Writing to you from frosty "Chiberia" where we recently had temps in the -20's and the Windy City lived up to its old nickname. Thankfully everyone in the office still has 10 fingers and 10 toes at last count :) How was the cold in your neck of the woods?
You may have noticed that Mafell released the NEW KSS 60 18M bl Cordless Cross-Cutting System and we now have it in stock! This brings us up to NINE systems that use Mafell's cross-cutting technology—so it's time that we put together a comprehensive guide that helps you find the best "KSS" saw for your projects.
These are amazing saws and we believe that every carpenter should have one. Mafell invented the "KSS" cross-cutting saw in 1989 and has been improving it ever since. Other manufacturers have tried copying the idea once Mafell's patents expired, but "you get what you pay for" in life and these saws are no exception. Mafell offers a greater selection of cross-cutting systems with more power, portability and precise features.
Thank you to all our customers and vendors for helping make 2018 a wonderful year at Timberwolf Tools! ‘Twas an excellent season full of growing families, launching new products, meeting new faces and learning about your fascinating work.
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Fall! This is easily my favorite season. Beautiful foliage. Moderate temperatures. All major sports on TV. Important elections. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
And the phone keeps ringing with excellent questions and feedback from our customers like you! We have some key updates today for both large and small tools, as well as some exciting family news!
Misty mountain view this morning from Step Falls in Newry, Maine
Did you read the newspaper comics growing up? I thought of The Far Side recently while working on some new bookshelves for my wife–using a Makita 9741 Wheel Brush Sander to create the “raised grain” look on some Doug Fir. WOW! That machine creates a ton of fine dust! I covered my nose with a T-shirt while squinting behind my glasses and tried not to fog them up by breathing too much. I felt like the caveman Durk in this Comic, and could hear our wise customers whispering in my ear:
“A word of advice, Jeff: It’s the 21st Century. Half of us are reading this blog on a smartphone,
We hope your spring has gotten off to a productive start! Based on the feedback we've received from our customers, this summer is gearing up to be one of the busiest in a while for timber framers and fine woodworkers. Below are five updates you may find interesting for this 5th month of the year. And as always, feel free to give us a call to discuss your upcoming projects and how we might be able to help.
Mafell Cordless Tools and Batteries Arrived
Customers like you continually impress us with how quickly you take a project from concept to reality. Ray Navarro of Bjork Construction Company in Fremont, California sent us this scaled down model on January 11th for a 27-foot tall Salad Bar he was building for Facebook. After discussing his need for 1/2" knife plate joints in 18" x 18" glulams, we Overnight-shipped him a Mafell LS 103Ec Slot Mortiser and BST 650S Drilling Station. A month later Ray was sending us photos of the raised structure!
When selecting your next woodworking saw, it can be intimidating to see 20+ options on a website or in a catalog. Where do you begin? How do you whittle down your options?
I had a similar experience recently when my wife and I replaced her old 2001 Suburban SUV. She wanted a vehicle with better fuel economy, but lots of storage space as well. So I consulted family, checked out manufacturer/dealer websites, and read 3rd party reviews until we finally decided on a hybrid Highlander. Then I built a large spreadsheet with graphs & trendlines and updated it every other night for several weeks with new & used vehicles that popped up in our area - comparing mileage and price to find the best value. I spent much more time than I originally anticipated, and wished in retrospect that there was a faster way to narrow my search!
What is your favorite tool these days? For Carlos and Jeff Aguirre at Peak Framing in Colorado Springs, it's definitely the Mafell ZSX Ec/400 Chain Beam Saw. They have several large Mafell tools and love them all, but the 15-11/16" (400mm) saw has been the difference-maker for their big timber projects:
How were your Fall colors this year? I love receiving photos from our Maine location when I need my foliage fix. Here are a couple nice ones from 2017 including a cascade of pumpkins and an unorthodox chain saw from the Fryeburg Fair: