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Author Topic: Kapex up in smoke  (Read 19029 times)

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Offline Rsrflooring

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Re: Kapex up in smoke
« Reply #30 on: July 01, 2017, 10:37 AM »
Same boat here. My kapex has burned uo 2 times in 2 years. However the service dept says its my fault and it is and isolated incident. Quick search on fog shows i am not the only one. For dust collection its top of class. For realability and longevity not even close. Im leaving festool and going back to makita with their new saw coming out.

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Offline Douglas Urner

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Re: Kapex up in smoke
« Reply #31 on: July 11, 2017, 03:49 AM »
Mine Died today, again. This is the 3rd time. Same problem. Cutting parts. motor starts making a weird sound and starts to smoke. Sending it out to get fixed...... Still the best saw out there and i've had them all. BTW it's 6 years old and it gets used on a daily basis.

Makes me wonder if the failures are related to the way it is being used. One thing that kills motors is heat. In motors heat (mostly) is a function of current. One cause could be a voltage drop due to a long (and/or undersized) extension cord.

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Kapex up in smoke
« Reply #32 on: July 11, 2017, 07:31 PM »
If there is someone who knows what cause(s) the breakdown, it'd be Festool, having made so many repairs (how many? We don't know, it does) and collected the necessary data. So many "reasons" or speculations covering motors, voltage, user's habits, etc. have been advanced that we are still no better in preventing saw breakdown or understanding its pattern.

Offline antss

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Re: Kapex up in smoke
« Reply #33 on: July 11, 2017, 08:33 PM »
Suppose all these fellas are using their Kapexs incorrectly - however that is ? [unsure]

I'm pretty sure most are not newbies to the game and this isn't their first saw.  How come their other saws aren't smokin motors after a couple of years of being used incorrectly also ?  These same guys that plunked down $1500 +/- for a mitersaw likely did not change their sawing habits once they got their gee-wizsuperterrific wunderbar cutting system. 

So, same use patterns (most likely) but only the really expensive saw burns out.       [doh]