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Offline Svar

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Re: Kapex 120 accuracy
« Reply #30 on: December 06, 2018, 07:09 PM »
Theres a small tab under the table that drops down into the detent when you release the button. Bottom line is its flimsy and so is the detent plate.
Is this (the tab) something that the user could modify, or replace for a better fit?

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Offline ChuckM

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Re: Kapex 120 accuracy
« Reply #31 on: December 06, 2018, 07:19 PM »
Based on my fine-tuning experience, I wouldn't try to do anything to that detent tab or notch on the miter gauge, as most likely, one will make it (any inaccuracy) worse, and there is also a risk that the fine-tuning can never be successfully done as per the manual unless the miter gauge is replaced.

There is no question that not all KS 120s are produced and put together exactly the same, because so many things (including the laser settings) are done manually. Even with the QA in place (which is not bullet-proof as we all know), each machine must come out the factory with one or more slight differences, and that is why we have tolerance level.

Perhaps the observations brought out by Pooman can be related to the KS120 people for further investigation.

Online Peter Halle

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Re: Kapex 120 accuracy
« Reply #32 on: December 06, 2018, 07:20 PM »
@Svar,  I assume you have a Kapex.  If you swing your table to a tad past a detent and then lock it.  What does it do?  It registers.  THAT has been a complaint with the Kapex since the beginning.  It is terribly difficult to set it just off to one side of the detents and then do what Festool recommends which is locking your table in position.

It normally takes two hands and patience to set something just outside of the detents.  This not just me, it has been documented here since the first Kapex.

Just observations over the years.

Peter

Offline Bohdan

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Re: Kapex 120 accuracy
« Reply #33 on: December 06, 2018, 07:45 PM »
Is this (the tab) something that the user could modify, or replace for a better fit?

I think that the fit is fine. It's just that the tab either bends or moves with use.

I will have to pull mine apart to see if the tab can be fixed but at the moment it's over 100°F and blowing a gale.

Not the sort of weather that I want to venture far from the AC.

Offline Pooman

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Re: Kapex 120 accuracy
« Reply #34 on: December 06, 2018, 08:09 PM »
 To stop at one of the PRESET POSITIVE LOCK MITER POSTIONS, release the miter stop lever just before reaching the angle, and the miter stop will click as it LOCKS INTO POSITION.
 
► To set the miter angle to 1⁄2 degree between the primary angles, line up the 1⁄2° vernier indices with the adjacent angle index marks. (The example shown to the left represents 201⁄2°.)
When the desired miter angle is set, engage the miter lock by pressing down on the miter lock lever.

Online Peter Halle

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Re: Kapex 120 accuracy
« Reply #35 on: December 06, 2018, 09:09 PM »
And then you move on step three. Step three includes all positions - detents or others.



Just trying to help.  Peter


Offline Cheese

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Re: Kapex 120 accuracy
« Reply #36 on: December 06, 2018, 09:31 PM »

It normally takes two hands and patience to set something just outside of the detents.  This not just me, it has been documented here since the first Kapex.

That’s also my experience, I’ve never been able to just “swing” my Kapex between settings. Every time I need to move the table it takes a concerted 2-hand effort to do so.

Maybe that’s the issue, maybe the ones you’ve used are just a bit too loose and they may need to be adjusted properly.

When I move my Kapex towards a detent, as it approaches the detent and engages it, it locks in positively. Once I apply the lock NOTHING will move. I cannot “swing” it past a detent without using 2 hands. Once it hits the detent it gets locked in.