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FESTOOL DISCUSSIONS => Festool Tools & Accessories => Topic started by: Trimwood on January 07, 2021, 11:28 PM

Title: Kapex Saw
Post by: Trimwood on January 07, 2021, 11:28 PM
I am wanting to know does anyone use the kapex saw on the job daily continuously doing trim work ? I wanted to know how it works for production trim jobs moving daily . Also is it hard to do compound miters  for coping . Does saw offer a dust bag instead of vacuum system
Title: Re: Kapex Saw
Post by: pettyconstruction on January 08, 2021, 12:07 AM
I have , 4-5 days at a time.
Only a few times though.

Compound miters are easy, although I usually cut crown “ nested”
No bag comes with it , it may work,I’ll have to find out.

I think the saws and sanders that use the bag ,have some sort of blower to help with the DC.
Cheers Charlie

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Title: Re: Kapex Saw
Post by: Dan Rush on January 08, 2021, 09:15 AM
I'm primarily a cabinet installer, so mine sees 2-3 hard days work,  then rests for a few days. It's an original model from day one release.   I do assist another whole house trim crew from time to time, and their saw is used full time trimming everyday. 

Other than routine maintenance,  neither saw has ever let us down. We both use dedicated dust extractors and I'm not sure that I'd be satisfied with just using a bag for catching dust.  I suppose a bag would be better than nothing.

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Title: Re: Kapex Saw
Post by: kevinculle on January 08, 2021, 12:50 PM
A bag will not collect dust except by random chance unless there is a prime mover like a fan or blower to move the chips into the bag.  Kapex has nothing to provide for chip movement, that's what a vac is for.
Title: Re: Kapex Saw
Post by: ProCarpenterRVA on January 08, 2021, 07:56 PM
I've been trimming with a Kapex 120 now for three years. I've been involved with trim contracts for new homes on and off for thirty years We also have a large old Dewalt dw 708 12", a German dewalt 8-1/2 "from the 1980s which was the first sliding compound miter saw in the world, and a Makita Xsl06pt cordless. Each saw has its individual strengths. I've used all of them for long enough to have to recalibrate fences replace brushes etc. They all intermittently are bolted to three different saw stands : a Rousseau rolling stand with a steel left hand extension wing and measured stop system, a cheap Harbor Freight rolling saw stand with extension legs that I got on Craigslist for 20 bucks and upgraded to flotation tires, or mft tops which I fabricate with the Parf jig and set on steel saw horses and roller stand extensions.

I favor the Kapex for the double laser and accurate smooth cuts using the stock 60 tooth blades. I also use Forrest Chop master blades. Both those blades are very durable. I cut crown on all our saws using the bevel cuts on the flat and find it to be the fastest way to get a good fit.
The Kapex is a great saw. It is the lightest high end saw I've ever had. Don't be afraid to use the Kapex every day. The Makita is the heaviest and the batteries don't help that. To get the 90 percent collection rate for dust on the Kapex , you have to enter your work piece from the front and slide through the entire cut. I used to trim with a 4-5 man crew and we made mountains of sawdust every day. We were using the bags but we were still filling trash cans. With the Kapex use a CT and you can pack up the bag like a hay bale before it stops collecting dust.

Festool is providing you with a three year warranty for professional users. If you want a platform for production carpentry using this saw, take a look at the Rousseau stand. It's a beast that you can count on to handle the heaviest lumber and survive being dropped off the tailgate of a pickup. . The Dewalt saw needed some repair .

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