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Author Topic: New Kapex 120 REB - hot gearbox, oil from vents, table not level and more...  (Read 6928 times)

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Offline Birdhunter

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I’ve had none of these issues on my older Kapex. Even so, I wish Festool would sell a machine tool level Kapex. I’m sure the cost would be quite high, but there has to be a market for a Kapex at least as good as the big SawStop. Such a tool would have a decent motor, flat machined bed, and highly sturdy and accurate settings. Ie a machine tool
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Offline ahairoffsquare

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I’ve had none of these issues on my older Kapex. Even so, I wish Festool would sell a machine tool level Kapex. I’m sure the cost would be quite high, but there has to be a market for a Kapex at least as good as the big SawStop. Such a tool would have a decent motor, flat machined bed, and highly sturdy and accurate settings. Ie a machine tool

This is what I was led to think I was getting (a machine grade tool), based on the salesman's hype when I first bought it. For the price (over 2x the saw I replaced it with), it's certainly what I'd expect.

But honestly, I'd expect even a decent consumer grade saw to have a 'decent motor, flat machined bed, and highly sturdy and accurate settings'. Whats the point of a miter saw without these things?

Offline Cheese

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But honestly, I'd expect even a decent consumer grade saw to have a 'decent motor, flat machined bed, and highly sturdy and accurate settings'. Whats the point of a miter saw without these things?

Over the years, I've owned 3 different Milwaukee saws that possessed all of those features, the only problem was that after some minimal use the settings were always off a hair and I was constantly tweaking the things to get 90º miters.

I purchased my Kapex 6 years ago, set up the saw when I first got it and I've never had to tweak it since.

It's unfortunate that you had the issues that you did because the Kapex does work well.

Offline squall_line

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This was all a very unfortunate update to read.

Between the prices and the service level, I feel really bad for our Festool-wanting brothers and sisters in Australia.

Offline ahairoffsquare

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Well, a bit of side note/update  - on Sunday, my neighbor came home with his own shiny new Kapex. Had a bit of chat over the fence as he unloaded it, he knows I'm in the business and we often talk/borrow tools. Mentioned I'd had one previously but said nothing more. Said I was happy  to give him a hand squaring it up, if needed.

A few hours later, I got a knock on my door - "So uhhh, how much oil is normal for these to leak?"

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« Last Edit: May 23, 2022, 10:08 AM by ahairoffsquare »

Offline woodbutcherbower

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My sympathy at this horror story. Many guys on here (myself included) have Festool gear which gets professionally tortured, but still never misses a beat and is exactly what a premium tool’s supposed to be - dead accurate and dead reliable. UK customers also get good service - not as good as Hilti’s - but that company really is in a league all of its own. I hope you get fixed up with something which does what you need it to.

Best wishes from a non-whingeing Pom.
« Last Edit: June 02, 2022, 04:27 AM by woodbutcherbower »