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    Doug,
    Harsh perhaps was my poor choice of words. Critical isn't the right word either. Your description is very accurate and perhaps is just the way that society is moving today. You and I, like most participants here, are willing to teach and help others learn when we can. Unfortunately not many want to learn but rather just do. And the word niche is precisely what the Woodpeckers market is about.

    I was at a woodworking show talking to Cathy when a prospect walked up interested in a router lift. I kind of took over the sales pitch about how good the router lift was. As the gentleman handed over his credit card, Cathy scolded me for taking over and explained to the now customer that I had purchased the router lifts years ago and that I just stopped by to say hello.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrich View Post
    I was at a woodworking show talking to Cathy when a prospect walked up interested in a router lift. I kind of took over the sales pitch about how good the router lift was. As the gentleman handed over his credit card, Cathy scolded me for taking over and explained to the now customer that I had purchased the router lifts years ago and that I just stopped by to say hello.
    Maybe they should have put you on the payroll.

    And actually their router lifts looked good last time I checked them out but they seem to be for the fixed base routers, not the plunge routers we use on our side of the pond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrich View Post
    Doug,
    Harsh but accurate. I know both Richard and Cathy Hummel, owners of Woodpeck. When there is a problem they will rectify the problem.
    See I they can rectify the cost problem, and freight to Aus, Failing that, get in touch with s supplier here to sell over here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisc View Post
    Do we have any equivalent tools to woodpeckers here?

    I'd like to get a T-square and precision square for setting machines and marking work. Woodpeckers seems all the rage on Youtube.
    You don't need to go to those extremes, and not taking anything away from their tools, I'd love to have some if I could afford them. Funnily enough, I never thought I'd say this but Bunnings has quite an accurate range with EMPIRE brand. An associate at our club, who strives for accuracy (ex-dentist) and measures things to the 000th" has found them to be spot on. To the point that he no longer carts his 1.5ft bright red aluminium WP square about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumbler View Post
    Funnily enough, I never thought I'd say this but Bunnings has quite an accurate range with EMPIRE brand.
    Surprisingly, I also have an Empire Square.

    I am not enamoured with the accuracy, and if I could afford it would go for an alternative.

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    Gifkins do a couple of CNC phenolic squares that are as accurate and useful. Price comparative as well I think.

    have a look at Australian toolmakers, Clinton, Gifkins, Vesper, Gorden and others. Support your local artists. Stop looking overseas first. We ofttimes do stuff better here.
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