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Offline Rsrflooring

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Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« on: July 01, 2017, 10:42 AM »
So my 2.5 year old saw has blown smoke out of the motor and stopped working for the second time in 2 years. To Festools credit the unit was repaired free of charge. They tell me this is isolated. I can see here on fog that they are noy beimg forthcoming. I highly recommend if you do work in the hardwood industry to buy something different. You'll save yourself money and a headache. I own many other festool products i am happy with. I cant find a bad initial review about this saw anywhere. Seems the issues come about 1 year later.

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Offline PA floor guy

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2017, 12:10 PM »
I too install wood floors for a living.  This past week while installing some 5" white oak, I noticed the saw starting to bog down.  Keep in mind I baby this saw, really baby it.  I would be very disgusted if it burnt up.  It's about 2 years old. 

Offline JimH2

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2017, 12:16 PM »
So my 2.5 year old saw has blown smoke out of the motor and stopped working for the second time in 2 years. To Festools credit the unit was repaired free of charge. They tell me this is isolated. I can see here on fog that they are noy beimg forthcoming. I highly recommend if you do work in the hardwood industry to buy something different. You'll save yourself money and a headache. I own many other festool products i am happy with. I cant find a bad initial review about this saw anywhere. Seems the issues come about 1 year later.

I blew all these reports of Kapex failure off as bad luck for several years thinking the users just got a lemon or may have been working them to death. Luckily it has never happened to me, but mine was purchased the day they were released in the US. I think it is time to move onto other brands for mitre saws. There are several other manufacturers to pick from. Write it up as a loss and move on. As an installer you can't afford to be without your saw.

Offline Rsrflooring

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2017, 12:51 PM »
I have already decided to sell it and biy the new makita LS1019 when its available. My 7 year makita is still running strong. The new one one has gotten much better dust collection with forward rails like the kapex.

Offline Rsrflooring

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2017, 02:42 PM »
Anyone else have problems let me hear it on instagram. Use #brokenkapex

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2017, 06:01 PM »
As a Kapex owner (since early 2015), I am increasingly alarmed by this and other similar reports. I wish I had known about this forum before I bought my saw! As a saw, it is, however, excellent in all aspects, from dust collection (no one else is better) to angles to clamping (I don't have any issues with its ergonomics).

Offline Rsrflooring

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2017, 06:33 PM »
I to wish i had known. I do like the saw. Just not willing to keep sinking money in it when the warranty is up.

Online Naildrivingman

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2017, 09:50 PM »
Oh boy...mine is coming three years old and has been babied like the OP's. I'm starting to get worried. Please pray for my saw. Thx.
Dance with who brung ya...

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2017, 10:33 PM »
Praying for yours and mine!

Happy Canada Day!


Offline Paul G

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2017, 01:25 AM »
I have already decided to sell it and biy the new makita LS1019 when its available. My 7 year makita is still running strong. The new one one has gotten much better dust collection with forward rails like the kapex.
Interesting new Makita
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Offline Oldwood

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2017, 10:07 AM »
I have already decided to sell it and biy the new makita LS1019 when its available. My 7 year makita is still running strong. The new one one has gotten much better dust collection with forward rails like the kapex.

I have been looking to replace my old Hitachi miter saw and the new Makita looks like a contender. I would never consider the Kapex although I own a lot of Festool tools. The fact that Festool continues to say this is not a problem makes me wonder what kind of a company they are. [unsure]

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Offline Rsrflooring

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2017, 10:38 AM »
Whats upsetting to me is that almost every comparison of mitre saws puts the KAPEX at the top. For intial testing, ease of use, dust collection yheu are right. For the ones using the saw to make money every day making hundreds of cuts in hard material, it just can't keep up. Being that is has faulty internals or is underpowered, we can only speculate because its all isolated incidents.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2017, 11:09 AM »
Whats upsetting to me is that almost every comparison of mitre saws puts the KAPEX at the top. For intial testing, ease of use, dust collection yheu are right. For the ones using the saw to make money every day making hundreds of cuts in hard material, it just can't keep up. Being that is has faulty internals or is underpowered, we can only speculate because its all isolated incidents.

I have no idea where Festool is in their investigation on the Kapex.  I also believe that silence on this issue will hurt them long term.  But they are a large enough company to devote resources and hire consultants to do what they need to do.

That being said, I have had my Kapex since 2010 and have made a bunch of bucks with it.  If it were to die - which I don't think that it will - I would have to get an old Hitachi out of storage to get me thru.  If I had to buy a new saw would I look at a Kapex?  Possibly.  But other brands would be considered primarily and heavily.

I might be a Moderator here but I shop with my dollars.  Hopefully someone at Festool has set up a notification for when I post and they will see this.

Head slap.

Mike drop.

Peter

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Offline Doug S

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2017, 12:56 PM »
Well timed post this, my Kapex just smoked for the second time in 5 years. I wasn't going to post about it because everyone gets fed up of the Kapex bashing but since it has started up again I will join in.

Mine first burnt out when it was less then 2 years old, fixed under warranty. It has now just reached its 5th birthday, I was using it on Thursday, it made a funny noise, big puff of smoke out of the back and a really bad acrid smell just the same as the first time.

My Kapex is only used by me, normally in the workshop and certainly never pushed or used hard.

It is a great saw when it comes to extraction, accuracy and portability but the motor is certainly not fit for purpose, Festool should be fixing these saws free of charge even when out of warranty.

It's a 240v UK model so the problem is not just with the 110v American version.

I shall be calling Festool tomorrow for a chat.

Doug

Offline Rsrflooring

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2017, 02:29 PM »
Good luck with your phone call. My last few calls to repairs I spoke with Brett. After disscussing my issue and asking for some sort of resolution I?would be met with silence on the other end. Almost as he was unwilling to say anything. I asked for the tech to call me when my tool was on the work bench so I could inderstand what was happening. He took my repair order number and said they would call. Of course i was not surprised when the tool was returned fixed without getting a phone call.

I was asked the same questions. What environment i use the tool in?

How do I power the tool?

How do I make cuts?

What I am cutting?

What blades and how sharp?

I was also told this issue would likely not happen again. After that my local store got involved. They were told the issue is me not keeping the blade sharp. I have 3 that i rotate and have sharpened.

After answering all the questions and hearing that I am using the tool correctlty I was tranferred to applications. They tell me If using a higher tooth count blade , plug it into the wall and not the Ct 36. Dont cut anything wider than 3 inches.  Goodbye.

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2017, 03:20 PM »
Dont cut anything wider than 3 inches.  Goodbye.

Seriously?!

Did you place your call on ... April the 1st?

I am much impressed with what Peter, the G.M., wrote above. He wrote from his heart...something a lot of people won't do these days to avoid upsetting someone higher up.

Festool has been burying its head in the sand for so long on this big eye-sore, and it is time it came up with a solution for all Kapex owners, before pushing any new tools. Divert and focus any new tool development resources to curing this cancer before its reputation is damaged beyond repair.

Offline Jaybolishes

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2017, 05:22 PM »
It's time everyone demands instant action by festool on  these motors.  There's no denying it, the kapex motors have a good percentage of them being made poorly.  These last few posts have more than irratated me, and I don't even own a kapex, simply because of these issues. I tried a cut with a kapex and the motor is a weakling.  It's no wonder these things burn up.  It should be noted kapex saws are suitable only to cut balsa wood at a slow rate of cut.  What a joke this has all become.  Smh. Festool ruined their brand with this saw. It isn't happening, it happened. And I'm a guy always promoting how awesome festool tools are, but not the kapex.
« Last Edit: July 02, 2017, 05:25 PM by Jaybolishes »

Offline Rsrflooring

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2017, 05:57 PM »
Same here. All the other tools I own from Festool, I really like.

Offline Oldwood

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2017, 06:06 PM »
The real mystery here is why they have not gotten out in front of this and done right by the people who bought these saws. I think the the cost would be less than the bad publicity this is going to cost them in the long run.

I don't know how you can equate the cost to the Festool name that this is causing but the longer it is left unresolved the harder it is going to be to overcome. [eek]

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2017, 06:34 PM »
It's time everyone demands instant action by festool on  these motors.  There's no denying it, the kapex motors have a good percentage of them being made poorly.  These last few posts have more than irratated me, and I don't even own a kapex, simply because of these issues. I tried a cut with a kapex and the motor is a weakling.  It's no wonder these things burn up.  It should be noted kapex saws are suitable only to cut balsa wood at a slow rate of cut.  What a joke this has all become.  Smh. Festool ruined their brand with this saw. It isn't happening, it happened. And I'm a guy always promoting how awesome festool tools are, but not the kapex.

Jay,  thank you for causing me to go and look something up! [big grin]

In an effort to be helpful  to others smh = Acronym for 'shake my head' or 'shaking my head.' Usually used when someone finds something so stupid, no words can do it justice.

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Offline Laminator

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2017, 08:28 PM »
My Kapex, which only gets used occasionally, Still runs great. It is several years old (back when they were only $1300.00) and still looks virtually brand new.  I love it and hope (worriedly) that it never burns up..... but, I know of four contractors who drooled over my saw on the job and wanted one. I told them the good (which is all mine has been) and I warned them of the motor trouble that many have experienced and the lack of resolution from festool.  All these guys concluded that  there was no way on earth to justify ANY problem on such an expensive miter saw. These four guys would now be using a Kapex if not for the motor issue.  It is what it is...past time for resolution.

Offline Rsrflooring

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2017, 08:56 PM »
I am really happy to see so many people discussing this. I dont complain when I have small issues. Usually I just roll with them as I did the first time the motor burned up. After my last experience I need somewhere to discuss how I feel. This has been a goos outlet and hopefully someone at Festool see these posts and the amount of views they get.

Offline overanalyze

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2017, 09:52 PM »
I have remained silent for years on our Kapex issues. Festool service has always been great so I didnt think it was a big deal. I LOVE the saw. I bought it back in 2012 or 2013. It blew the magic smoke right under the warranty period. All shipping and repairs covered. Awesome! Then just a few months ago it did it again. All repairs covered, I paid shipping to Indy. Still very pleased!

Now...if it died again?...Not sure what I would do. I use it for work. I am a builder. It is our finish trim saw. It gets used for trim work only. We have 20 year old Dewalts that are our framing and rough use saws.

I was talking to my father about it and he has a good background in electric. I told him how they always ask about length of cords, circuit amperage, etc. The saw says it is a 120v motor. Our area has always had high voltage power. Consistently runs 125v plus. He wondered if high voltage wasnt more an issue than voltage drop.  Certainly never crosse my mind before he said it...wonder if Festool ever looked at that as a possibility...

Offline Holmz

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2017, 11:51 PM »
The standard ISO method is that usually one makes a fishbone diagram of the mechanisms that lead to failure. Like ISO 21500, IEC 60034, ISO 1940, ISO 7919... etc... There are tons of them as well as the US 6-sigma.

They should know what is failing as well as the mechanisms that cause those parts to fail.
While magic smoke is escaping, the mechanism of failure is not magical.
There is a design or manufacturing issue that do not allow Kapex' to last the 20+ years like the dewalts... But it should not be magical or mysterious, unless it is just a perception issue.

Offline antss

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #24 on: July 03, 2017, 08:40 AM »
I think it's past time that @TylerC 's bosses come on here and make a statement re: this issue, non issue , or whatever they are calling it these days.

While they take a black eye around here , their overall reputation is barely scratched out there in tooldom.  Bloggers and Video reviewers keep lauding the machine, and the general public keeps buying Festools by the boat load.  Which motivates FT to do what exactly?

Now, if Tom's saw blew smoke on ToH, or Peter P.'s went tits up on an episode of the New Brit Workshop, or Popular Mechanics or Tool of the Trade ran an article - then maybe enough public pressure could be brought to bear.  But until Kapex problems lead the Google search string , I'm guessing nothing is going to happen.

Offline Gregor

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #25 on: July 03, 2017, 09:15 AM »
Now, if Tom's saw blew smoke on ToH, or Peter P.'s went tits up on an episode of the New Brit Workshop, or Popular Mechanics or Tool of the Trade ran an article - then maybe enough public pressure could be brought to bear.  But until Kapex problems lead the Google search string , I'm guessing nothing is going to happen.
While something like that might lead to a good thing for the ones already owning one the bottom line would be bad.

I sometimes wonder if something similiar to (Fight Club 'the formula') applies here...

Offline antss

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #26 on: July 03, 2017, 10:37 AM »
Major publicity is just bad for a company's bottom line and image anyway you slice it up.

Problem here is , FOG is not major publicity.  And many of the members take up the cause when a complainer shows up.  They defend FT chalking it up to just plain,ol bad luck ; or saying "what are the odds?" 

And they're right.  More guys have no trouble than not.

 Except.........when you the unlucky sod whose got one of the 2.000047% that aren't supercalafrajolistic ; you're not feeling too good about that $1300-1600 you spent and for a saw that lasted 3 1/2 years.  And all those easy bevel, 12% better dust collection, 5lbs lighter, it's a system features are worthless on an electric paperweight that doesn't even turn on.

Laminator's colleagues are correct. At this price, there should be no failures.

The fix is easy: offer a 10yr warranty on Kapex and eat the cost of all those 2.00047% of saws that break.  But just like the video highlights, the financial reality is doing that makes little sense. Especially when the tools keep flying off of the shelf.

Offline Dave Reinhold

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #27 on: July 03, 2017, 01:16 PM »
I had a kapex repaired last year, new armature, new armature  lasted until a few days before Christmas till that one burned. Brought out my backup kapex only to have that last 5 months in the field before that armature went up in smoke.
Now I'm down 2 kapex and went out and bought the Bosch glide. Way too heaven and has a ton of blade wobble. Hoping the new makita is as nova as it looks and can be a kapex replacement. The kapex seems too fragile for everyday work. But it's so hard to find something that can come close to its accuracy and light weight.

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Offline rdr

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #28 on: July 03, 2017, 02:36 PM »
I am seriously considering pulling the trigger on a Kapex120 but being a member of FOG is putting me off now. It would be for private use and wouldn't get anywhere near trade use so I worry about the possibility of it going pop outside the warranty period. I understand the complexities around Festools situation, it's a big thing to get to the bottom of issues like this and even bigger admitting it and applying remediation to an existing customer base.

If its not going to be addressed physically then I would like to see Festool offer a 10 year warranty from new on the electronics & drive train or maybe an Extended warranty option to take out at the 3rd year much like you can on cars and home appliances.

Offline SouthRider

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #29 on: July 03, 2017, 03:55 PM »
As a member of my local woodworkers guild I am kind of considered the "festool guy" in the group that people come to for festool advice.. This problem has already cost them 2 sales in our small group (myself and another member who was planning to buy one, but asked me for feedback).

FOG members around the world are typically Festools leading enthusiasts,and thus key influencers to many many more potential customers.

For everyone who has run around their community raving about the Domino or CXS there are probably an exponentially larger group telling people not to touch a Kapex with a ten foot pole.

One would think that Festool recognizes the influence of this key group of customers, and would respond appropriately. They obviously believe catering to the FOG makes them money, as evidenced by what they spend for the Roadshow and Connect.

Just a few thoughts..............

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #30 on: July 03, 2017, 05:35 PM »
It would be against my conscience knowing what I know about the potential issue with the Kapex motor to recommend it unconditionally. If asked, I would say about the so many good things about the saw, BUT... is how I would continue and qualify my assessment.

To me, the time bomb can happen to anyone and it is not worth the worry in the back of the mind, given the price tag of $2,000 Cdn. If Festool came up with a permanent solution and offered a one-time $200 fix (10% of tool price), I would do it, just for the sake of peace of mind. Crowd funding, Festool?

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Offline Rsrflooring

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #31 on: July 03, 2017, 06:17 PM »
I would have remained quite on my issues had I been offered a replacement or extension on the warranty. However I was met with silence on my request. So here I am and will be doing what I can to get other potential buyers to know what I did not.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #32 on: July 03, 2017, 06:56 PM »
Hi,

There's something I'd like to know: has anyone affected by this issue ever contacted anyone at Festool USA or Festool Germany beyond the Service Department?

Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline Longhair

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #33 on: July 03, 2017, 08:11 PM »
I've been considering a new saw for  a couple of years and festool was the primary contender. No longer, I'm afraid. For that kind of price, I can't afford the possibility. I have a few festools, but not the Kapex.

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #34 on: July 03, 2017, 10:04 PM »
Hi,

There's something I'd like to know: has anyone affected by this issue ever contacted anyone at Festool USA or Festool Germany beyond the Service Department?

Kind regards,
Oliver

Good question. Anyone?

But since Festool sounds to me a typical departmentalized company, I wonder if anyone who had tried reached anything past the middle mgmt. The motor problem we have heard so much about is beyond anyone on the middle mgmt pay grade.


Offline neilc

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #35 on: July 03, 2017, 10:16 PM »
Christian Oltzscher is the CEO of Festool.  Formerly ran Festool USA and is now in Germany. 

He's a member here and the reason the FOG was brought under the Festool organization many years ago.  Great guy.  You might try sending him a direct message.  I've personally had a Kapex since it was introduced with no motor issues. 
« Last Edit: July 04, 2017, 08:33 AM by neilc »

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #36 on: July 03, 2017, 10:33 PM »
I run 2 Kapex's. Not a motor issue with either. I did have one that needed a yoke and two fences. Festool replaced them no questions asked.

The saws are run on CT's from the Midi to the 36 AC.

Tom

Offline safety1st

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #37 on: July 04, 2017, 03:32 AM »
I have a kapex and needless to say I follow these threads with much interest.

One question I have been meaning to ask is if these failures are more prevalent with newer units, vs the much older units bought around the time when Kapex was introduced. I get this feeling because several old timers seem to have no issue with their units over many many years. It is possible I am mistaken.

Thanks in advance.

Offline Doug S

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #38 on: July 04, 2017, 05:38 AM »
It's posts like the one from Dave Reinhold that sum up the Kapex for me. I remember seeing one of his videos a few years ago in which he was raving about how good the Kapex is, 5 years and 3 armatures later he has bought something else because the Kapex motor is not fit for purpose.

Doug

Offline jimbo51

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #39 on: July 04, 2017, 09:46 AM »
I bought my Kapex soon after they went on sale in the US. I had to get the miter adjuster fix that came out soon after the introduction.

My use ranges from very light to light by the standards of most people on this forum. I have had no issues with the saw like are being described here.

In defense of Festool, the percentage of motor failures appears to be very low. For example, if the failure rate is less than 1 per 1000, then it can be very difficult to pinpoint the cause.

After such a long time, they are now in a difficult position in a marketing and legal terms.

For marketing, it is tricky to make things right when doing so admits you have failures you do not understand. Hardly a great position for a premium tool company.

From a legal point of view, making it right for the customer could be viewed as admission of a problem that has been long known and ignored. That might put them in a position of being accused of knowingly selling defective tools. That would not be tolerated by any corporate legal team.

Festool's best hope is to discover a cause that can be recognized as unknowable in the general sense. If they could claim that, then the above issues can be avoided and customers can be dealt with in a fair manner.


Offline ChuckM

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #40 on: July 04, 2017, 10:11 AM »

In defense of Festool, the percentage of motor failures appears to be very low. For example, if the failure rate is less than 1 per 1000, then it can be very difficult to pinpoint the cause.


We don't know any facts about the failure rates, do we? Festool has been silent on the whole motor thing in public and that has made matters worse, because owners like me who have never had an issue with the motor have become worried, increasingly worried as our saws get older and older (passing or soon to pass the warranty period).

It would have been better if they had come out and told us the failure rates among different years of production or sales. At least some groups of owners would feel better....

We must also not forget that we are talking about one of the most expensive (costly?) tools from Festool. It is the second most expensive tool in my shop after the SawStop. As a hobbyist, I have zero concern about my SS, and I don't have any concern about my DF500 either, even we though we see some issues reported by its users here. Machines are machines and can be broken for all kinds of reasons, but the Kapex motors seem to stand out among the Kapex problems.

I like the saw, but not the uncertainty that comes with it.

Offline Rsrflooring

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #41 on: July 04, 2017, 11:25 AM »
I asked for the next person in line to move up the chain of command.  However again my request was met wiyh silence and redirected to applications.

Offline Rsrflooring

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #42 on: July 04, 2017, 11:30 AM »
I also feel the saw sitting in a work shop seeing light use is going to last much longer than the saw thats on a job making repetative cuts all day long such as I do on hardwood installs.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #43 on: July 04, 2017, 11:38 AM »
I also feel the saw sitting in a work shop seeing light use is going to last much longer than the saw thats on a job making repetative cuts all day long such as I do on hardwood installs.

In my case I do run the saw(s) daily. I use them for trim and framing material. I am selective of which blades I use for the tasks.

Tomorrow I will be installing 3/4 x 5-1/4" Jatoba floor.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #44 on: July 04, 2017, 03:50 PM »
Hi,

There's something I'd like to know: has anyone affected by this issue ever contacted anyone at Festool USA or Festool Germany beyond the Service Department?

Kind regards,
Oliver

I asked for the next person in line to move up the chain of command.  However again my request was met wiyh silence and redirected to applications.

Ok, so @Rsrflooring has asked via telephone to speak to someone a little higher up the food chain and wasn't forwarded/connected properly.

Anyone else? Anyone used a different method?

Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #45 on: July 04, 2017, 04:23 PM »
I also feel the saw sitting in a work shop seeing light use is going to last much longer than the saw thats on a job making repetative cuts all day long such as I do on hardwood installs.

I have experience in trouble-shooting .

You can feel that way, but it depends on the mechanism of failure.
Bearings are different than electrical, so it depends on what has failed for a motor guru to work it out.
(In the past many have said low voltage?)

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #46 on: July 04, 2017, 04:30 PM »
Hi,
There's something I'd like to know: has anyone affected by this issue ever contacted anyone at Festool USA or Festool Germany beyond the Service Department?
Kind regards,
Oliver
There is no doubt they are aware of the issue. It's inconceivable that service records of a major product is not communicated to the higher management along with sales figures and other information. If the CEOs sleep through board meetings, accountants will be sure to wake them up when they notice warranty repair expenses.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2017, 04:35 PM by Svar »

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #47 on: July 04, 2017, 04:56 PM »
Hi,
There's something I'd like to know: has anyone affected by this issue ever contacted anyone at Festool USA or Festool Germany beyond the Service Department?
Kind regards,
Oliver
There is no doubt they are aware of the issue. It's inconceivable that service records of a major product is not communicated to the higher management along with sales figures and other information. If the CEOs sleep through board meetings, accountants will be sure to wake them up when they notice warranty repair expenses.

Hi!

I have absolutely no doubt that Festool CEOs/Board Members are aware of the situation.

But since quite a couple of people affected by the issue have voiced their demands regarding the handling of the situation right here on the FOG, I'd like to know if those demands were also addressed to someone that can actually fulfill them/ sign off on them.

Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #48 on: July 04, 2017, 06:58 PM »
The answer to the question about someone speaking to someone higher up at Festool about the Kapex issue is yes.  Although I have not had a Kapex issue I have gone as high as I can go - which is about as high as one can go.  I know of at least one other who has also gone that high.

There isn't anything from that conversation that I can share other than Festool was investigating at that time.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #49 on: July 05, 2017, 12:37 PM »
Well,

I own several Festool products and was on the verge of finally dropping the cash on a Kapex when I ran into one review on another site about these units burning up if you run at slow speeds often.  I decided to look up the issue at FOG and immediately ran into this string.  This is a real bummer.  I do expect to use the variable speed often and will never spend $1,500 without this obvious motor issue resolved.  The fact Festool has not jumped on this with a response acknowledging the problem is very disappointing.  At 3X the cost of the competition for a machine with so many unique and useful features yet with a week powertrain is pointless.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #50 on: July 06, 2017, 12:58 AM »
one review on another site about these units burning up if you run at slow speeds often
This is an interesting data point that could explain the issue:

Setting to a low RPM dosn't reduce the electrical load when starting up or actively cutting that much, but definitively reduces the RPM of the motor fan and with that the effective amount of air that moves through the motor (this might even have the effect of changing the way the air takes through the motor, as of a different pressure differential or locations of turbulence shifting to different areas as intended).

This would pinpoint the 'up in smoke' issues as from insufficient cooling, in line with what we read about 'repeated small cuts' being an issue (which also would likely lead to heat buildup, as the motor starts often but runs only short timespans the heat from the start couldn't be fully vented and accumulate in the motor, with repeated use in quick succession).
« Last Edit: July 06, 2017, 01:00 AM by Gregor »

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #51 on: July 06, 2017, 03:42 AM »
There are thermal paints that change color at various temps. It is common to see a dab on parts.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #52 on: July 06, 2017, 05:44 AM »
one review on another site about these units burning up if you run at slow speeds often
This is an interesting data point that could explain the issue:

Setting to a low RPM dosn't reduce the electrical load when starting up or actively cutting that much, but definitively reduces the RPM of the motor fan and with that the effective amount of air that moves through the motor (this might even have the effect of changing the way the air takes through the motor, as of a different pressure differential or locations of turbulence shifting to different areas as intended).

This would pinpoint the 'up in smoke' issues as from insufficient cooling, in line with what we read about 'repeated small cuts' being an issue (which also would likely lead to heat buildup, as the motor starts often but runs only short timespans the heat from the start couldn't be fully vented and accumulate in the motor, with repeated use in quick succession).

I mostly understand your point Gregor.  To clarify, could you comment on this analogy.

Are you postulating that the Kapex has a "transmission" much like a vehicle?  I think most can understand that if one attempts to drive a vehicle at high speed in 1st gear, severe damage is almost a certainty.  Where my analogy falls short in this aspect is that a vehicle will send warnings to the operator and the operator will likely not push the motor beyond "redline" for too long.  To my knowledge, the Kapex cannot do this.  A reference to heat reactive paint is such a warning, but do we know such paint is used on any power tools?

Perhaps my 120 will survive, because I cannot recall a time when I have operated it at any speed less than full throttle. I work exclusively with wood and mostly softwood.  I do not cut metal, but if I did, I would use a different saw exclusively for cutting metal.  The other protocol I follow pretty religiously is that I let the 120s motor achieve top speed before engaging the materials being cut.  I was told years ago by a fine woodworker than this activity reduces blade harmonics and results in a truer cut.  Based on Gregor's post, I theorize that the notion of allowing the motor to reach top speed, also reduces heat from the current cut to add to that from previous cuts.

So far so good for me.  My 120 is coming three years old and running well, but every time i read new "up in smoke" posts, I get a little more anxious for the future of mine.
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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #53 on: July 06, 2017, 07:13 AM »
With more and more manufactures coming out with new corded and corded/cordless miter saws I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next year Festool comes out the a new Kapex 120.   I think that it’s the only way to get past the troubles with the current saw.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #54 on: July 06, 2017, 08:20 AM »

Setting to a low RPM dosn't reduce the electrical load when starting up or actively cutting that much, but definitively reduces the RPM of the motor fan and with that the effective amount of air that moves through the motor (this might even have the effect of changing the way the air takes through the motor, as of a different pressure differential or locations of turbulence shifting to different areas as intended).

This would pinpoint the 'up in smoke' issues as from insufficient cooling, in line with what we read about 'repeated small cuts' being an issue (which also would likely lead to heat buildup, as the motor starts often but runs only short timespans the heat from the start couldn't be fully vented and accumulate in the motor, with repeated use in quick succession).

Some interesting conjecture...if this happens to be the case and it could well be, wouldn't it just be smart of Festool Corporate to make this announcement and potentially prevent some of the issues they are facing?

Here's an excerpt from the current owner's manual:
–Switch on the machine.
–Hold the saw unit by the handle (1.1), guide slowly downwards and cut through the
workpiece at an even rate of advance.
–Switch off the machine and wait until the saw blade stops completely.


That's it, nothing about bringing the blade up to speed or small/short repetitive cuts.  [tongue]

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #55 on: July 06, 2017, 09:54 AM »
My Kapex doesn't get much use.  I'm concerned about a $1500 saw dying on me.  I bought it with the thought that it would last a very long time like my other Festool tools are suppose to.  I'm wondering if it would be best to sell it and buy something else. 

What replacement miter saws would you guys recommend?  I use it mostly for straight and angled cuts (almost no compound cuts).  My main concern is good dust collection.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #56 on: July 06, 2017, 10:57 AM »
I mostly understand your point Gregor.  To clarify, could you comment on this analogy.

Are you postulating that the Kapex has a "transmission" much like a vehicle?
No, AFAIK the motor fan runs at the same speed as the motor itself. So as the motor runs slower when you turn the speed dial down the fan will also slow down, putting load on the blade will then lead to increased current flow (as the electronic will notice the blade slowing it'll compensate) which will result in more heat released in the winding - possibly leading to a situation where the fan (as of low motor speed) dosn't manage to move the heat out of the machine quick enough so it'll build up, leading to increased resistance in the winding as of higher temperature (possibly in an area that dosn't get ideal airflow), leading to more heat buildup in the winding, ... eventually resulting in winding meltdown (or shortcut because of insulation failure).

Keep in mind: just a speculation from my side given what I have read about the Kapex issue, I havn't looked at the guts of (enough) dead ones so I can't be sure.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2017, 11:00 AM by Gregor »

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #57 on: July 06, 2017, 12:11 PM »
Never run my Kapex on anything but full speed and it's burnt up twice, I personally think it's the lots of small quick cuts that causes the problem as that is something I would be more likely to do.

Update on my Kapex that burnt out last week.

Was going to call Festool last Friday afternoon but found service only open till 3pm on Fridays.

Called Monday and asked to speak to someone about it, told call back in an hour, they emailed me a repair form.

Called back an hour later still nobody to speak to but told if I left my number somebody would call me back so left mobile number.

I filled in repair form and emailed it off on Monday, asked for someone to give me a call in a covering email, got the standard auto reply saying thank you for email and someone would be in touch asap.

Got to Thursday (today) and no calls or emails so I gave Festool a call. A very helpful girl told me yes they had received the repair form and I was on the waiting list. "What waiting list?" I ask. Oh we have run out of the cartons that we ship broken Kapex in (obviously in high demand), hopefully have one back tomorrow for you. FFS!

So one week on and dead Kapex still waiting for collection and Festool made no attempt to return my calls or contact me to let me know what was happening. I moved my work around this week thinking I would have saw back for next week but I will have to change my plans again.

They sell themselves on tools built for the toughest demands and superb after service but afraid at the moment I'm not seeing either of these.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #58 on: July 06, 2017, 12:39 PM »
Never run my Kapex on anything but full speed and it's burnt up twice, I personally think it's the lots of small quick cuts that causes the problem as that is something I would be more likely to do.

Update on my Kapex that burnt out last week.

Was going to call Festool last Friday afternoon but found service only open till 3pm on Fridays.

Called Monday and asked to speak to someone about it, told call back in an hour, they emailed me a repair form.

Called back an hour later still nobody to speak to but told if I left my number somebody would call me back so left mobile number.

I filled in repair form and emailed it off on Monday, asked for someone to give me a call in a covering email, got the standard auto reply saying thank you for email and someone would be in touch asap.

Got to Thursday (today) and no calls or emails so I gave Festool a call. A very helpful girl told me yes they had received the repair form and I was on the waiting list. "What waiting list?" I ask. Oh we have run out of the cartons that we ship broken Kapex in (obviously in high demand), hopefully have one back tomorrow for you. FFS!

So one week on and dead Kapex still waiting for collection and Festool made no attempt to return my calls or contact me to let me know what was happening. I moved my work around this week thinking I would have saw back for next week but I will have to change my plans again.

They sell themselves on tools built for the toughest demands and superb after service but afraid at the moment I'm not seeing either of these.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #59 on: July 06, 2017, 01:19 PM »
My view is different than most (all).

Contrary to the ads, I look at Festool products as more precision tools as oppose to construction grade tools. Can you use them in the field, yeah sure, but they seem more at home in the shop.

I have Milwaukee 1/2" corded drill, circular saw, sawzall, and router that I bought 30 years ago and they have been dropped and are still running and I expect will continue to be running 30 years from now. They were made for contractor use (and abuse) and can take a beating. I don't see that in the Festool product line. I would be amazed if any of the Festool line lasted the first 30 years alone. I also had a 12" skilsaw mitre saw that I used for 20 years and gave to a neighbor 10 years ago that is still going strong. It has been dropped off a workmate table twice. But it simply does not have the precision, repeatable and cleans cuts that the Kapex has.

The difference is the precision and the dust collection.

I have had a Kapex since soon after they came out in the USA.

I always adjust the speed based on the material being cut.
I always bring the saw up to speed before cutting the material (yeah I know it doesn't say you have to but having been WW for the past 45+ years, this is common sense and mentioned in a number of tool manuals.)
I always use the Kapex as a sliding cut and never as a plunge cut. If you cut a 1x6 as  plunge cut you are engaging 6"+ inches of the blade circumference, by sliding cut you are only engaging 1" of blade circumference. You are putting more pressure on the motor by engaging more of the teeth at one time. (If I compare say the motor size on the Kapex to my 18" 5 hp delta radial saw, the 5hp motor does not care how many teeth are engage or what you are cutting.) This is similar comparison to a small motor on a tabletop tablesaw and HD motor on a cabinet saw.
You also get better dust collection by sliding because all of the sawdust is being pushed upwards and not rearward. 
I always take my time making the cut because I am looking for a clean last cut not a hacking/splittering cut a contractor saw does on a 2x4, 2x8 etc. with the expectation of sanding.
I always disconnect the hose to the Kapex and vacuum up the Kapex each day after it has been used.

The problem with Festool not responding to the Kapex issue, is we don't know how many have been sold and what percentage have had motor issues and of the ones that do have motor issues, what was the actual usage and environment. (i.e. was the saw mostly used outside in a construction environment with high humidity or in excessive dusty area with no vac attached.) If Festool were to published they have sold 50,000 Kapex worldwide and only a dozen have had motor issues is completely different that if they have sold only 200 worldwide and 50 have motor issues.

My neighbor borrowed a small in-expensive miter saw from another neighbor to work on replacing some porch rails. Instead of putting the saw on a bench or the concrete porch, he just left it sitting in the grass/dirt and even left it with just towel over it during a brief rain shower.  To accurately assess why a product is failing, you have to look at all of the reasons that potentially caused the failure. What one person may view as normal usage may be considered by another as abusive. 

Therein lies the problem of identifying what is causing the problem.

As someone with now has over $20K invested in Festool products, I would still continue to give them high marks overall....even if the my Kapex motor fries, in which case I will just order the replacement parts and fix it myself.

Rob



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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #60 on: July 06, 2017, 03:09 PM »
I disagree , the problem with FT not responding is simply that they are NOT RESPONDING.

It has been well over a year since they acknowledged the issue. Yet no response.

And yet during that same period they have found time to develop, manufacture and market an entirely new Mitersaw ?  😳

So either they aren't capable of testing damaged and new saws ,or they have found an issue and have chosen not to respond because of the financial exposure that it places on the business.

Neither speaks very highly of company in FT's position.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #61 on: July 06, 2017, 07:49 PM »
I have Milwaukee 1/2" corded drill, circular saw, sawzall, and router that I bought 30 years ago and they have been dropped and are still running and I expect will continue to be running 30 years from now. They were made for contractor use (and abuse) and can take a beating. I don't see that in the Festool product line. I would be amazed if any of the Festool line lasted the first 30 years alone. I also had a 12" skilsaw mitre saw that I used for 20 years and gave to a neighbor 10 years ago that is still going strong. It has been dropped off a workmate table twice. But it simply does not have the precision, repeatable and cleans cuts that the Kapex has.
like some one said, Festool promotes its tools as meeting the toughest demands

My neighbor borrowed a small in-expensive miter saw from another neighbor to work on replacing some porch rails. Instead of putting the saw on a bench or the concrete porch, he just left it sitting in the grass/dirt and even left it with just towel over it during a brief rain shower.  To accurately assess why a product is failing, you have to look at all of the reasons that potentially caused the failure. What one person may view as normal usage may be considered by another as abusive. 
arguably other Festool tools could go through the same harsh treatment. There must be a reason why Kapex failures are reported much more (here) than the other tools.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #62 on: July 06, 2017, 08:20 PM »
There must be a reason why Kapex failures are reported much more (here) than the other tools.
Retail price vs. durability (especially where a Kapex failed repeatedly) ?

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #63 on: July 06, 2017, 09:19 PM »
My view is different than most (all).

Contrary to the ads, I look at Festool products as more precision tools as oppose to construction grade tools. Can you use them in the field, yeah sure, but they seem more at home in the shop.

I have Milwaukee 1/2" corded drill, circular saw, sawzall, and router that I bought 30 years ago and they have been dropped and are still running and I expect will continue to be running 30 years from now. They were made for contractor use (and abuse) and can take a beating. I don't see that in the Festool product line. I would be amazed if any of the Festool line lasted the first 30 years alone. I also had a 12" skilsaw mitre saw that I used for 20 years and gave to a neighbor 10 years ago that is still going strong. It has been dropped off a workmate table twice. But it simply does not have the precision, repeatable and cleans cuts that the Kapex has.

The difference is the precision and the dust collection.

I have had a Kapex since soon after they came out in the USA.

I always adjust the speed based on the material being cut.
I always bring the saw up to speed before cutting the material (yeah I know it doesn't say you have to but having been WW for the past 45+ years, this is common sense and mentioned in a number of tool manuals.)
I always use the Kapex as a sliding cut and never as a plunge cut. If you cut a 1x6 as  plunge cut you are engaging 6"+ inches of the blade circumference, by sliding cut you are only engaging 1" of blade circumference. You are putting more pressure on the motor by engaging more of the teeth at one time. (If I compare say the motor size on the Kapex to my 18" 5 hp delta radial saw, the 5hp motor does not care how many teeth are engage or what you are cutting.) This is similar comparison to a small motor on a tabletop tablesaw and HD motor on a cabinet saw.
You also get better dust collection by sliding because all of the sawdust is being pushed upwards and not rearward. 
I always take my time making the cut because I am looking for a clean last cut not a hacking/splittering cut a contractor saw does on a 2x4, 2x8 etc. with the expectation of sanding.
I always disconnect the hose to the Kapex and vacuum up the Kapex each day after it has been used.

The problem with Festool not responding to the Kapex issue, is we don't know how many have been sold and what percentage have had motor issues and of the ones that do have motor issues, what was the actual usage and environment. (i.e. was the saw mostly used outside in a construction environment with high humidity or in excessive dusty area with no vac attached.) If Festool were to published they have sold 50,000 Kapex worldwide and only a dozen have had motor issues is completely different that if they have sold only 200 worldwide and 50 have motor issues.

My neighbor borrowed a small in-expensive miter saw from another neighbor to work on replacing some porch rails. Instead of putting the saw on a bench or the concrete porch, he just left it sitting in the grass/dirt and even left it with just towel over it during a brief rain shower.  To accurately assess why a product is failing, you have to look at all of the reasons that potentially caused the failure. What one person may view as normal usage may be considered by another as abusive. 

Therein lies the problem of identifying what is causing the problem.

As someone with now has over $20K invested in Festool products, I would still continue to give them high marks overall....even if the my Kapex motor fries, in which case I will just order the replacement parts and fix it myself.

Rob

Could not have said it better!

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #64 on: July 06, 2017, 09:43 PM »
" "What waiting list?" I ask. Oh we have run out of the cartons that we ship broken Kapex in (obviously in high demand), hopefully have one back tomorrow for you."

 [eek] [eek] [eek]

We owners of a Kapex who have, touch wood, had no motor issues with our saws so far can only do one thing (till Festool comes up with a long-lasting fix): Increase our prayers from once a day (before we turn on the Kapex) to twice (or more) (before we unplug the cord).

I agree with many (but not all) of pointers that Rob outlined for using the Kapex or, for that matter, using any sliding compound saw. But it doesn't answer the question why other saws don't fail like Kapex when such good habits are not followed.

Silence is certainly not golden on the part of Festool in this matter. 

« Last Edit: July 06, 2017, 09:46 PM by ChuckM »

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #65 on: July 07, 2017, 01:14 PM »
 It takes years to build a reputation for good tools and it only takes 3 pages of complaints/posts to destroy that reputation.

 I am a newbie to Festool, but I still spent $6k since Christmas on Festool and was going to buy the Kapex, I was so happy with the other Festools I purchased (still am), I easily assumed the Kapex was the very best on the market, now I know better and I am looking at others.  Why ? because the competition is talking and Festool is not.  Because of this issue, I will not blindly buy Festool like I did the first few months of this year, I no longer believe they are the best and I worry about customer support if this is the best they can do for support.

 There might not even be a problem with the Kapex, but Festool's silence tells me its a piece of junk and they know it so they keep quiet hoping we all go away on this subject.  Oh, and if its not a piece of junk, they sure let me think so by not telling me otherwise.
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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #66 on: July 07, 2017, 11:30 PM »
I have talked to 3 people this week in the process of selling my Kapex. Telling the them the pros and cons. They have a decided to to buy the new Makita. Mine is on order. I think that right there is saying something. I am selling my freshly fixed Kapex for $800 with three blades. Thats half off  new one. They still ask me what I am buying and then they decide to do the same and Im okay with that.


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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #67 on: July 08, 2017, 11:47 AM »
Hopefully this will be talked about at the pow wow @Tyler C is going to later this month.

And , there will be a formal response from upper management. 

I wouldn't hold my breath though.   [unsure]    My guess is FT will continue to sweep this under the carpet and then roll out the new mini saw.  Hoping people get distracted with all the new products, and the noise generated by those.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #68 on: July 08, 2017, 11:59 AM »
Hopefully this will be talked about at the pow wow @Tyler C is going to later this month.

And , there will be a formal response from upper management. 

I wouldn't hold my breath though.   [unsure]    My guess is FT will continue to sweep this under the carpet and then roll out the new mini saw.  Hoping people get distracted with all the new products, and the noise generated by those.

I think you are right.  My bet is they bring out Kapex 2.0 in the future and offer upgrades to existing Kapex owners for some substantial amount of money.

I love my Kapex.  Unfortunately, I'm just a hobbyist and I baby the thing; and my 3 year ownership period is closing soon.  So when the thing blows, I'm paying a fortune to fix a saw that I already paid a fortune for.

Festool's parent company has plenty of cash (they are buying SawStop), but they are too cheep/greedy to fix an obvious fault in the Kapex motor and/or electronics.
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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #69 on: July 12, 2017, 06:54 PM »
Well finding my self in a hard spot today. In my attempt to use my old makita while awaiting for the new one, Ive started a very detail hardwood job. darn you festool. You made a great saw with awesome dust collection amd very accurate. Just put crap componets inside. tomorrow its going back on my stand. I didnt want to. But i need to. Ahhh.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #70 on: July 21, 2017, 05:35 PM »
My Kapex motor burned up for the third time in 5 years a few weeks ago !!!   In the middle of a big trim job so had to go out and buy a temp/back up which is a joke considering how much I spent on the darn thing. Sent a brief email on the Festool website contact form but have not had a reply ?????   So frustrated like all the others on here. For the hundreth time doesn't anyone else agree that NO other miter saw on the market (US) has speed control and NO other miter saw has had this kind of motor failure issue ???  Since Festool wont come clean we have to "guess" what it is and MY guess is it has to do with the speed control and that it is running thru the CT vac"s. Time will tell, well maybe ??? 

Going to rebuild the Kapex myself since i already did it after the second motor burned up and I wasn't about to pay another $100 to ship it to them, of course, only IF they send me a new armature for free ? If not, it will sit and rust.

Chomping at the bit to get the new Makita LS1019L  but even though it is listed on Amazon's site, it sez it is not available for 1 -2 mos ???  Acmetool and Toolnut both also have it on their sites for a STEAL at $509.99 and FREE shipping !!!!!!!!!! but also "not in stock" yet.  Could buy 3 of them for the price of one Kapex !!!!!  Got the feeling this new Makita slider will become the "gold standard" in the sliding miter saw industry.

M Smith   

 

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #71 on: July 21, 2017, 05:50 PM »
My Kapex motor burned up for the third time in 5 years a few weeks ago !!!   In the middle of a big trim job so had to go out and buy a temp/back up which is a joke considering how much I spent on the darn thing. Sent a brief email on the Festool website contact form but have not had a reply ?????   So frustrated like all the others on here. For the hundreth time doesn't anyone else agree that NO other miter saw on the market (US) has speed control and NO other miter saw has had this kind of motor failure issue ???  Since Festool wont come clean we have to "guess" what it is and MY guess is it has to do with the speed control and that it is running thru the CT vac"s. Time will tell, well maybe ??? 

Going to rebuild the Kapex myself since i already did it after the second motor burned up and I wasn't about to pay another $100 to ship it to them, of course, only IF they send me a new armature for free ? If not, it will sit and rust.

Chomping at the bit to get the new Makita LS1019L  but even though it is listed on Amazon's site, it sez it is not available for 1 -2 mos ???  Acmetool and Toolnut both also have it on their sites for a STEAL at $509.99 and FREE shipping !!!!!!!!!! but also "not in stock" yet.  Could buy 3 of them for the price of one Kapex !!!!!  Got the feeling this new Makita slider will become the "gold standard" in the sliding miter saw industry.

M Smith

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #72 on: Yesterday at 09:27 AM »

https://www.burnstools.com/ls1019l-10-dual-slide-compound-miter-saw


Interesting as to how the Makita is being marketed. They list 24 different features, however,  "Excellent dust extraction performance with included dust bag" is the 24th and final feature listed. [eek]

Other features such as "Rubberized D-handle", "Replaceable miter scale" & "Oversized trigger switch" appear to be more important.  [jawdrop]
« Last Edit: Yesterday at 01:09 PM by Cheese »

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #73 on: Yesterday at 09:41 AM »
Cheese: And your point is what ?  A comfortable grip/ trigger is not important. I guess the carpel tunnel trigger on the kapex is good enough.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #74 on: Yesterday at 10:32 AM »
Cheese: And your point is what ?  A comfortable grip/ trigger is not important. I guess the carpel tunnel trigger on the kapex is good enough.

Just an observation...I just thought it was strange to put more emphasis on an "Oversized trigger switch" than on dust collection capabilities.

Especially when Makita has copied many of the Kapex features...why wouldn't dust collection be held in higher esteem?

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #75 on: Yesterday at 11:31 AM »
Why is the new Makita saw still using the screw type clamp?

I observe that many saw users (regardless of brands other than Festool) do not use their clamps as it is inconvenient to engage and disengage them for every cut. The Kapex clamps are the best (and it is silly not to use them since they are soooo expensive and well designed for quick engagement and disengagement). I use the clamp in 90% of my cuts, even for the long boards, for safety, but also because clamping ensures zero creeping or movement.

Yes, dust collection on the Kapex is the best among all mitresaws, just as the SawStop dust collection blade guard is, in the cabinet saw category.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #76 on: Yesterday at 02:11 PM »
99% of the time actual site carpenters building actual houses do not use the clamp. Maybe it's different for the hobbyists. That being said the makita clamp looks goofy but is quite effective as it can pivot all around and has a deeper throat than the limited fancy expensive and yes easy to clamp festool clamp. Come on it's a miter saw how often does one need the clamp. I use it mostly to clamp a sacrificial fence for small pieces or quick dados.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #77 on: Yesterday at 06:33 PM »
Come on it's a miter saw how often does one need the clamp.

Every woodworker has their different ways of doing things. About 90% of the time I use the Kapex, I use the clamp. If the piece is too short, I use a bridge-over with the clamp. Precision as well as safety is important in my work. Speed, not so much by comparison.

When I teach and use the Kapex, 100% of the time I use the clamp by myself (as a model) or with the students. No exceptions there, for safety reasons. When I teach and use the bandsaw, I use sticks so the student's hands would not pass beyond the blade, in addition to using guard and feather boards where applicable. After teaching for about 10 years, I have had zero power tool injuries record for the students under my belt.

Yes, site carpenters do all kinds of things I wouldn't dare try. When my contractor roofers used their saws without push sticks, guards, etc., it was not my call to tell them to how to do it. (I did insist in writing they use safety harnesses on the roof. In writing as part of the contract). When my deck was rebuilt, I saw guys using their nailers and contractor saws without wearing ear or eye protection, it was none of my business to show them how they should use their tools. When the flooring guys did the hardwood flooring for my neighbor, they made angle cuts with their hands so close to the blade that I told my neighbor they were playing Russian Roulette. 

Personally, I consider the mitre saw the second most dangerous tool -- followed by the jointer and bandsaw -- in my shop. Others may think otherwise. I have seen well-known woodworkers on videos placing their hands inside the zone marked dangerous on the table. I am not them.


« Last Edit: Yesterday at 10:28 PM by ChuckM »

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #78 on: Yesterday at 06:43 PM »
This discussion has come up before and I remember Chuck being a champion of a clamp.

But the fact remains that most people don't use one.  Many saws don't ship with them, and most outlets don't even carry them as accessories for the brands that offer them.

I myself prefer to not have to pay for an item I'll never use.  If you like and use them great. Buy all you want , but don't penalize the rest of us.

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #79 on: Yesterday at 07:02 PM »
Buy all you want , but don't penalize the rest of us.

?

???

I didn't suggest every mitre saw must be sold with a clamp. Festool -- not me -- bundles its Kapex with a  clamp.

I'd love to have one more, but the price tag ($80 at that time?) was too deep for me. If Festool sold a second one as an option with the new saw for $40, I would have bought one more for sure. Didn't they say you can never have enough....
« Last Edit: Yesterday at 10:27 PM by ChuckM »

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #80 on: Yesterday at 07:50 PM »
For almost 30 years I owned and used 2 Milwaukee mitre saws. Over that time I used the supplied Milwaukee clamp at the most 15-20 times.

And then I bought a Kapex...because of the wacky off-cut issues and throwing small pieces of wood, I use the Kapex clamp 90% of the time. I'm not afraid of the saw, but I do get startled when a piece of wood gets bounced off the saw or blade guard. The last thing I need is to become startled by the noise and move my hand into the spinning blade...the clamp prevents that from happening.  [cool]

And I'm certainly not a safety freak as I usually drive a motorcycle without a helmet and the blade guard/splitter on my Bosch 4000 series table was removed 10 years ago.  [tongue]

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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #81 on: Yesterday at 08:59 PM »
After I bent a Festool blade on my Kapex I started using a ZCF (zero clearance fence) to minimize projectiles. I wasn't getting 90 degree cuts so I placed the blade on a piece of granite and used my feeler gauges to find out  that the blade wasn't  flat.


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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #82 on: Yesterday at 11:28 PM »
What I'm saying is I prefer companies that don't bundle accessories (that most people don't use) into the price of their machines. 

You don't think FT is giving the clamp away ? 

Having them as additional cost accessories is the fairest way. You can buy them because you want one , or need them to so,be a design flaw. But I don't have to pay for one when I feel they are of no value.   


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Re: Another Kapex Bites the dust. Again.
« Reply #83 on: Yesterday at 11:41 PM »
Festool is not known for giving out free lunches.

It cuts both ways. If a clamp wasn't part of the deal, people could challenge or criticize it as being an incomplete saw for that kind of price (assuming it took out the clamp and lowered the price to, say, $1400).

Bundled or not, I look at the total cost and the benefits before I decide on a purchase.