Festool Kapex KS 120 Sliding Compound Miter Saw
UPDATE: Festool has just released information on three new tools, available this spring. Details here.
We were just flipping through the latest issue of Tools of the Trade and saw that Festool will soon be releasing their Kapex Sliding Compound Miter Saw in the states. This is good news for anyone who not only values high quality tools, but also has a virtually bottomless bank account.
Assuming that the U.S. version of the Kapex is the same as the rest of the world's, it's going to quite a saw. The thing is loaded with features including a variable speed control, a new quick blade change system, and its own bevel gauge/angle finder. Other features include:
- Adjustable dual-line laser (with automatic shut-off)
- Magnesium die-cast base with rubber feet
- Twin column guide for accurate cuts
- A total weight of under 50 pounds
Everything we've read indicates that this is a phenomenal tool, but, like we said, first you have to be able to afford it. Right now, it's selling in Australia for $1,922 which translates to $1,694. In Britian, it goes for 856 pounds, or $1,696 dollars. So there you have it, a $1,700 miter saw. We thought our Bosch was a bit on the expensive side at $600, but we could almost buy three of those for the price of one Kapex. So what do you guys think, is this going to be worth it? Is there really going to be an extra $1,000 of value over and above the Bosch/DeWalt saws? Or are they just getting away with it because they can? It sounds pretty insane to us, but if it's worth it, it's worth it.
Read more about the Kapex at Festool's British site, Popular Woodworking, and don't miss Gary Katz's review of it. There's also a short video of it here here.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 28, 2008 5:00 AM
I think festool laces their tools with a highly addictive, mind-to-wallet altering substance that is assimilated through skin contact with festool handles. I mean, at first, you look at these and say "No way am I dropping x-amount on the same tool I can get for 1/3 the price!" Then after you you start using one, you think, "1700 for the new miter saw--not bad, maybe if I sell a few of my yellow and black tools on ebay, I can come up with it.