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Offline MikeGE

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Greetings from Germany
« on: April 07, 2019, 06:24 PM »
I'm a DoD civilian stationed in Germany and will retire from federal service at the end of this month.  I'm staying in Germany and have been building and outfitting my basement shop for my post-retirement hobby.

While not new to woodworking, I am absolutely new to Festool, and so far I love the products.  My first purchase was the Domino XL DF 700 two weeks ago for a large framing project, and I loved it so much that I bought the Domino 500 for my upcoming smaller projects.  The dealer in Mannheim gave me a generous discount, so I started buying more tools.  I'm waiting on my last (maybe) two tools to arrive on Monday or Tuesday, and that will cap my two-week binge buying spree.

I look forward to learning more about the care and feeding of Festool tools

Mike

Offline jjowen

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Re: Greetings from Germany
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2019, 07:35 PM »
Vielen Grüßen!

I am an Aussie who lived in Neckargemund (bit past Heidelberg) many years ago. I was too young for Festool (Festo?) then.

So you decided to remain in Germany just for the Festool, oh, and the great Christmases they do there? I can understand that.

Regards,
Jeremy

P.S. There is no such thing as a last Festool. There are always more...
« Last Edit: April 07, 2019, 07:39 PM by jjowen »
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Online jobsworth

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Re: Greetings from Germany
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2019, 10:07 AM »
 [welcome] to the FOG.

Looks like you started drinking the green kool aid. You are doomed  [big grin]

Being in Germany is awesome we really enjoyed it there. The festool factory is near Stuttgart. Maybe you an get a factory tour.

Also there is a Festooler that used to frequent here and has a magazine (Holtzwerker) and is a book author named Guido Henn. I  have some converations with Guido and he has woodworking classes. If your interested get in touch with him and maybe take one of his classes.

I wish I had the time to do that when i was there.

Online Gregor

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Re: Greetings from Germany
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2019, 11:15 AM »
Welcome.

Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: Greetings from Germany
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2019, 12:41 PM »
Welcome to the FOG.
I’m just a little north of Frankfurt... :)

As the others have said, you entered a never ending story with those joyful tools..

Offline six-point socket II

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Re: Greetings from Germany
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2019, 02:09 PM »
Welcome!

I'm from the greater area around Duesseldorf.

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Greetings from Germany
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2019, 07:24 PM »
Hi Mike!  Welcome to the forum!  We have a huge member base here - but more importantly a large helpful group of guys and gals who use the tools and the majority of them got help when they can here just like you are now.  We aren't a perfect family here but as a Moderator here for now going on ten years I can tell you that those who got help long ago like to pass that on!  You will get good advice - and it might not even be what you would expect on a Festool owned forum.

Can't wait to see what you make first!

Peter - Moderator

Offline MikeGE

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Re: Greetings from Germany
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2019, 05:25 PM »
Thanks, everyone!  To those who say my Festool buying days are not over, my wife can assure you they more than likely are.  [big grin]   For now, I can't think of anything else I need or want for my small shop. 

Offline MikeGE

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Re: Greetings from Germany
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2019, 05:29 PM »
Welcome!

I'm from the greater area around Duesseldorf.

Welcome to the FOG.
I’m just a little north of Frankfurt... :)

I'm in a small town a little south of Darmstadt on the Rhein.

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Greetings from Germany
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2019, 05:20 AM »
Hi and welcome Mike  [thumbs up]

Online Gregor

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Re: Greetings from Germany
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2019, 03:47 PM »
Thanks, everyone!  To those who say my Festool buying days are not over, my wife can assure you they more than likely are.  [big grin]   For now, I can't think of anything else I need or want for my small shop.
A TKS (SawStop)? She certainly likes your gentle hands and wants you to keep them, dosn't she?

Offline MikeGE

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Re: Greetings from Germany
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2019, 05:41 PM »
A TKS (SawStop)? She certainly likes your gentle hands and wants you to keep them, dosn't she?

I have never seen a SawStop, or any other cabinet saw, in a home or commercial shop here.  I think my gentle hands will be fine with my Minimax SC2 Classic.  It was a challenge to get it from the garage to the basement, but I did it.  This is a picture of the shop as I was building it, but the saw is in place and properly commissioned by the SCM technician.


MM-SC2-8 by Mike66GE, on Flickr

Online Gregor

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Re: Greetings from Germany
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2019, 06:44 AM »
That is nice, I envy you.

Offline MikeGE

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Re: Greetings from Germany
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2019, 07:04 AM »
Thank you, Gregor.  I originally wanted the Hammer K3 Basic, but the distributor quoted a minimum availability time of 120 days and I had to arrange for shipping, unloading, and commissioning.  The SCM distributor in Mannheim had this saw on display and delivered it to my garage the next week.  Assembly and commissioning was included in the base price of the saw.

I made arrangements with the distributor to disassemble the saw more than normal so I could move it to my basement when the renovation was done.  Unfortunately, I had to disassemble the saw even more so it could be maneuvered down the stairs safely.  In addition to the cast iron table, the saw has a 100kg concrete counterweight to compensate for the slider and outrigger.

I reassembled it to its original delivery condition, and the SCM tech completed the assembly.  Although I didn't tell him I had disassembled the saw more than he did, he knew immediately that someone had because the wiring harness was in better condition (neater) than it was when it left the factory in Italy.

Here's a picture of the saw base disassembled further to its three components ready for movement to the basement.  Two people can easily move each component down the stairs, but I used a chain hoist and tiered base setup to move the counterweight and cast iron table down the steps.




With the chassis in place, I'm lowering the concrete counterweight into the chassis.




The counterweight is secured in place.





Now the cast iron table with saw motors is lowered into place.




Everything assembled as delivered and waiting on the SCM tech to arrive.  The additional components are behind the saw on the right against the wall.