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Offline Frank Pellow

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both corded & battery) - Comparisons
« Reply #120 on: February 08, 2014, 08:48 AM »


I totally agree!  

Thing is I am accustomed to the switch but in situations where you suddenly need to switch the Carvex of because you hit something making your carvex bounce no mater how accustomed you are you ain't finding the switch very fast!

What I have starting doing now is just quickly pull the jigsaw away from the work piece as soon as something like this happens.

Jmb

Yes, that is exactly the problem.
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Offline ScotF

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both corded & battery) - Comparisons
« Reply #121 on: February 08, 2014, 05:28 PM »
Perhaps I missed it if someone adresses this already, but for the Carvex 420 users; how effective are the improvments to cut-line visibility over the Trion?  I do a wide variety of carpentry work and one use is to cut holes in 1.5" thick green treated decking where the deck newel posts go. Will I be able to see the cut-line with no vac attached to pull the dust away? Does visibility depend on the use, or lack of use of the splinter guard?

Thanks guys

J

I find the visibility much improved, with or without DC. 

Scot

Offline Woodhack

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both corded & battery) - Comparisons
« Reply #122 on: February 08, 2014, 06:38 PM »
Excellent!

 [thanks]
I sipped the green kool-aid as a painter and started with:
RTS 400 EQ, RO 90, and ct 26 with WCR 1000 on top. I now have the Carvex PS 420 with accessory kit, FS 1400/2 LR32 guide rail. Ts 55, 0f 1400, 2nd ct 26, sys roll,

Offline Frank Pellow

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both corded & battery) - Comparisons
« Reply #123 on: February 08, 2014, 07:19 PM »
Perhaps I missed it if someone adresses this already, but for the Carvex 420 users; how effective are the improvments to cut-line visibility over the Trion?  I do a wide variety of carpentry work and one use is to cut holes in 1.5" thick green treated decking where the deck newel posts go. Will I be able to see the cut-line with no vac attached to pull the dust away? Does visibility depend on the use, or lack of use of the splinter guard?

Thanks guys

J

I find the visibility much improved, with or without DC. 

Scot
So do I.
Cheers,   
               Frank (Festool connoisseur)

Offline Jason Kehl

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both corded & battery) - Comparisons
« Reply #124 on: February 08, 2014, 10:53 PM »
Thanks guys.

Offline FulThrotl

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both mains and battery powered) - Comparisons
« Reply #125 on: February 16, 2014, 07:50 AM »
The idea that a jigsaw is someones 2nd most used tool is very interesting to me. Obviously it depends on what the person does but I do a wide variety of jobs and don't find it out nearly that often to be close to 2nd. A jigsaw packs up easily and is light to move around, show me more...

i'm currently using my battery carvex in the field so i don't have to drag a genset with me for power.
it's doing most of the jobs i'd use a sawzall for, and all of the jobs i'd be using a circular saw for.

i'm currently running 4", 5", and 6" PVC electrical conduit underground, and doing related concrete
form work. with a long bosch bimetal blade, it'll cut wood, pvc, and steel all equally well, and the
batteries last a loooong time.
... it's not good.... my festool dealer
knows me by my first name....
...i'm suspecting i'm his 401K.....

Offline Frank Pellow

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both mains and battery powered) - Comparisons
« Reply #126 on: February 16, 2014, 12:56 PM »
The idea that a jigsaw is someones 2nd most used tool is very interesting to me. Obviously it depends on what the person does but I do a wide variety of jobs and don't find it out nearly that often to be close to 2nd. A jigsaw packs up easily and is light to move around, show me more...

i'm currently using my battery carvex in the field so i don't have to drag a genset with me for power.
it's doing most of the jobs i'd use a sawzall for, and all of the jobs i'd be using a circular saw for.

i'm currently running 4", 5", and 6" PVC electrical conduit underground, and doing related concrete
form work. with a long bosch bimetal blade, it'll cut wood, pvc, and steel all equally well, and the
batteries last a loooong time.

Are you using the new 4.2 amp batteries?  My saw came with the older 2.6 amp battery and it certainly does NOT last a loooong time.
Cheers,   
               Frank (Festool connoisseur)

Offline Artom

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both corded & battery) - Comparisons
« Reply #127 on: March 20, 2014, 08:41 PM »
Hi Frank,

Outstanding review. Your effort is impressive as is your findings.

I just noticed that a lot of questions goes in the way of dust extraction and being able to follow a line despite sawdust in front of the blade. Having read all post in this thread I don't think anyone mentioned the "shadow arrow" cast by the light in front of the saw.
I have the 400 D handle, and find this "light guide" very comfortable, especially when handling the saw directly from above, not being able to se the blade without bending over in awkward manners. This happens more often on sites when ripping sheets with the arm reached far out, than in the shop where you might have better ergonomics and need higher precision, but never the less is very handy in most situations. Also when starting a new cut its nice to be guided to the line even before the blade ever touches the workpiece.

Thomas

Offline DanielOB

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both corded & battery) - Comparisons
« Reply #128 on: September 07, 2014, 09:10 PM »
Frank, are u at Manitoulin Island

Offline #Tee

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both corded & battery) - Comparisons
« Reply #129 on: September 07, 2014, 09:33 PM »
The weight, blade ejection and barrel grip sold me on the carvex(corded)....but actually the blade ejection was like 69% of the reason lol. its a nice tool to have but for what i use it for i can go months without using it.

great review! i hope festool let you keep everything!
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Offline StefenC

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both corded & battery) - Comparisons
« Reply #130 on: November 16, 2014, 08:41 PM »
One thing I noticed in the original review was the comment of the lack of a blower on the Carvex. My Carvex definitely has a blower - esp. noticeable when the chip deflector is raised. And I find the ability to track to a line pretty easy - even with the deflector down and splinter guard in place.
Regarding inability to eject blades with the splinter guard in place. I take the base plate off first. Slightly more time consuming, but I also tend to use a particular blade with a particular base/splinterguard, so I don't remove the splinter guard when changing blades, just the base to which it is attached.
e.g. 145mm blade fast blade for rough work - dimpled base (no splinter guard)
       Fine scroll blade - phenolic base
       Bi-metal blade - standard base
       Metal cutting blade - metal base
Overall I find the cordless Carvex to be the most all-round useful jigsaw I've ever used
« Last Edit: November 16, 2014, 10:35 PM by StefenC »

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both corded & battery) - Comparisons
« Reply #131 on: November 17, 2014, 02:16 AM »
One thing I noticed in the original review was the comment of the lack of a blower on the Carvex. My Carvex definitely has a blower - esp. noticeable when the chip deflector is raised. And I find the ability to track to a line pretty easy - even with the deflector down and splinter guard in place.
Regarding inability to eject blades with the splinter guard in place. I take the base plate off first. Slightly more time consuming, but I also tend to use a particular blade with a particular base/splinterguard, so I don't remove the splinter guard when changing blades, just the base to which it is attached.
e.g. 145mm blade fast blade for rough work - dimpled base (no splinter guard)
       Fine scroll blade - phenolic base
       Bi-metal blade - standard base
       Metal cutting blade - metal base
Overall I find the cordless Carvex to be the most all-round useful jigsaw I've ever used
StefenC:

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Offline Frank Pellow

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both corded & battery) - Comparisons
« Reply #132 on: December 24, 2014, 08:39 PM »
The weight, blade ejection and barrel grip sold me on the carvex(corded)....but actually the blade ejection was like 69% of the reason lol. its a nice tool to have but for what i use it for i can go months without using it.

great review! i hope festool let you keep everything!

I'm glad that somebody likes the blade ejection system on the Carvex.  I certainly do not like it.
Cheers,   
               Frank (Festool connoisseur)

Offline L.J

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Re: Festool Carvex 420 (both corded & battery) - Comparisons
« Reply #133 on: January 15, 2015, 07:46 PM »
Why did Festool decide not to put a battery meter on the Carvex,a big disappointment. If not then they should start putting the meters on the batteries.
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