I love to buy tools at Christmas. Every year, I try to upgrade a few power tools and then hand down the old tools, if they’re still in good shape, to a young deserving apprentice.
When I go to Woodcraft, I always stop and look at your Kapex sliding mitre saw display model. I check out the way it slides, the nice color scheme, the dust collection system, the stand and then, the price tag….. sigh.
”......Maybe next Christmas.” , I always said.
But I saved up, all last year. It was finally time to upgrade so, I started praying for a Christmas sale.
My 10 yr. old Makita 10” slider was still a good saw but it didn’t have a LED light, which is the main reason I was upgrading, so I can see better with these tired old eyes.
Next to my Delta table saw, this would have been one of the most expensive tools I’ve purchased.
I know, you get what you pay for. Believe me, I always shop around and read the reviews before I buy a power tool. And then, I look for the best price and usually buy when it’s on sale.
But, I just couldn’t get over that there was such a huge price difference between your saw and all of your competitors. Why?
My friends at Woodcraft shrugged their shoulders and said they’re sorry but there’s hardly any mark up and they never go on sale.
That’s why I compared it to other sliders like the Bosch with it’s hinged style mechanism, the Makita with it’s laser/ led light and direct drive, the Hitachi, which looks like an alien green space gun, the gigantic orange Ridgid, the under appreciated no frills Milwaukee, and finally – the new Dewalt slider with LED/ laser – uh, not included.
I was really impressed with the Kapex slider’s dust collection and the overall quality of all of your tools. Although, the fact that I couldn’t use my blades on it was a bit of a surprise, especially when I saw how much your blades cost… ouch.
Even so, I sipped the Festool koolaid and it was good.
I signed up and I had money in hand, ready to go out in style – to buy my last mitre saw and spend the rest of my life making furniture and jewelry boxes in my woodshop with your saw, there for all to look upon and drool at, wishing they had one too.
I was sold. All you had to do was close the deal.
Just give me that one last incentive to buy your saw. Maybe think about your client base and the dire economy’s effect on them, the fact that it’s Christmas time and people like me usually buy tools at the end of the year…...
And put the damn thing on sale….. just once.
I didn’t get the Kapex. Santa said I didn’t need it and brought me the Dewalt 10” slider instead.
I have to say, it has just about the same fit and finish and all the features of your saw, maybe not as good of a dust collection system but certainly an improvement over my old faithful Makita.
I was hoping for a front release for the back angle adjustment, like my Delta 12”, but the Dewalt’s lock is not that hard to reach and works easily.
I prefer the direct drive motor compared to the Dewalt belt drive as there is a slight vibration that I’m not crazy about. But it doesn’t seem to affect the cut so, for $920.00 savings, I can live with it.
Point is, the Kapex probably is a better saw than the Dewalt, I admit it. But it’s the principle of it, at least to me.
I took the extra money I “saved” and upgraded my old 3 hp. Makita router with a Porter Cable 3 1/4 HP motor, a Kreg router lift and a Jessum phenolic router table top and…
I still had money left over for some new router bits.
But don’t worry, I will still come by your display and sip on the sweet nectar of Festool. I’ll look at your beautiful tools and wonder what it would be like to some day just say, What tha heck…. and pay full price.
As a principled consumer, I sadly doubt I will ever own one….. well maybe, if it goes on sale?
”Maybe next Christmas….... sigh. “
an American woodworker who loves to buy good tools – on sale.
Before all the Festool fans jump on me in support of their beloved tools of the Gods,.... Ha!
here is the math I considered:
429.00 – Dewalt 10” sliding mitre saw – on sale
34.00 – led light
295.00 – Porter cable 7518 router motor – on sale
299.00 – Kreg router lift – on sale
200.00 – Jessum table top – on sale
1350.00 – Festool sliding mitre saw – never on sale
135.00 – special exclusive 80 T blade – not on sale
Please feel free to post a picture of your Kapex slider if you have one. At least that way we can drool on yours and wish we had one too.