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Old 04-19-2013, 09:50 AM   #81
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That's a blanket statement...the guys that have the nice houses are married to women with good jobs. The ONLY wealthy contractors I know are the ones that have crews of guys working for them and don't strap on a tool belt and grab their Syslight everyday.
If I wanted to be wealthy construction wouldnt have been my first choice as a job. I enjoy what I do and always have done. I have a passion for building things. Don't matter if its a deck, bathroom, RC car, Lego or cardboard forts I enjoy doing it. I get out if bed in the morning looking forward to getting me tools out and knocking something up. I make good money and it pays the bills and keeps me in the stuff I'm interested in doing. I have a nice house and a Familey who don't want for anything. I really have no need to get bigger and take on more work. I get 95% of the jobs I quote and spend less than 3 hours a week on paper work. I don't have stress at all and have control of how much I want to work. Like today I'm done with work and have the rest of the day to my self. I don't see a big enough pay off to taking more people on. There's more to lose than gain in my eyes and I have never been a gambler.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:51 AM   #82
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I have just two Festools so far.. a CXS drill and the Kapex saw...I bought a reconditioned Kapex when Festool was having their sale.
Next on the list, when I can afford it, is the TS 55 req.... and possibly a dust collector to go with it..
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A VW is made in Germany. My Sprinter was made in Germany, is that better than all other vehicles? Not necessarily, there are some problems with it. I don't try to convince anyone it is the best out there, it is the best vehicle for ME, maybe not for everyone.

Everyone has there opinions on everything, but why try to convince someone that your opinion is correct unless you need to convince yourself
I dont think he was saying it only better cause its made in Germany, he is saying Festool is an upscale tool. upscale stuff comes at an upscale price.
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I have just two Festools so far.. a CXS drill and the Kapex saw...I bought a reconditioned Kapex when Festool was having their sale.
Next on the list, when I can afford it, is the TS 55 req.... and possibly a dust collector to go with it..
if some one only was to get one festool, i would recomend the ts55 or 75.
that one tool has made me so much money it had paid of it self a couple times over by now.
the dust collector is really nice. i like not sweeping up sawdust all over at the end of the day.
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if some one only was to get one festool, i would recomend the ts55 or 75.
that one tool has made me so much money it had paid of it self a couple times over by now.
the dust collector is really nice. i like not sweeping up sawdust all over at the end of the day.
No doubt its one of their biggest sellers I'm sure. I'm waiting on the R my self and looking forward to seeing the improvements.
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I worked solo for a long time, when you add in the estimates, paperwork, and bullsh!t time you are never paid for your hourly rate isn't any better than that of an employee.
thats the sucky part. in your business there is probably a lot more of it than doing trim work. all i have is some estimates, invoicing, and a few drawings from time to time.
Thats why this line of work is great, no two companies are run the same. everyone works differently and they get to do so.
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Just had a parcel turn up.


Thanks to Steve at www.qwasproducts.com for getting me these dogs out and a prototype dog with a 1/4 threaded insert and lock ring.

Will get some pictures up of how they are used when I get a chance.



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That's a blanket statement...the guys that have the nice houses are married to women with good jobs. The ONLY wealthy contractors I know are the ones that have crews of guys working for them and don't strap on a tool belt and grab their Syslight everyday.
Wealth is what you make it. Hey it not really all about the money you make, it's about the love of what you do.
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Ok so got a few mins to set them up and test them out. First off i'm well impressed with the quality of these things. They are made in the US and made from aircraft grade alloy and finished of with a powder coating. He has numerous colors available also in the Qwas dogs.

http://www.qwasproducts.com/Home.html

Lets start with the Mini rail dogs

These allow you to set the rail into the 20mm holes into the MFT or any custom table you have made with 20mm holes. It keeps the track square and can even be used for 45's if need be but the majortiy of the cuts i make on the MFT are square. The mini rail dogs allow you to cut material upto 1.5" but he also makes longer rail dogs that will do upto 12/4.












Qwas dogs

These will work on anything from 1/2' to 12/4 material. They work just like most bench dogs but seem to be a much more precise fit and finish unlike the plastic ones.







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Speed Dogs

Last but not least the part i needed custom made but he already had something that would work for what i needed. I wanted a way to mount my Syslite to my Kapex for when light levels get low its hard to make out your cuts. I also wanted it for when i work on my MFT's so that i can light up the work space. It uses standard 1/4 threaded rod so will fit most cameras, lights, laser levels etc etc.

Im also going to make a custom block that has 20mm holes on 5 sides of a cube and powerful magnets so that the speed dog can be used for numerous other job that require a mount for 1/4 thread rods. Im mainly using it for a light/camera support though currently.











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if some one only was to get one festool, i would recomend the ts55 or 75.
that one tool has made me so much money it had paid of it self a couple times over by now.
the dust collector is really nice. i like not sweeping up sawdust all over at the end of the day.
The ts55 is definitely a money maker for me
I just recently got these parallel guides
I made my own but these seemed smaller and more adjustable
I did not like the design of the festool ones nor the price

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Anyone have an ro90? Thinking about getting one
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I do not own one, but have used a 90 often. It takes some getting use to, it is a little jumpy in the RO mode. I own a 125 and use a 150, the 90 still took a little bit of getting use to.

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Perhaps if you knew anything about flashlight and led technology you would understand its a deal.

Here's the last one I bought. Cost me double what the festool one was



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Head over to candlepower forums and you may then understand why some flashlights are cheap and some are not. Just like festool tools. Some thing they are a rip off because they can buy a Chicago pneumatic sander for 1/10th the price.
Yup. All my Surefires were quite a bit more than the Festool light.
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I love my Festools, but I balked at the Syslight. This is what I used the last time I needed to use my compound miter in low light.
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I have one, not many hours on it yet. It does take a minute to work out the handling of it.
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So here it is. A thread especially for the koolaid drinking fanboyz.

Lets see your Festool setups and projects your using these tools on.

Here's my new toy all setup.







Let's get down to business. What's the full order/parts list for this bad boy? Did you go the router table start/route and add from there? Any worthwhile add-ons?
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I love my Festools, but I balked at the Syslight. This is what I used the last time I needed to use my compound miter in low light.
This is on my essential kit list, to be had at all times.
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I love my Festools, but I balked at the Syslight. This is what I used the last time I needed to use my compound miter in low light.
I have something similar. Only puts out about 100lumens so it's only good for lighting up a small area but I wore it once when in my basement. My wife looked at me and laughed and said I look like a dufus never have worn it since. I use it as a hand held flashlight now
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Let's get down to business. What's the full order/parts list for this bad boy? Did you go the router table start/route and add from there? Any worthwhile add-ons?
When I get back home I will post the festoo numbers. Took me a little while to find them my self so that a good idea.

Yes started with the GE router setup.

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