The Festool Kapex KS 120, with its futuristic looks and its $1300 price tag, is in a class by itself price-wise. You could pick up any of several other well-built, well-designed 10″ slide compound miters for $400-600. How about the Makita LS1016, for about 45% of the price of the Festool?
There is still merit to buying the Festool, however, even considering the price differences. One thing to consider is the better-than-most three year warranty. And it also comes with features no other manufacturer has thought of.
Now you have to ask yourself if the high price of the Festool Kapex 120 is justifiable to you. If you’re a finish contractor working in high-end home construction or doing exclusive remodels, it’s entirely possible that it is. Do you want your work to be the absolute best it can be and take pride in the outcome? Then you need the best tools.
Your Reputation Depends On The Impression You Make
The first thing a homeowner who is spending thousands of dollars for a remodel of their home notices is the detail quality of your work. Does everything fit with no gaps? What the customer sees determines what they’ll think of you. The same is true for the person shopping for a new home.
The next thing the remodel customer will look for is a mess: did you leave the place neat and tidy?
On both counts, the Festool Kapex KS 120 is unbeatable. Yes, you can do some good work with another brand of miter saw, but with all its state-of-the-art features, the Kapex will make it quite a bit easier for you to meet your customer’s expectations. And if it’s mated up with the Festool Cleantex dust extractor, you’ll see up to 91% of the sawdust collected while you work. Wouldn’t you rather spend your time making sawdust than sweeping up sawdust? (It may be possible to adapt a shop vacuum to the Kapex if you’re not prepared to part with an additional $350 600.)
The point is, when you produce top-notch work and leave the area nice and tidy, you’ll make a remarkable impression. And that leads to a solid reputation.
And when you start building a reputation like that, as the carpenter who does great work AND leaves the place clean, you’ll begin to get some solid recommendations. Guess what you can do with your bids once you’ve reached that point? More money will be coming your way.
I’ve mentioned the Festool Kapex KS 120 features here a couple of time so I have to talk about at least one. It comes with not one, but two lasers, one on each side of the blade. Would that help you make precision cuts or what?