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January 21, 2015
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I’ve had a Dewalt radial cross cut saw DW777 in my shop for over 15 years. 

It’s not the model you ask about but I bought it second hand and have taken it on site to every  staircase installation, cross cut all the timber making a 100m² extension to my workshop as well as working everyday in the shop.

It’s rough and worn, I’ve changed it’s motor bearings twice, and it still cuts perfect angles running smooth and fast.

I’ve had friends lending me other saws but the old Dewalt cuts faster and smoother.

It’s an old machine now and doesn’t have the depth and cross cut capacity I’d like but I can’t throw it away it’s an amazing bit of kit.

You can actually see the saw working in this video:

https://wooddesigner.org/member…..s-cutting/

The model you talk about has some good reviews and if it’s anything like the one I have it’ll be well worth the money.

All the best,

Ness

January 19, 2015
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I am interested in buying DeWalt DW715 Compound miter saw.. Please let me know that is this worthy enough to buy or not?

July 22, 2014
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terry said
Brillaint share on the benches Jim.

That looks like its based on Ron Paulks MFT bench. Love the router facility too.

Oh i’ve got so much to do in the long run workshop MFC, portable MFC, Router table…..but great inspiration. Thank you.

Is that UJk stuff from axminster…..heard good stuff about that.

Terry

Yes mate it is based on the paulk design. I do most of my work on site or a small shop so it works well. I made it higher as i’m taller and also a bit different dimensions but am very happy with it. I also used better quality ply. I will probably laminate the top at some point with formica for ease of use and to have a smooth surface that is wipeable. Its good being able to keep all tools in the table as I normally forget where i put things in about 1 min lol

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July 22, 2014
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Brillaint share on the benches Jim.

That looks like its based on Ron Paulks MFT bench. Love the router facility too.

Oh i’ve got so much to do in the long run workshop MFC, portable MFC, Router table…..but great inspiration. Thank you.

Is that UJk stuff from axminster…..heard good stuff about that.

Terry

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July 22, 2014
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Also if anyone needs a new ladder, check out these bad boys, I got one recently and am impressed, worth every penny for sure.

Forgive the cheesey vid.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..MCmNAIDRcQ

 

Jim

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July 22, 2014
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Heres a pic of my site based work bench. I have a router lift in it for when thats needed, if not i can just drop it out and pop it away in its systainer.

The bench is a grid of holes that allow for accurate cutting of 90deg 45deg or parallel cuts. Just pop a ‘peg or dog’ in the holes, push the board and the rail up to the pegs and away you go. Saw is normally hooked up to the dust extractor the hose of which is normally hung from the ceiling with some kind of bungee.

Bench can be split in hald down the middle for smaller fitting jobs or if its small we just take a table.

I am 6ft so have the bench setup a bit higher than normall as better for my posture.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/y3o3px4dufjf310/2014-07-22%2013.05.40.jpg

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c6yaeulwijjlmsd/2014-07-22%2012.57.22.jpg

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tc0k2lceh3mssa3/2014-07-22%2012.57.14.jpg

 

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July 16, 2014
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Thanks jimbouk,

Nice site and some very interesting articles.

All the best,

Ness

July 12, 2014
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Not interesting tools as such. But interesting articles tips advice and techniques on this site.

http://Www.thisiscarpentry.com

June 28, 2014
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For me across the board they perform better than the competition as follows:

Dust extraction, precision, quality of build, warentee and service, intuitive to use, the system complements each other.

Some examples of the above:

The kapex has built in solt for the angle finder tool, you know where it is, clips in for staorage and carridge, when you need it just slid out and use then slide back again.

Kapex ug set ( stand and wings) sets up in couple of mins, means you can wheel the thing around both when up on site or to and from jobs. Gives you a fence with measurments for repeat cuts to required length. Best dust extraction from chop saw.

The multi tool (vecturo) just about to come out is a rebranded fein multi cut. They are not averse to borrowing others tech if they know its good. They have improved it though buy adding adjustable depth stop so no problem cutting access holes over pipes or cables…

If the tools get stolen (god forbid) you pay them 100 quid and you get a brand new one next day.

3 year service / warentee as Mark said.

As of now I own, Kapex, Domino, cxs, Trion jigsaw, ts55 rail saw, ts55 cordless rail saw, several rails, cordless sds drill, of1400 router, Systainer boxes and so on.

Having said all that I am not exclusive to festool, if there is something better for a particular job I would go for that, I have a lamello cantex for trimming edgebanding rather than the festool router option, it was more expensive but better for the particular job.

I still use dewalt impact as the festool ones not great but will change if they bring out and 18v one as the dewalt chuck broke in 4weeks and dealer wouldnt fix it as i had already put the recipt in my accounts. I switched to dewalt after going through 4 different makita bodies on the same 2 batteries.

I also would recomend if your doing alot of euro cabinets get a dedicated hinge / hole machine. Has made a great diffrence to me. I even take mine out on site when doing a large job.

Since ditching a fully setup workshop and all the overheads that go with it I tend to outsource all my cutting and edging when possible (just doing odd bits when needed) this is more expensive pro rata but saves me a 5k headache every month.

Sorry thats turned into a right ramble!

 

jim

June 27, 2014
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Good post Mark……and I do like/want festool they look like superb tools. You guys are a few years ahead of me. Im just a one man band doing (or trying) to do domestic fitted furniture. Ive only been concentrating on carpentry/cabinet work over the last year or so. Although I always done basic cabinet work as part of a general refurbishment company that I use to run/own. Decided Id had enough of that and employing people and the stews etc so have gone solo at fitted custom carpentry. I look forward to learning lots on here and from you guys.

All the very best

terry

June 27, 2014
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Hi Terry, Ness and Jim

Thought I would weigh in on this one, I am both workshop and mobile based, but only really to fit our cabinetry etc.

We have large machinery at the workshop but for on-site work it’s festool all the way now.

I started with Elu originally, before they went to de-walt and still use some routers and drills. But on there demise we started using Festo (that’s what they were then) and never looked back.

I think we use most of there kit.

Domino, rail saws, sanders, big router and drills, just got a couple of the 10.8v CXS’s which perform just like 18v as far as im concerned. We even have the Kapex chop saw, which is perfect and dust extractors.

They are pricey, but the after sales service is better than all the rest. We had a Kapex chop saw fail on site and they sent a courier to exchange with a spare unit till it was repaired and delivered back. By courier again to site….

Keep in mind, We just bought a 10.8v drill kit with 2 x batteries. Under there warranty, even the batteries are covered for 3 years. So these drills are good for over three years with no worries. Thats got to be worth the extra.

Just my opinion 

 

Mark

June 26, 2014
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Im interested to see too. Ive been tempted but as yet just get by with makita and dewalt (both are quality tool companies). After some research I’m really tempted to look at the domino, but as yet I can’t even use my dewalt router properly. Ive cut kitchen masons mitres with it and thats it. Never benched it or used anything other than a straight bit. Im hoping to use it soon to cut grooves for frame and panel doors!!! but at the moment Ive just learnt how to make Blum drawers and do edge banding. One thing at a time.

Id be more than interested in seeing a your tools and workshop etc

Cheers Jim

 

Terry

June 26, 2014
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Hi Jim,

Thanks for this post.

I’ll be interested to know more about Festools and why people are so enthusiastic  about them.

My work has been mainly stair building and using heavy workshop machinery and often building my own jigs on the fly for specific jobs.

In your opinion,  what makes Festools above the rest ?

Ness

June 26, 2014
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Girls have clothes, handbags and shoes so we got tools and cars (vans more likely) so thought I would make a thread to remind myself how much money I have spent on themCry

Having started a fair while ago (just about in the days when cordless tools didnt exist) I have bought and used all sorts of kit from hobbiest black and decker to whole workshops full of digital machines.

Given that most of my work is now site or mobile based these days my preffered wepon of choice is festool.

I really cants say enough positive stuff about it or the service as a whole. I will grab a few pics tomorrow and post up for any one whos interested.

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