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Offline jlcichocki

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I need a miter saw
« on: May 31, 2020, 11:04 PM »
My old Bosch miter saw is on its last legs.  Been trying to hold on for the Kapex deal that ships in July.  Lately, I have been thinking about the Milwaukee M18 battery powered miter saw.  I would greatly appreciate anyone’s opinion with hands on ability to compare the two saws.  The battery has appeal as well as the 12 inch capacity.  But it doesn’t seem like anything can compete with the Kapex in terms of cut quality and dust collection.  Thanks.

Jeff

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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: I need a miter saw
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2020, 06:57 AM »
I’ve had a really nice miter saw I bought at Home Depot. I gave it away when I got tired of taking it outside to use. The dust collection was terrible. I replaced it with a Kapex years ago. I’ve been very satisfied. I have a dedicated Festool Mini dust collector under the Kapex UG stand connected through a short wide diameter hose. Dust collection, while not perfect, is excellent. The battery option would not be an asset as my Kapex power runs through the vac and the vac would not be battery powered. If I had to take the Kapex to a job site, the battery option would be a good thing but then I’d have to get power to the vac.

To me, the Kapex is a semi-precision tool. If I were slamming through framing 2x4s all day long, I’d look at a non-Kapex option.
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Offline jlcichocki

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Re: I need a miter saw
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2020, 07:17 AM »
I’ve had a really nice miter saw I bought at Home Depot. I gave it away when I got tired of taking it outside to use. The dust collection was terrible. I replaced it with a Kapex years ago. I’ve been very satisfied. I have a dedicated Festool Mini dust collector under the Kapex UG stand connected through a short wide diameter hose. Dust collection, while not perfect, is excellent. The battery option would not be an asset as my Kapex power runs through the vac and the vac would not be battery powered. If I had to take the Kapex to a job site, the battery option would be a good thing but then I’d have to get power to the vac.

To me, the Kapex is a semi-precision tool. If I were slamming through framing 2x4s all day long, I’d look at a non-Kapex option.

Wow thank you.  I was thinking so hard about which saw to get, I actually did forget the vac still needs electricity lol.  I’ll take a step back and rethink my entire work flow.  Thanks again!

Jeff

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: I need a miter saw
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2020, 07:32 AM »
Makita do a 36v vac, we use them with a 36v mitre saw, and 36volt plunge saws.

Just a thought, buying a different make stand in saw, whilst waiting for a Kapex deal, is false economy surely?
I’m speaking as a pro user though  [wink]

Offline Bencan

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Re: I need a miter saw
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2020, 08:29 PM »
Yea so I just bought the kapex machine to replace me 12 year old dewalt 12” dual bevel. IMO this thing is outstanding, the only thing I find as a downer is carrying it in an out of people’s homes. It’s awkward to carry I find. I guess I could buy the stand but I like the one I have for now


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Offline jlcichocki

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Re: I need a miter saw
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2020, 08:50 PM »
Yea so I just bought the kapex machine to replace me 12 year old dewalt 12” dual bevel. IMO this thing is outstanding, the only thing I find as a downer is carrying it in an out of people’s homes. It’s awkward to carry I find. I guess I could buy the stand but I like the one I have for now


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Thank you.  Congrats on the new saw.  I have a 15 yo Bosch, the model just before the glide model.  Needs to go ASAP.

Offline Handyoneill

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Re: I need a miter saw
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2020, 11:41 AM »
Kapex is superb. Used a number of mitre saws over the year. Bought one second hand it's just fsntastic

Offline InspektorGadget

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Re: I need a miter saw
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2020, 12:49 PM »
I owned a 12" DeWalt non sliding miter saw.  It was great I sold it because I found a Kapex on FB Marketplace, sent it in for a full service and used it for 3 months.  I sold it and bought the DeWalt with the XPS light again.  I was using a CT26 with the upgraded hose diameter on both saws.  The dust collection difference IMO is negligible.  I sold the Kapex, bought the DeWalt miter saw and used the extra money for other tools in my shop.  I have a track saw that I use for any wider cross cuts than my miter aw can handle, which isn't often.

I really wanted to like the Kapex, I have several sanders, domino, routers, saws etc. so I'm a festool fanboy of sorts, but I really wasn't very impressed with it....The Kapex is also the ONLY miter saw I've ever used that I experience kick back with.  Probably user error, but worth nothing.  It happened a lot with the Kapex.

Anyways, that's my two cents.  I love my DeWalt, I'd get a DeWalt or Milwaukee slider but I need it to sit flush against my shop wall so that wasn't an option.  Hope this helps.

My use is primarily building furniture, NOT trim carpentry.  So my use case may not be the same as everyone else.

Offline Bertotti

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Re: I need a miter saw
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2020, 12:13 PM »
I thought about a Kapex a few years ago but I don’t use the miter saw everyday or even every month so I wound up buying a Hitachi. Ironically enough now that I have. 12” miter saw bs the old 10” I use it a lot more. One big issue though is the weight. It weighs a ton! Must be darn near 70lbs! Otherwise I love it. I set the rails forward and need almost no clearance behind it as the saw slides forward like the Kapex. Very nice to save the room behind it. I’m not a fan of all the battery operated stuff. Other than drivers I still stick with corded tools. I hate having a tool with an expensive consumable part.
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Offline ChuckM

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Re: I need a miter saw
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2020, 12:32 PM »
Snip.
I’m not a fan of all the battery operated stuff. Other than drivers I still stick with corded tools. I hate having a tool with an expensive consumable part.

Me neither, not to mention the fact that changes or improvements in battery technology can easily make a huge investment obsolete in just years. Sometimes, a battery can even cost as much as a tool itself from a different brand. The worst? There's no one standard like DVDs, USB, etc. across different brands and platforms. I own 5 different cordless drills for which only one has a spare battery.

Murphy's Law also tells me that I often run out of juice when I don't have a spare charged battery around (unless I count a break of a couple of hours a good thing). Sometimes, I work 6 hours in a row, and I hate to look for alternatives when a battery "dies" on me in the middle of something. Corded...never an issue.
« Last Edit: November 01, 2020, 12:35 PM by ChuckM »

Offline A M Carpentry

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Re: I need a miter saw
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2020, 01:02 PM »
As a professional carpenter I would not hesitate in recommending the Kapex mitre saws.
Have used and/or owned De-walts, Makitas, Electra Beckem, Bosch and a few others I fail to remember the names of and none even come close to the Kapex.
Accuracy, depth of cut/cross cut/bevel, ease of use, build quality are second to none.
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Re: I need a miter saw
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2020, 10:32 AM »
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