Read about the built-in thermo safety on the cordless and wondered if this been addressed in 2020 or later models? If it still persists I think I may go with the kss 300 or just stay with my kss 400. Already have a few kss saws, but was attracted to the all-in-one compact cordless for a few recent jobs.
My second KSS40 18M Bl burned out - literally - a month and a half ago. It was a replacement for another one that burned out the motor.
This time the KSS 40 billowed out white smoke and fizzled. I only use sharp blades and the current cutting was 6mm mdf on a fresh battery - not much of a struggle for most machines.
It was on the last month of warranty (and second motor/armature replacement) and I am glad I got it serviced for free though it took six or seven weeks to get it back.
I love it to bits, I don't trust the longevity though!
Even though 6mm mdf might not seem like much it can be prone to pinching the blade going through. What surprised me is that the machine never went Bleep Bleep during the process, so no signs of struggle until it started smelling like gunpowder.
When it's working well, it sounds delightful but at this price-point, intermittent or temperamental behavior is a full stop for me. Would like the electric brake but may just go with corded. Never had any motor issues with my corded saws.
If you have access to a socket at all times, it will be a good choice. Otherwise, look at the HKC55 from Festool - it's a great saw and very versatile, not the widest range of tools on their cordless platform, but some decent tools nonetheless.
I'm in the same boat as the OP. I've been lusting after the ks40m18bl for years now. Now I'm about to have the need and spare money to invest in one. I've been dead set on the cordless option for the longest time, but reading about the motor issues is making me consider the kss300 aswell.
Pros of going with the kss300: -Reliability? -No remote doodads needed for dust extraction. Cord into vac and go -Will be great for ~80% of the time as a second saw in my workshop.
Pros of going with the ks 40: -Absolute freedom from outlet power. The 20% of time I do spend in places that might not have great power availability are the times I least want to spend lugging around power cords or a generator to make one or two cuts here and there. -It's been my "dream" tool for quite a few years now. -I can easily find quite a few Metabo tools I could get to replace some of my older stuff to justify investing in the battery platform -I have an evil plan to hook it up to a small cordless Makita vac that I could carry across my back so It'd be the ultimate "go anywhere cut anything no cleanup" tool to bring.
I guess I'll just bluntly ask the local Mafell rep what'd the situation and turnaround times would be if the cordless version did have any problems and go from there.
My KSS40 has been back a while and I have not had the chance to use it all that much but so far so good. My confidence in the little darling has dropped though.
A colleague sent his in for the exact same bleep bleep problem about the same time as I did and he also had battery issues, some of the (HD) batteries would not run on the machine. His unit still has intermittent problems with starting up; it goes bleep bleep and does not start up at times. Blade is of course not in contact with any material.
I am at the point where I still think it is one of the nicest machines I have - but if any of the competition would come out with a similar/clone I would be tempted to try and possibly switch.
I don't know if the P1cc jigsaw will eventually surface in battery version and if it did the decision would be harder but I am honestly perfectly happy with my Hikoki/Metabo HPT 36MV jigsaw for now.
Mine burnt out last week. Has been a real lemon, for me. Two overseas trips for repairs in one year, out of my pocket. Have given up on it and bought a HKC55. It's not as nice as the Mafell, but local support.
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