Was lookiing at a friends pictures from one of our white water raft
trips. I had to ask who the guy with the love handles and the bald
spot on the back of his head was.
Some times the truth sucks.
They may be smart.
In some occupations - photography, for instance - people often buy "name"
tools because they think they will enable them to do something they are
unable to do without it. In the case of photography, that "something" is
make better pictures. They are deluding themselves...if they can't do it
with "lesser" tools they won't be able to do it with the creme de la creme.
I spent 50 years in photography - successfully, I might add - and never
owned or even used a Hasselblad or Nikon.
The primary reason people practice a profession is to earn a living;
enjoyment is a benefit but you can't eat that. I know of only two ways to
earn more money: sell more or spend less. I'm not saying do NOT buy
excellent equipment, I am saying buy what is adequate for the job and which
will provide lengthy, trouble free service.
Good advice, except to say that I buy the tool, with cost a secondary
factor, that will provide me with the cost effectiveness of saving me
time by increasing productivity.
Often that is an expensive tool, but it will be purchased with the idea
it will pay for itself, both in use, and in combination with business
tax incentives to purchase.
Business is business, and time is money ... (I think someone already
said that, but least we forget) ;)
Just out of interest's sake, how many times have you replaced the
bit(s) for your Domino. I know you would have used more than one size
of bit, but considering that much of your construction is similar, I'd
guess there's one bit size that you prefer?
Really? Compared to the occasional comment on the Festool Owners
Group, you're experiences would definitely be the exception. After
10,000 mortises, I'd have expected you'd have broken a few or started
finding some of the mortise are starting to get smaller or rougher.
On 12/8/2013 12:29 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Really. I have used the initial 600, 5mm Dominos that came with the
assortment, I have gone through a replacement case of 1800, and I am
about half way through my second case of 1800. So I have gone through
approximately 3300 5mm Dominos.
I have gone through approximately 570, 6mm dominoes and several of the
8mm and 10mm Dominos.
You cut two mortises for each Domino so I'll correct the actual count of
cut 5mm mortises to 6,600. And for a over all total close to 8,000.
But seriously that original 5mm bit still cuts as smoothly as the 6mm
bit which has far less miles on it. I actually have 2, 5mm bits, the
original and the extra that came in the assortment of 5,6,8,10mm bits
that came with the assortment of Dominos. I have not yet used the extra
5 mm bit.
Now I will say that if you are not careful with what you plunge your bit
into, such as a hidden finish nail or debris on the edge of the wood,
the bit would wear or break sooner. I don't baby my bit, I use it on
plywood and MDF as well as solid woods. I still have to use a hammer to
insert the dominos in solid woods and often in plywood when using the
exact width setting.
These pictured mortises, below, were cut this past Spring, I have had
the Domino since the Spring of 2007.
OK, but I'm not a fan of handheld tools that will take me for a ride.
;-) 3+HP routers belong in tables, which is a waste of a
FesteringTool, IMO. The money is better spent on a motor and lift.
The 1400 is $500 and the 1100 is $400. You can't get anything close
for half the price. I like my PC691, too, but it's not even close.
On 12/6/2013 7:12 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I think the huge honking Festool router would be more of an attraction
if I relied strictly on power hand tools.
I agree, I have two big routers, a Triton that replaced a huge Bosch
plunge router simply because the Bosch did not adjust easily in a router
I was just at the Woodcraft in Alpharetta, Ga. and picked one up.
There is no way I'd feel safe wielding that thing around. Might just
as well pick up the Unisaur! ;-)
I have an old (hmm, must be 25YO by now) 3-1/4HP Ryobi RE-600 but it
was destined for a table when I bought it. I wouldn't turn it on
without having it held down securely, either. I took the handles off
of it, in fact.
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