Thanks for the honest review, as I was sceptical from day one about that LED shadow thingy. Pretty big bummer. Cheap engineering choice here.
The dust extraction is usually Festool's flagship bulletpoint, if it is sub-par then it is a real problem. I'll wait for more feedbacks with a 36mm hose though.
The slow spindown is only a problem if you wait for complete blade stop before you lift the saw, which I have never done on my Bosch saw and I have never suffered a single kickback on that saw.
I'd be interrested in knowing :
- is there a detent at the vertical 0° position (square cutting) and is this detend adjustable (set screw as a stop or else ?)
- is the LED adjustable sideways in case the light is not perfectly centered with the blade plane
- is this saw throwing offcuts or kickback sensitive like the KS120
Slow spindown can be a problem when cutting bevels/standing miters and the stock rests on the blade after the cut or flings back if there is some tension in the wood. Same with cutting off small keepers - it is not the kickback, it is having small pieces flying off in very direction.
I have almost never had kick back on my Makita (except for cutting scraps in a heap which is stupid anyway) but small parts have a tendency to fly off at times if I raise the blade prematurely. My Makita has a higher rpm and very long spiiiiiiiiiiiiindooooooooown though so more sensitive than the Kapex KS60E.
A 36mm hose will probably help out. I only run 27mm hoses on my on site equipment for compatibility with other tools but in a shop environment or semi stationary set up a 36mm hose would make sense.
Yes there is a zero stop. It can be adjusted.
LED was not as useful to _me_ as I would have hoped.
It cannot be adjusted - but it isn't supposed to be adjusted. At point of contact you can always trust the shadow produced in this configuration.
I like adjustable Lasers better. I always check first cut with blade tooth so I am not worried about laser being off after that. In too bright sunlight I check with the tooth/blade anyway and/or make a length stop for repeat cuts.
I don't know if the Kapex KS60 is as kick back sensitive as the KS120.