Been going thru the Highland Hardware catalogue that came today.
On page 65 I see that the Leigh FMT jig price has been cut from
$799 to $599 - about a 25% price reduction (assuming that it was,
in fact, selling for $799). And this is the FMT's "base price" - jig
one set of five 5/16" Joint Guides and one 5/16" HSS up-cut spiral
end mill bit.
$38 you get the 8 piece 1/4" Joint Guide Set
$20 you get the 4 piece 3/8" Joint Guide Set
$75 you get "All three Guide Set Sizes"
Does the Leigh FMT use only one size bit - a 5/16" spriral up-cut bit?
Wonder if the Festool DOMINO, and the positive response it's
getting in several of the woodworking magazines has anything to
do with the $200 price reduction on the FMT?
OR - is Leigh going to come out with one or more new versions
of their FMT - sort of like they did before announcing their
new DT jigs?
I was always of the opinion that the FMT was overpriced at $800. A fine
piece of gear, just staggeringly priced, when all was considered.
And I have been known to buy some pricey stuff, at times. Ask my wife.
I believe that Leigh may have lowered the price of their FMT jig, partly as
a result of some of their new competition, but also because of some improved
manufacturing methods and capabilities (CNC equipment) that they have
recently added to their manufacturing lines allowing them to build it faster
and at less cost. In the past 2 years they have also significantly changed
(lowered) their prices on several accessories for their dovetail jigs and
also come out with new upgraded versions of some of them. The D4 dovetail
jig was recently significantly enhanced, making it into the new D4R with
several significant changes to not only make it better, but reduce the
number of parts and manufacturing steps required to build it. Then they
added the lower priced and smaller D1600 dovetail jig followed recently by
the 3 new sizes of it for those who don't need all of the capabilities or
the size of the D4R. It's clear to me that Leigh has been very busy
improving their market position as well as the quality and variety of their
The FMT can handle a range of 1/16 up to 1/2 inch size spiral upcut router
bits, but the 5/16 router bit and the 5/16 template set are the only ones
that are included in the base FMT package. Three other inch sizes of
templates and router bits are available as options in addition to a full set
of metric templates and router bits for those who live in the metric part of
the world. One really cool feature of the FMT is that you can combine one
size of template with another size of router bit to expand the FMT's
capabilities beyond just the 4 template size ranges allowing you to make M/T
joints as small as 1/16" X 1/8" up to as large as 1/2" X 5", all with the
ability to make very fine fit adjustments to as small as .001". The quality
of fit is accomplished by turning a graduated dial and not by switching to
over or under sized versions of the template.
Slick how they use "MSRP" (manufacturer's suggested retail price)
as the reference for their price reductions. Lee Valley usually
has good prices - but I doubt they undersell the competition by
12% on things in the $700 to $800 price range.
These "new price" things are getting like Horse Power.
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