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02-26-2018 01:34 PM

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So I know this is a little bit of apples vs oranges comparison but I’m undecided between buying the Festool Kapex and the Omga 1P 300 – The latter being about $350 more. I have single phase 220v and have no reason to move the saw, so the appeal of the Festool’s portability isn’t a deciding factor. Im looking for accuracy, reliability, ease of use, and dust collection (which is why Im leaning towards the Festool). Im really looking for the best choice and would like to “buy once, cry once” as far as the price is concerned. Any advice from anyone who owns either would be great, pro/cons etc. Thanks for the help !

Brett

PS main purpose of my shop is to build furniture, part time but pretty much daily. So I use the mitre saw quite frequently.


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#1 posted 02-26-2018 03:00 PM

Festool is a sliding compound miter saw. The omga is a compound miter saw. Omga is a better choice for chopping miters accurate trim work.
The Festool can do very accurate work if its pared up with a skilled sawyer.
I use a Bosch glide in my shop with a Forrest chopmaster blade. I like it better then my friends Festool.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 02-26-2018 03:15 PM

i thought they were different tools .if you need an omga -get that .kinda really matters on what your going to use it for . the one is geared more to carpenters/wood workers the latter is one intense commercial saw . so what do you intend to use it for .

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#3 posted 02-26-2018 03:49 PM

Omga if you’re going to be using it for production shop style work, cranking out 20 or 30 of the same piece at a time before changing angles and measurements.

If you do a bunch of different stuff and need the reach though, as has already been mentioned it’s not a sliding compound saw, so you can’t make those 12-13” deep cuts that you can with the festool.


Festool is a sliding compound miter saw. The omga is a compound miter saw. Omga is a better choice for chopping miters accurate trim work.
The Festool can do very accurate work if its pared up with a skilled sawyer.
I use a Bosch glide in my shop with a Forrest chopmaster blade. I like it better then my friends Festool.

- Aj2

I’m about to buy one of the Bosch’s and have been gathering as much information on them as possible, but a lot of information on the web gets buried under the same half a dozen reviews/videos.

Have you had or seen other people with problems with blade deflection when the arms are extended, and if you’ve talked with a lot of people who have had the saws do you know if there is a higher prevalence of blade deflection in either the 10 or 12” models?

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#4 posted 02-26-2018 04:02 PM

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#5 posted 02-26-2018 04:31 PM

i would like to comment on the 10”vrs12” . It makes sense that the 10” will have less deflection .But a steady slow hand and a good blade I dought you will see the difference . I have several 12” and the festool/kapex . never used the bosch glide . One thing the kapex is more comfortable to use .not as loud ,not this big blade in my face or it is just more comfortable to use .I get real attached to it fast but it is not my main saw . If i was doing trim all day the higher cost would easily pay off for me . dust collection from reviews is far better then on the Glide .but still not at all 100 percent. When making fine detailed cuts I would prefer a 10” tight saw . some saws just feel safer or more comfortable . I hope that helps

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#6 posted 02-26-2018 04:48 PM


Omga if you re going to be using it for production shop style work, cranking out 20 or 30 of the same piece at a time before changing angles and measurements.

If you do a bunch of different stuff and need the reach though, as has already been mentioned it s not a sliding compound saw, so you can t make those 12-13” deep cuts that you can with the festool.

Festool is a sliding compound miter saw. The omga is a compound miter saw. Omga is a better choice for chopping miters accurate trim work.
The Festool can do very accurate work if its pared up with a skilled sawyer.
I use a Bosch glide in my shop with a Forrest chopmaster blade. I like it better then my friends Festool.

- Aj2

I m about to buy one of the Bosch s and have been gathering as much information on them as possible, but a lot of information on the web gets buried under the same half a dozen reviews/videos.

Have you had or seen other people with problems with blade deflection when the arms are extended, and if you ve talked with a lot of people who have had the saws do you know if there is a higher prevalence of blade deflection in either the 10 or 12” models?

Blade deflection? It depends if I cross cut a 10 wide 8/4 piece of hickory there’s going to push the saw beyond its limits. So I don’t expect a great cut. I have the 12 inch saw and don’t expect it to do miracles. :)
My friend Hal has a Bosch glide and pushes his saw a lot and does well. We both have different skill sets and expectations what’s acceptable.
Good luck with your builds

-- Aj

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#7 posted 02-26-2018 08:40 PM

Thanks for all the replies and insight, I suppose my hang up with the decision was thinking that the heavy duty Omga could be a better fit, but since I am a small custom furniture shop the sliding Festool is clearly the better choice. I currently have a 12” Bosch and can’t keep the dust under control very well, and also have had issues with keeping the machine cutting square. Might just be getting old and abused too long, I’ve had it for a while and was ready to upgrade. Thanks again for the clarification

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#8 posted 02-26-2018 09:01 PM

If it’s just about dust control, you can always make a hood that can hook to your dust collector.
The one I made is better than any miter saw I’ve seen with even the best dust collection design and that includes the Kapex. I’ve seen them used in Rockler with the Festool dust extractor and there was always still a sizable mess on the floor afterwords.

If you only use it for crosscuts, you can tighten it up or if you’re going to use it for miters, then you can design it wiht that in mind as well.

Here’s a pic of it and I’ll do a little write up on it under the projects section with more photos.

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