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  1. #1
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    Default Sliding Compound Mitre Saw

    Hi Forum,

    Reaching out to those much smarter than I - looking to buy a sliding compound mitre saw, and as the plan is to retire in a couple of years looking for more or a high end model that will likely be the last one I buy. Given this would appreciate people thoughts on some of the higher end models out there - i.e is Festool worth the extra,
    Thanks to all in advance


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    Festool is worth the money, quality build, quality/unique features and when used with a good dusty(Festool) awesome dust control. Good warranty, rarely needed, good backup.

    I have recently bought the Midi dusty to go with my Festool tools, do yourself a favour and buy the matching dusty.

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    I will confess in saying that the Festool Kapex 120 is the only SCMS I've used, but as George says, the dust control is pretty impressive when you consider how much dust gets spewed out by a mitre saw. I've paired mine with a CT36 I got with the track saw (also an impressive piece of kit).

    It's cut anything I've asked it to and I need to look down to make sure I've actually cut anything... figure of speech, but it truly does cut like a knife through butter.

    I would buy one again in a heartbeat. The dual laser that shows the exact boundary of the cut is incredibly useful too.

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    My vote goes to the Bosch glide. Smooth and accurate. Dust extraction is not the best though. I however have to say that I use scms for building and renovation. But hardly for woodworking. I find I use my table saw far more often for that purpose.

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    I've got a Festool Kapex 120 and would definitely say it's worth the extra money. The ease of use and adjustment is by far the best I've come across.

    I use a Makita at work and have used Dewalts (at Tafe) and a Milwaukee (for a builder I labour for occasionally), and find the Festool to be superior.

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    I had the Bosch Glide and found it had too many moving parts and was not as accurate as I had hoped and wanted. I took it back and explained what I found was lacking, they accepted it back and I got the Kapex. I did have the laser realigned on the Kapex during a warranty job and all round I would say the Kapex is a superior machine. You do get what you pay for. I had a couple of Hitachi sliding compounds and the small version with a fine blade is great. I also have a small Makita with the 190mm blade and I find that is also very good. The downside of the Kapex is that it is heavy and is not suitable to take out of the workshop. The lighter Hitachi and Makita are great for on site work. I find now that I use the smaller Makita the most. It just depends what you want to do with it. Unless you are cutting posts or very thick timber you may find that the larger blade saws are just a waste.

    Col.
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    I've had several brand drop-saws over the years, and the Kapex wins hands down on pretty much every front. I use my trusty old ELU TGS172 for general construction work, but for demanding and more precise woodworking as others have pointed out, you can't beat the Festool. If you want a tool that will faithfully last years and be as good in 10 years time as it was new, and more importantly a tool you'll want to use, then Festool for sure IMHO. It also isn't like a screaming banshee as a lot are.

    If you do get one, try and wheel and deal them into bundling the side extensions with a discount if possible, I really wish I had, and will get a set sometime soon.

    cheers, Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbarrett View Post
    Hi Forum,

    Reaching out to those much smarter than I - looking to buy a sliding compound mitre saw, and as the plan is to retire in a couple of years looking for more or a high end model that will likely be the last one I buy. Given this would appreciate people thoughts on some of the higher end models out there - i.e is Festool worth the extra,
    Thanks to all in advance


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    Hi I bought a Swarts Sliding Compound Mitre Saw and I'm glad I did the extra research on , definitely worth it.

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    Sent you a PM

    Col
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbarrett View Post
    Hi Forum,

    Reaching out to those much smarter than I - looking to buy a sliding compound mitre saw, and as the plan is to retire in a couple of years looking for more or a high end model that will likely be the last one I buy. Given this would appreciate people thoughts on some of the higher end models out there - i.e is Festool worth the extra,
    Thanks to all in advance


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    Hi if you would like to have a look at the saw that I have send me a pm for a time and date to view the compound saw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alby123 View Post
    Hi if you would like to have a look at the saw that I have send me a pm for a time and date to view the compound saw.
    Many thanks for the invitation Alby, at this stage I am perusingan opportunity on a Festool Saw
    Regards
    Brenton

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