomics and dust collection became a little easier.  One drizzly day I had to section a whole sheet of veneered 3/4" MDF into 13" squares with my Skilsaw and homemade rail jig, and the rain meant I couldn't work outdoors on sawhorses.  Halfway through that horrible task, I went up to the house (well, the wife made me keep my dust-covered carcass out on the porch) to order a TS-55 and CT-33.  After a glass of iced tea and a phone chat with the dealer, I had added a 1400 router, a 150/3 sander, and the CT boom arm to my first order, along with a variety of consumables (sandpaper, CT bags, etc.) -- pretty much everything I needed for benchtop flatwork, even if the final pricetag did made me choke a little on the iced tea.  Having used them now for about two months, I couldn't be happier.  As a side benefit, visiting hobby woodworkers have nearly all remarked they can see I'm a pro/serious woodworker from the systainers (funny, but I suppose a little bit truthful).

-jon-
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Kevin D. on August 18, 2010, 07:50 PM
1st. time 3K,2nd purchase over 4K.  Third just under 3K.  All since last fall.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Tom Bellemare on August 18, 2010, 09:50 PM
Quote
What exactly makes a sander better than another, aside from the dust collection?

That's a good question...

We could start by the ease of use, which includes things like:

These and other things add up to a better, longer lasting tool. Better means that it works better as a machine and feels better.

Machines last longer if they feel better for a reason and the reason isn't based on marketing, but usage. There are a lot of companies that base their strategies on marketing and not utility. Some of them have perfectly good, utilitarian products but have been led astray by "Marketing Geniuses", especially in our recent, tough economy.

You mention proper dust collection as if it is marginal. It isn't. It is an essential part of the value of the Festool system.


I can go on and on...

I'm going to stop now and let you fill in the blanks.


Tom
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Corwin on August 18, 2010, 10:29 PM
Quote
What exactly makes a sander better than another, aside from the dust collection?

That's a good question...

We could start by the ease of use, which includes things like:
  • Quick abrasive changes so you don't waste time "going through the grits". This saves time two ways - you don't waste time changing abrasives and the whole job takes less time because you didn't skip grits.
  • Quick pad changes that allow you to move about a task or work piece with ease and always have the proper pad.
  • Cleaner work piece because of proper airflow through the pads and the abrasives.
  • Cleaner work place because of proper airflow through the pads and the abrasives.
  • Cleaner lungs because of proper airflow through the pads and the abrasives.
  • Non-tingling hands, wrists, and forearms because of properly balanced tools. Depending on what you use your hands for after the task, it makes a real difference.

This and other things add up to a better, longer lasting tool. Better means that it works better as a machine and feels better. This also causes machines to last longer if the better feel factor isn't achieved by soft spots that absorb the other problems but by more balance and higher tolerances. Festool machines are not compromised of "soft spots".

You mention proper dust collection as if it is marginal. It isn't. It is an essential part of the value of the Festool system.


I can go on and on...

I'm going to stop now and let you fill in the blanks.


Tom

Tom, I really like item 3 and 4 in your post above.   [tongue] 

Also, I never liked sanding before I owned my first Festool sander.  Now, I always seem to have a smile on my face as I sand.   [big grin]
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Frank Drebin on August 19, 2010, 08:24 AM
Quote
What exactly makes a sander better than another, aside from the dust collection?

That's a good question...

We could start by the ease of use, which includes things like:
  • Quick abrasive changes so you don't waste time "going through the grits". This saves time two ways - you don't waste time changing abrasives and the whole job takes less time because you didn't skip grits.
  • Quick pad changes that allow you to move about a task or work piece with ease and always have the proper pad.
  • Cleaner work piece because of proper airflow through the pads and the abrasives.
  • Cleaner work place because of proper airflow through the pads and the abrasives.
  • Cleaner lungs because of proper airflow through the pads and the abrasives.
  • Non-tingling hands, wrists, and forearms because of properly balanced tools. Depending on what you use your hands for after the task, it makes a real difference.

These and other things add up to a better, longer lasting tool. Better means that it works better as a machine and feels better.

Machines last longer if they feel better for a reason and the reason isn't based on marketing, but usage. There are a lot of companies that base their strategies on marketing and not utility. Some of them have perfectly good, utilitarian products but have been led astray by "Marketing Geniuses", especially in our recent, tough economy.

You mention proper dust collection as if it is marginal. It isn't. It is an essential part of the value of the Festool system.


I can go on and on...

I'm going to stop now and let you fill in the blanks.


Tom

Thanks Tom, makes a lot of sense.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Tom Bellemare on August 19, 2010, 11:29 AM
Thanks, Corwin and Frank. I edited it slightly, Corwin. I think the last part makes a little more sense now.


Tom
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: netcastle on August 23, 2010, 04:40 PM
First Post!

I've been lurking around here for quite a while and thought this would be an appropriate place to make my introduction as I recently sold the farm to become a Festool junkie.  I dropped a chunk of cash on a TS 75, OB 1400, MFT/3, and mfs 400.  I concure with what almost everyone else says around here.  Once you go Festool, you don't go back.

My first purchase wasn't an impulse.  I have been a hobby-ist woodworker for several years and have an addiction to building speakers.  It is a pretty precise sort of woodworking for which I used a tablesaw, chop saw, router, etc...  The problem is that I live in a townhome with a basement for a shop and these large tools, with their lackluster dust collection became a much bigger issue when my daughter was born.  Before I bought any of my big saws I remember looking at Festool and wondering how anyone could justify paying so much for such diminutive looking tools.  If I had only known then what I know now...

I sold my saws, scrounged for some extra cash and now feel like I can accomplish just about anything.  But, like everyone else, I spend 1/3 of my time planning, 1/3 working, 1/3 dreaming about how to afford a domino.  

One caveat:  I love Festool, but don't ever ask me to part with my Fien Multitool and dust extractor (though I would like a CT 36 when it arrives).  And, when it comes to the sander discussion in this thread, I can't wait to get my hands on a Festool sanding system.  I use a Rigid right now.  Used to use a Craftsman (threw it in the trash this morning).   I can't wait to sand without that annoying numbness.  

Nice to meet you all [cool]
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Peter Halle on August 23, 2010, 04:55 PM
Netcastle,
 [welcome] to the forum.  You can relax now that thou art a lurker no more.   [big grin]  There have been several threads over the years from speaker builders and hopefully you can add to them!  There are many Multimaster fans here - myself included.  The Domino is cool!

Dustless sanding will permanently send you over the edge and you will never be able to go into the big box stores and look at tools in the same way you did before!  Tread carefully my friend, and we are here to help you in any way we can.  Don't be bashful!

Peter
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Wood_Junkie on August 23, 2010, 05:11 PM
I sold my saws, scrounged for some extra cash and now feel like I can accomplish just about anything.  But, like everyone else, I spend 1/3 of my time planning, 1/3 working, 1/3 dreaming about how to afford a domino.  

Welcome netcastle! 

Dunno if you have time or cash right now, but you should take a close look at the Milwaukee craigslist.  Search for Festool...    [eek]
Specifically here:  http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/tls/1911513298.html (http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/tls/1911513298.html)

You're juuust in range that the drive might be worth the savings.

There are also some sanders on there... The Festool sanders really are the absolute cream of the crop.   If you value your lungs and your work.. well, you're here now.  You don't need convincing.   [wink]
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: netcastle on August 23, 2010, 05:53 PM
 [eek]
I sold my saws, scrounged for some extra cash and now feel like I can accomplish just about anything.  But, like everyone else, I spend 1/3 of my time planning, 1/3 working, 1/3 dreaming about how to afford a domino.  

Welcome netcastle!  

Dunno if you have time or cash right now, but you should take a close look at the Milwaukee craigslist.  Search for Festool...    [eek]
Specifically here:  http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/tls/1911513298.html (http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/tls/1911513298.html)

You're juuust in range that the drive might be worth the savings.

There are also some sanders on there... The Festool sanders really are the absolute cream of the crop.   If you value your lungs and your work.. well, you're here now.  You don't need convincing.   [wink]

[eek]

I might go there!  Then I'll have to start posting in the second purchase thread.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: ClydeMB on August 26, 2010, 09:05 AM
My first purchase was a mft/3 and the 55. I am currently setting it up
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Peter Halle on August 26, 2010, 10:01 AM
Clyde,

I hope you enjoy your new toys tools!

 [welcome] to the FOG!

Peter
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: BigHonu on October 15, 2010, 05:44 PM
First Festool purchase was the ETS125.  While I was considering returining it for one of it's bigger brothers, I decided to hang on to the little guy just because it is such an easy sander to use.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: bonesbr549 on October 16, 2010, 04:26 PM
My first was the ct33e and the domino when it came out. It was built into the cost of the project.  Of course that was a lot of $$'s ago.   
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: mark007 on October 18, 2010, 09:52 PM
ts 75 and clamps , more track . need a sponcership program for the pro
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: ScottGrimmRestoration on December 28, 2010, 01:55 PM
1st - TS55 with 2 55" rails and the CT22
2nd - LR32 kit with 2 55" rails and the 1010 kit
3rd - MFK700 kit
4th - MFT/3 with elements and quick clamps. Extension table modified for use with the MFT/3
5th - RO150 used
6th - 150/5 (amazing) with the ETS 125 and various systainers
7th - Domino kit with assortment systainer
 Probably something I'm forgetting.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Mavrik on December 28, 2010, 03:02 PM
1st purchase:
TS55 / MFT 1080 / CT 22 / clamps
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: ghostofhoward on December 28, 2010, 04:14 PM
Domino Jointer.When I first saw the price i laughed and said NEVER!And then a year or so later with my pocket full of tax return money I bit the bullet and got it.Best purchase ever!And I discovered the value of premium quality tools.Now I own the 1010 eq,the 1400 eq,the 22CT with the cleaning kit, and the domino.Next up will be a TS 55 with a few rails and then maybe the parallel guides.Need some $ first though.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: rxe on December 28, 2010, 08:15 PM
I've lurked for a little while...I'll tell my Festool story, because it is a bit accidental.    2 years ago we just started doing up another house.  As I screwed down the floor boards of the last one, I promised myself a decent box of bits for the DeWalt cordless I was using.   I saw the Centrotec set, and for some reason I bought it - it was on special offer (about £210 as I recall) and I thought, "stuff it, I've earned a decent set".

So I got home, and found that the chucks didn't fit on my DeWalt.   Ha ha.   Actually, nothing fitted.  I could see it was terribly clever, and I was intrigued.   So I bought a C12.   ;D    Brilliant combination, and I've used both today for building stud walls.    The DeWalt is still going as well, a good drill, very heavy with a crude clutch, but great for countersinking a bazillion holes in floorboards. 

Once I had the C12, it's all been downhill from there.   TS75, rails, RS100 and RS400 sanders, an OF1010...and last week, a Kapex.   If my Trend vac explodes (that thing has been through heck and back....), then a CTM36 will be on the list. 
 
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Peter Halle on December 28, 2010, 08:47 PM
R,

Welcome to the FOG!  [welcome] [welcome] [welcome] [welcome]

Peter
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: ScottGrimmRestoration on December 28, 2010, 09:48 PM
1st - TS55 with 2 55" rails and the CT22
2nd - LR32 kit with 2 55" rails and the 1010 kit
3rd - MFK700 kit
4th - MFT/3 with elements and quick clamps. Extension table modified for use with the MFT/3
5th - RO150 used
6th - 150/5 (amazing) with the ETS 125 and various systainers
7th - Domino kit with assortment systainer. Parallel guides with extensions. Cleaning set. Rail accessory kit
                                                                   
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Dovetail65 on December 28, 2010, 09:56 PM
Festool is all about dust collection and sanders.

First off I got and suggest getting a CT and the Rotex.

Then an MFT and boom arm.

Then a TS and router.

Then a domino and then more and more and more..... in that order. :)
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Jesse Cloud on December 28, 2010, 10:45 PM
Festool is all about dust collection and sanders.

First off I got and suggest getting a CT and the Rotex.

Then an MFT and boom arm.

Then a TS and router.

Then a domino and then more and more and more..... in that order. :)

Nick is wise.  Go with the flow.  Trust in the system....
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Scott_W on March 02, 2011, 09:22 PM
Well not technically all first purchases, but I split up my order over 3 separate orders (within 3 weeks) so I could fit it in my wife's car to bring it over the border.

Here it is:

FESTOOL OF1010 EQ ROUTER 574266
FESTOOL OF1400 EQ ROUTER 574267
FESTOOL 6-1/4in CIRCULAR SAW
FESTOOL 491498 guide rail
FESTOOL MFT3 MULTI-FUNCTION TABLE 495462
Festool DF 500 Q Domino Joiner Set
Festool CT 26 E HEPA Dust Extractor 720148
Festool Rotex RO 150 FEQ Dual Mode Random Orbit Sander 6" 720383
Festool Domino Cutter & Tenon Assortment Systainer 720111 1
Festool Pk/5 Splinterguards for TS 55 EQ & TS 75 EQ Plunge Cut Saws 720208 1
Festool Systainer 1 Router Bit 721418 1
Festool 55" Guide Rail for Hole Series 721157 1
Festool Quick Clamp 721137 4
Festool MFT Clamping Elements 721139 2
Festool OF2200 Router 721979 1
Festool 1/4" Collet for OF2200 & OF1400 721958 1
Festool OF2200 Accessory Systainer w/ Metric Guides 721977 1
Festool Parallel Guide 721135 1
Festool 6" Abrasive Assortment Systainer 720785 1
Festool SELFCLEAN Filter Bag for CT 26, Pack of 5 721090

Still waiting for  Festool Euro Hole Drilling Systainer Set 721424 1 to come in. I also need to order a long rail.

I am thinking about picking up the RO90 and the Kapex at JLC in a few weeks.

scott
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Greg Powers on March 02, 2011, 10:33 PM
Boy Scott you jumped in the green pool quickly!
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Scott_W on March 03, 2011, 08:35 AM
Boy Scott you jumped in the green pool quickly!

I had to replace all my old stuff that was stolen (not festool) so I (well KREG) decided to upgrade!  ;D Now I just have to figure out what the heck I am going to do with it, and how to use it!  [eek] Most will be used for hobby use, not my business.

I'm looking forward to clearing my garage out of all the stuff I don't need to make room for this stuff. I am definitely likeing the idea of breaking down sheet goods without a tablesaw!

I haven't played with them much, but I must say you can see the quality!

scott
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Greg Powers on March 04, 2011, 12:49 AM
I had to replace all my old stuff that was stolen .....
...... I am definitely likeing the idea of breaking down sheet goods without a tablesaw!......

scott


Right new Years I had my shed broke into. They stole a lot of tool but NOT my Festool tools, they were in the garage.

Breaking down sheet good with out a table saw was one of the reasons I bought Festool products. You can read about all the thing i tried before buying the TS55 and the guide rail, when trying to stay away for a table saw.

http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tool-reviews/review-of-festool-guide-rail/ (http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tool-reviews/review-of-festool-guide-rail/)


Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: ttime4four on March 30, 2011, 01:39 PM
New here, but I just made my first purchase:

MFT3
RO90
TS55
CT26

I'm ready to start tackling a bunch of projects and so far the insights here at FOG have been huge.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Greg Powers on March 31, 2011, 12:47 PM
New here, but I just made my first purchase:

MFT3
RO90
TS55
CT26

I'm ready to start tackling a bunch of projects and so far the insights here at FOG have been huge.

You have the most important starter products the CT26 Vacuum, the TS55 saw and he MFT/3. Now yo need the Parallel guides to start breaking down sheet goods.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Dakotapix on October 28, 2011, 03:17 PM
I'm sitting here on a Friday afternoon with the knowledge that my first Festool purchase is the TS55 EQ and that I should see it delivered by UPS on Monday. Can't wait...
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Peter Halle on October 28, 2011, 04:12 PM
Congrats!

Now the fun will begin.

Peter
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: CutsTwice on October 28, 2011, 07:31 PM
My first was a C12 and a centrotech bit set in the systainer (The first U.S. one?). Now, thousands of dollars later......:)
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: pjcoop on October 30, 2011, 12:38 AM
Finally made the big step and just got a CT26 and a ETS 125. I originally was going to get the TS55 but that will have to wait until the new year.
Pete
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: pugilato on October 30, 2011, 08:00 AM
With a little bit of patience and jumping on the opportunities presented, I have managed to buy most of my festools at a discount.  The CXS was an exception, but I could not help myself.  I am moving back home to Puerto Rico in the next month, and am trying to figure out how to get my hands on an RO125 before I go...
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: VSM_4 on October 30, 2011, 09:34 AM
First Festool - TS55.  I got it as a Christmas bonus.

First purchase:    Rotex 150 with MINI vac.  both were second hand but saw very use. 

First brand new purchas: Trion - I was disapointed in it, gave to a buddy
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: NoBreyner on November 13, 2011, 07:32 AM
My first purchase was the CT Mini.  I already had a dust deputy so I incorporated it to save on the overall cost of the vacuum.  It was only about two months ago when I got it so I was fortunate enough to get the upgraded motor and HEPA filter with mine.  I bought this as the centerpiece of all the tools that are to follow. 

Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Dakotapix on November 28, 2011, 06:07 PM
I had to remove my first vote of the TS55 since I had been able to cancel that order via Amazon. I was led to believe that it was going to ship but then it never came and after checking was told the cancellation worked. So...next I ordered directly from The Tool Nut and received the package deal of that saw plus the MFT/3. I had this for nearly two weeks and am still getting familiar with the equipment. The table gave me some fits initially but I believe I have it set up right now. My first project will be a work bench storage unit with six drawers so I can clear off the bench top. First cuts were the plywood for the case. Next will be for the drawers and I'm still working on the plans. Will be using Baltic Birch for the drawers in half-inch size. Also ordered a couple Qwas Dogs from Bob Marino's site.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Timtool on December 02, 2011, 05:08 AM
my first purchase was a used CT22E on ebay, almost a miracle since i didn't win the auction but the winner backed off and the seller contacted me afterwards.
After that i bought a used kapex.
my first new purchase was a rotex 125 which i actually returned because i was disappointed by it.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: The Coach on January 13, 2012, 03:29 PM
My first Festool was a CXS drill. Excellent drill, but a weird design for the case.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: andvari on January 13, 2012, 04:04 PM
Mine was an OF 1400 + CT36. When I made my first test cut it was it [eek] [tongue] [not worthy]. I had no idea that it was going to be that nice.

Now I'm going green.



Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: andy5405 on January 13, 2012, 04:50 PM
PS300
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: jlyons on March 06, 2012, 08:31 AM
OF1010.  now if friday would come so that i can actually get it.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: fdengel on March 06, 2012, 08:58 AM
Then an MFT and boom arm.

Then a TS and router.

Would be better to get the MFT and TS together to leverage the package deal.

Get the boom arm and router together in step 3.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: ccarrolladams on March 09, 2012, 08:14 PM
My first Festool purchase was a TS55 with 2 extra 1400/2 guide rails, the accessory kit, some extra clamps and a CT22.

Just think, all I expected to do that Friday afternoon in January 2006 was to stop by to see the then new location of my long-time woodworking buddy, Jesse Barragán, at Eagle Tools of Los Angeles. I already had a portable contractor's table saw. What I originally wanted was a cabinet-style table saw. Jesse sells several brands of those, but when I explained the layout of my condo, he suggested the Festool track saws. Once I tried a TS55 I convinced myself the cut quality was equal to expensive table saws and required a whole lot less space.

I was on vacation that day, so I put my new saw and CT22 to work within minutes of getting them home. Virtually all the dust was collected so quietly by that CT22 I was not always sure it had auto started!

BTW, I still use that same CT22 several times a week. That first TS55 has never needed service, but I keep it in reserve as the "standard" against which all my other Festool TSxx saws are adjusted to fit my rails.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Michael Garrett on April 14, 2012, 07:55 PM
Festool P26561438 TS 75 EQ Plunge Cut Circular Saw in T-Loc plus CT 26 E 6.9 Gallon HEPA Mobile Dust Extractor
Festool 495462 MFT/3 Multi-Function Table
Festool 491498 FS 1400/2 55-in (1400mm) Guide Rail(2)
Festool 497657 Guide Rail Accessory Kit
Festool 495415 Imperial/Metric Tape Measure
Festool 491594 Quick Clamp For MFT And Guide Rail System, 6 5/8" (168mm)(2)
Festool 488030 Clamping ElemenTS 2-Pack
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: jacko9 on April 14, 2012, 10:01 PM
My first purchase was the Domino 500 with the ct22 dust extractor and the domino tenon selection.  My second and third were close together the ETS 125 was a short term (two week purchase) which I returned for the larger 150/3.  I was so pleased with that sander that I went back the following week and purchased the RO 90.  I have since added the Sys Port and a whole lot of supplies.  I forgot, somewhere in between I added the Jig saw!

Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: hockey_magnet on April 14, 2012, 10:24 PM
C15. Thought it was going to be my first, last and only Festool. What a joke!   TS 55, MFT/3
, OF 1010, installers kit, RO 90, CT Mini, Kapex, all within 3 months of the C15
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Saskataper on January 27, 2013, 06:10 PM
First purchase was a syslight a few months back when I was looking into getting a Planex. They didn't have any in stock but I saw the poster on the wall of a guy shining it across a wall and thought that is the perfect light for doing checkouts (I'm a drywall finisher) and it is! It's nice wide bright even light shows up every flaw and its so nice not to have to drag around a 100' cord with a pigtail and 300w bulb anymore.
Now I bit the bullet and ordered a Planex with the ct36 AC which should be here in a couple days. It's replacing a porter cable sander and vac that I just sold to help pay for the festool. I have about 600sqft of popcorn ceiling to take down with it as soon as it shows up as well as a basement I'm in the middle of finishing that ill use it on.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Peter Halle on January 27, 2013, 06:14 PM
Welcome to the FOG!  I will bet that you will love the Planex!

Peter
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: TinyTiger on March 11, 2013, 07:47 PM
My first purchase was a Domino and the Domino Assortment to go with it...and I was hooked for life.  The Domino moved in, the biscuit joiner moved out, and I've been happily broke buying more tools ever after!   [laughing]
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: alkaline on June 22, 2013, 03:48 PM
My purchase history

first TRION PS 300 EQ-Plus
second time, OF 1010 EBQ-Set
third time EHL 65 E-Plus, RO 150 FEQ-Plus, BS 105 E-Plus,
fourth time MFT / 3, TS 55 EBQ-Plus, CTL 36,
fifth time T 12 +3 Li 3,0 Set, Centrotec 07,
sixth time KS 120 EB,
seventh time LR 32 Set
eighth time DS / XL D12/D14 128B

and I believe that will have a few times)))
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: cliffp on June 22, 2013, 04:31 PM
T15+3
Centrotec 2011
TS55R + 1400 rail plus CT Midi
OF1400
MFT/3
RO150
RO90
Domino 500
CMS GE
OF module
TS Module
CXS
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: jacko9 on June 23, 2013, 10:07 PM
My first purchase was a Domino with a CT22 dust extractor and a tenon assortment.  After experiencing the Festool quality, I soon purchased a Triton 300 jigsaw and then the slide down to most other Festool sanders, drills, etc.

Love a good designer and manufacturer [wink]

Jack
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Steamer on August 10, 2013, 06:26 PM
First purchase was a Rotex 150 and a CT26. I was pretty impressed with it, but today I got into some major exterior home trim repair and all I can say is holy crap! I feel like I doubled my productivity. I can't believe I hesitated to make the purchase.

I love this thing.














Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Peter Halle on August 10, 2013, 06:29 PM
First purchase was a Rotex 150 and a CT26. I was pretty impressed with it, but today I got into some major exterior home trim repair and all I can say is holy crap! I feel like I doubled my productivity. I can't believe I hesitated to make the purchase.

I love this thing.


 Welcome to the FOG!  Just remember to hang on!

Peter
Title: Re:
Post by: atlr on August 11, 2013, 07:11 AM
The first Festool product I purchased is a
Festool 493047 Hose Sleeve, Antistatic Connector Sleeve
http://www.festoolusa.com/power-tool-accessories/hepa-dust-extractors/reducing-hose-sleeves/hose-sleeve-antistatic-connector-sleeve-493047 (http://www.festoolusa.com/power-tool-accessories/hepa-dust-extractors/reducing-hose-sleeves/hose-sleeve-antistatic-connector-sleeve-493047)

Then, 2 months later, I purchased a TS75, RO90, LS130, Planex, CT Mini and CT36AC.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: EV on August 11, 2013, 06:57 PM
My OF2000 E/1

Nice router but now I want an OF2200.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Peter Halle on August 11, 2013, 07:11 PM
Welcome to the FOG!

Peter
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Mark b on August 12, 2013, 01:52 AM
First was ts 55 REBQ
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: john5mt on August 24, 2013, 07:14 PM
Ts-55eq
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: duburban on August 24, 2013, 07:21 PM
ro150 from ebay. 350ish
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: GRegghead on August 24, 2013, 11:44 PM
RO90 was first because I hate sanding. Or I used to hate sanding I should say. Now I look for things to sand!

Have since added a TS55REQ, MIDI, and a Trion jigsaw, but the sander is still my favourite.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Claimdude on August 24, 2013, 11:45 PM
I bought the 55 saw and CT22 vac first.

Jack
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Distinctive Interiors on August 25, 2013, 03:15 AM
I was lucky enough to be given a CT11, an OF 2000 E, and a Rotex 150 along with 400 discs of varying grit.
 Oh, and a BS75 in the biggest Systainer I have ever seen.....!!!!!!

First purchases were a 27mm replacement hose, Hose Garage and new bags for the CT, Cleaning Set, 2 new pads for the Rotex and new Base Pad for the OF 2000. Followed very shortly afterwards by a TS 75 + Various Blades, FS 1400 + Joining Bars + Storage Bag, Gecko + Rail Adaptor, Rail Clamps, FS 3000...........TS 55EQ + Various Blades


...........it certainly is a slippery slope  [eek]

Next on the list is an MFT 3 (Ordered....!!!), an FS 1900 or FS2400....?????? Cant decide which..!!!!! An OF1400 and I dream about the Kapax but my DW 708 and stand still works fine ATM.

Tim.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: otis04 on August 25, 2013, 08:28 AM
It was early Dec and I had just sold some tractor Implements, told my wife I wanted to "look" at these tools at Woodcraft that seemed to have some promise.  Went in wanting a TS-55 and maybe a vac.  I left with the TS-55, CT36 vac, Domino, Domino assortment.  Then, for Christmas, my wife got me the OF 1400 and 70" guide rail.

Everything beyond the TS-55 was purchased at the urging of my wife.  She's a good girl!
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Kev on August 25, 2013, 09:01 AM
Everything beyond the TS-55 was purchased at the urging of my wife.  She's a good girl!

A keeper [wink]
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Untidy Shop on August 25, 2013, 09:29 AM
Ct22, then Ets150/3. Still my favourite sander.

However my new Rotex150 is making a big impression.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: dazzer on October 20, 2013, 04:18 PM
55 plunge saw,mini extractor for me,never looked back,got the bug,same as most of yous,got rakes of it haha,would like to upgrade to the 2200 router from the 2000, a new track saw,quite like the maffell tho,still debating that one,not rushing in there,still more than happy with my 55,if it aint broke don't fix it,same with jigsaw and drills,all the rest as in my kapex ctl 26 table saw the 50 mm one,both planers,ro 150,little triangle sander,1010 router,old mft, domino and loads of other festool accessories,i can safely say i was bitten by the festooligan.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: NYC Tiny Shop on October 20, 2013, 05:00 PM
My first purchase was the TS 55REQ, CT 26E, and the MFT/3, clamping elements, two quik-lock clamps, and two traditional clamps....whatever all that cost?
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: sgt_rjp on October 20, 2013, 08:38 PM
There was a recent thread accusing Festool marketing for missing the mark, but I can tell you they hit a bullseye with the CTX.  I had never heaard of Festool before i found the CTX.  That was like candy from the drug dealer. I've since puchased a TS75, CT26, RO150, and TI15.   Of course now I'm eying the TS55, 1010, LR32. Domino 500 and the list goes on. 

The forum is a great resource also.   Simple things go a long way too.  I was cutting rigid foam and remembered someone mentioned using the rail as a straight edge.  Perfect!    I guess there's still times when you might want to use the saw, but the straight edge works great on foam.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: leer on October 24, 2013, 12:31 AM
I've been lurking for a few weeks.  Made my first purchase today ... A set of clamps. Does this qualify as the cheapest initial purchase ever?   [smile]

Today was apparently the "official" date to sell the TS 55 REQ, but my local Woodcraft was out.  So I decided I might as well buy accessories while I await arrival of the track saw. I'll likely end up getting an MFT/3 as well. 

Festool dust extractor will wait a bit.  I just got a Laguna 2HP dust collector in July, so I'll have to think up a really good excuse to use when my wife asks "So explain again why you bought another little shop vac?!"

Suggestions from all you big spenders are most welcome!

Lee
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Slappy on October 24, 2013, 02:16 AM
domino 500 last year @ this time
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: briankb on November 03, 2013, 04:13 PM
My very first Festool the CSX Compact Drill Set (564274)

I had it about 3 months before buying my next Festool!
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: lovemytoys on November 03, 2013, 10:41 PM
ro 90  ro150 ct26
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: ryan_k on November 04, 2013, 09:32 AM
TS-55 in 2008, at the time it was my most expensive tool purchase to date.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: CSF on November 04, 2013, 05:28 PM
Had alot of doors to hang on a job and they are oak so need something good to use

So i got a TS 55 with two rails, two connecters and the bag :)
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: leer on November 12, 2013, 04:51 PM
I ordered a TS55 REQ today.  Although I posted last month that I made my first Festool purchase, it was just a set of clamps.  About a week ago I bought the 75" guide rail since I decided to build my own "MFT-XL" (36"X84") workbench for breaking down plywood sheets.  I was determined not to get the saw until the workbench is functional, and now just await its arrival.

Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Timberrat on February 25, 2014, 10:15 PM
Well I made my first festool purchase today.  I bought ts55req with fs2700/2 track and 4 4" screw clamps. Can't wait to cut some sheet goods next week. No more table saw
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: ChrisK1970 on February 26, 2014, 05:45 AM
My first Festool was over Christmas and was from my Fiancé, the TS55REQ. Instantly hooked. I bought the Carvex PS420. Absolutely utterly hooked. Thanks Festool  [mad] !!!!!!!  [big grin]
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Throwback7r on February 27, 2014, 11:55 PM
CSX for me. I love that little driver!
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: mike68au on February 28, 2014, 06:57 AM
CXS was my first, as well as 3 Systainers....  that was around 12 months ago.  It got real bad after that, real bad.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: josephgewing on February 28, 2014, 01:43 PM
ATF 55 saw and CT22 dust collector - both are still going strong.


Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: carlb40 on March 25, 2014, 05:13 PM
Well my first purchase was yesterday, a 1400 rail as a spare to go with the 2 rail TS55 kit i will be getting in just over a week from now.  [big grin]
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: ivanhoe on March 25, 2014, 06:40 PM
MFT/3 top for a self build came in this past weekend. I am converting another tracksaw maker's table to accept the MFT/3 top.  I call it my Frankentable. MFT/3 top, (mft 800 parts kit ordered yesterday), QWAS dogs and rail dogs. And to top it off, a Mafell MT55.  [embarassed]
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: dpetrzelka on March 25, 2014, 07:48 PM
Festool Domino 500 kit - I'm hooked.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Greg Powers on March 25, 2014, 08:12 PM
Festool Domino 500 kit - I'm hooked.

The Domino will hook you so fast your head will spin. It changes the way you build projects.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Hawkeye1434 on May 08, 2014, 11:35 PM
Just like GPowers said the domino xl was a huge gamechanger for me one day after that I bought a ct36, carvex and two other Systainers full of dominos
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Woza on May 10, 2014, 01:28 PM
ordered my 1st on friday. spent £720 on a TS55r, 2x1400 rails and rail bag, connectors, midi extractor and 2x clamps. cant wait for monday for the delivery
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Baremeg55 on May 16, 2014, 04:16 PM
First purchase was the OF1400 with a FS1400 rail and other accessories.  Intent was to get the TS55-REQ, local store had no inventory but had them on order.   You know where this is going, right????

GH
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Cross-cut Canuck on September 11, 2014, 06:03 AM
Hi

My first purchase was a second hand TS 75, 3 different blades, 3000 rail, 1900 rail, 1400 rail, parallel guide set, and CT36AC. It was december 2013, at the time I was just looking for a rail saw and was redoing my garage with cabinets found this add on craiglist thought the deal was kind of expensive had no idea what the name meant. After the first set of cuts I was sold on this splinter free cut. From that time ive research and learn so much im now a fan and slowly building inventory of festool products.

cheers
AAron 
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Skillman on September 11, 2014, 05:17 PM
Bought my first festool tools over a week ago . Very happy with my TS-55 REQ , Midi , 55" rail , quick clamps , deflector . I'm sure more green gear is on the way in the furture .
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: SoonerFan on November 17, 2014, 10:19 PM
My first purchase including the following:

TS55 REQ
CT36
MFT/3
OF1400
RO125
Extra rails, abrasives and lots of clamps
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: twistsol on December 04, 2014, 08:12 PM
My first Festool purchase was a Kapex / CT33 bundle for $1804.00 before tax on 2008 July 01. I'd just seen a demonstration of it at Seven Corners Hardware in Saint Paul, MN. Went across the street for lunch to mull it over, and was loading it into my pickup an hour later. Never a single regret.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Ed Bray on December 29, 2014, 04:40 PM
1st Festool purchase was about 6 months or so ago a Domino DF500 with systainer of Dominos and all cutters.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Billedis on December 29, 2014, 04:46 PM
First purchase was TS55 with CT48, 55" holy rail, and 108" rail.  As far as I am concerned, it paid for itself on the first 4x8 sheet I broke down.  Since have the MFT3, OF1400, RO125 and parallel guides.  Impressed with everything to date.  Bill
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Gwerner on January 03, 2015, 09:09 PM
My first purchase was made earlier this week, bought the CT 36, TS 55REQ and OF1400. Went back out tonight and added the RTS 400 to the mix.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: avetwithptsd on February 04, 2015, 03:09 PM
Went in to the local wood shop store here in Winston-salem nc looking for a belt sander. Since I am new the guy was real helpful and asked questions now I am the proud owner of a Festool Random Orbit Sander!
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Jeffonebuck on February 04, 2015, 08:05 PM
Received my first today TS 55 REQ, extra rail, ----now I'll take some time and design a breakdown cutting table to go with this[emoji362]Show me some of you Ideas & Pics !
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Dawgster55 on April 25, 2015, 08:24 AM
Carvex - d handle and accessory kit along with rail
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: crazydave789 on April 30, 2015, 07:54 PM
20 and a bit years ago, left army trying to learn how to be a fitter while managing a bowling alley so worked cheap and plowed it all back into tools and knowledge. one of the other fitters had a cdd9.6 which I was fascinated with and even more the box it came with.

1st purchase from andy mason at baron bros in leeds

cdd12 with 2 batts and mcu15
ps2e
ehl65
sys1 with universal insert thing and flip up lid
sys1 with boxes
sys2 vari for existing drills
sys3 for tool bits

hand tools lived in a posso box.

nearly cried writing the chq and they all said I was mad. and I was, I added to it like crazy, cheaper tools mainly but good kit  like the massive ryobi router or atlas copco sds and slapped in a systainer right down to waxes, iron/tapes and a brew kit box. the only regret was that the worktop jig wouldn't fit.

but living in a first floor flat the ablity to stack it all neatly in the living room was a blessing [smile] I seeing as I still have everything bar a few batteries and a blown charger or two I cant complain about getting value out of it. just wish the locking latches were cheaper.

tightarse UK trades still gawk when the grey boxes start coming in an endless stream.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Mr Heavy on May 17, 2015, 01:18 PM
It's all in dollars and I'm too much of a Victorian imperialist to fart around with rebel colony exchange rates. At least it's not in bloody Euros.

My first purchase was probably worth a goat and fifty chickens, rounded up.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: demographic on May 17, 2015, 04:52 PM
TS55 REQ first purchase, with a 1400 guiderail. £355, dunno what that is in dollars bit over $500?
Then another 1400 (LR32) rail for ripping fill sheets of ply.

Subcontractor here, doing work from shuttering formwork for concrete through first fix (rough carpentry) through to second fix (finish) and bar/shopfitting.

Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Cheese on May 18, 2015, 01:57 AM
My first Festool purchase was an ETS 125 in 2007 for $165. Used it today to sand down plaster with some 40 grit paper attached. Current price is $195, so after 8 years the price has increased by $30. That's a 18% increase over 8 years. Seems pretty reasonable to me. 
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: MartyDavis on May 25, 2015, 12:30 PM
Yesterday I made my first Festool purchase. I had done a lot of research. Since I use a wheelchair (100% disabled veteran) I must be very selective in which tools I purchase; not everything is suitable for use from a seated position.

I what I got on my first Festool purchase was:

I don't know who was happier: The salesman or me. (Probably me since I didn't have to be at work!)
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Gilbert on May 29, 2015, 04:01 AM
First let me introduce myself.

I am Gilbert from The Netherlands. (maybe my english is not so well ,but do my best!)
38 Years Young, working in the IT buisness, but really love making furniture of my own!

also i make my own flightcases (for transport of my drive in disco equipment)

Now finaly after many years of use of my fathers festool equipment.
I saved some money over the years,
And i was so SO finished!! with my hobbycrap Bosch , Black and Decker, and Ferm stuff!!!

so i went to the festool store and bought my first festool set..

- T18+3 set
- PS 420
- RO 90 DX
- CTL-SYS

I think this is the ultimate basic set to do the most jobs around the house.
For the more bigger/dificult pieces i still can use my fathers tools.. (CS70, Kapex 120, HL850, OF1010 etc.)
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: smiley99er on September 05, 2015, 04:59 PM
Just bought a TS55REQ on Thursday now saving for a ct 26
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: SRSemenza on September 05, 2015, 05:01 PM
Just bought a TS55REQ on Thursday now saving for a ct 26

Welcome to the forum!  [smile]

Please post a new thread and let us know how you like it or if you have any questions.  [thumbs up]

Seth
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Bert Vanderveen on September 05, 2015, 05:40 PM
My first Festool purchase was a RS400 in 2006 or 2007. After that I bought a MIDI, a MFT/3 with a VL, a Domino 500 and a TS55 in September 2008. Since then a bunch more…
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Chrisprols on September 14, 2015, 10:35 AM
Hi ! I'm new here.

First buy is a TS55 REBQ-Plus-FS (not yet received, to date)
... I went straight to my second buy (MFT/3).
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: TylerC on September 14, 2015, 11:21 AM
Welcome, @Chrisprols! Adding the MFT/3 to your TS55 purchase was a good call. You'll be able to get the most out of your saw.

You'll have to let us know what you think after it arrives!
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: birchwoodwerks on September 29, 2015, 09:31 AM
Domino DF500 and TS55 were my first purchase...Its been downhill ever since
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Chrisprols on October 16, 2015, 05:32 AM
Welcome, @Chrisprols! Adding the MFT/3 to your TS55 purchase was a good call. You'll be able to get the most out of your saw.

You'll have to let us know what you think after it arrives!


Hi @TylerC!
My first feedback on the TS55R is pretty good. I most appreciated the quality of the cut and I was surprised how good is dust collection. It's a big improvement from my previous diy saw. I find it quite noisy but anyway I'm wearing ear protection.
MFT/3 table is very good. I thought it would be lighter but since I don't move it much, it's no problem to me. I will appreciate for sure the precision I'll get from the holes positions and be able to produce square cuts.

Thanks for your repply. It's nice to see the message I posted was not just dropped in space and that a moderator actually read/repplied to it.

Have a good day !
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: TylerC on October 16, 2015, 08:09 AM
Thanks, man. I appreciate the feedback. Thanks for taking the time to send it.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: leebo914 on October 25, 2015, 01:38 PM
My first purchase was the TS55 track saw with 1400mm rail and a CTL midi accompany it from N&B tools. They have worked great and i would highly recommend them.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Grakat on January 04, 2016, 06:13 PM
Hello Everybody.

I submitted the price in AUD as its over $2K for the TS55 saw and rail, and the CT26. There was no discount for purchasing as a set in the land down under.

Next purchases are likely to be OF1400, PS420, and RO150. A DF500 might find its way into the collection in the future.

Regards
Graham
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: SRSemenza on January 04, 2016, 06:16 PM
Hello Everybody.

I submitted the price in AUD as its over $2K for the TS55 saw and rail, and the CT26. There was no discount for purchasing as a set in the land down under.

Next purchases are likely to be OF1400, PS420, and RO150. A DF500 might find its way into the collection in the future.

Regards
Graham


Hi,

  Welcome to the forum!  [smile]

Enjoy your new tools.

Seth
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: ART at WORK on January 04, 2016, 07:14 PM
My first festo tools were a Ro 150 E and a OF900, I was doing my apprentership and helped out to do a shop fitting, the owner bought me these as a thank you for my help. This was in 1998 and I had used the rotex and router in one of the other workshops where I was doing job training. Just loved how good they were. Both are still running and used a lot. My next own buy about a year later was the cdd 12 v with all the chucks. I love being able to get into any corner. Had to replace the batteries a couple years ago but its still going strong. Since then its just about everything, except planer and 125 sanders.

Still look forward to the new releases like a kid at christmas.
Pip
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: rob.In on May 21, 2016, 10:46 AM
New to the forum. Just bought a Domino XL with Domino's as my first Festool purchase. Just tried it today on some test pieces and I can't believe the dust collection! Are all Festool tools that good?

Kinda glad I missed the UK discount, or else I'd have bought the cms router table and 1400 router that I keep eyeing up, and there's no way I'd get that past the other half!!
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Peter Halle on May 21, 2016, 11:02 AM
Welcome to the forum!  Some Festool products are great at dust collection and the majority are good to excellent.  Much depends on the usage.  For instance the track saws cutting close to the edge of the board will not be as good as when cutting in the middle of a board.  I would venture a guess that most users are satisfied usually with the collection - especially if they ever have to do similar operations without an extractor later.

Peter
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: geoffshep on August 02, 2016, 05:34 AM
Started out 18 months ago at just over $1000 (at today's rates) - TS55, guide rail, CT26 for a bathroom re-modelling project.

Only 6 months before that I had never heard of a domino or Festool, but now I also have OF1400, Rotex 150, Carvex 420, MFT, CTL-SYS, CXS, Kapex 120 - and a DF500 on the way!   [eek]

Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: Ancientone80 on August 14, 2016, 10:51 AM
Finally got me some Festool tools.   [big grin]

Picked up an RO90 and a CT26E on Saturday, also picked up a good selection of sanding pads and the abrasives systainer.

Ultimate destination for the tools is the shed, but for the time being they are being pressed in to service in the house for light duty sanding during redecorating.

Got $100 discount on the RO90 when bundling with the CT26, wasn't expecting that so was quite happy and the savings went back too Festool anyway as they were spent on the abrasives systainer.

DF500, Kapex 120 and OF1400 are on the wishlist for the future.

Cheers

Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: VA_BYFLY on August 24, 2016, 04:59 PM
First post and first Festool purchase occurred today. Ordered a Rotex RO 90, ETS 125, and a CT SYS. Soon to follow will be a TS 55 and an RO 150.
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: copcarcollector on August 24, 2016, 05:11 PM
First post and first Festool purchase occurred today. Ordered a Rotex RO 90, ETS 125, and a CT SYS. Soon to follow will be a TS 55 and an RO 150.

@VA_BYFLY   [welcome] to the FOG. Hide your wallet!
Title: Re: Your Festool Purchases (FIRST Purchase Only)
Post by: LooseSox on February 10, 2017, 12:46 AM
Hi guys,

I've joined the black and green club as of yesterday with this  http://www.festool.com.au/epages/tooltechnic.sf/en_AU/?ObjectPath=/Shops/tooltechnic/Products/561555/SubProducts/270000

Purchase was made all the better as one of my customers from my main job got word of my previous career (shopfitting and cabinet making) and me wanting to get back into it. He offered me some work at his shop and offered a silly amount of cash plus the tools I needed to do the job with! Getting keen to have a play with it all in the shed tonight.