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Festool KS 120 EB Kapex Sliding Compound Miter Saw

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Capacity in a compact design. Kapex.
The Kapex is the most advanced sliding compound miter saw on the market today. In the hands of a carpenter, the Kapex makes cuts that rival the finest trim work out there. Engineered to be lightweight and compact, the KS 120 is the perfect saw for the workshop or the jobsite. Effective dust extraction, precise cuts, easy adjustments, and quality components are some of the features that should make the KS 120 the number one choice for professional tradesman.
  • Ergonomically designed carrying positions and lightweight 47 lbs. design with locking head provide maximum safety and portability
  • Counter spring balanced bevel adjustment system keeps head in position at any angle even when not locked in place
  • Compact magnesium alloy base offers extreme durability and saves space in the workshop
  • Bevel lock knob controls positive detents and locks bevel angle with three settings: positive detents at 0 and -45 degrees, free movement from -45 to 45 degrees, and free movement up to 47 degrees
  • Special cutting position that provides greater cutting capacity by utilizing the back portion of the blade more effectively
  • Rail forward design with robust 30mm rails prevents head play to ensure smooth, accurate cuts every time
  • Integrated dust ports and dust hood offer enhanced debris removal for cleaner results
  • Dual lasers help users easily align cuts from the left or right side of the blade by clearly defining material that needs removal during cut
  • MMC electronics provide constant blade speed while under load of maximum cutting efficiency
  • Kapex KS 120 EB Sliding Compound Miter Saw - 561287
  • MiterFast Angle Transfer Device
  • Work Piece Clamp
  • 10 in. (260mm) 60T HW Saw Blade
  • Wrench


Series: Kapex
Weight: 47 lbs.
Amperage: 13
Arbor Size: 1/8 in.
Bevel: Dual
Blade Diameter: 10-1/4 in.
Blade Speed (RPM): 3,400
Cutting Capacity (0 Miter/0 Bevel): 12 in. x 3-15/32 in.
Cutting Capacity (45 Miter Left/0 Bevel): 8-15/32 in. x 3-15/32 in.
Cutting Capacity (45 Miter Left/45 Bevel Left): 8-15/32 in. x 2-1/8 in.
Cutting Capacity (45 Miter Left/45 Bevel Right): 8-15/32 in. x 1-3/8 in.
Cutting Capacity (45 Miter Right/0 Bevel): 8-15/32 in. x 3-15/32 in.
Laser Guide System: Yes
Max. Bevel Angle (Left): 47 Degrees
Max. Bevel Angle (Right): 47 Degrees
Max. Miter Angle (Left): 50 Degrees
Max. Miter Angle (Right): 60 Degrees
Slide System: Dual Rail
Voltage: 120V

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4.4 / 5.0
30 Reviews
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend (25)
No, I would not recommend this to a friend (3)
Easy To Use (25)
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No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Google "Kapex motor Failures"
I used this saw as an every day go to saw in the new construction finish carpentry world. Can not argue with the fact that this is the most accurate saw on the market and that festool has the best 3 year warrenty around. That being said, within less than 4 years of owning this saw the motor has burn out on me twice. First time Festool covered it under warrenty after having it for 2 years. It broke on Monday, I shipped if off to get fixed on Tuesday morning and it was returned to my house Thursday evening repaired when I got home from work. Awesome!!!!!(I live about 4 hours away from repair center) A year and a half later, exact same problem. This time out of warrenty and festool will not cover the repair! This is a very common problem with the saw that doesn't surface until a year of regular use so most of the reviews we read online really don't give the full story. Do yourself a favor and look up on the internet " Kapex Motor Failure" I think festool makes some great tools but there is a serious glitch with the Kapex that they are not wanting to make good on at this time. I have owned and operated a finish carpentry business for 18 years and have used all the major brand saws on the market and the Kapex is the only one to have this issue putting it through the same regimient as all the other saws.
May 3, 2016
miter saw
I use this saw in a fixed position in my home shop where I build furniture and cabinets as a hobby. By far and away the best miter saw I have ever used. Solid, durable, accurate. However, the dust collection is poor. I have several other Festool products and generally I am happy with their dust collection. Not so with this saw.
March 17, 2013
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Okay, so it cost a lot
This is by far superior to any other miter saw. The only probplem I encountered was 7 3/4" crown molding, saw could not cut, to deep of material. Other than that, I think it is the best.
December 8, 2008
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Greatest miter saw ever
Very easy to read and adjust angle settings. One of the best tools i ever owned.
December 8, 2008
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Meets my expectations. Money well spent.
I am primarily a furniture maker but have started building kitchen cabinets.
The saw is very precise and well designed. The power has been adequate for all uses so far. For the price that I paid and my experience with other Festool products, I expected it to be great and it has been so far.
December 8, 2008
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Cutting crown mold
I have to comment on Haroldgold's statement that he could not cut 7 3/4" crown mold with this saw. He needs to learn how to use his miter saw. You cut crown mold laying flat on the table and set your miter and bevel cuts as to the degree of crown mold angle used. Crown comes either a 45 degree or 38 degree angle to the wall.
January 8, 2011
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Best 10
WE have our hands in all kinds of woodoworking. We use this saw for furniture, cabinets exterior and interior trim and any other woodworking apps we se fit. This saw challenges some of the 12" saws on the market. The most accurate saw I have ever used. This my 5th mitre saw. I have owned 2 makitas, dewalt, hitachi. The options such as fine bevel adjustment, angle finder and etc. are state of the art. I don't prefer lasers, but these lasers are the finest. The calibration on the mitre gauge are similar to any other saw. The bevel adjustments for calibration are a bit cumbersome. There are just 2 bolts that loosen and tighten. This is not a problem for people that adjust with a square. For us, it can be a pain in the neck that there is not fine adjustment. Our saws are calibrated to within 3 thousandths. Other than that I can't say enough about this saw. It is by far the most accurate and user friendly saw I have ever seen and touched. Do yourself a favor and wax all surfaces with renaissance was or similar. It will help prevent pvc trim and pith from building up on the surfaces and also make moving material over the bed a breeze. I can go on and on about this saw. Do yourself, your customers and your wood a favor and buy one.

This saw will not make you a better carpenter. But for those who already are good this will make your life easier.
August 31, 2011
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
January 4, 2012
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Better Than The Best
Accurate, very easy to use, did I mention accurate. If you are serious about your joinery, this miter saw is a must! Yes, compared to other miter saws it is expensive, but what price do you place on superb accuracy? The radial arm saw is gone!! Coupled with Festool 75 plunge saw, and a good table saw I am able to tackle any project. I primarily work with solid lumber, many different species for the one-of-a-kind pieces I design and build. Occasionally, I use sheet goods. Shame on me...I should have converted to Festool long before now!!
January 29, 2013
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
awesome saw
The best saw you can get! Like all Festool products you might question the price at first until you use one of their tools. I plan to replace all of my tools that die with a Festool product. As far as CPO goes, their great. My miter saw kicked the bucket on a Wednesday and I got my new saw on Saturday.
April 19, 2013

Questions & Answers

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Does the Kapex saw have adjustability. I have two(2) other saws that don't cut to 45 degrees. Can you "fine tune" the Kapex to do this?
Bigdog on May 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this unit has Bevel lock knob controls positive detents and locks bevel angle with three settings: positive detents at 0 and -45 degrees, free movement from -45 to 45 degrees, and free movement up to 47 degrees.
can i use this saw to cut steal and do yous offer a blade to cut steal and will it make a mess out of the saw if i cut steal and then go back to cut oak trim will it clean up if i blow it off or should i get a hole different saw to cut steal i like this saw to cut steal do to the slide option to cut bigger metal
Dales handy service on May 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Festool Kapex Sliding Compound Miter Saw is not designed to cut steel.A totally different saw is recommended.
will the slide arms get rusty if they get wet or pitted up if it gets rained on i work outside every day ????
Dales handy service on May 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend using the Festool 561287 in any kind of wet or rainy environments.


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