We have received word from our friends at Tool Nut that Festool USA will be selling their new STM 1800 folding workbench in the USA, but there is a catch.
The new Festool STM 1800 “mobile sawing table” will only be available for pre-order, and will NOT be available for purchase after that time.
You have until 4/12/2020 to place an order for the Festool mobile sawing table, and it is expected to ship around 10/1/2020.
This is somewhat surprising, but makes sense. Step 1, collect a batch of orders. Step 2, produce product in sufficient quantities. Step 3, ship to customers.
Something like this is almost definitely going to be a direct-from-Festool product, at least if it requires freight shipping.
What’s the demand going to be like in the USA? Will any retailers be interested in carrying it?
I’m sure there are good reasons for having a pre-order limited-time offering like this, similar to what some brands do with Kickstarter – and not just new companies but established ones too – or what Woodpeckers does with their One Time Tools, or what some other brands do in slightly different ways.
As a consumer, it always bugs me to have a limited-time purchase window and then a several-month wait until I get my tool or other type of product. But let me ask you this – if this is something you’d be looking to buy, would you rather have a limited purchase/pre-order window, or not be able to purchase it at all?
Price: $995 with free shipping
The STM 1800’s USA specs says that it has an up to 71″ x 71″ support area. It’s also height adjustable from 27-5/8″ to 35-7/16″. When it was launched in Europe, it was said to be able to support sheet goods up to 3100 x 2150 mm in size, or ~10.2′ x 7′.
Festool USA has not yet announced the STM 1800 mobile saw table or released any other details; the specs come from Tool Nut’s new product listing.
Also, all sales are final. So to recap, you have to place your order by 4/12/20, your order should ship out around 10/1/20 (but is subject to change), and once you place your order you can’t change your mind (although you might be able to cancel before the 4/12 ordering deadline passes).
Here’s the intro video again if you’re interested: