Must have tools, ... "...such is their innovation/quality and time saving that sets them apart"
I have four extraordinary tools from festool which i find unique over all others:
1. the domino DF500 (or the xl)
2. the MFS 700
3. Systainer T-Loc
They allow me, as a hobbyist to do things for which i would otherwise need much more skills and time than i have (and which i don´t get from other brands):
The DF500 allows me to do joints, etc. in a fast and perfect manner, i could not do it without that in a reasonable time.
The MFS700 allows me to mortise cuts in a flexible and accuracy i couldn't accomplish manually and gives the possibility to generate amounts of templates for cutting and mortising.
The T-Loc allows me to store, access and transport tools adequate and, in the first place, in a very flexible and time saving way i couldn´t manage with other storage systems.
The MFT/3 is a flexible, and at once sturdy base for work of all kind and i am happy that at least i´ve bought it last christmas
No other tools have, as i think, such an outstanding capability i would find at other brands. When it comes only to quality, of course Festool (or Mafell) are for me the first companys i would search for tools but to be true, there are, more or less, many others with similar performance. But Festool has, imo, a much broader system-wide concept so even if i might think there are other manufacturers, in the first place i would choose Festool because it would fit seamless together.