... as an asides, I don't get super crisp cuts with the KSS40. Tried different blades, including Key blades. I've tried the black rubber splinter strips too... (someone on here recommended them). Maybe with a new hard red plastic splinter strip and a brand new Mafell blade it will get back to how it was when new - but I can't get the splinter strips without ordering from UK or Germany and paying a fair bit in shipping - listed as obsolete here! It cuts OK on the F-rails with a 'real' splinter strip. 300m² of decking wrecked the original hard one, and the back rubber one is too soft and flexible.
That's the one I think - 204371 - of course it still exists, it's just that despite being happy to 'sell' the saw, no one has thought to add this reference to the available parts, so last time I checked, Mafell France were not listing it as available - translation to the dealer means 'discontinued'.
Obviously upside down cuts can be done, but it is easier not to have to.
If you are in the Stockholm area you are welcome to visit the shop and try out the Erika 60E in the flesh. I might be able to rustle up the CS50 as well. The CS50 has been around some but still does the job.
Just PM me and we'll make it happen.
Splinter strips are not too expensive and Mekina in Solna orders them in. I got three extra when I got the KSS40.
Which blade are you using for flooring? They have similar, yet slightly different blades for the KSS40. Cutting upside down is still "the norm" for delicate flooring. I find the Festool HKC saw even more splintery.
If you are in the Stockholm area you are welcome to visit the shop
Thanks, but I'm in the French Alps doing work on ski chalets and flats for owners from all around the world!
As an asides, anyone ever seen a Metabo UK 290 in the flesh?.. they can be picked up new for around 800€. I wouldn't buy one as I find Metabo quality dubious, still leaning towards the Festool, not a lot of info on the Erika 60e out there.
Ah, I see. Now I remember that you mentioned that...
Metabo UK290 is probably a pretty decent saw though it adds nothing over the CS50 (EDIT: except for using more standard arbor blades...) and accessories are probably a pain to find - unless you buy the complete package. I have looked at it but never seen one in the flesh. It seems to be built the old fashioned way so I would expect it to be as sturdy as the CS50 at least.
While shopping for a table saw I did find some info and the UK290 could be built up to a pretty extensive system - fully on par with Festool and probably more known in Germany but no info at all in Sweden. It could be ordered in though through a site that had it listed.
The Erika 60E is somewhat of a stealthy saw, you never see it and almost never hear about it and there are probably not too many out there but it has a following it seems. I have yet to be invited to the secret society but I can see the appeal for sure. I guess the upper echelon parquetry layers are more familiar with it.
I do think that the Erika I used back in 2005/6 on a jobsite actually was the 60E. No one back then knew anything about the saw and it was a beater saw for trim work and it worked great. At first I thought maybe I had used the Erika 65 but I distinctly remember the color and the small footprint. Looked like a toy saw but cut straight.
I look forward to using mine as a complimentary saw when the big boy arrives. I am happy without the add ons and might keep it at that.
I have a Felder K700s with digital readout and maxed out sliding table on order, du to arrive in a couple of weeks. It will be the heart in the new shop - so for the moment I am thinking I want the opposite extremes; small and limited and very large.
If I were to settle for a smaller shop and a semi portable I guess the Erika 85 would be "it".
I think you are making the right decision. You will either like it or love it. If it is "meh" to you it is easy to resell.
The CS50 arrived the other day, had a quick try. It's very quiet and light. Put a 48T blade on straight away, it gives nice crisp cuts. I think it'll be good for its intended purpose. Thanks for all the comments.
I’ve had my 55 since 89. Sliding table is a good way to achieve more support when making cuts. I use Forrest ww2 blades 7-1/4. They bored the arbor to 30mm for me. The thicker blade makes a more stable cut. True it doesn’t replace a chop saw, but having a second set up is invaluable
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Jun 10, 2018 1:24:34 GMT -5
ineson85: Just been into AONE Tools (West Yorkshire) and they are having a Mafell sale. Loads of brand new, boxed tools going ridiculously cheap!
Jul 27, 2018 4:02:15 GMT -5
balgonie: Hikoki, please bring this beauty to Germany!!!!!!
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Jan 31, 2019 10:59:27 GMT -5
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Mar 23, 2019 19:22:40 GMT -5
rikflaxman: I need someone to pick out one best product from those on this list here.
Guest: Can anyone mill a corian piece that will fit into the mafell rail for use with the mft3?
Aug 17, 2019 14:17:06 GMT -5
jimmyford: Can anyone mill a corian piece that will fit into the mafell rail for use with the mft3?
Aug 17, 2019 14:18:58 GMT -5
bengt: Oh please the ks60 is better in every way. 60 degree miter in both directions. Bevels past 45(essential in a saw that must cut on the flat) Bigger blade more capacity. The Metabo hpt has 57 degree miter max and 45 bevel max.
Sept 9, 2019 20:02:24 GMT -5
alvychippy (guest): can not recover my registered email account atasas@gmx. do not remember the password, some assistance? or should I just register as new user?>
Dec 7, 2019 9:51:24 GMT -5
alvychippy: Guys, what is the name of aprox €9k machine for hand shaping of handrails?
Jan 8, 2020 16:16:15 GMT -5
stilts: So why is goldensun not banned and all those worthless threads not deleted?
Jan 11, 2020 14:31:42 GMT -5
alvychippy: It's the board hosts, that are having an idea, of somebody perhaps paying over the odds to acquire the board to administer it.... Obviously hopes are set high, Mafell isn't interested, so it carries on
Jan 12, 2020 9:30:06 GMT -5