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Offline cuc717

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Mafell KSS 40
« on: October 06, 2020, 07:00 PM »
Anyone have any experience with this saw? I've heard wonderful things about it, was wondering if it would be wise to use this instead of a miter saw. I would love to have a Kapex, but I currently don't have the space for it. Thanks everyone!

EDIT: I will be moving to a place where I will have space for it in 6 months or so, would I be better off saving that money and using it to purchase a Kapex?
« Last Edit: October 06, 2020, 07:11 PM by cuc717 »

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Offline mrB

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Re: Mafell KSS 40
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2020, 09:37 PM »
I don't really Know anything about the Mafell you mention, but I have the Festool HKC that I believe functions similarly.

A saw like this can kind of substitute for a Mitre/Chop Saw, but in no way is it an either or situation, they are very different saws. I am pretty sure that the Kapex will give you substantially better cut accuracy, quality and efficiency in most situations where it's capabilities can compete/compare with the Mafell you are talking about.

If you really need a chops saw then the Mafell is an un-ideal substitute. But the Mafell can do things a chop saw can't, like longer cuts and portability. .
there's nothing like the right tool for the job

Offline mkasdin

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Re: Mafell KSS 40
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2020, 11:19 PM »
Anyone have any experience with this saw? I've heard wonderful things about it, was wondering if it would be wise to use this instead of a miter saw. I would love to have a Kapex, but I currently don't have the space for it. Thanks everyone!

EDIT: I will be moving to a place where I will have space for it in 6 months or so, would I be better off saving that money and using it to purchase a Kapex?
the kss-40 is a different beast than the hkc-55. It’s typically used for hardwood flooring applications, and trim work.  Mafell makes a kss-50 and a kss-60 which is more in line to the hkc-55. Except it’s got a deeper cut. I think the kss saws are nice but they are closer to the $1,200 price point, the Festool is half the price, which sounds ridiculous to say - “it’s a bargain!”

Offline jarbroen

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Re: Mafell KSS 40
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2020, 06:30 PM »
There are some previous threads on the KSS 40.

It's an awesome saw, but I would not get one instead of a Kapex.
The KSS40 excels at being a portable crosscut saw with mitre capabilities.  If you want absolute precision/accuracy and deeper than 1 1/4" cut, that's where it will come up short.
Plus, the Kapex gives you ease of repeatability, fences to customize, hold downs, etc.

I use the KSS40 for doing outside work when I don't want to haul a mitre saw or don't have power close by.  And it's super handy to take to the work instead of taking the work to the saw.  Fencing, decks, siding, basic trim.
I tried the KSS40 out on some flat cherry trim and gave up after the first couple mitres - I just wasn't precise enough with my method to get the angles I wanted.  Kapex one in that instance - just had to haul it up 3 flights of stairs.

The crosscut fence on the KSS40 is awesome.  The 90 lock is really 90.  Unlike the HKC which I read complaints about it being 'kinda' 90.  Also the adjustability to different angles is great.  Came in super handy doing siding up into the eaves.
Oh, and the flexirail that comes with is super handy for cutting sheeting.
It also comes with an edge guide that works really well for doing rips(once I figured out the tricks to using it).

Long story short, KSS40 is a great, small portable crosscut saw. 
The Kapex is a great, compound mitre saw.
Only you can decide which features you'd rather compromise on.