I've been feeling guilty for highjacking the 'Attention HAMMER K3 WINNER owners!!' thread so thought it best to begin my own thread on the issues I have had thus far in trying to purchase the K3 table saw.
To recap: I contacted a Felder/Hammer rep - David Brooks, whose email address was posted in the aforementioned thread. This past Monday (6MAR17) he contacted me and together with Jesse Maynerich (Senior Sales Representative at the New Castle, DE Felder Group) they provided links to videos and were answering every question I had. When I asked Mr. Brooks what s/h would be for the K3 he asked for my address. When he realized that I lived in New Mexico he said that I lived in the CA district and he would have to have a CA rep take over. He said he would provide the CA rep with all of my questions and he would soon call me. The call the from the CA rep (I am not naming him intentionally because I have an email in to Mr. Maynerich and will let him deal with this rep) came through in short order and we had a nice chat. I apologized for needing all the info and the CA rep said no problem as he understood it was a pricey machine and he would be happy to answer all of my questions as soon as he could. Just to be clear this was 6 Mar 17.
By 9 Mar - this past Thursday, I had not heard back from the CA rep. So I contacted the Dallas Felder office via their Contact page. Then as if by magic I suddenly hear back from the CA rep whose email began with 'Thank you for your time on the phone today.' Today? This was followed by '... and let me know if you have any questions.' Then he had the balls to attach a contract for me to sign. Smoke was coming out of my ears by this time which was making Bella (our border collie) bark at me.
I will not try to figure out what this person's problem is but I will say this: I was very serious about wanting to purchase the K3 and now the N4400 as well, but this sale went south once Mr. Brooks handed me off to Mr. CA Representative.
As noted above I am in the process of composing a letter to Mr. Maynerich and will send it off tomorrow. My original missive was worded a bit too 'harshly' and decided to wait a day or two to simmer down. My wife is very good a making me simmer down: "Either you chill out or you'll be sharing Bella's bowl! So which is it?" Yes, mam.
Going slightly off topic ...
Why do I want the K3? There must be some reason I am enduring all of this pain, right?
I want the K3 for a lot of reasons, but IMHO what really separates the K3 from the rest of the consumer table saws is its ability to use 12-inch blades. The K3 would actually make my shop bigger because I could sell my current Craftsman TS AND my Craftsman 12-inch radial arm saw. I love my RA because it will cut 4-inch stock while my TS will only slice 3-1/8" stock (as I recall) if not using one of my sleds. However, when the RA's 220V motor rev's up you'd better be on full alert because IMHO this machine is the most dangerous power tool in my shop. I know my RA backwards and forwards - I've had it since the early 70's, and it has served me very well, but a TS with a 12-inch blade would be preferable to owning my RA and my TS.
One could argue that all you have to do to slice 4-inch stock on a 10-inch TS is to flip the stock 180 degrees. I can't argue that, but unless your stock is perfectly symmetrical and is being pushed through the blade via a perfectly perpendicular sled or miter gauge then you may end up with a not-so-perfect 4-inch slice. This is just how I see my woodworking world and not everyone will agree. I get that. I go to great lengths to insure that all of my gear is as perfectly aligned as is humanly possible. Again I can hear my lovely wife telling dinner guests how I "engineer my woodworking projects." I have to admit she is correct. I have no excuses. Yes, mam.
Why not purchase a SawStop? Ah, another great question. From all of my research and from someone who has used one for several months, the problems are as follows:
- Problem #1. The simple act of changing blades can prevent the machine from running because the sensor must to be a predetermined distance from the blade. If the new blade is not a perfect match you have to adjust the sensor to get it to work. I really do not want a TS that I have to fiddle with everytime I change blades.
- Problem #2 is that you need a complete new sensor for dadoing.
- Problem #3 the fact that this machine is just waiting to save my fingers by imploding its blade into the aluminum block would drive me nuts.
While this technology may be just the ticket for those who are prone to sticking their finger's where they do not belong, it just makes me very uncomfortable. I can see all of the hammer's being thrown at me. I get all the safety stuff and I know that 'accidents happen', but I would very much prefer a TS that started up regardless of what blade I needed for the job at hand. But, and we all know there is a 'but ...', I may end up with one if I am not sucessful at purchasing the K3.
All of this drama will play itself out in the next week or so. Until then, thanks for hearing me out.