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Festool Tool Reviews / Re: I need a miter saw
« Last post by yetihunter on Today at 02:17 AM »
But it doesn’t seem like anything can compete with the Kapex in terms of cut quality and dust collection.  Thanks.


I don’t know about dust collection (or weight, or fit and finish, or soft start), but the 12” Dewalt I picked up at Home Depot after I sold my Kapex has every bit the precision and cut quality with a Leitz blade that says Amana AGE instead of a Leitz blade that says Festool on it.  Nothing wrong with the Kapex, however. 
Festool Tool Reviews / Re: Cordless blades flexing/warping.
« Last post by yetihunter on Today at 02:07 AM »
One cut with the KS 18 LTX 57 and then I threw it in the garbage.  I’ve never seen an arbor wobble so much.  I’m not alone.  Do a look-see on another certain forum for a brand that uses Metabo batteries and a track system that Bosch shares.  We discussed how horrible of a product the Metabo saw is.  It can’t cut straight to save it’s life.  As for the Dewalt, I can’t speak on it.  Ridge Carbide makes a couple of $110 blades for it that have a thick plate, kerf and more carbide than you could dream of.  You mentioned Trend blades so I’m presuming you’re either in the UK or whereabouts?  I just ordered what appears to be Leitz blades (Mafell/Festool OEM) branded as Bayerwald.  Dewalt tracksaw is 165x20, correct? They have a 24, 36 and 48.  May be worth checking out? 

Devils advocate: If you’re familiar with Bosch Expert thin kerf blades from Italy, imagine the amount of steel and carbide removed to get them sold here as Diablo for $6 a pop.  They bend by blowing on them.  Never heard of someone having an issue. I used to think the Diablos were ridiculously thin but then I met Makita.  Here they sell what I thought was the thinnest circular saw blade I’d seen.  However,  in Japan, many brands offer  1.0 kerf blades for their 125mm circular saws.  It’s insane. I’ve not used them enough to comment. Anyway, I was on the thicker plate bandwagon (was super anti thin kerf), and yes, the plates on the Mafell (and the HK)  are not at all unsubstantial for their kerf.  But, at the same time, I’ve been using the cheapies (Diablo) at work and I’ve noted that the results go against my prejudice.

For the Dewalt, try some thicker blades, who knows?  For the Metabo, you have at least one person on the inter webs  telling you that on their own  specific unit…it was the saws fault. 
Hey gotta class the place up dont I [big grin]
Systainers / Re: systainer bit storage tray - removing a row
« Last post by Agent 73 on Yesterday at 11:13 PM »
Yes, I played around with it for a bit and they aren't falling out, at least not like before.  I might try to add some sore of magnetic strip to the bottom if I can find one that fits.
Other Tools & Accessories / Re: NOVA Voyager DP
« Last post by Bob D. on Yesterday at 11:06 PM »
I thought the fence was a POC for almost $100 so I sent it back. You
are right my biggest problem with it was the interface with the table
and the tables' underside being uneven which makes repositioning and
locking the fence down a PITA.

A auxiliary table top is in my future that is certain.

A square column I don't think I have ever seen on a drill press.
I don't know if I would like that or not. Both shapes have pros and cons.
Other Tools & Accessories / TSO precision triangle
« Last post by Bertotti on Yesterday at 10:11 PM »
For laying out angles I currently use a bosch digital square, used for rafters and such. It doesn't sit flat everywhere but it gets the job done. I am curious if anyone is using some form of assembly square like the mtr18 from TSO. If you do or something similar how well does it work? Is it worth the money to you and why?

This is my current unit, well similar, mine is an older model.

Other Tools & Accessories / Re: drill press??
« Last post by Bertotti on Yesterday at 10:01 PM »
I am giving this little benchtop unit some serious consideration. Less expensive and does all I need it or would like it to. For my day job I work with similar motors and drives and have found them to be very reliable. I work on industrial equipment in less than ideal enviroments. Hot oily, abusive operators poor maintenance, etc.

If one was available locally I would already have it but the shortage is making it easier for me to put it off a bit longer.
@Mini Me  From the Incremental Tools website:

"The TS-LS is already perfect in measuring increments of 1/32” or 1mm, but when you need to match existing project parts, the large micro-adjust knob turns the lead screw against the mating threads, allowing the fence to be shifted between 1/32” steps with 0.001" (0.025mm) resolution."

Mike A.
If there is really that big a drop in suction with the tubes, I would be thinking there could be an obstruction in one of them.

Systainers / Re: systainer bit storage tray - removing a row
« Last post by SRSemenza on Yesterday at 08:49 PM »
It sounds like you need to push them into the holder further. 1" (25mm) insert bits should have enough clearance.

I found that it is really, really hard to push them in and pull them out. If they are in all the way I can't imagine any chance that they will fall out. Even with Centrotec that have the corners eased.

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