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Offline ScotF

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PSC 420 Carvex
« on: July 05, 2019, 11:41 PM »
OK - it is time for me to eat a little humble pie. I am an avid jigsaw user. I have owned and used a couple of different Bosch jigsaws (currently have the JS572 barrel grip), I have owned and used the Trion barrel grip and I rushed out and bought the PS420 and accessory kit the very first day they went on sale in the US. Oh and I also own and use the Mafell P1CC jigsaw. Needless to say, jigsaws are a key tool for me in my work and one of the most important hand-powered tools in my arsenal.

For me the Bosch cuts well, but is more of a carpentry type tool - I get good results, but not perfect results for fine furniture. I have relegated it to rougher use. I used the Trion and Carvex in making furniture. I always felt the Carvex to be lacking. I could never get it to track straight no matter what I did - take the base on an off, try to position it on one side or the other, adjust the blade gudes - nothing worked. I eventually sold it. I also sold the Trion when I got the Mafell and have been happy with this set-up for the most part.

I purchased the cordless Carvex today as I needed a cordless saw to aid in installing a new cooktop and cutting the underside of the counter for proper fit. I debated if I should go this route, but figured the 30 day trial would give me a chance to try it first. I bought the bare tool since I have lots of batteries. I immediately tested it in a variety of cuts and materials and all I have to say is that I am so far impressed.

The issues I remember from my old Carvex are not present in this machine - the plunge mechanism feels solid, the weight of the machine with the battery is balanced and it has enough heft that it does not feel like it wants to bounce around in a cut. I tested cross-cuts and rips in walnut (4/4 and 8/4, rips and cross-cuts in 5/4 maple, rips and cross-cuts in MDF (did not have and scrap ply laying around). I have to say that ALL cuts were dead-square and I could actually follow a pencil line. I tried all pendulum strokes and it made no difference to squareness of cut. The battery provided plenty of power for all of these cuts and it performed like I had originally was expecting on my first Carvex.

In hindsight I should have returned the other one and tried a different machine, but I thought it was user error. While my Mafell is still top-dog in my opinion, this new Carvex so far cuts almost as well. Time will tell as I put it through its paces, but so far I am impressed and more than satisfied with the cuts. This machine has been sitting around my dealer for awhile as it was manufactured in May 2017. But so far, so good.

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Offline threesixright

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Re: PSC 420 Carvex
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2019, 01:48 AM »
Good to hear!

Got a few  questions:
1.  Which blade did you use for the rip?
2. Did  you rip freehand?
3. How thick was the material for the rip?

Thanks!


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Offline ScotF

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Re: PSC 420 Carvex
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2019, 02:07 AM »
Good to hear!

Got a few  questions:
1.  Which blade did you use for the rip?
2. Did  you rip freehand?
3. How thick was the material for the rip?

Thanks!


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I used an S75/4FS blade - it was new.

I ripped freehand and using a straight piece of wood clamped as a fence - I did not get the guide rail base since I wanted to make sure the saw worked before I invested in accessories. It cut with no burning or blade wander and the entire cut was 90- degrees.

I ripped both 8/4 walnut and 5/4 maple - perfect results in both materials. In my old Carvex my cuts were not 90 degrees in 8/4. These cuts were spot on - now, I only ripped 24 inches or so - not a super long rip, but enough of a test that I was satisfied with the results.

Did multiple crosscuts and all of them were spot-on 90 degrees as well.

Offline threesixright

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Re: PSC 420 Carvex
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2019, 03:00 AM »
Good to hear!

Got a few  questions:
1. Which blade did you use for the rip?
2. Did  you rip freehand?
3. How thick was the material for the rip?

Thanks!


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I ripped freehand and using a straight piece of wood clamped as a fence - I did not get the guide rail base since I wanted to make sure the saw worked before I invested in accessories. It cut with no burning or blade wander and the entire cut was 90- degrees.

Thanks!

I'm asking since my CARVEX seems to have some issues (http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tools-accessories/carvex-420-rip-wrong-blade/msg576861/#msg576861). I basically did try the same, just used a guide to to have the CARVEX follow, but the rip was terrible slow, didn't want to move at all (did 50mm =~ 4/8"). Will check the blade, not sure what I used at the time. Still need to make a video, maybe will do today.

Offline ScotF

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Re: PSC 420 Carvex
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2019, 03:04 AM »
Is it out of warranty? I don't know - this new one cuts really well and my old one did not - it is night and day. I did not think that would be the case, but it is. Hopefully you can get it sorted.

Offline threesixright

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Re: PSC 420 Carvex
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2019, 04:06 AM »
Is it out of warranty? I don't know - this new one cuts really well and my old one did not - it is night and day. I did not think that would be the case, but it is. Hopefully you can get it sorted.

Thanks. Its pretty new (9 month or so). I will make a video and ask the pro opinions here if it's normal or not.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2019, 01:06 PM by threesixright »

Offline Cheese

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Re: PSC 420 Carvex
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2019, 09:54 AM »
That's all good information. [big grin]

I also own the "Trinity"...P1 cc, Trion & Carvex. I'd also rate them in that same order. I've always had cut perpendicularity issues and blade guide adjustment issues with the 2013 model Carvex.  The on-board lighting is it's only salvation.

Lately though, I've been thinking about going cordless and the Carvex keeps popping up on the refurb site. If there was a Carvex update it'd be nice to know about it. That may get me thinking seriously about the cordless version.

Offline ScotF

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Re: PSC 420 Carvex
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2019, 10:54 AM »
If the Carvex continues to perform like it has in my testing, it is going to be my most used jigsaw - kind of like the TSC taking over track saw duties. I really like the cordless platform...it would be epic if Festool released a cordless router. Of course an impact would be nice too and a few other tools, but a router tops my list.