Episode 94 Dr Kapex

Episode 94 Dr Kapex

Testing the true depth of cut of the Festool Kapex.

Also see (briefly) the Kapex stand in action, and the Promac generator.

Ideal Tools Sale – Last Day!

Ideal Tools have a pretty awesome sale running, and it finishes TOMORROW!

And by awesome, I mean getting a SwordSaw for $999.  That may sound quite a bit still, but that is $751 off the full price.  If you want something to break down large logs, and can’t afford a mill, the SwordSaw still has a huge 330mm depth of cut.

zoom_06_isp330eb_765331_p_01a-600x600That is for the ISP300.  The SSP200 is also $999 if you prefer the shorter blade (still with a 200mm depth of cut).  As seen demonstrated by me on the Torque Workcentre (and as seen in the Stu’s Shed banner above – unfortunately it was only a demo model that was doing the rounds 😦 )  These can both fit on the Festool Guard rail.  The smaller comes with a systainer – don’t think there is one big enough for the 300!



Next are the guide rails, either for your existing tools, or if you are planning on getting a Festool router or saw in the near(ish) future.  There is a 1400mm version, or the massive 3000mm version (obviously great for breaking down full 2400mm sheets)

Now one I have recently become quite acquainted with, the Kapex stand and extension arms.


Didn’t know too much about this (bar a few photos), but since getting it, I have become very impressed.  Not only is it great to just have a decent stand for the saw (and significant workpiece support with telescoping arms), but it all folds down into a very portable package.

8384575086_2c787114db_zThat is a stock Festool photo, so I don’t know why he has the telescoping arms slung over his shoulder – it is actually designed to rest on the base of the stand (as you’ll be able to see in a Stu’s Shed video I am currently editing)

If you have a Kapex, and not the stand, well…….

There is a whole raft of Festool and Protool tools, and accessories on sale on the Ideal Tools site.  Be careful though – once you start looking, it gets increasingly tempting!  Especially those SwordSaws!  Have always wanted one, just because they are cool, irrespective of their awesome depth of cut!

The Nova Infinity Approaches


At the recent AWFS (which I will get to one year – the US Wood show in Las Vegas), Nova got to show off their new Infinity system. This is now about to hit the shelves, at least in the US before permeating out around the world.

The Infinity system is Nova’s quick change system for chuck jaws. I have seen some other systems out there already, and frankly they looked a bit scary, especially with a bit of use, time, and wear. Nova’s system is a different kettle of fish altogether, which will be great to see in the flesh (so to speak).

If you already have some Nova chucks, you are not stuck with ‘old technology’. Existing chucks can have their sliders replaced to turn them into Infinity chucks, and existing jaws can be upgraded as well with a retro fit kit (I’ll double check that) (**Confirmed**)

Like me, you may choose to only upgrade some of your chucks, and jaws, leaving some permanently configured, given you already have them set and ready to go. Such as the Power Jaws on my Titan chuck, and a set of Cole Jaws on a SuperNova2 chuck.

If you don’t have an existing Nova chuck, or want another, there is an Infinity chuck coming out, and Infinity jaw sets to match.

Can’t wait to try them out, making jaw changes so much easier!

A temporary hiccup by Kreg

It seems the experiment by Kreg in the combo screw is over. (I sure hope that is the case)

In a comment dialogue with Kreg on facebook, where I wished they would return to the quality design of genuine Robertson square drive screws, rather than the Phillips/Robertson bastard son of bad engineering, they gave me this response.

We actually did return to the square-drive style head. They’ve been in circulation for quite a while. Dealers may still have a stock of the combo-style head, depending on when and how many they ordered. When you are ready to purchase screws again, you might want to check their inventory. If you can’t find the style you want at your local dealer, they are available direct from us, as well: http://www.kregtool.com/PocketHole-Screws-and-Plugs-Prodlist.html

I will be very relieved if/when that proves to be correct. ***Update*** the latest boxes of screws in Carbatec confirm – the combo head is history!

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