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Offline Matthew Schenker

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #90 on: November 02, 2007, 10:27 AM »
Three cheers and a huzzah for me. I know have my own Karpex, whose name is Klaus and who savours Jugged fish. WHat a wonderful "little friend" this shall be. Talk about "power to the People!! Between this and the Domino, Steve Austin would still have been expensive, but much faster to remake.
Mr Goch, could you kindly ask Simou if he would agree to a Scientific study of "The Effects of Up Over v Downunder on Kapex Operation. ??? :)

I've been getting antsy these past few weeks for a Kapex.  I've got some projects coming up where a SCMS is really needed, but I don't want to buy one if the Kapex is on the way soon.

How's the Kapex going for you Rob?  Any details to help those of us way over here in the land up over?  How's your experiment going?

Thanks,
Matt
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Offline Rob McGilp

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #91 on: November 02, 2007, 12:44 PM »
Without wishing to put pressure on Brice, I have finished my humble experiment and it will be published on Brice's site very soon.

Regards,

Rob

Offline Brice Burrell

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #92 on: November 02, 2007, 03:25 PM »
Without wishing to put pressure on Brice, I have finished my humble experiment and it will be published on Brice's site very soon.

Regards,

Rob

Rob's review will be up tonight or Saturday morning.
Check out my new blog, The Green and Dark Blue Blog.

Offline Brice Burrell

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #93 on: November 02, 2007, 09:21 PM »
Here is Rob's Kapex review.
Check out my new blog, The Green and Dark Blue Blog.

Offline Matthew Schenker

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #94 on: November 04, 2007, 12:53 AM »
Rob,
Excellent review!  Thanks to brice for hosting it.

I read it over a few times, and of course it didn't help me.  I'm even more antsy about getting a Kapex now!  Why did I think reading a review would help me with that?  Very silly.

Here's hoping those of us in NA will get a chance to write a review like that soon.

Thanks again,
Matthew
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Offline Rob McGilp

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #95 on: November 18, 2007, 05:40 PM »
Hi all,
Just some observations. I have a Makita LS1214 SCMS as well as the Kipax. Yesterday, after using the Kapex for several weeks, I decided to use the Mak to cut some boards. This is what I noticed.
1. The saw actually kicked back at me twice, because I hadn't cut right through the board. The "feel" was that I had. I guess the Kapex has a different cut "feel" It is easier to use in this regard.
2. Confidence in the cuts was less than I remember, mainly because I am now used to having the laser for accurate cutting.
3. The noise!! Its gotta be twice that of the Kapex.
I know the LS1214 is a 12" saw, but the Kapex handles that width also.
For the record, the timber I was cutting was Red Cedar, not like your hard Maple or anything. :)

Regards,

Rob

Offline Paul Marlowe

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #96 on: April 03, 2008, 06:47 PM »
Rob,                                                                                                                                           

I appreciate your Kapex review.  It was very thorough and you answered my question about depth adjustment/trenching ability.  This is my first post/reply.  As an owner of many festools I have been waiting to see the Kapex for many months.  I saw it demonstrated last week at JLC Live, but didn't find out about the depth adjustment.  My Hitachi SCMS is very tired & the Kapex is now definitely in my future plans.

Thank You,
Paul Marlowe   
Paul, Preservation Carpenter and wood rot repair Specialist
Owner of ConServ Epoxy LLC and Marlowe Restorations LLC
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Offline Rob McGilp

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #97 on: April 04, 2008, 03:38 PM »
Hi Paul,

Glad I could help. :)

Regards,

Rob

Offline Matthew Schenker

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #98 on: June 26, 2008, 02:07 PM »
Everyone,
Now that Festool is nearing the release date for the Kapex in the USA, this discussion seems even more relevant!  How's it going folks?
Matthew
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Offline Jerry Work

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Re: Kapex ( Greek for Spending my Childrens Inheritence)
« Reply #99 on: June 27, 2008, 12:27 PM »
Hi all,

Just a quick note about my experience to date with the Kapex (mine was supplied by Festool). 

In the hands of the many if you who are master craftspersons, any old sliding compound miter saw can be made to work well - IF you are willing to give up all the room in front of and behind that the other saws require.  The lower your skill or experience level, the more important the precision of the Kapex will be for you.  That said, given a choice, I can't imagine a master craftsperson who would opt for any other sliding compound miter saw as the Kapex greatly improves productivity over all the others I have owned, used and rejected in the past.  It really does live up to all the hype from my experience using it to build fine furniture.

The Achilles heal for all the SCMS's was that the compound angle error increased the more extreme the bevel and miter angles set.  The blade simply would not track straight at extreme angles.  For fine furniture, you can't tolerate much, if any error, especially compound angle error since such cuts are used to make the really showy stuff.  The last SCMS was a blue one from another well known German company (the "M" word).  It was generally accurate at shallow compound angles, but could not be used for the extreme compound stuff.  It was nearly 80 pounds, very awkward to move around and it was very hard to set the bevel angle accurately enough for furniture making.  It also required more than a 48" arc to accommodate the swing.  It was sold about a year ago.

Hope this helps.

Jerry
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