Author Topic: Festool Metal-Cutting Blades Discontinued (US)  (Read 6831 times)

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Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: Festool Metal-Cutting Blades Discontinued (US)
« Reply #30 on: October 22, 2017, 07:28 PM »
"Because we no longer offer the spark trap as an attachment to our
dust extractors, we are unable to provide a dust extraction system
that is suitable for connecting to these saws when cutting metal."

Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but does this mean that FT
does not condone cutting metal with any of these saws regardless
of the blade manufacturer and/or chip collection system used?

Will the manuals for these saws be revised to state that cutting metal
is not approved and could void warranty?

I was told or read that the supplemental manuals are for US customers. I don't know the reason.  If one carefully compares the standard manual and the supplemental, one will note it is not what the supplemental states that is different from the main manual, but rather what the supplemental manual doesn't state that is different from the main manual.

For example, the TS series main manual states that cementitious materials and others may be cut with the tool, but in the supplemental manual, the language referring to cementitious materials is omitted while the rest from the main manual remains as written.  Basically, the language does not state that we can or cannot cut cementitious materials with the TS.

Does this omission upset me?  NO!  Why?  Because there are tools that are dedicated to certain tasks (like cutting metal) and I choose to match the tool to the job.  Sometimes I wonder if FT didn't grow too fast and make mistakes in the attempt to capture a larger market share by developing tools that ostensibly had multiple applications only to find they did not.
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Festool Metal-Cutting Blades Discontinued (US)
« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2017, 11:36 PM »

I was told or read that the supplemental manuals are for US customers. I don't know the reason.  If one carefully compares the standard manual and the supplemental, one will note it is not what the supplemental states that is different from the main manual, but rather what the supplemental manual doesn't state that is different from the main manual.


Just conjecture on my part, but I believe the supplemental manuals are all authored by Rick Christopherson based in the US. As such, I am sure he was given general marching orders from Festool corporate on what to include and what not to include. This could explain the discrepancies noted in the manuals.

Also note that Festool still markets and sells spark traps, aluminum cutting blades, steel cutting blades and PCD blades in other countries. Thus the reason why cutting these different materials is mentioned in the international manual.

I just chalk it up to some quirky Festool USA afraid of being sued by those ambulance chasing 💵💵💵 US lawyers thing.

Offline Shane Holland

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Re: Festool Metal-Cutting Blades Discontinued (US)
« Reply #32 on: October 23, 2017, 08:56 AM »
@Cheese, according to the manufacturer, you can cut up to 1/4" thing gauge aluminum with the aluminum blade and up to 1/8" steel with the steel blade. Thanks.

Shane, is there any option for steel cutting on the Kapex?

@worldburger, no steel blade for the Kapex.
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