I can sympathize with their feelings, however it is our job to insure that Gerstner USA remains in business offering our American made line of chests into our next 100 years as well.
This import line has done - to date - exactly what we had hoped it would do.
We will keep a clear and separate division between the two lines of chests. GI chests are made from plain-sawn red oak whereas the USA line of oak chest are quarter-sawn white oak (sometimes shows up as tiger striped patterns in the wood).
We stand behind the GI series chests and they are USA factory backed for service and support.
There was a cherry Gerstner machinists box full of Starritt top of the line machinist tools. I just couldn't lie to her, I didn't have the bucks at the time and I had duplicates of all the tools except the box. (Westside Pattern Works) doing most of his work for the aircraft industry.
Click Here - To learn more about the Gerstner Owners Club.I notice that they're red oak as compared to the ones on your web site which are white oak.If they are in fact made by your company, can you tell me what compromises have been made in their manufacture that allows [your dealers] to sell them at such low prices?For the real Gerstner "purist" - I would hope they are happy to see us take whatever steps are necessary in order to provide future generations with the same high quality American made products upon which we have established our 105-year reputation. If you want the "original" Gerstner - the USA division stands ready to meet that need.Click Here - To learn more about Gerstner USA Products. If you want a really good chest at a super economical price, Gerstner International is here for you too.