Author Topic: Loving the Carvex  (Read 10308 times)

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Offline Svar

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Re: Loving the Carvex
« Reply #30 on: May 03, 2018, 04:08 PM »
Having used a TS55 (owned), TS75 (still own) and the MT55cc (own) I can tell you the Mafell falls somewhere between the TS55 and TS75 in terms of perceived cutting power. The MT55cc has never bogged down on me whereas the TS55 did.
That is partially because MT55 has 1.8 mm blade, while TS55 has 2.2 mm. A ~20% difference.

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Offline Cheese

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Re: Loving the Carvex
« Reply #31 on: May 03, 2018, 04:35 PM »
That is partially because MT55 has 1.8 mm blade, while TS55 has 2.2 mm. A ~20% difference.

Possibly using an HKC blade on a TS 55 would help the down on power problem.

Offline MAK

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Re: Loving the Carvex
« Reply #32 on: May 09, 2018, 01:56 PM »
I have refrained for a long time before saying anything about my carvex.  Don't get me wrong my van is full of festool and I love the tools and had them for many years, but the carvex drives me mad.
I've had the 400 had repaired replaced, then got the 420 and had it repaired twice  replaced then repaired and it's gone again.
Blade always falling out foot coming loose now the light stays on all the time. I've spoken to festool and rep several times.
I think it's rubbish and poor quality.
I had a Makita before and never any issues.
I've lost all hope with it ( not with other festool stuff)
Just waiting for a better one to come along or wait for a mafell battery powered one to come soon.
Kapex & UG, TSR55, MFT3, OF1400, C15, CXS, Carvex, Midi, T18, EHL65
Rts400, CTL26, TSC55,  BHC18

Offline yetihunter

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Re: Loving the Carvex
« Reply #33 on: May 10, 2018, 10:37 PM »
For most of the time I've owned the Carvex, it has been an out of adjustment, blade-rattling POS. I'll put it and both of my Trions up for sale for $25 each to help finance a good jigsaw.... the Mafell methinks

Yikes! Anyway, the P1CC is seriously a beast.  I've done cuts with fine blades with zero pendulum action that other machines would require setting 3 and a rough blade.   It's a timber framing tool, though, so I would expect that power (and with great power comes great heat).

I'm sure you know all of the good news, so I'll mention a few gripes/growing pains so that they don't catch you by surprise.   

You have to lock the foot, foots, feet, footsies beyond the point where you think you're breaking the lever/catch to secure it.  Otherwise, it will come loose and that beast will dance and then come flying at the operator.   Obviously, once the operator knows this, it is no longer an issue.

It gets EXTREMELY hot and fast.  That's the caveat of being extreme, I suppose.
The caveat of barrel grips is that your hand is meant to be precisely on the hottest point.   

The angle foot can be annoying.  It bevels one direction, so you have a 50/50 chance of putting the foot on the wrong side and then having to take it off, turn it around, and put it on again.   

Internally, the logic board is not mechanically secured.  It's supposed to be a friction fit between plastic (no screws), but it's generally floating a bit.  The speed adjustment is definitely floating, and flimsey.

It does what it's supposed to do, though.

The P1cc is a jigsaw and not a timber framing tool. Mafell has these, but they are not jig saws by any stretch. I have a P1cc and have had a Trion and Carvex. I bought the Carvex to replace the Trion that had reached its end of life. It was a complete disappointment that pushed me toward the P1cc. I think I would have been just as happy with another Trion, but that said I am not at all disappointed with the P1cc and like that it works with the Mafell rails. Mine has never gotten extremely hot as you describe, but definitely has been warmer than one might expect. The foot and latch are non-issues that never affected me and I have never had a problem attaching the foot or having it come loose. That might be because I took a few minutes looking it over before using it. As for the logic board I don't see how this is an issue. I've never heard of it causing any problems. The P1cc is a well-built tool that has a long life ahead of it.

I was being playful and cheeky.  I love my P1cc.