Thank you Michael.
A fair comparison would be the Metabo equivalent - the one without the SYM feature.
Both saws are forward projection saws and actually look similar. Let's review the specs:
Metabo KGSV Xact 72 Festool KS60E KGSV Xact 72 SYM (equal to non SYM except weight)
Blade/size/teeth 216mm 40T 216mm 36T
Cut Capacity 72x305mm 60x305mm
Mitre 50/50 60/60 50/50 + SYM Fence
Bevel 47/47 47/46
Input power 1800/1500W*) 1200W
Speed range 2200-6300/min 1300-3500/min
LED/Laser Yes/Yes Yes/No
Weight 16,1 kg 17,8 kg 18,3 kg
Price £444/SEK5595 £619/SEK8495 £548/SEK6615
Looking at the specs the KS60E has 60/60 for mitre which is great but for everything else it looks like Metabo has the upper hand: higher cut capacity, more power, a larger and more useful rev range and lower weight by no less than 1,7kg which is significant. It even comes with a Laser.
There is really no arguing that the Metabo does have better specs on paper - and at a significantly lower cost.
The price difference in Sweden between the two is not marginal, it is HUGE.
What would the Festool have over the Metabo?
Dust extraction is normally Festools forte but with the 27mm hose it is not that great at all on the KS60E and the Metabo is said to have improved dust extraction with two suction channels. Maybe they are equal in that regard and both would probably fare better with a 36mm hose over the 27mm hose. The Metabo might be great with regards to dust extraction - but I haven't seen it in action.
Blade brake is absent on both the Metabo and the KS60E. The Metabo I think takes a little longer to spin down the blade to a stop after each cut which is a pity. None of them are stellar in this regard but both are surely better than my old Makita. It is normally nothing I worry about but when doing bevel cuts / crown molding or chopping down small pieces I do like saws with blade brake. A blade brake is nice to have and neither one has it.
Accuracy and Cut quality?
I don't know. Some blade wobble on the KS60E and a less than stellar cut with the standard blade was a let down for me. The Metabo has a higher rev range and a 40T blade as standard. I have not tried the Metabo and it could be more prone to sample variation so could be better than, on par with Festool or inferior. This is just speculation, of course.
I would love the opportunity to compare them.
Made in Germany vs Made in China?
The KS60E is well built and feels solid, as do all levers and knobs. Yet, in action it does not inspire that same confidence the KS120 has. I am assuming the KGSV XACT is made/assembled in China. But I am not sure of it. What I do know is that the XACT SYM feels pretty solid. I did fondle one briefly when I picked up my (made in China) Metabo 18V SCMS. From memory it is well made but not to the level of the KS60E.
I am contemplating the Metabo XACT or XACT SYM but it is a 45min drive to the nearest place that has one of them in store and wrong side of town for me. If I get a half day off I might head out for an assessment. I think they only have the SYM in store but I am on the fence about the added weight, literally.
*) 1800W s1 100% 1500W s6 20% @ speed settings/input?