I hope I don't get into trouble posting this, as this might be kind of a touchy subject. If so please feel free to moderate or remove the post.
Here's what I know on the matter:
The respective dealer has a history with Festool. He used to be a Festool dealer. But he sold them with discounts and his dealership was revoked.
Ever since he's apparently been in "negotiations" to get his Festool dealership back but it's pretty safe to say the relationship both parties have with eachoter isn't the best. As of late I've noticed he's again offering more and more Festool products though I don't think they come from Festool directly. In the meantime though he has also picked up Mafell which has now become his main brand.
The reviews he organized has been deemed biased by the moderators of this forum because he also carries Mafell and has done several tests comparing the brand, mainly to Festool. It's believed by some on the FOG he just wants to discredit Festool & promote Mafell. Therefore the ban.
So far for the general info. As for the man himself, on a personal note, since the start of the whole "thing" on the FOG I decided to check it out for myself as he's located in the Netherlands and I'm from Belgium.
I've e-mailed him a few of times with questions regarding which tool he'd recommend for a certain job. Truth be said, his feedback has always seemed honest as his information not always points you to Mafell.
As for the rest of his business I was actually pretty amazed at how professional the man is. Each e-mail I sent got a reply within an hour. He organizes workshops and gives out free woodworking fair tickets to his customers. He has specially designed boxes made specifically for shipping systainers and each shipment is traceable over the entire journey and topped off with a call of delivery 15 mins before they ring your doorbell. Granted this is a feature of the shipping company but it speaks to his credit to choose that company over a cheaper one with less service.
In fact I'd say the kind service this guy provides is close in resemblance to the excellent service you people take for granted in the US, but is extremely rare around here. He also imports a lot of stuff from the US that's otherwise not readily available to us. He genuinely believes in only selling what he's personally convinced of being the best tools.
He is however not my go-to dealer, as he's often more expensive.
As far as the tests go, when he organizes a test, it's announced on the website and every customer can opt to partake in it. None of the tools used are sponsored. Tests are done extensively and thorough. I don't always agree with what tests they do and I would like to see more footage be made available.
In both big tests (plunge & jig saw) Mafell came out on top and he does lay it on rather tick.
It's pretty much universally accepted the MT55cc is better than the TS55r, but on the P1cc test it is indeed dubious the blade length doesn't exceed the length of the wood. So the blade melted and bent. This was heavily emphasized and it's generally assumed this was done on purpose to discredit the Carvex. Other then that the review is honest and actually conforms with my personal experiences as I used to own a Carvex 400 and P1cc.
Is it any wonder the Mafell tools won? I don't think so, as a single tool a Mafell is genereally a small step above Festool in engineering and build quality. Most consumers usually buy Festool in end however. They're a tad less expensive, have far more advertising exposure, a larger offering, more dealerships and a deeper integrated systems approach.
The fact there's an obvious focus on the shortcomings of Festool tools is dubious and unnecessary. As to whether or not the tests are biased and a ban is justified, is up to everyone to decide for themselves. All in all though, I give the guy the benefit of the doubt as my personal impressions & experiences with him have been pleasant and very positive.