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Offline mrtmr

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New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« on: November 21, 2020, 12:35 PM »
Brand new to the forum. Hello everyone!
Just making a few test cuts with my Kapex REB and am finding a lot of blade ridges in the cut. Using the stock blade. I am replacing a 20 year old Hitachi C10FS. I have it side by side with a new Makita cordless 10” compound miter which I will be returning due to rail alignment issues. All of my saws have cut glass smooth, so I’m hoping it’s not the saw. A dial indicator shows the blade is within 1-2 thousandths. I checked off the tooth face and found the teeth that are out are where the anti vibration cuts are.
Nice saw, square cuts. Just not that polish in the cut and blade runout
Any advice! Could try another blade. Would love to figure this out before the 30 day grace period.
Thanks
« Last Edit: November 21, 2020, 12:51 PM by mrtmr »

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Offline mrtmr

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Re: New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2020, 12:59 PM »
A bit more info to add. These blade marks are not just surface scratches but very palpable. After many test cuts not much change. I may be taking this back for another saw.

Offline kevinculle

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Re: New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2020, 03:52 PM »
If you know someone with a Kapex that cuts normally (mine is very smooth) it would be worth swapping blades to see if it's the saw or the blade.

Offline jobsworth

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Re: New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2020, 05:55 PM »
What is your cutting technique? If you try to use it as a chop saw just coming straight down on the material to cut it your going to have some issues. Its not made for that.

You should be clamping the material down prior to cutting pulling the saw all the way fwd, lowering the blade and pushing the blade back to the material.
Once through the material finger off the trigger, allow the blade come to a complete stop then letting the blade go up .


Offline mkasdin

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Re: New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2020, 10:46 PM »
What is your cutting technique? If you try to use it as a chop saw just coming straight down on the material to cut it your going to have some issues. Its not made for that.

You should be clamping the material down prior to cutting pulling the saw all the way fwd, lowering the blade and pushing the blade back to the material.
Once through the material finger off the trigger, allow the blade come to a complete stop then letting the blade go up .
I don’t personally own the Kapex, but there’s a technique to cutting with a scms... I’m old fashion with a 12” $250 Dewalt. I can leave the saw unattended outside without fear. That said practice cutting on some softer woods? I’m wondering if “Festool Live” has a Kapex Video. Brian Sedgley’s videos are pretty thorough. I’m thinking after 50 cuts you’ll get your technique dialed in...

Offline mrtmr

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Re: New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2020, 09:53 AM »
Thanks so much for the responses!
I did put in a call to customer service to discuss the issue. The tech told me to clamp piece and pull the saw head out, then down and into cut. I did a few test cuts while on the phone with them. While it alleviated some of the runout as you can see in the photos there is still an issue. I'll admit I never had a specific technique such as allowing the blade to stop before raising blade. Always had great results. Also used a Chopmaster blade which has a little more heft.
The Festool Blade could be the issue, so I might try another. Dial indicator shows the blade as the slight issue and not the arbor.
I have also mixed up the wood species: Oak, Redwood, Poplar, Mahogany, Cypress, Port Orford Cedar.
The cuts are very precise horizontally and vertically. A straight edge placed on the cut face reveals light at the blade marks. Overall the cuts are beyond the Hitachi which had a little movement along the cut here and there. As a new Kapex owner it is really helpful to know what the benchmark is for this saw and I appreciate the feedback.
I will definitely try the tech line again and seek out another blade.

BTW I had really tried to like the new Makita Cordless SCMS, but the 2 saws I have gone through have major rail alignment issues that leave a curved cut. After a couple of months driving my saw back and forth to Hartville Hardware and lots of time speaking to our regional Makita Tech I decided to do with my first choice, the Kapex.

Thanks for the feedback

Offline xedos

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Re: New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2020, 10:09 AM »
I'd definitely try the blade first.   Festool /Leitz are not beyond producing lemons.   I had some TS55 blades that were absolute junk outa the box, and got the usual bla bla you're doing it wrong blather.

Only when I ambushed the guys at IWF with the blades in hand an said "show me how to do it" and they couldn't; did I get any traction.

and we all know the kapex back story with the motors and how all those guys were using the saws incorrectly - til they weren't.   [embarassed]

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2020, 10:30 AM »
It's possible to induce run-out like cuts if you exert side pressure on the handle while making the cut. But, it sounds like you have a bad saw blade. I've had excellent luck over many years with the Festool blade. I get really smooth cuts. Change the blade and be sure your cutting movement is straight through with no side pressure.

I have been cutting some 2" thick walnut with the Kapex. I don't like kick back so I came up with a no kick back technique.

I make a cut about 1/2 way through the board then skooch the board over about the width of the blade and repeat the 1/2 way through cut. I then skooch the wood so that the blade is centered in the kerf. I then cut all the way through. I then do a skim cut on the board's end. No kick back and a glassy smooth cut.
Birdhunter

Offline ChuckM

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Re: New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2020, 11:02 AM »
Snip.
and be sure your cutting movement is straight through with no side pressure.

Side pressure could also affect accuracy -- potentially making a piece a hair shorter (unless the side pressure is outward). I use my Kapex with a mild grip (like holding a dovetail saw) -- with a downward pull in a straight line to my arm. For those who are used to other handles, it takes a bit of change on how the hand movement should go. Same goes with the bevel cuts.

Offline mrtmr

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Re: New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2020, 01:19 PM »
Regarding smooth downward pressure. Yes this saw has a new feel. With the dial indicator against the blade only mild side pressure sends the indicator several thou out. Still getting the feel for it and nothing seems to help the issue so far with my technique.

Anyone have experience with the Forrest blade?

Thanks again for the guidance!

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2020, 05:17 PM »
I only use Forrest blades on my table saw. I’m very happy with the Festool blade on my Kapex.
Birdhunter

Offline ChuckM

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Re: New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2020, 05:31 PM »
Same here, WWIIs for the tablesaw only. The Kapex's stock blade has exceeded my expectation and is still sharp for all intents and purposes after 5 years of regular use.
« Last Edit: November 25, 2020, 10:28 AM by ChuckM »

Offline kevinculle

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Re: New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2020, 06:41 PM »
I bought the Tenryu Silencer blade for the Kapex off Amazon almost 3 years ago and I can highly recommend it as the cut quality is every bit as good as the Festool blade and the price is $83!

Offline mrtmr

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Re: New Kapex REB cuts blade run out
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2020, 09:47 AM »
Thanks for the blade recommendations.

Spoke again with the Festool support and have no other suggestions for this saw. One interesting point though is that they did recommend the 80 tooth blade for smoother stock but only for max 1x4 stock. I may be a dummy but I have used an 80 tooth chopmaster for as long as I can remember and never had any issues with larger stock.

I have asked a friend with a Kapex to let me do a side by side test and blade switch as well before seeking a replacement.