|Review by mummykicks||posted 03-13-2017 12:55 AM||1187 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
Good video on operation here:
Easy to set up and use with all kinds of neat little features.
Dial stop for offset like a plunge router with common stop distances which put the dowels right in the middle of a 1/2” or 3/4” plywood edge. No adjustment required, just set and go. Other offsets can be easily set via the ruler lines on the rod.
Dust collection is flawless.
Angle adjustment easy and has detents, one knob adjustment.
Spring loaded pins, and the plastic stop pins work really, really well. If you get the template guide it’s even better.
Tool is symmetrical so no time consuming set up like a dowel max going from the edge dowel holes to the flat. You can drill all the holes with the same setup, just flip the tool over and reference the pin on the other side.
No clamping! Non skid pad works great.
Switch stays on, so you can push against the back of the doweler and are not forced to hold the button down, turns off with an easy flick.
If you want to do a lot of dowel joints, this IS the tool.
Price. Is it worth it? Same question people ask about festool.
Commie units, so I need to buy metric dowels or inch bits (cmt sells them, 8mm shank, right hand rotation ~$15 a piece so not bad).
For me it’s a cry once situation, I’m sure I could use the triton and get good results, but I’d be wishing for the Mafell every time I used it. People pay a similar amount for a festool domino, and this will be cheaper long term given how cheap I can get dowels, and how expensive the dominos are.
I would say it’s really a no-drama type deal, it just does what it’s supposed to, and once you get used to using it you can slap things together very, very quickly. Far quicker than having to set up a dado blade or a router with a guide of some sort. Also, once you pull the joint closed there really isn’t any need to keep the clamps on, the dowels swell and that thing isn’t coming apart. Everything lines up and is square.