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Offline hmlee2008

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Demos in the Chicago area?
« on: August 16, 2018, 01:32 PM »
I recently bought my first tools from Festool - a dust extractor and ETS 125 sander, and I'm hooked. I'd love to get a track saw and related tools, but before I take the plunge on that, I was hoping to see it in action in person and get an idea of exactly what items I need to buy to have a complete setup for it. Does anyone know of any dealers in the Chicago area that do demos of the track saws? There's nothing on Festool's events page, and it looks like the roadshow has passed by Chicago already...

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Offline RKA

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Re: Demos in the Chicago area?
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2018, 02:07 PM »
I was poking around on Festool's dealer locator tool trying to find a place I had heard of before.  Wood Werks.  I haven't been there before but I recall hearing good things. 

But my god, Festool's dealer locator tool is buggy and infuriating.  No click does what you think it might do, and filtering the results doesn't work correctly either.  After 10 minutes of trying to make it work I gave up.  So my best advice is don't use it, you will pull your hair out.

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Demos in the Chicago area?
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2018, 02:55 PM »
Wood Werks, or Berlands House of Tools.


Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Demos in the Chicago area?
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2018, 03:17 PM »
Mr. Google says you can also but from Wood World and Festool Nirvana.

Offline neilc

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Re: Demos in the Chicago area?
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2018, 06:33 PM »
WoodWorld in Chicago has a good supply of Festool.  Chip runs the place.  Great team there that knows the tools.

Berlands has three locations - one Northwest suburbs, One Southwest suburbs and one in Peoria.  They are tool heaven - just about anything you want from any brand.   Dwight, the owner is typically in the Palatine location.  It's over an hour from downtown but you could spend a couple of hours walking the aisles and checking out their products.

Offline grbmds

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Re: Demos in the Chicago area?
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2018, 10:20 PM »
Depends where you live in Chicago, but the Woodcraft store in Buffalo Grove or Woodridge may be a good place. I know that the store in Woodridge historically has been well-run and has good staff. The one in Buffalo Grove is newer so I don't know much about it. The suggestion of Berland's is a good one also.