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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.
Features:
  • 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
Includes:
  • Kapex KS 120 EB Sliding Compound Miter Saw - 561287
  • MiterFast Angle Transfer Device
  • Work Piece Clamp
  • 10 in. (260mm) 60T HW Saw Blade
  • Wrench
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Specifications

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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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend (25)
No, I would not recommend this to a friend (3)
Pros
Easy To Use (25)
Powerful (23)
Lightweight (1)
Cons
Uncomfortable to Use (1)
Best Uses
Frequent Use (1)
Large Projects (1)
Small Projects (1)
Home Repair (1)
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Powerful
Cons
Uncomfortable to Use
Best Uses
Frequent Use
Large Projects
Small Projects
Home Repair
Overall pleased but it isn't perfect. But for accuracy? Hard to beat!
First some info about me so you can decide if my review matters :-)

I'm 60, been a hobbyist for nearly 45 years and have owned several miter saws. I'd say about 8 or more over the years, the Bosch Axial most recently.

Did a lot of flatwork over the years but now I'm primarily a woodturner. I do segmented stuff sometimes and realized that I don't need much of a miter saw for that work. Got an 8" small one and immediately regretted it.

So I ordered the Kapex and it arrived at the local UPS store which a friend owns and you can see how it arrived. Not to happy with the box to tell the truth but the tool itself turned out to be unaffected in any way.

Unpacking is as simple as sliding it out and picking it up. A couple of minutes reading the manual (very poorly executed) to get ready for the first test cut.

I was up and running in just a few minutes. No adjustments needed at all. Thumbs up :-)

I hooked it up to my dust collector (an Oneida V-3000) using the existing hose, a bit of duct tape and a hose clamp.

I was pretty much sold on the first cut. Dead square, smooth with the supplied blade, cut literally like a knife through soft butter - I mean zero resistance - in a piece of 4/4 oak 4" wide.

And the dust collector actually collects dust. Very efficiently. I continue to be surprised by just how much dust ISN'T laying around my shop after using this saw.

Overall, it's a very nice balance of features, accuracy and quality with a couple of quirks and shortcomings that are hard for me to understand.

Negatives:

First, the aforementioned manual. A small booklet in the usual multiple languages, but with a dearth of images and those that are supplied are poorly identified and hard to reconcile to the references in the text. Also, there are glaring omissions (for example, how to remove the clamp, which you will have to do if you want to make a right bevel cut more than 25 or so degrees?)

I don't like the handle. I've gotten accustomed to the T-handles and they are far more comfortable to use because your wrist is in a natural position. You can't just cut 300 segments with ease like I could with the Bosch. On the other hand, I'll say that the parts I've cut so far have been very precise.

Laser switch. The good is that this laser doesn't use batteries. The bad is that the switch is on the back of the housing and you'll have to get used to feeling for it for a while. It stays on awhile and then goes off if you walk away from the saw for whatever time it's internal settings dictate. Anyway, I don't care for the location of the switch.

Clunky feel in operation. You cannot lower the blade at all unless you depress the safety switch. And when you do lower the blade, there is a clumsy feeling sort of "clunk" about halfway in its travel. Takes some getting used to.

Positive stop for 90 degree bevel. Is there one? I don't know. I know it's easy to set but doesn't seem to have a positive stop and if it is that un-intuitive, then I consider it to be less than optimal.

Zero clearance insert. What zero clearance insert? My point exactly. For $1475, can you help a brother out with $10 worth of phenolic?

And couldn't you guys throw a scale on the fence? Or just put an adhesive metal tape measure in the box so we could apply it? I know not everyone wants that but some of us do. And yes, we know that miters affect the accuracy but nonetheless it's helpful for straight crosscuts.

Positives:

Accurate. Let me say it again. This is the first time I have been able to take a saw out of a box, set the angle to 30 degrees and cut 6 pieces of stock, and then assemble them into a ring with no sanding or tweaking. That alone makes me glad I bought the saw.

Setting bevels is without question the easiest on any saw I've ever owned.

The blade that they provide is every bit as good as the Freud, 80 tooth carbide ATB negative rake miter blade that I pulled of the Bosch before I sold it.

The clamp, although requiring removal for bevels, is excellent. It is like a fast clamp in that you can just slide it in place and set it with a cam, unlike the clamps on every other miter saw I've owned. Those I just put somewhere I could remember in case I wanted to sell the saw. This one I'll use.

Dust collection is simply another level beyond all others. I read the claims and thought, sure, I'm calling BS on that. But it really is amazing.

Laser - twin lasers actually - are a great aid and something that I would never have considered using in the past. They weren't a factor in my buying decision because my limited experience with others didn't impress me. These do. I can comfortably assume that they are on the mark and have been very pleased with the results.

Soft start is pretty nice. I didn't even know it mattered to me. Apparently it does. Nice feature.

Having said that, I'd buy it again given the choice.
July 14, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Describe Yourself:
Avid Do-it-Yourselfer
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Festool... Unbelievably expensive
I sold a very good Milwaukee 12" compound miter saw to buy this saw. Was it worth it? I'm still not sure. I do know that Festool,makes exceptional products. I have bought several Festool products and have no complaint other than I feel they are laughing all the way to the bank. It is too bad that other tool manufactures can't build their products to the same standards. I guess the bottom line is that I like using the best tools I can afford and by far Festool is the best on the market.
May 30, 2016
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Powerful
Just doesn't get much better than this
I'm an operational engineer that looks at tool purchases as an investment, and I do believe that you get what you pay for. This saw is absolutely great. It's rugged, has a smaller footprint by comparison, and very accurate. The guard and safety aspects make this a no brainer. This saw is so well thought out and engineered it's amazing. I spent a lot of time researching this saw and, at first, had a hard time justifying the expense. Worth it. Go for the extractor as all. I do not have a lot of room in my shop/garage and the Festool brand offers me portability, reliability, and accuracy.
May 19, 2016
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Powerful
I have be looking at this for about 4 years.
Have been looking this saw for about 4 years but the price has been keeping me from pulling the trigger. I had a project coming up and wonted a saw with more capacity. Decide to make the investment. It is a supper nice saw and dose not have any play in it. I think I will be very happy for a long time.
May 13, 2016
Describe Yourself:
Avid Do-it-Yourselfer
Recommendations
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Pros
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
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Powerful
Precision is paramount
Are there less expensive, equally capable mitre saws on the market? The short answer is yes. To compare the Kapex with competitors is like comparing sushi purchased at 7 Eleven vs. sourced through a Master Chef from Japan. Festool's Kapex excels in areas that most people over look. The compact foot print and light weight is icing on a cake. There are many thoughtful details built in that would take pages to explain. In short, the efficient and effective design makes production work easier, i.e., you can do more faster. For me the selling point was dust extraction (it's the best, ands down) because I like to work inside when possible. One last comparison to give another perspective, IMHO the Kapex is the benchmark that others try to reproduce. The Kapex is like a high performance German sports car with small displacement, that through nimbleness destroys a high displacement vehicle on a track (Think David vs. Goliath). Finally the build quality is super. The way knobs twist, buttons depress, to it smooth gliding action you know you've purchased quality. Here's food for thought...the first time I heard of Festool and saw the price, my jaws dropped. Five years later I have a collection of Festool tools...it's worth it. Unless you use it, it'll be hard to explain.
April 15, 2016
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Amazing Saw
Well it's a festool so... Great saw very well thought out minor issue with the flatness of base but festool and CPO both take care of their customers
January 5, 2016
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Powerful
You get what you pay for!
I've been a cabinetmaker for 40+ years and this is one great saw. Precise and easily indexed when I need miter cuts or bevels etc. I don't have any negative remarks about this saw. Pricey but you get what you pay for!
December 15, 2015
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Powerful
Kapex amazing
Love the design incredibly safe and feels unlike any other saw I ever had
November 7, 2015
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Powerful
Professional tool performance
Could not ask for more.
March 13, 2015

Questions & Answers

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What Blade comes with the Festool Kapex mitre Saw?
A shopper on Jan 23, 2018
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.

Warranty

Festool Warranty

Festool offers a 3-year warranty, one of the longest in the industry. This warranty is valid on the pre-condition that the tool is used and operated in compliance with the Festool operating instructions. Festool warrants that the specified tool will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a term of 3 years from the date of purchase.

Conditions of 1 + 2 warranty

You are entitled to a free extended warranty (1 year + 2 years = 3 years) for your Festool power tool. Festool is responsible for all shipping costs during the first year of the warranty. During the second and third year of the warranty the customer is responsible for shipping the tool to Festool. Festool will pay for return shipping to the customer using UPS Ground Service. All warranty service is valid 3 years from the date of original purchase on your receipt or invoice.

Festool makes no other warranty, express or implied, for Festool portable power tools. No agent, representative, distributor, dealer, or employee of Festool has the authority to increase or otherwise change the obligations or limitations of this warranty. The obligations of Festool in its sole discretion under this warranty shall be limited to the repair or replacement of any Festool portable power tool that is found to be defective as packaged with the User Manual.

Excluded from the coverage under this warranty are: normal wear and tear; damages caused by misuse, abuse, or neglect; damage caused by anything other than defects in material and workmanship. This warranty does not apply to accessory items such as circular saw blades, drill bits, router bits, jigsaw blades, sanding belts, and grinding wheels. Also excluded are "wearing parts," such as carbon brushes, lamellas of air tools, rubber collars and seals, sanding discs and pads, and batteries.

Festool portable power tools requiring replacement or repair are to be returned to Festool. Call (800) 554-8741 for address details. In no event shall Festool be liable for any consequential or incidental damages for breach of this or any other warranty, express or implied whatsoever. All warranties implied by state law, including the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are hereby limited to the duration of three years.

Some states in the U.S. do not allow the limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you. With the exception of any warranties implied by state or province law as hereby limited, the foregoing express limited warranty is exclusive and in lieu of all other warranties, guarantees, agreements, and similar obligations of Festool.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights that vary from state to state in the U.S.