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Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: The Carvex PS420 - A Quick Test in Thick Timbers
« Reply #90 on: December 23, 2012, 01:32 AM »
I did use the new Carvex blades in the PSC 420 for all of my filming but I have used the old Trion blades and they work fine. The blades are different; the Trion are slightly narrower at the back of the blade and the Carvex ones are rectangular in section. I am sure that Festool intend people to use Carvex blades as they have just introduced them but if you have any of the old Trion ones and no Trion to use them on then give them a go and see how you get on - I had no problems at all.

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Re: The Carvex PS420 - A Quick Test in Thick Timbers
« Reply #91 on: January 20, 2013, 06:23 AM »
I did use the new Carvex blades in the PSC 420 for all of my filming but I have used the old Trion blades and they work fine. The blades are different; the Trion are slightly narrower at the back of the blade and the Carvex ones are rectangular in section. I am sure that Festool intend people to use Carvex blades as they have just introduced them but if you have any of the old Trion ones and no Trion to use them on then give them a go and see how you get on - I had no problems at all.

Peter

Hi Peter,

with the Carvex blades the cut was a lot better. One of the things that I noticed though is that the Carvex blade looked bent when looked  at from the front.
I removed the foot and saw that there is an clamping screw that,when loosened, lets you move the entire guide assembly. After a few attempts I got it perfect.
The PS 420 is now well within my expectations, even in 7 cm wood, very close to the PS300, and thus a keeper.

Actually, the carvex blade made the PS400 a lot better as well, even though one cannot tune the guides as they are fixed to the machine.

Regards, Rene

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Re: The Carvex PS420 - A Quick Test in Thick Timbers
« Reply #92 on: February 27, 2013, 10:17 PM »
I recall a post a while back by someone complaining about not getting square cuts in framing studs using a jigsaw. I remember at the time thinking "who the he'll uses a jigsaw to cut studs?". Am I the only one who thinks this whole thick timbers cut with jigsaw business is out of hand? It seems evident that no jigsaw on the market, despite any bias, can do the job properly. Regardless, i'm happy with my trion for now and won't be forking over the pile for another "high end" jigsaw for a while.

I almost always use a jig saw to cut studs and have experienced very good accuracy doing so over the last 9 years with two different generations of Festool jig saws.  When the Carvex arrives in Canada later this year, I am looking forward to obtaining a third generation of Festool jigsaw and might even risk getting the battery model.
« Last Edit: February 28, 2013, 08:26 AM by Frank Pellow »
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Re: The Carvex PS420 - A Quick Test in Thick Timbers
« Reply #93 on: February 28, 2013, 10:28 AM »
Peter - I wanted to Thank You for your review of the Carvex.

BTW The Toolnut is taking advance orders of the Carvex 420 in the US.

I only see the battery models in the barrel grip version. Will the corded version of the barrel grip model of the 420 be available in the United States?

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Re: The Carvex PS420 - A Quick Test in Thick Timbers
« Reply #94 on: February 28, 2013, 10:44 AM »
Hi Tintin,

I do not know what the marketing strategy is for the US (or anywhere else actually!) and so perhaps a Festool dealer or employee can answer that for you. At first I thought that the corded version would be best but I have now grown to love the battery version (but you do need a second battery). Also, given a choice 12 months go I would have gone for the 'D' handle but the barrel grip is fantastic and, for me, far more maneuverable particularly when doing curves greater than 90 degrees.

Peter

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Re: The Carvex PS420 - A Quick Test in Thick Timbers
« Reply #95 on: February 28, 2013, 12:05 PM »
Peter - I wanted to Thank You for your review of the Carvex.

BTW The Toolnut is taking advance orders of the Carvex 420 in the US.

I only see the battery models in the barrel grip version. Will the corded version of the barrel grip model of the 420 be available in the United States?


I see both D and Barrel grip versions of the Carvex in the new catalogue.
Cheers,   
               Frank (Festool connoisseur)

Offline Tintin

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Re: The Carvex PS420 - A Quick Test in Thick Timbers
« Reply #96 on: February 28, 2013, 12:11 PM »
Hi Peter,

Thank You.

Quick question: How would you rate the Carvex 420 from a visibility perspective? Is it better than the Trion in your opinion?

Best Regards,
- Tintin

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Re: The Carvex PS420 - A Quick Test in Thick Timbers
« Reply #97 on: February 28, 2013, 12:12 PM »
Peter - I wanted to Thank You for your review of the Carvex.

BTW The Toolnut is taking advance orders of the Carvex 420 in the US.

I only see the battery models in the barrel grip version. Will the corded version of the barrel grip model of the 420 be available in the United States?


I see both D and Barrel grip versions of the Carvex in the new catalogue.

Hi Frank,

Ah yes but the corded version of the Barrel grip is the 400 and not the 420.

Best Regards,
- Tintin

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Re: The Carvex PS420 - A Quick Test in Thick Timbers
« Reply #98 on: February 28, 2013, 12:25 PM »
Peter - I wanted to Thank You for your review of the Carvex.

BTW The Toolnut is taking advance orders of the Carvex 420 in the US.

I only see the battery models in the barrel grip version. Will the corded version of the barrel grip model of the 420 be available in the United States?


I see both D and Barrel grip versions of the Carvex in the new catalogue.

Hi Frank,

Ah yes but the corded version of the Barrel grip is the 400 and not the 420.

Best Regards,
- Tintin

Well spotted.  I missed that.  [embarassed]  Lets hope that the catalogue is wrong.
Cheers,   
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Re: The Carvex PS420 - A Quick Test in Thick Timbers
« Reply #99 on: February 28, 2013, 12:28 PM »
Hi Peter,

Thank You.

Quick question: How would you rate the Carvex 420 from a visibility perspective? Is it better than the Trion in your opinion?

Best Regards,
- Tintin

Hi Tintin

I have never played with the Trion. My PSC420 provides excellent visibility. I prefer using the light on all of the time (rather than strobing) and I have done some quite delicate scribe work - particularly curves for router template work. I sometimes forget to flip the clear dust shield down and have discovered that visibility is then worse - I imagine that is because with the shield down the dust is being taken away more efficiently and the area (where you want to see) is clear of dust and debris.

Peter

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Re: The Carvex PS420 - A Quick Test in Thick Timbers
« Reply #100 on: February 28, 2013, 12:35 PM »

Hi Frank,

Ah yes but the corded version of the Barrel grip is the 400 and not the 420.

Best Regards,
- Tintin

There are no PSC400 machines on the UK Festool web site. I would be surprised to see the PSC400 being sold alongside the PSC420 anywhere. I know that some PSC400s have been sold off on ebay, perhaps by dealers trying to clear the decks. Having seen nearly 2 years of discussion on the FOG, if there was a choice between the PSC400 and PSC420 I would take the PSC420 every time - even if you have to compromise in some other way.

Peter

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Re: The Carvex PS420 - A Quick Test in Thick Timbers
« Reply #101 on: February 28, 2013, 12:43 PM »
Peter - I wanted to Thank You for your review of the Carvex.

BTW The Toolnut is taking advance orders of the Carvex 420 in the US.

I only see the battery models in the barrel grip version. Will the corded version of the barrel grip model of the 420 be available in the United States?


I see both D and Barrel grip versions of the Carvex in the new catalogue.

Hi Frank,

Ah yes but the corded version of the Barrel grip is the 400 and not the 420.

Best Regards,
- Tintin

Well spotted.  I missed that.  [embarassed]  Lets hope that the catalogue is wrong.


I checked the on-line  catalogue (at least, the one that we get in Canada) and I was right after all.  Here is a copy from part of the page:

83494-0

Cheers,   
               Frank (Festool connoisseur)

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Re: The Carvex PS420 - A Quick Test in Thick Timbers
« Reply #102 on: February 28, 2013, 06:10 PM »
Hi Frank,

That's a relief.

Shane - can you please confirm if this is indeed the case in the states?

Regards,
- Tintin