Thanks. I came very close to buying the Maxant. No question that the Maxant is durable, well designed and built, and gets good long-term feedback from owners. I really don't want to turn this thread into a Maxant vs Lyson debate, but for me, the things that nudged the Lyson over the Maxant were:
- Lyson produces "sheets" of cappings instead of pulverized particles. This makes dealing with the capping somewhat easier.
- The Lyson includes a very nice tank for $50 more than just the Maxant uncapper.
- I "believe" that knives may be easier on frames than chains. My initial usage shows that the Lyson is indeed gentle on frames. However, brand new wax will be more damaged than well-seasoned wax.
One of the big unknowns with the Lyson is long-term durability. Compound this with virtually no user feedback and it was a big gamble to purchase this unit. So far I'm happy with the decision, but in a few years I'll really know if this purchase was a good one. Maxant has a great history of making durable machines, so you know exactly what to expect.