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Offline MrGinCT

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Repair or Toss Out
« on: May 26, 2015, 04:19 PM »
Well, my jig saw just "died"  :'( in that the blade stays still while I can hear the mechanism working very nosily in the housing.  It's a PS 2 E Plus and at least 5 - 6 or so years old.   When I called the Festool service center, the folks there gave me a ball park of $100 or so to fix.

My question; what would this model sell for in good working shape and is it worth fixing?  ???

Any ideas anyone?

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Offline Alex

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Re: Repair or Toss Out
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2015, 04:32 PM »
Sounds like it needs to be retired. Big repair cost for such and oldie. Who knows what breaks next.

Offline Rip Van Winkle

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Re: Repair or Toss Out
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2015, 05:18 PM »
Find somebody who likes older Festool tools and give or sell it to them at a reasonable price.

Put it on Ebay at a reasonable price and list it as "broken, for parts only."

That jigsaw has the side guides. There still are very few jigsaws with this feature, so it could still be an upgrade to a number of other jigsaws on the market if repaired.

The PS2 also has the rear dust extraction, "thru the motor housing" that might be more convenient in some circumstances than the current under-mount dust collection system.

Lastly, the jigsaw lasted 5-6 years. Unless you only used it a half dozen times during those years, the jigsaw is arguably well made and might be worth a rebuild.

Offline fuzzy logic

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Re: Repair or Toss Out
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2015, 06:45 PM »
Decent people do the right thing - always?

Offline Scorpion

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Re: Repair or Toss Out
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2015, 12:33 AM »
Me personally?  I'd probably weigh the $100+ to fix against the $450 to replace it by comparing features and consider that a fixed saw may not last another year before something else could go wrong.

If I were to decide to sell it (whatever the reason) I'd probably try to sell it for parts at $150 +/- before I'd fix and hope to get $250 - $300.  After all you'd essentially be getting the same money with the hustle of getting it fixed first.  Can't see getting more than $300 for it.

Offline Brent Taylor

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Re: Repair or Toss Out
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2015, 01:51 AM »
How old did you state the tool was? I have most of my tools that I bought in the late 70's  and early 80's, that are still used professionally, granted most are not Festool, but several are and due to health reasons I have been really tooling my shop mostly with Festool. The reason this is a concern is I look at tools as an investment and a lifetime commitment . (This is one of my biggest worries when they state that they will have parts for only 10 years) My Makita jigsaw was bought in '82, the only reason I retired it was because my brother-in-law returned it to me in pieces and I was only able to restore it to partial function (no orbit and a badly bent shoe) and the cost vs return wasn't there in my case.  Most of my older Festool and Festo tools were  lost (stolen )when we moved, so I don't have a reference as to the longevity of Festool 's products. I know my 1/2 sheet sander was giving me trouble before we moved and it was 8 at that time. Maybe I'm lucky or I take really good care of my stuff,  but that short of time with a professional tool doesn't sound good to me. 

Offline Holmz

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Re: Repair or Toss Out
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2015, 06:45 AM »
I say fix it unless it is a tool that you run for hour/month and it needs to be relied on gets worn out.
Or rip into the guts of it and see what is wrong with it as that costs nothing.
It could be obvious like a sheared gear or sheared pin.

The makita that the mrs bought Decades ago is going strong, which makes justification for a better one a difficult matter