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A few facts to help potential buyers
on September 21, 2012
The "case" as advertized is a tube made of flimsy plastic of 1.25mm thickness, with caps
at each end. It looks to me the "case" is a disposable shipping packaging rather than permanent
storage. If the tool is so elegant as many reviewers said, why doesn't it have a equally elegant case
to match it. Judging from the good reviews, and the price ($139.90), and that the case is specifically
advertized (but there was no picture), I was expecting a case of equal as or better than the
quality of the case of my $20 caliper, with which I am pretty happy.
Where would you store a tube with rolling around? And I doubt that carrying a tube to customer side
would boost your professional image. Imagine that a musician carry his flute in a plastic tube
to the concert hall! Sure, a good case will increase the cost, but given the low
material cost of the tool, which I estimate as $20 or less, as it is just a few pieces of wood and
some plastic and metal parts, there are plenty of room for the case. I for one will pay for the
design and workmanship, and casing is part of it. "Including case" is one of the reason I decided
to buy the product.
So much for the casing. Now the two adjustable stops that you can set for the depth of "nose" that
overhangs the riser. As one review well said, "It's important to make sure that both of these stops
are set EXACTLY the same distance from the butting edge of the tool or it will throw your cut lines
off significantly". But how do you make sure the same distance? Yes you can measure it with another
tool such as a caliper, but if this tool is well thought of as many reviewers claimed, why there
are no measurement markings on the set of stops themselves? Even if this is thought of, it would
not be possible as the stops are plastic. Why don't use more durable metals with clear and more
accurate measure markings?
And for the non-adjustable stops, the standard wood screw is used directly threaded into the wood.
Does the tool works, Yes! But a cheaper tool or a hand made tool also works. The width of the tread
and the riser are important, but the depth of the tread and height of the riser are not as they are
hidden under the riser and behind the nose respectively.
But just as a smart phone, it is not judged by weather it can be used to make a phone call, it is
the cool factor. If this is a $50 tool, then I would have no problem. But it is a $140 tool, then
I have high expectations. With this price which is about 10 times of the material cost, there is no
reason to cut corners as what was done: not providing a real case, many plastic parts instead of durable
metals, standard wood screws directly threaded on the wood. In summary, if you expect something that
works, yes, it does the job, but a perfect piece of art, no.