I get frustrated with rebates in general because it often seems I just
buy the product and the rebate comes out. That happened with my ts-
aligner jr. I just got it a week before the rebate came out. If I
knew the rebate was coming out, I would have waited and bought the
model with a mid-range dial which would have come with a case. I am
good at following through on rebates when I do get them.
I am a fairly new woodworker and want to get the best for my shop,
while at the same time keeping my costs down (as do most hobbyist
woodworkers I would think). I accept that I missed the time line. I
feel the product is worth it or I wouldn't have purchased it, I just
get a bit miffed as most buyers would.
The TS-Aligner Jr. is a great product. I especially enjoyed the
included dvd and the background of the product and visual applications
of the product. I bought this because I am (was) having a challenge
setting my jointer knives and this product seems the best all around
product to do that along with all the other measuring and setting I
will need to do.
As an FYI, I have since purchase a plastic case ($4.00) and some high
density foam ($6.50) and cut out spaces for the product and saved
Every unit shipped to a dealer through the month of August included
the reb... ahem, reward form. I did that in an effort to avoid your
very situation. So, I assume you purchased directly from me (web or
phone) rather than from a dealer. Since the pricing at dealers is
generally less than list price, I'm sure you had other reasons for
your choice. For example, Chad's Toolbox price on the Jr. Basic is
already 10% less than list.
When people ask, I pretty much tell them that my price on the case is
outrageous (my cost is about $26). That's why I offer a version of
the Jr. without the case (Jr. Basic). If you're willing to invest
some time and effort, you can have as nice or even a better case for
FWIW, here's a down and dirty T-S Aligner Jr Basic case:
Less than $8 for hinges/clasp, after a pass through the scrap pile and a
couple of hours letting the glue/shellac dry. Not fine furniture, but does
the job and would be a bargain at twice the price. :)
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