I received my CMT 312 5mm dowell bits this afternnon from Scott and Sergeant. They are superb, beautifully packaged in an individual plastic case and held in place on a base with a grub screw. Perfect.
They are very well machined from what I can see, fit the DDF40 exactly like the Mafell bits and cut just as well as the OEM ones, albeit I am comparing a 5mm with the 6 and 8mm Mafell ones. I am very impressed and even more impressed that Scott and Sergeant reduced the carriage costs to reflect the size and weight of my package (items are sent on value rather than dimensions.
The Mafell ones are £27.40 plus VAT each and £4.95 plus postage and VAT, a total of £71.70. The CMT ones were £37.8 delivered.
I think I might be ordering some more sizes! Here is the link:
I have used mine on and off for a few days and though I still think it is a bit slow I do like it a lot.
Only had a quick play and yes it can be a bit slow. I'm not 100% sold on this thing and that's a shame as for what it cost I should be happy.
That's a shame mate, get it sent back if you are not 100% on it. Too much money not to be happy. The dd40 for me is excellent as a shelf hole drilling machine but falls short as a pure joiner. That's why I ended up with the zeta. There's a place for domino too.
I am not 100% sure on the DDF yet, I am guessing I will keep it for the time being.
I am neck deep in the right kind of jobs for it. If it fails I will probably not hold on to it though.
Never had to send mine in, I got the depth scale stickers (three of them) last friday so I am sticking one on the machine tomorrow morning.
The Powerbutton is one of those things I did have a slight concern about but I'd never thought it could fall off!
It is a mixed bag of great quality mixed with plasticky tabs and stops. The older model was more robust it seems. Seems like a junior designer put the DDF40 together with no apparent feel for woodworking machinery. I don't know who givs them feedback but I think I could have given them some pointers - and so could a lot of woodworkers out there!
The precision is there alright but sometimes you need a little wiggle-room for on site solutions. The Domino does that better I think.
I am not 100% sure on the DDF yet, I am guessing I will keep it for the time being. I am neck deep in the right kind of jobs for it. If it fails I will probably not hold on to it though.
The Powerbutton is one of those things I did have a slight concern about but I'd never thought it would fall off!
It is a mixed bag of great quality mixed with plasticky tabs and stops. The older model was more robust it seems. The precision is there alright but sometimes you need a little wiggle-room for on site solutions. The Domino does that better I think.
No you've got me wrong his switch hasn't fallen off it just won't stay switched on.
Oh dear, the switch has gone on mine too. I thought I was loosing my marbles but it would not stay switched on after about ten presses. Luckily I had my IPhone with me and video'd it as I was convinced no one would believe me. I am expecting a phone call on Monday to discuss the matter but feel reassured, but saddened, that its not just me.
I like the machine and I like the build quality and precision castings but I am not wholly convinced of the plastic inserts or the depth stop 'stops' which flex when you push in. It's very accurate, the shelf pin feature is a cracker but there is a lingering doubt over the longevity of this machine and I am less than happy with the switch malfunction which is unacceptable on any machine, least of all on one costing nearly £900 and almost brand new.
I've not had a problem with my switch - Could you let me know what to do to try and recreate the fault? If mine does the same I will be annoyed...
My switch will not lock down. You cannot recreate a fault, you either have a faulty switch or not. When you press it down to turn the motor on it should lock down into a spring detent. Mine does not stay down and the motor will only work as long as I keep my finger on the switch. Not impressed.
I realise how the switch is meant to work but I wondered if there was a certain point in time after which this fault began or whether its just always been broken on your unit. I've been in the workshop earlier this evening and have been turning the unit on and off to see if I could get mine to not engage correctly but it works every time. Thought perhaps it was an intermittant fault.
Patr: yes, you are doing the right thing by handing it back in for warranty repair.
I am just past the return period on my unit and admit to being a little nervous about the longevity of the DDF40.
It hasn't started out that great for any of us it seems!
I am hoping it will all be resolved and that the kinks are ironed out. I would hate for this to be an expensive mistake and a bad investment. I have had the Domino for as long as you have and it is one of my best buys for sure. Did not warm up to the DD40G the same way but the DDF40 suckered me in.
I am kind of kicking myself for being an early adopter on the DDF40 - it just seemed so "right" at the time and it arrived just in time for a suitable project.
It will be put to good work the rest of the week, starting tomorrow. I am a bit anxious it might develop some issues but if it does it might as well be now. At least I have a spare depth scale sticker!
Took delivery of the DDF 40 in 240 volt from Timberwolf Tools today ,these switch failures are duly noted.Have multiple closets to fabricate,the ability to drill 5mm holes for shelves on site is the most useful use of this tool.
Patr: I get that. I also have the larger Domino which is rarely used but when I need it I have no substitute. With the Lamello Zeta P2 in the armada I could most likely have opted out the DDF40 but as with Eoj I was thinking the hole drilling capabilities are something I want. A colleague has my old DD40G with them template rails, one standard and one extension so I don't have to stock up on those.
Will see, worst case scenario would be me switching back to the DD40G, the dealer has one sitting on the shelf, they might be harder to sell now that the DDF40 is out.
Post by huntsgemein on Dec 11, 2018 2:44:17 GMT -5
The company's QC leaves a little to be desired in my opinion. I bought a rather expensive KSS battery saw about a year ago that lasted me about a month, maybe a month & a half.
Return you say? Unfortunately it was a second-hand purchase, about 6 months approx old, sans any warranty documentation. So it's merely a case of "caveat emptor". Nobody's to blame: well, perhaps Mafell should metaphorically hang their collective heads a little for building a dog, but the tool itself was both purchased & sold in good faith & operational condition. I still feel a mite depressed & more than a little stupid too, however we all make silly mistakes from time to time, which is perhaps a valuable lesson to learn.
Even had a warranty applied, the nearest repair shop is some 10-12,000km away, which is quite some commute, not to mention an all but impossible two-way postage, logistic & import/export duty headache to circumvent.
So it's now (all up) a $3000 paperweight or LED torch (they still work at least) that's utterly useless for its intended purpose.
abdon: I stand corrected , the angle fence is only attaches with F -Tracks , what confused me was , that the Timberwolf site mentioned it will work with the NFU machine, yes it will work but only I guess when you use the Ftrack , with other tracks Like the KSS L.
Nov 28, 2020 22:52:01 GMT -5
glynnco: Did you order from GereedschapPro? I see them as in stock but I'm located in the US and am not sure if they ship here. I sent them an email asking about shipping but it was returned undeliverable...
Dec 10, 2020 7:37:40 GMT -5
jonathan: I've purchased a lot of stuff from our neighbours @ GereedschapPro.nl As far as I know they are one of the larger Mafell dealers in the EU. I can recommend them, they usually respond quickly.
Dec 11, 2020 13:58:36 GMT -5
NFU 50 Transportation?: Hi Guys, is there some Systainer for the NFU 50?
Dec 11, 2020 14:30:12 GMT -5
frezik24: Hello everyone
Dec 13, 2020 9:20:00 GMT -5
lasse: Thanks for the tip! I have own a mafell rail which is 160 cm and one that is 80 cm. Will it work just as well or will I need to buy rail that is 110 cm?
Mar 18, 2021 15:35:15 GMT -5