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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #30 on: June 11, 2007, 04:42 PM »
Brice

Thats a cracking piece of kit which I have just done a search for here in the UK but without success. What price are these in the States please?

As it is, a single Festool side support and crown moulding would set me back $650 so it might be more economic to import one from CONUS. I think I could probably adapt the Kapex base.

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« Reply #31 on: June 11, 2007, 05:07 PM »
Brice,

When I finally get around to picking up a Sawhelper, I'm getting the 88. Reason is I want the ability to use the stops for 7'+ molding. I don't care about the space it takes up in the truck cause when I'd set something like this up, I'd be doing thousands of feet of molding, and wouldn't be transporting it daily. I'd load it once to get it to the job, and then again at the very end of the job. Fortunately, my larger jobs are all very secure and I can leave everything setup on site for as long as I like. Space to work in isn't much of a problem either on my larger jobs.

For smaller jobs (couple hundred or so feet of molding), I just use a Rigid MSUV. Its not the greatest setup in the world, but its flexible and works well for quick setups and teardowns.

I'm going to be trimming out a 5,000 square foot addition in July or August. So, that's when I'll probably get my act in gear and finally pick up the Sawhelper.

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #32 on: June 11, 2007, 05:09 PM »
  Pat, I just dug up the invoice, $360 US dollars, this price is for the U55 from last June, I know the price has gone up since, but I don't know how much, ***** ETA: The company's new name is Sawtooth Specialty Tools, Inc.(old name, American Design & Engineering, Inc) US phone number is 800-441-1388, good luck.**** The trouble is, if you get a sawhelper, you will never get to use the Kapex again once Simou gets his paws on it.

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #33 on: June 11, 2007, 05:15 PM »
  Lou, I'm telling you now, once you use the sawhelper you won't go back to the MSUV, ever, in fact you will throw it in the trash  ;). The sawhelper sets up very fast, no reason not to use it on every job. You could get the U55 and one extra 88 fence for your bigger jobs, just a thought.

*****Edited to add, if you are going to spend that much don't you think you it should be on a tool that you can use everyday, that's have I looked at when I bought mine.
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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #34 on: June 11, 2007, 05:16 PM »
Thanks Brice

I have just sent (them) an email so I will be reeling in a few favours from my old partners in crime (and late night beverage test sessions) in the USAF. I am sure that there is sufficient justification for a Humanitarian Aid airdrop in our Valley.

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« Reply #35 on: June 11, 2007, 06:28 PM »
  *****Edited to add, if you are going to spend that much don't you think you it should be on a tool that you can use everyday, that's have I looked at when I bought mine.

Sure, in a perfect world, that's what I'd do. My world ain't even close to perfect though. I always have multiple jobsites running and have to bounce around frequently. So, I pretty much have a setup for everything that is very mobile and easily transportable. Another that is more permanent or long term. Its kind of hard to explain actually, but it works out very well for me. The more mobile setup for everything is usually left on a job with one of my employees (I hate having employees again). That way they can pack it up and take it with them at the end of the day.

I won't get rid of the MSUV, no matter what I buy. Its a pretty decent little rig and it comes in handy. If I like the Sawhelper as much as you think I will (and its as easy to setup), I might even just use the MSUV with a portable planer for jobsites. I really prefer the 15" stationary one back in the shop, but that's not exactly mobile.

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« Reply #36 on: June 11, 2007, 06:40 PM »
Where do you buy a SawHelper?  I looked online, but couldn't find any place that sold them.

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« Reply #37 on: June 11, 2007, 06:42 PM »
Dan,

They don't sell through retail outlets. Its direct sales (or at least it was, maybe the new ownership will change that). Go to their website or call the number that Brice posted.

A whole bunch of guys over at JLC have them and they all love them.

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« Reply #38 on: June 11, 2007, 06:49 PM »
Lou,

Thanks.  I went to their website, but couldn't find any way of ordering one and didn't see any prices listed.  I bit confusing.   I'll give them a call.

Regards,

Dan.

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« Reply #39 on: June 11, 2007, 07:19 PM »
Lou,

Thanks.  I went to their website, but couldn't find any way of ordering one and didn't see any prices listed.  I bit confusing.   I'll give them a call.

Regards,

Dan.

  Dan, you have to call to get a quote or to order one, as Lou said, they do have threads over at JLC about the sawhelper.

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« Reply #40 on: June 11, 2007, 08:28 PM »
Thanks Brice!

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« Reply #41 on: June 12, 2007, 03:40 AM »
The saw helpers are great. i have 3, 1- 88, 1-108and 1-55. My helper has the 88. I use the 108 the most. it is great for long mouldings. I like the 55 for tight areas, like my shop or for quick set up where i dont have a lot of trim to run.

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« Reply #42 on: June 12, 2007, 10:17 AM »
What makes you think the extensions are a poor design? They have expandable outriggers, workpiece support, flip-up stops, adjustable tape guages, Sturdy legs, and can be removed in a couple of seconds. What features are missing compared to the DeWalt's?

  Rick, good question. First, my insinuating that the extensions are a poor design is an unfair statement, being in the US, I have never even seen (in person)the Kapex. Second, by "Dewalt's", I'm guessing you mean the Sawhelper. Festool's extensions are not continuous tables like the Sawhelper, that's the big difference. On the Festool extensions having to move the adjustable workpiece supports for different length stock, slows work down. Another thing, I can't tell from the videos of the Kapex that I have seen, but it looks like the legs don't have a height adjustment for uneven ground. I think the real down side (and I hate to say this) is the cost, you need the MFT, crown moulding fences and the extensions, it adds up fast. The one good thing I will say, the design seems to be very compact/easy to transport. All this being said, I would really like to try it out, you never know, I could end up buying one someday. And please keep in mind everyone reading, this is the opinion of a guy that has never laid hands on a Kapex.

  If time allows, I will do a short review of the Sawhelper Ultrafence in the general chat & random ideas area.
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« Reply #43 on: June 12, 2007, 10:29 AM »
Brice,

I'd like to read that review! 

Thanks,

Dan.

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #44 on: June 13, 2007, 09:40 AM »
As I eagerly await the Kapex, I have been contemplating extension tables including: the Festool system, The Sawhelper, or something else. The Sawhelper definitely has the backing of real contractors in real world situations, and I  like the continuous table design. According to their website, one of the nicest features about it is "The heart of the Ultrafence system. Patented coupler/bracket system self-aligns automatically upon set-up. A single hand screw secures each wing." Of course this requires tapping into your SCMS.  :o

Ah, but, looking at the Kapex, this isn't going to be as easy because, the Kapex has some unusual indents at the side to receive the "crown moulding stop". And the crown moulding stop self aligns to the Kapex with a single hand screw..kind of like the Sawhelper. Hmmmm. So I'm guessing that should one want the Kapex with a Sawhelper, that the saw helper might-could be mounted with (currently non existing) new brackets that fin right into the Kapex just like the crown moulding stop.

Just a thought.

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« Reply #45 on: June 13, 2007, 10:19 AM »
I emailed Sawtooth Specialty Tools re prices and info on the Sawhelper and received a very prompt and charming reply from Preston Zwart. He kindly enclosed a price list which I have attached below and quoted about $400 for freight to the UK. That reflects the substantial construction and thus weight of the Sawhelper.

My main concern echoes that of fcraven in attaching the Sawhelper to the Kapex. I think I might take a rain check on this one, wait till Kapex arrives on your shores and offer a prize (a plug-it cord ?) to the first one who posts a successful way of joining the two.

I am not put off by the purchase price as it looks an excellent bit of kit but if I can't get it to accurately line up to the Kapex it will end up in the pending tray of things to bodge.


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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #46 on: June 13, 2007, 10:50 AM »
  Pat all is not lost, you can (or at least you used to be able to) buy just the couplers/brackets parts, you could order them and see if you can make them work on the Kapex and make your own extensions or buy the the rest of the set later. Or you can wait until next year when I get a Kapex, because I will figure out a way to attach the Sawhelper. Can you post some pictures of the side of the Kapex were the the extensions attach.

  Fcraven, I don't think they will make a new bracket for one model saw. The old ownership (AD&E) was never very serious about selling these things, the new ownership hasn't made great progress either. I mean look at their website, no prices you can't order over the net, word of mouth advertising. Come on, they have the finest stand/extensions on the market, yet nobody knows about it.
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« Reply #47 on: June 13, 2007, 11:51 AM »
Brice

Photo 1 shows the side. The hexagonal bolt hole at the rear is for the bolt to secure the Kapex to the MFT and one of the other two holes (front and rear) houses the hexbolt of the rubber feet. I think that the Crown moulding fence slots onto the V on the saw table side and uses the spare bolt holes either side of the rubber feet holes. There is a knob on the underside of the Crown moulding which I suspect tightens the fence to the saw table. I do not know how the alu fence then attaches to the Crown moulding fence.

Photo 2 shows Simou examining the V on the right side but he too is baffled but is thinking along the same lines as me (ie, hasn't a scooby do).

Regarding the Sawhelper fence. He will not allow any drilling and tapping into the side of his Kapex and, as he is 110lbs of pure muscle, I have waved the Llap Goch Battle Flag (a white cross on a white background) and acquiesced in a gracious yet cowardly manner.

I have seen the Festool setup on a precisio saw table and it is very rigid and to Festools usual high standards but, as previously mentioned, it is not height adjustable and therefore would not be wholly suitable for site use.

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #48 on: June 13, 2007, 10:11 PM »
Pat, if you can get Simou away from the saw long enough, here are some ideas to mount the Sawhelper. Option 1, drill holes,

Bolt a steel plate to the base of the Kapex.

Then dill hole in the plate to mount the sawhelper hardware.



Second option, no holes in the Kapex, bolt two plates together (one on the inside  and one on the outside)to pinch the base of the Kapex.

Dill the outer plate and mount the hardware.
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« Reply #49 on: June 14, 2007, 02:14 AM »
Brice

My stagger is staggered by your ingenious method and thank you for taking the time and effort to come up with what looks like the solution!

But, and it is a big but, I am loath to drill into the base of what is a beautiful piece of casting and which could potentially cause problems should a warranty issue arise. Call me a big girls blouse if you will but there is a dull thud at the back of my mind caused by a big man dressed in black and green hitting me on the head with a Festool catalogue repeating the mantra,

" any unapproved mods to our products invalidate the warranty, any mods to......"     On a $40 Jinglang SCMS no problemo but on $1600's of saw I take one pace backwards and gather the waggons.

I am happy to rewire plug-its etc as I can whip them out if needed to send the tool back but a base with a couple of holes filled with body filler just will not pass muster at Schloss Fsetool. ;D

As you rightly say the Kapex will hit your shores soonish so I will wait and see how you (and others I am sure) fit your Sawhelpers or other fences.

But I am very grateful (and a tad envious as I consider an HB pencil to be complicated machinery) for your superb graphics and henceforth will call you 3D Burrell!

Kind regards

Pat


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« Reply #50 on: June 14, 2007, 03:38 AM »
I think that the Crown moulding fence slots onto the V on the saw table side and uses the spare bolt holes either side of the rubber feet holes. There is a knob on the underside of the Crown moulding which I suspect tightens the fence to the saw table. I do not know how the alu fence then attaches to the Crown moulding fence.

From my understanding of the photos and diagrams I have seen, assembly goes something like this...

The Kapex has two V grooves at either side of the table:



The Crown Moulding Stop assembly (AB-KS 120) fits into these grooves. This item is essentially a grey metal plate which widens the table (also called a Table Widener and Bracket Support Bench), plus a movable black fence which slides front to back in a T-slot. The black fence keeps the base of the moulding from slipping forward:



The Crown Moulding Stop assembly is described in the Kapex brochure as:

Crown Moulding Stop AB-KS 120. Fence for positioning crown mouldings at an angle, also used for securing the table extension KA-KS 120, 1 crown moulding stop with table widener. Order No 494369.

Once the black fence is located in the T-slot, crown moudling can be held in place with the assistance of the black screw clamp:



The Crown Moulding Stop assembly has a dual purpose however - it is also used to attach the Table Extension (KA-KS 120), which is described as follows:

Table extension KA-KS 120. For attaching workpieces and precision cutting to size, connected to the KS 120 via crown moulding stop 494369, can be used on the left or right, total length 1280 - 2070mm, cutting length 380 - 2300 mm, scope of delivery: stop flag KA-AR, fence, measurement scale, adjustable legs and workpiece support surface. Order No 494354

A photo showing the Table Extension attached to the Crown Moulding Stop assembly is shown below:



The end of the Table Extension sits on top of the Bracket Support Bench part of the Crown Moulding Stop assembly, but how are they secured together? Note the large black knob mounted at an angle under the Bracket Support Bench, and the smaller black rotary knob mounted on the top of the Table Extension, just above the T-slot of the Bracket Support Bench. The former attaches the Bracket Support Bench to the Kapex, whilst the latter secures the end of the tape measure you can faintly see running along the top of the Table Extension. Neither of them play any part in securing the Table Extension to the Bracket Support Bench.

Instead, the two are held together by a slot nut which slides into a groove on the bottom of the Table Extension extrusion, and is held in place by a rotary knob, which is tightened from below the Bracket Support Bench, and is invisible in the photos. The following diagram is taken from the instruction manual for the Table Extension (the slot nut is 4.5, and the rotary knob is 4.4):



As to attaching third-party table extensions, you may want to purchase the AB-KS 120 Crown Moulding Stop assembly from Festool, and drill into that instead. You could semi-permantently attach the third-party table extension to it by using bolts, and then fix the Crown Moulding Stop assembly (with its attached table extension) to the Kapex by using the approved large black knob. This would allow very quick attachment and detachment of the third-party fence, and would leave your Kapex totally unharmed, since you'd only be modifying the Bracket Support Bench part of the Crown Moulding Stop assembly. The latter costs 56.50 GBP from Miles Tool and Machinery Centre, and would not reduce the resale value of your Kapex.

This is probably a rather OTT answer to a simple question, but I wanted to explain it as clearly as I could.

Forrest

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« Reply #51 on: June 14, 2007, 03:51 AM »
Brice

Had a quick look at your option 2 and placed a bar behind the side aperture of the saw base with one in front but I am not sure that it would be rigid enough. It will 'bite' into the paint/enamel finish of the saw again leading to possible claims of unauthorised tinkering.

I think that to provide a (necessary) level of rigidity you would have to drill into the sides (not an option for me during the warranty period) or come up with a lip to fit into the V. The crown moulding does use the V channel (its shown in the brochure...doh!). The base is cast from an alloy-type material (no idea what it is but it is light and webbed/honeycombed for structural rigidity) and I would worry about cracks or damage with little or no weight distribution. That, I think, is the reason Festool have gone for the V channel which spreads the load over the sawbase.

I will probably eat my words and go for the Festool option which does grieve me as it is so expensive or, in the melodious words of my CofS,

" whats wrong with that yellow thing you said would do everything (Triton Multistand), a tape measure, a pencil and a Mk1 eyeball?  It would be nice to eat this month you raider of the household budget you."

Its a fair point. :'(

Forrest

Just seen your post. Many thanks that answers a lot of questions!

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« Reply #52 on: June 14, 2007, 09:44 AM »

As to attaching third-party table extensions, you may want to purchase the AB-KS 120 Crown Moulding Stop assembly from Festool, and drill into that instead. You could semi-permantently attach the third-party table extension to it by using bolts, and then fix the Crown Moulding Stop assembly (with its attached table extension) to the Kapex by using the approved large black knob. This would allow very quick attachment and detachment of the third-party fence, and would leave your Kapex totally unharmed, since you'd only be modifying the Bracket Support Bench part of the Crown Moulding Stop assembly. The latter costs 56.50 GBP from Miles Tool and Machinery Centre, and would not reduce the resale value of your Kapex.

This is probably a rather OTT answer to a simple question, but I wanted to explain it as clearly as I could.

Forrest


  Forrest, that was my first thought, but I don't really see a way to attach hardware to the Crown Moulding Stop assembly, not much flat surface. As always, great post, we in the States love seeing the info/pictures you have over there. Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #53 on: June 14, 2007, 10:21 AM »
  OK, Pat is out of the running to be the first to add a third-party fence, understandale, he has a 110 lbs. lad to answer to. But for all you other Kapex owners out there....I know you are lurking.
One more picture of the no holes idea, a bigger plate to rest on the MFT for more suport.
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The base is cast from an alloy-type material (no idea what it is but it is light and webbed/honeycombed for structural rigidity) and I would worry about cracks or damage with little or no weight distribution.
  My Makita is like that too, I've had no problems, however, breaking the alloy base would be bad.

  Last thing, the program used to make the 3D models is SketchUp. I think most of you guys already know about it, if not. Here is a link to download it FREE, Google ShetchUp. It is easy to use, give it a try.
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« Reply #54 on: June 20, 2007, 11:53 AM »
hi,

I must be dumb or slow ( or both :-\) but i still can't see how to attach the extensions to the Kapex. On Forrest's sketches it looks like the extensions of the basis could fit with a T nut ( if it wasn't for a question of height which can be easily fixed ). Like i said i have been using these extensions on the basis for a number of years and i have to say they are billiant: rigid, stiff and yet light. The tape measurer is great. Can someone tell me ( please :o ) they will fit onto the Kapex!

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« Reply #55 on: June 20, 2007, 03:16 PM »
I must be dumb or slow ( or both :-\) but i still can't see how to attach the extensions to the Kapex.

No problem. Let's attempt a cut-down explanation!   :)

Basically, you have to buy a this bit (Crown Moulding Stop AB-KS 120)...



...which fits into this V-groove at the side of the Kapex...





You then take the Kapex Extension (Table extension KA-KS 120), and sit it on top of the Crown Moulding Stop which you've just added to the Kapex...



..and bolt the end of the extension (4.1 in the following diagram) onto the upper flat surface of the Crown Moulding Stop (4.3), with the T-nut (4.2), and tighten the thumbscrew below (4.4)...



(I've reversed the diagram in the hope of making it easier to relate to the photos).

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On Forrest's sketches it looks like the extensions of the basis could fit with a T nut ( if it wasn't for a question of height which can be easily fixed ). Like i said i have been using these extensions on the basis for a number of years and i have to say they are billiant: rigid, stiff and yet light. The tape measurer is great. Can someone tell me ( please :o ) they will fit onto the Kapex!

The Kapex extension is called the KA-KS 120 and looks like this:



The Basis extension is called the Basis KA 100/200, and looks like this:



(Diagrams are taken from the relevant downloadable manuals at www.festool.co.uk)

The two look very similar, and if you look carefully at the cross-section of each rail, you'll see that they also look the same. I can't guarantee that Basis extension will fit the Kapex, but it would appear that the kits are pretty well interchangable. However you will need to buy the Kapex Crown Moulding Stop (see photo at the very top of this post), which is the "link" between the Kapex and the extension.

If you're still not following my explanation, let me know where things stop making sense, and I'll try again.

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« Reply #56 on: June 20, 2007, 04:13 PM »
Thanks a lot Forrest. It is all very clear now. I have to agree that the two extensions are indeed very similar and i can't see why they could not be interchanged ( apart from height ). Thank God there is thus some hope for me ;D!!! I'll take the matter up with my reseller ans i will keep you posted.

Thanks again for yr clarifying views,

riri

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« Reply #57 on: June 21, 2007, 09:14 AM »
I have taken this matter up with Festool. At first their answer was no: it will not fit ( mainly because of the height i guess and probably because they would rather like to sell 2 extensions ::) ). Then seeing that i would not drop the matter that easily they are now inquiring...

Meanwhile, i have checked my  Basis extensions and as far as i can see the inside stucture ( as Forrest was implying ) is the same. Therefore i can see no reason why the T nut will not fit into the groove. Problem: i have 2 extensions but no KAPEX to try...

riri

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« Reply #58 on: June 21, 2007, 02:54 PM »
Riri, what is height of your extensions? Maybe Pat can measurer his Kapex and give you an idea if he thinks they will work.
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« Reply #59 on: June 21, 2007, 04:42 PM »
What a multinational site this is!

A Belgian in Bruxelles with an extension problem, An Irishman in Wales with a Kapex owning Rotty and an American helping them to adapt a German tool. Excellent!

Brice

not sure whether this will help Riri but the Kapex table base is 11cm high measured from an MFT table. It is the same height as the Systainer 1.

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Afghan desert when he saw something far off in the distance.

Hoping to find water, he walked toward the object, only to find a
little old Jewish man at a small stand selling neckties.

The Taliban asked, "Do you have water?"

The Jewish man replied, "I have no water. Would you like to buy a tie? They are only $5."

"The Taliban shouted, "Idiot Jew!  Israel should not exist! I do not need an overpriced tie. I need water! I should kill you, but I must find water first!"

"OK," said the old Jew, "it does not matter that you do not want to buy a tie and that you hate me. I will show you that I am bigger than that. If you continue over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a lovely restaurant. It has all the water you need. Shalom."

Muttering and cursing, the Taliban staggered away over the hill.

Several hours later he staggered back........


"Your brother won't let me in without a tie."

 ;D ;D