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cathyb

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#1 posted 603 days ago

Thanks guys. So here’s what happened, my Makita which has all the annoying features that todd spoke about was working fine until last week. I wanted to cut the end off a piece of wood, no angle, just a straight cut. I pull down the blade and POW!!! I heard this alarming noise, which was the movable part of the left fence snapping off at the base and dropping to the floor. I wasn’t even touching the left fence. My board never moved. I have no idea why that happened, but suddenly dollar signs were swimming in my head. I could fix the saw, which of course I will if I have any hopes of selling it. Now I have to remove the four bolts and replace the entire fence system. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. I know that in the past, I have sung the praises of my Makita tools. Right now I’m humming a different tune. Yes, it would be so easy to order that part, but I’m a bit indignant that it will be necessary. I have owned cheaper saws that never fell apart. I am reluctant to go to Festool, but if it will be more reliable I suppose I would.
Do I really go that route? I’m torn. It’s the same problem with used car. You can keep replacing the defective parts to keep the thing going, but at some point that process gets old.

For those Festool owners, was the tool really that much better than any other…....

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com


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