Hey Electric Comet!!!!
On sale not for delivery in the next 60-90 days-ish.
OTOH, it could be customer support to the Nth degree. Not so much with
this particular set of cauls, but this is not the first time they've
offered up single production run items. Some, but not all, were of
interest to me and perhaps the genesis of these items comes from a
number of customers asking "Hey, why don't you make this?"
Could be that Woodpecker figures, "Why not? Let's do a limited run,
advertise it in advance and perhaps expand the run beyond our initial
projection if warranted." Then, if demand goes nuts, they can
incorporate it into their regular product line - or not.
On 1/9/2016 11:09 AM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
Yes! But most of their one of's are way over built IMHO. But for those
that like to collect such tools, much like those that collect Bridge
City tools, they end up with a very unique and precise set of tools.
IMHO the only one I would consider is the guides for the track saw
stacks. They seem to be better thought out than Festool's parallel
guides and appear to also be easier to adjust along the length of the track.
They have offered a few tools again, the long rules, and OddJob, IIRC.
On Sat, 9 Jan 2016 11:09:40 -0600, Unquestionably Confused
Looking at their shop and their sales gimmick, I figured they have a
great business manager. What a sweet con job mixed with the occasional
good idea's. While they often have an interesting twist to their
tools, they are way overpriced, and their profit margins have to be
high. The high profit margins help the next fully funded production
You have to admire the business plan since it seems to have been
pulled off successfully, part of it based on customers anxious not to
"miss" the next tool coming out.
They have a small job shop, and the beauty of it is that they set up
probably all the machines for the various parts of the same tool, they
know how many they are going to produce up front + or - a bit, make
enough extra for warranty concerns, and let er rip.
As long as they keep the quality up they will have it nailed.
I am not sure it is a good business model. They seem to depend a lot on
one time tools and the relative few that will buy anything over and
over. I would prefer and did and do prefer customers that return
because you offer a good value.
they can't help but produce excellent quality as their equipment seems
to be state of the art. Hopefully they sell a lot more than one time
tools to validate the purchase of that equipment. One time tools are
not an excuse for for high production equipment IMHO.
Bridge City tools took this path many years ago when they just about
went out of business. Today they still offer the exotic tools but have
dropped many tools that every day wood workers would want. so that
caliber of customer is pretty much gone.
I have a Woodpeckers router lift (PRL). The thing is a God send for what
I do. It's pricey, but not too bad compared with the competition.
I see Woodpeckers as having a nice CNC shop and a stockpile of aluminum.
They need to keep those machines running and will take any old design
and 'jewel' it up or make something simple, like their router corner
templates, stuff them into a padded case, and charge a fortune.
You are right, this may work for a while, but innovation in these styles
of wood working accessories is rare.
Yes! They absolutely need to keep that machinery running.
And no doubt they manufacture high quality tools. But I bet they are
trying to develop a cult following for the one time tools. Some people
want to collect every one of the "special" tools whether they use them
or not. It is a shame that some of the one time tools are just that,
one time tools and or that yu have to order a set much larger than you
need, thinking the corner wound over router templates.
I love their Story Stick Pro's I have the 48 and 24 inch models. And
it would be nice if they would offer a coupler to enable you to fasten
them end to end like the Festool tracks have. I have inquired on
several occasions but those requests have had no response.
That said, perhaps they have a business that keeps them busy other than
what we see on the web site. Maybe they have commercial customers for
their main source of income. Making these one time tools might be a way
to help pay for those machines during idle times.
And going a bit further they seem to have a close business relationship
with Incra. Perhaps they do work for them too. I do know they offered
the Story Stick Pro and t-squares through Woodcraft under another brand
name and color.
On 1/10/2016 10:07 AM, Leon wrote:
And here is an interesting note. Different web sites offering a lot of
what WoodPeckers sells but the same phone number.
This site offers free shipping with orders over $40.
This site offers Free shipping on all orders.
Same phone, 877-777-4717
Buyer beware on which site you identify to have seen when calling an order.
The corner templates were sold individually, as well. I recently
ordered the ones I was missing in one of the last "second run tools".
As I said earlier, I have a number of the tools but the ones I use
constantly are the "Paolini Pocket Rules".
Woodcraft carries Woodpeckers tools, as well. Well, at least the
local store does. Highland carries quite a few of them, as well.
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