Review of Festool Kapex KS 120 sliding compound miter saw

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When looking for a good miter saw, you can never go wrong with the Festool Kapex KS 120 sliding compound miter saw. This saw provides the construction workers, carpenters, and homeowners with an accurate way of cutting lumber effortlessly. By combining a bevel cut together with a miter cut, this compound miter saw surpasses the capabilities of conventional miter saws. These are just some of the features that come with this model. This guide will look at some of the other features that the saw has to offer for you to determine whether it is right for you.

Key features of Festool Kapex KS 120 sliding compound miter saw

  • Lightweight model, weighing 21.5 lbs only
  • Features a rail forward design
  • Three-year warranty
  • Micro-adjustable bevel angle
  • Compact design
  • Equipped with a wrench and hold down clamp


Horizontal Crosscut Capacity (in) – 0° Miter 0° Bevel:12 Saw Blade Diameter (in):10 in
Crosscut Capacity – 0° Miter 45° Left Bevel:8 15/32 In. x 2 1/8 In. (width x height) Crosscut Capacity – 0° Miter 45° Right Bevel:8 15/32 In. x 1 3/8 In. (width x height)
Crosscut Capacity – 45° Miter 0° Bevel:3.46 x 8.46 (height x width) Base Construction:perforated board with metal legs
Crosscut Capacity – 45 Miter 45 Left Bevel:2.16 In. x 8.46 In. (height x width) Crosscut Capacity – 45 Miter 45 Right Bevel:1.37 In. x 8.46 In. (height x width)
Maximum RPM:3400Arbor Size (in):1.18
Dust Collection:Yes Quick Release Vise:Yes
External Motor Brush:Brushless Motor Blade Type:60-tooth carbide blade
Electric Motor Brake:Yes Blade Wrench Included:Yes – Loose
Voltage:120 Volts Cord Length (ft):13
Spindle Lock:Yes Warranty:3 years manufacturer warranty

Examining the features of Festool Kapex KS 120 sliding compound miter saw

[su_heading size=”18″]Motor and smart electronics[/su_heading]

The saw is fitted with a 1600 watt drive motor that produces excellent torque to cut lumber quickly.

The saw also comes with a magnetic brake that will reduce the period of time used to stop the blade. This impressive safety feature reduces the risks of injuries to the users. The saw also features two stage trigger as well as soft start motor that have steady speed monitoring feature.

The speed-monitoring feature ensures that the saw maintains a consistent speed when cutting different types of materials.

We find this saw powerful and efficient as it comes with a variable speed feature that allows you to adjust the speed from a minimum of 1400 to a maximum of 3400 rotation per minute.

[su_heading size=”18″]Design[/su_heading]

Another feature that stands out in this saw is the durable design. This saw comes with a space saving, sturdy and forward rail design. The forward rail design allows you to make precise cuts without much straining. Additionally, this model comes with a magnesium allow base that is not only sturdy but also lightweight. This makes it easy to carry the saw to the job site.

Unlike other miter saws, this model also features two-handle setting at the base of the saw. This means that it is close to your core strength and this play a major role when it comes to the reduction of the injury risks.

[su_heading size=”18″]Accuracy[/su_heading]

Most reciprocating saws on the market come with one laser, making it hard to make precise cuts. To correct this, Festool Kapex KS 120 sliding compound miter saw features two lasers that assist you to cut more precisely.

The double lasers allow you to align your cuts from both sides of your saw blade. This makes it easy to fine-tune the lasers as you can use the three axle adjustment controls that come with the saw.

The manufacturer has installed an easy to use that lets you turn the lasers on and off without having to switch the saw off. In addition, the dual lasers will not require batteries as they are powered electrically. Most of the miter saws on the market use batteries to operate their lasers.

[su_heading size=”18″]Multipurpose blade and exceptional cutting positions capability[/su_heading]

The Festool Kapex KS 120 sliding compound miter saw comes with specially designed slim kerfs blade that reduces both the noise and vibration. The model also allows for specific cutting positions as it allows the use of blade’s back portion more efficiently.

Additionally, the scale allows you to make cuts at angles of up to 60 degrees on the right and 50 degrees to the left. Additionally, you can use this model to cut trenches including notches for lap joints or pipes.

[su_heading size=”18″]Is it portable?[/su_heading]

Another reason why you may need to consider purchasing this tool cabinet is portability. The Festool Kapex KS 120 sliding compound miter saw comes with a lightweight and compact design. Comparing it with other miter saw in the same price range, this is one of the best miter saws that are easy to move around as well as easy to store.

The head of the saw locks when not in use, making it compact. This means that you can store it in tight spaces such as a closet when not in use. Since it comes with a rail forward design, you can also store it against a wall. This will help you to free more space inside your workshop.


  • Designed with a dual laser, guarantying accurate setups
  • Highly resourceful and versatile
  • Lightweight allowing it to be virtually used anybody with ease
  • Cuts precisely with minimum deflection
  • Silent operation
  • Great dust collection system
  • Has a rail forward feature, making it easy to utilize
  • Features fine bevel adjustment


  • May not perform well on thicker woods or harder plastic

-Special instruction and caution-

Using the Festool Kapex KS 120 sliding compound miter saw is rather simple especially if you follow all the instructions that available in the manual. This information will help you to make precise cuts easily while still ensuring that you are safe. Additionally, the manual comes with all the maintenance tips to keep your saw in top performing condition for long.

Our verdict

The Festool Kapex KS 120 sliding compound miter saw utilizes modern technology, making it fast, reliable and easy to use. The model also comes with impressive features that play a major role lining it up with the cuts for more effectiveness. Additionally, this model comes with many innovative features that allow you to make perfect cut after another perfect cut. Looking at the features that it comes with, this is one of the best miter saws on the market that we can recommend to anyone who is looking for an effective, durable, and easy to use model.




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