Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: SC or LA neither one in Cali
First, I mentioned the OMGA mainly to point out that the Festool is not remotely the most expensive miter saw. OMGA miter and radial arm saws don't tend to be in hobby or light commercial shops, they are built like heavy and command a significant price.
One of the biggest things about a miter saw is its precision (used in the scientific sense). The Kapex is 45 degrees every time you set it in the 45 degree stop. It is engineered well and will surprise you over time with the "little things". One thing is the dual laser line, easy to adjust and when adjusted hits both sides of the saw kerf amazingly well, over and over, the laser lines also are less fuzzy than most saw lasers. Although, you did say you have plenty of room I find woodworkers tend to expand like water and take up every bit of space they have over time. The Kapex is very compact for its capacity. This compactness is part of what helps it be precise out at the end of the stroke. It is true no miter saw particluarly sliders have great dust collection, but the Kapex is better than the rest but it is not nearly as "dustless" as most other Festool tools. Also you might spend some time understanding the "system" approach Festool takes, where all the tools are designed to mate and accessories work for multiple tools and a tool bought today works with older accessories etc.
For full disclosure I don't own the Kapex, I use a radial arom saw for most of the functions of a CSMS but do have the Milwaukee I mentioned earlier for complex bevel cuts which I find quicker to set up on a CSMS.
One could also argue buying a Kapex for ones first CSMS doesn't make sense, in my world it makes perfect sense because you are either going to become a woodworker or not. If you do you have one of the best saws which will give you better results due to its precision, accuracy and ease of use, it also has a huge following that can help you if you need it, Festool has entire forums dedicated to just Festool tools. If you decide WWing isn't for you, you can sell the Kapex in a heartbeat for a much bigger percentage of your cost than any of the other machines and likely after a year and selling each the Festool will almost certainly cost you less to own.
Bottom line most Festools look stupid expensive until you use them, then you begin to see the amount of value they have. The reality is most of the people that only own one Festool just haven't had time to get back to the store yet or they are still putting pennies in the piggy bank.
PS there are lots of good videos on youtube showing the Kapex and most of the dealers will have one out to play with, the better ones can walk you through the advantages.
Last edited by Huxleywood; 02-27-2012 at 04:57 PM.