January 28, 2008

Festool Kapex KS 120 Sliding Compound Miter Saw

festool_kapex.gifUPDATE: 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

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Recent Comments

When I first saw the Kapex come in to Ace my first thought was what a pricey saw. After playing with it for 5 minutes I thought it was so worth it. Key features are blade safety, variable speed, 10 pounds less than competitors saw, easy to read and the fast fix ( one hand blade changing system). What a Sweet Saw!


Posted by: The Tool Guy at July 9, 2008 4:09 PM

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.


Posted by: MDFritz at March 20, 2008 7:04 PM

I thought 599 was pricey...


Posted by: bc at January 30, 2008 11:44 PM

If I needed to build the Starship Enterprise, I'd want one of these.

I think I need to build the Starship Enterprise.


Posted by: Lee Gibson at January 28, 2008 7:34 PM
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