I'm really not trying to be argumentative but what you have shown are 2 examples from different companies that are not part of an integrated system. While the Mikwaukee saw may cut extremely well I believe hooking it up to dust collection is still a problem and just moving it around would give most a hernia. The Bosch is a fine jigsaw no question but still not part of an integrated system. You could show me one of examples all day, but what I want you to show me is another tool company available in NA that is on the same level as Festool for a consistently cheaper price. From your previous statements on the forum you are hobbyist and don't make your living with your tools so price is very important to you, I understand that. I personally want Festool to keep using the system approach, ask the fill in blank questions, produce tools that make me money and not strive for mediocrity that most tool manufactures have succumb too.
Well, as per your request, I gave you examples of tools that provide similar functionality to their Festool counterparts at a fraction of the cost. By "similar functionality" I mean that there is virtually nothing that can be done with the Festool units that can't be done with these other units (btw, your comment about dust collection on the Milwaukee miter saw is completely wrong; it works as well as the Kapex, but it seems you have a pre-conceived notion that anything NOT Festool is inferior, regardless of how well it may work) .
As for me being a hobbyst, yes, I fully admit to that, and yes, price is a LEGITIMATE concern; In fact, I'm pretty sure price is a concern to the majority here, given that most professionals visiting this forum are small (sometimes single) operators. It should also be pointed out that it is often the case that hobbysts like me are in a better financial situation to buy tools than a professional that struggles to make a living; so, I guess any smart person should look at price as part of the equation when making equipment purchases. I like to be objective and avoid the "Festool groupie" mentality where anything Festool is great and the price is therefore justified.
Finally, I would like to mention that the Festool "Integrated System" is the norm these days - a good example is the tracksaw by Dewalt (http://www.dewalt.com/us/tracksaw/
). I'm not saying it is better than its Festool counterpart. I'm saying that people have OPTIONS these days and Festool will be wise to factor that into their pricing strategy (they already do that to an extent with their prices in Europe vs USA). That was the gist of my post and I still maintain it - but respect anyone's right to disagree :-)