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Offline festal

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question on KS120 EB motor issues
« on: November 21, 2021, 01:31 PM »
Came across one for sale date code 2/2013.  is there a range of dates or serial numbers for the KS120 EB with possible motor issues?  Trying to see if its worth picking it up?

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Offline Alex

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Re: question on KS120 EB motor issues
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2021, 01:38 PM »
Only the new type KS 120 is ok. Forget about the 2013 model.

Offline festal

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Re: question on KS120 EB motor issues
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2021, 01:38 PM »
Only the new type KS 120 is ok. Forget about the 2013 model.

Thank you

Offline kevinculle

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Re: question on KS120 EB motor issues
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2021, 01:43 PM »
I have a 2009 KS120 EB that has been trouble free...it is my impression that the motor troubles were predominately in the later years of KS120 EB production.

Offline festal

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Re: question on KS120 EB motor issues
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2021, 01:45 PM »
I have a 2009 KS120 EB that has been trouble free...it is my impression that the motor troubles were predominately in the later years of KS120 EB production.
So that makes 2013 worse then older ones


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Offline ChuckS

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Re: question on KS120 EB motor issues
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2021, 01:51 PM »
Only the EB saws that went smoky were not ok. Of course, because Festool wasn't transparent enough, we don't know how good or how bad the pre-REB saws really are.

Mine ,EB, was bought in 2015 (could be made in 2014), wonderful in all aspects (without any of the out of alignment fence/non-flat table, etc. issues that some REB owners have reported -- so are REBs better?). Of the several local EB owners I know here, none have had the motor problem, either. I run the EB regularly as I'm an active hobby woodworker.

Interestingly enough, since the REB came out, I haven't heard too much about EB motors smoking out in this Forum. Have you?

If the motor of a EB burns out, the repair will be a new REB motor. If the price offered is really great, even allowing for the cost of a potential motor replacement, I might give it a look.
« Last Edit: November 21, 2021, 01:54 PM by ChuckS »

Offline festal

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Re: question on KS120 EB motor issues
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2021, 01:52 PM »
Only the EB saws that went smoky were not ok. Of course, because Festool wasn't transparent enough, we don't know how good or how bad the pre-REB saws really are.

Mine ,EB, was bought in 2015 (could be made in 2014), wonderful in all aspects (without any of the out of alignment fence/non-flat table, etc. issues that some REB owners have reported). Of the several local EB owners I know here, none have had the motor problem, either. I run the EB regularly as I'm an active hobby woodworker.

Interestingly enough, since the REB came out, I haven't heard too much about EB motors smoking out in this Forum. Have you?

If the motor of a EB burns out, the repair will be a new REB motor. If the price offered is really great, even allowing for the cost of a potential motor replacement, I might give it a look.
Not really great. $850


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Offline ChuckS

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Re: question on KS120 EB motor issues
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2021, 02:22 PM »
Knowing what I know about the motor issue on THIS forum, and zero motor burn-outs I am aware of locally, I'd counter offer $650 - $700, and take the risk, subject to a user acceptance test (checking on the fence, table, true & square, miter and bevels, trench cuts, etc. -- I'll bring scraps along to verify precision). If there's something like a non-flat bed that's hard to fix, I'd walk away.

I have a local Festool vendor that I can drop off tools for shipping and repairs; my estimated repair cost for a new motor would be $300 - $350US. The revised cost of an EB, $1000 vs a new REB, $1600 (local quote for a new REB) still sounds appealing to me.
« Last Edit: November 21, 2021, 02:33 PM by ChuckS »

Offline festal

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Re: question on KS120 EB motor issues
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2021, 02:39 PM »
Knowing what I know about the motor issue on THIS forum, and zero motor burn-outs I am aware of locally, I'd counter offer $650 - $700, and take the risk, subject to a user acceptance test (checking on the fence, table, true & square, miter and bevels, trench cuts, etc. -- I'll bring scraps along to verify precision). If there's something like a non-flat bed that's hard to fix, I'd walk away.

I have a local Festool vendor that I can drop off tools for shipping and repairs; my estimated repair cost for a new motor would be $300 - $350US. The revised cost of an EB, $1000 vs a new REB, $1600 (local quote for a new REB) still sounds appealing to me.
Thank you for the info. I can always get refurbished one for 1200


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Offline ChuckS

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Re: question on KS120 EB motor issues
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2021, 03:07 PM »
Such deals are not available to us Canadians. The $1,200 deal is very reasonable as it includes warranty (?).

Offline festal

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Re: question on KS120 EB motor issues
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2021, 04:51 PM »
Such deals are not available to us Canadians. The $1,200 deal is very reasonable as it includes warranty (?).
Yep it’s on recon site. It pops up for $1181 or 1106 plus tax. Comes with one year warranty from festool


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