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Offline springhoffs

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Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« on: May 04, 2018, 09:39 PM »
Whats up guys my boss ordered me a Kapex and the cart\stand for 10 years of work. [big grin]
 do you have any tips that i should know, i have read on the motor issues hopefully that was the past.
any info would be great guys. thanks angel

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Offline leakyroof

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2018, 11:41 PM »
First; Congratulations on getting the Kapex..... Keep your blades clean and free of pitch and resin like you would on any saw blade... Research all the threads on using the Kapex... When it’s time to get your blades sharpened, find someone who knows how to work with the Kapex blades since they’re not exactly like standard blades here in the US.... [thumbs up]
Not as many Sanders as PA Floor guy.....

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2018, 05:56 AM »
When you unpack the unit, keep a sharp lookout for a tiny Allen wrench that sometimes is loose in the box. You will need that for adjusting the lasers.

Read the manual before assembling the unit. Read the laser adjustment section a couple of times before doing the actual adjustment. The process if fussy. My lasers have stayed adjusted from the initial setup.

Be sure you know how to unlock the left-right miter control before moving the head around. It’s in the manual. Basically, any thing that’s green controls an adjustment.

I hook a Festool vac to my Kapex through a shortened wide diameter hose. Several of the Festool vendors sell these. The short wide hose really improves dust collection. Dust collection efficiency varies with the type of cut. It varies from very good to soso.

I let the vac run for a few seconds before starting the cut. That seems to improve dust collection a lot.

CRITICAL.... let the blade stop completely before lifting the blade out of the cut. Failure do do so can launch offcuts at great speed toward your body.

The fences are moveable. Some people have not checked the blade path before starting a cut and cut into their fence.

I replaced the blade cutout (where the blade drops below the saw base) with an aftermarket insert from Betterly ( not sure on spelling). I get cleaner cuts.

I vacuum all my tools, including the Kapex, at the end of the day. I think avoiding dust buildup keeps the tools running better and l like coming into a clean shop in the morning.

I’ve used my Kapex for many years and have never encountered a problem. I use it but I don’t abuse it.

Please enjoy your new Kapex, it’s a great tool.
Birdhunter

Offline fignewton

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2018, 07:31 AM »
Make a zero clearance fence for the vertical fence.  several sources here on the FOG for how to do that.  This also helps with dust collection and controlling cut-offs.  Like someone else mentioned, be sure to move the fence when changing from 90 degree to miter cuts, as you'll need more clearance for blade angle and will cut off your ZC add-on. 
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Offline ear3

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2018, 07:40 AM »
Now that's a loyalty reward -- give your boss a big wet kiss.

In addition to checking for squareness and making any needed adjustments to the mitre stops, I would also check squareness with the saw tilted at a 45 degree bevel.  I got a fair amount of deflection on extreme bevel cuts out of the box, but I sent in the saw to service and got the problem fixed.

Whats up guys my boss ordered me a Kapex and the cart\stand for 10 years of work. [big grin]
 do you have any tips that i should know, i have read on the motor issues hopefully that was the past.
any info would be great guys. thanks angel
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2018, 10:40 AM »
Congratulations...you've got a great boss. For my ten years I was given a service pin...about the size of a dime.  [tongue]

I'd suggest you download the supplemental manual by Rick Christopherson, he still hangs out here from time to time.

https://www.festoolusa.com/service/owners-manuals#Saws

Here's also a good read by Brice Burrell, he still shows up here on a daily basis.

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2018, 10:55 AM »
You could also go to festool Tv. There are a lot of informative videos on the different applications that the Kapex can do and what the green buttons can do. remember,  if its green plastic button, lever etc on a festool it does something.
« Last Edit: May 05, 2018, 08:32 PM by jobsworth »

Offline springhoffs

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2018, 03:50 PM »
Cool thanks for the tips, keep them coming.  i don't remember but i saw a post where someone said that you must made a dedicated cord for this saw. not sure why though have you heard of this guys. thanks angel

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2018, 04:17 PM »
I would not mess with the power cord. Probably a warranty issue. I plug my Kapex into my Festool vac. Works fine.
Birdhunter

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2018, 04:53 PM »
When you unpack the unit, keep a sharp lookout for a tiny Allen wrench that sometimes is loose in the box. You will need that for adjusting the lasers.

Mine was buried into the foam.

Mario
Mario

Offline Don T

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2018, 05:24 PM »
First don’t quit that job. Then congratulations!  I have had mine for several years with no problems. Keep clean and use it.
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Offline glass1

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2018, 11:35 PM »
Sell it. Buy the makita and whole lot of other tools   

Offline Gregor

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2018, 02:47 AM »
Be sure you know how to unlock the left-right miter control before moving the head around. It’s in the manual. Basically, any thing that’s green controls an adjustment.
Except the black latch (that locks the bevel) around the big green knob (you set the limits for bevel with) on top of the back.
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Please enjoy your new Kapex, it’s a great tool.
This. Have fun with it.

On Safety:
Keep your fingers out of the zones marked to keep them out of, and always check fence clearence after changing cut geometry - as it's a sliding one the blade travels into places one dosn't initially expect (especially on compound bevel/miter) when looking at it in at rest position.
Always let the blade fully stop before raising the head, always let it spin up fully before doing a cut.
Never clamp the workpiece on both sides.

On Setup:
Initially check the alignment of everything with some test cuts. Adjusting the offset of the wings (to get the scales on them to be precise) is simple, adjusting the Lasers can be tricky the first time (stick to the supplemental manual and keep in mind that they can bounce off the blade should you tilt them too much toward it), adjusting the bevel/miter is complete unfun but doable if needed.
In doubt keep in mind that you have service all included with the tool, which also covers calibration issues and includes shipping.
Get/make a zero clearance insert and sacrificial wooden back fence, that will greatly improve quality of cut by removing tearout and reduce the amount of dust spewn around.

On Use:
Do two cuts (first one out some mm wider than the blade) when cutting stock that has internal stress, while the first might deflect a bit the second one will be perfectly square.
Clamping the workpiece gives better results and prevents accidents, never clamp the workpiece on both sides.

Offline Ajax

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2018, 08:18 AM »
Congrats.

It really is a fantastic tool.  However, you need to use it as much as you can before the 3 year warranty period expires.  If the motor goes out before then you are covered.  This is the only issue with the saw that I can see.  Everything else is top notch.  My 3 years is up in June.  I'm building a fence, so I'm using it like crazy.  If it's destined to fail, it better be now before the warranty expires.
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Offline ceddy

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2018, 08:45 PM »
Pretty cool recognition! I remember flying some years ago and the fight attendant got a gift for her 30 years of service... a 50$ gift card...blew my mind.

My only advice for the kapex would be take your time to set it up right. The cart/extensions also need to be set up properly.

Offline ben_r_

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2018, 04:21 PM »
Nice! Congrats! And yea I got nothing for my 10 years. Thankfully theres a pension! At 25 I think they give you some $100 gift of your choosing. Just a bunch of garbage knick knacks.
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Offline springhoffs

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2018, 08:21 PM »
So here it is, got a nice surprise added to this wonderful gift a drill set too. [big grin]

Offline springhoffs

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2018, 08:22 PM »

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2018, 08:32 PM »
Wait! What?

At work they call me the Muffin Man because I bring them muffins every weekly team meetings  [eek] After 18 years at the same place, they never even get me out for lunch at my B-Day  [sad]

Awesome and congrats to you. You must do the right thing for them  [big grin]

Mario
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Offline ChuckM

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2018, 11:00 PM »
Wait! What?

You must do the right thing for them  [big grin]

Mario

Or something really wrong...because they gifted him the infamous Kapex 120! [drooling] [big grin] [big grin]

Joking of course.

Offline fshanno

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2018, 11:13 PM »
I guess I baby my 8 year old Kapex a little.  But it looks like you have your new one in for breakfast.  Well, it pays to start off on the right foot.
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Offline scary

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2018, 03:29 AM »
Wait ,why never clamp both sides of the work? I do that all the time with the hold downs

Offline Harry1561

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #22 on: May 13, 2018, 05:39 AM »
Great gift from the boss, he must have a a lot of finishing work coming up ;-). I've had my kapex for about a year,wish I'd got it 10 years ago, absolutely love it!! Enjoy!

Offline Gregor

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Re: Receiving a Kapex for my 10 years at work
« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2018, 05:53 AM »
Wait ,why never clamp both sides of the work? I do that all the time with the hold downs
When you clamp both sides the blade can (should the workpiece twist from relieved stress) bind, which could (with a good chance) have unwanted impact on the blade, the arbor, the motor, your wrist, other stuff - possibly reducing the lifetime of some or all of these... Also quality of the cut can suffer.