Out on a Limb: Which Church is The Best Value?

By Christopher Schwarz
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From the April 2008 issue #168
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Whenever we write about premium tools – such as Festool, Fein and Lie-Nielsen – it’s inevitable that I’ll get a few phone calls, letters and e-mails from angry readers.

Their sentiment goes something like this: Why do we write about tools that are grossly overpriced? And why don’t we take these manufacturers to task for their outrageous prices?

Fair question. And I’ll tell you why. There are indeed tools out there that have outrageous price tags, but they are not on the tools from Festool, Fein, and Lie-Nielsen.

Instead, I think the crazy prices are on the tools at the home centers. They are outrageously low. Here’s a fact: Most consumer-grade tools today are cheaper than they were in 1987. And not just in terms of inflation-adjusted dollars. Sometimes, the actual prices today are lower than prices charged a few decades ago.


From the April 2008 issue #168
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