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Re: Kapex KS60E review and user comments
« Reply #30 on: February 15, 2017, 01:46 AM »
show us the blade wobble  If it has blade wobble why have you not returned it ? I would not accept blade wobble even on a free saw 
   

True - I no longer have the saw. I might be overly sensitive about it as a lot of mitre saws have a slight wobble when spinning a blade but I was telling it as I saw it.  I will try to upload the video later on. 

Great job Henrik! Thanks!

On the blade wobble I wonder if it could be the blade. One could take it off and put it flat on a table top to check. if not then arbor runout check would be next.

The Metabo sounds nice spec wise and all. Not sure if I read the specs correct in regard to your need for cutting baseboard standing up.


The specs are correct but you can cut larger standing stock than what the spec sheets indicate - but only on thin stock.
I am fine with cutting baseboard on the flat but it I prefer stand up cuts on 70mm baseboard or smaller.
And yes on the blade but I didn't keep the saw so could not check the blade. It seemed to cut square but I did not test it on thicker stock or larger stock for deviations.

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Offline ach_78

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Re: Kapex KS60E review and user comments
« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2017, 09:01 AM »
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

Re: Kapex KS60E review and user comments
« Reply #32 on: February 17, 2017, 02:59 AM »
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. 



Festool:  CS 50EB precisio set, Domino DF500, DF XL 700, OFK500 edge router, OF1010 router EHL65 planer, CTL Mini/Midi Vac, CTL 26 vac MFT800+1080 tables
DSC-AG Grinder,  RAS 115
Rotex 150, ETS EC 150/5 RTS400
Drills: T18, BHC18, CXS.
SysLite KAL II, SYS Rock.
Sys- and Sortainers galore.

Line up has been reduced with the introduction of Mafell/Metabo tools. Red Green and Blue do mix well in the shop.

Offline drible79

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Re: Kapex KS60E review and user comments
« Reply #33 on: June 03, 2017, 02:59 PM »
 I too have had a bitter sweet experience with my first Kapex.  Having seen the reviews on YouTube (thank you Peter and Dave) I eagerly opened my new toy when it arrived and fitted it to its new UG cart.  Having owned a heavy Dewalt which was sold to fund this purchase I was delighted with the weight and size. 

The machine felt well build and the slide mechanism is sublime.  I then went about checking it for true and square.  The fence was not and is not square to the bed.  Its out by maybe 0.5mm which for my DIY needs is sufficient, however, not what I was expecting.  I was also surprised when I discovered that it wasn't cutting square either, out by 1mm over its full cut length.  I went to adjust it and the hex head bolts on the fence were so tight from the factory that I rounded two of them trying to remove it.  Fortunately I managed to loosen them sufficiently that I could remove them and replace them once square.  I had the light on my previous saw and I have to say I quite like it.  I tend to simply align my blade with my cut line but its useful if you are using it with a less experienced friend/family member.  I haven't used it in anger sufficiently yet to talk about its dust extraction qualities but I suspect it is better than any mitre saw I have used to date. 

The UG cart is a god send.  I have a standard one car UK garage and to be able to fold it up and move it about with ease actually makes me more inclined to use it for jobs I would previously have not bothered with.  The extensions are a good design and I am glad I have them but the tapes on them are infuriatingly inaccurate.  Not only are they out against all of my other tapes but they are not consistent along their own length as if they have been stretched in places whilst being installed.  That rather defeats the purpose of having them for me as I had hoped to use them in conjunction with a tape for bang on cuts.
Kapex KS60, TS55REQ, MFT/3, CXS, Rotex RO125, OF1010, DF500, Carvex PSB420, CTL Midi.

Offline slimm

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Re: Kapex KS60E review and user comments
« Reply #34 on: June 16, 2017, 03:38 AM »
I found the ks60 to be an utterly pointless saw for anything other than cutting flooring. I returned mine within a day and ironically I was the second person that week to have returned one.