festool domino

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What is your opinion on the domino machine, is it a “must have?” is it worth the money?

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I don’t have one but I know Charles Neil got one earlier this year and loves it .The must have factor depends on each persons budget and need,it is spending like all of Festool’s products.

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I just bought a used one a few months ago. They are extremely useful and really speed up M/T construction. Is it worth it…probably not; UNLESS you do this to make money. Not only is the tool expensive, but the tenons aren’t all that cheap either. Ditto on the “must have”….if you can write it off on taxes it probably is something to put real high on the shopping list. So why did I buy one? I am a hobbyist and do not fit those categories….well, I did get a fair deal on it and have no other tools on the shopping list. I also have a project coming up where it should be quite useful….

-- "I long for the day when coke was a cola and a joint was a bad place to be" Merle Haggartd

Marc, The Wood Whisperer is giving up his Festool tools but he is keeping his Domino … kind of tells you something :). Definitely on my want list.

-- WC (Bruce)

You can approach this question from several perspectives, with the overriding one being Festool products themselves; and then the specifics of the Domino – I’ve owned the Domino for many years.
I’ve long held that when Festool competes with other brands (Bosch, Fein, even DeWalt), they are over-priced for a given functionality. They may use better motors, better bearings, or high-performance Brushless motors (Vacs, Drills, for example), and maybe the ergonomics are better – I don’t know; but I find within a competitive product, the other brands offer a better value.
When Festool makes a category-defining product – the Domino, Track Saw System, maybe the MFT/3 – their engineering and systems-approach warrants the higher price-tag: they have to recoup the tooling and engineering costs before every other manufacturer reverse engineers it, and sells it for a true market value. I don’t begrudge them high-profits on innovative products. If the tool-buying public doesn’t want to pay the price – then it’s not a value to them.
The Domino is a frequent go-to tool for me, and not just for its Mortise & Tenon capabilities. I often use it as a ‘locating device’ for domino-dowels (Rocking Chair arms & headrest, rather than screwing the joints); as a precision (depth) spacer (DVD Holder and Executive Desk), and within its designed function of M&T (the Outdoor Bench & Coffee Table both use Integral and Domino M&Ts, and a Teak Shower Bench). The Domino’s functionality trumps its cost, for me: I’m not a commercial shop – I consider the Domino a versatile, unique method of joining boards.
For me, I’ll buy Festool when their products change the game; otherwise, they’re overpriced.

I think you nailed the concept, Whitacrebespoke. If you need one, then the cost is not important. If you don’t need one, then the cost is not important.

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