10 Inch Sliding Miter Saw Head to Head
For many users, whether you are a remodeler, woodworker, or DIYer dust control is the key to keeping your clients happy and you and your families air quality healthy. As an apprentice I spent many hours sweeping and vacuuming our work spaces to control dust and keep our client’s living spaces dust free. Now a days with a quality jobsite vac and tools designed for dust collection to be integrated the amount of dust you can collect at the source is really reducing ambient dust and keeping our workspaces cleaner than ever. So naturally we wanted to see how well these miter saws would perform when used with a HEPA vac.
We made 25 cuts on a 2×6 piece of KD lumber and measured the volume of wood dust that was collected by the vacuum. Additionally we assessed the build up of dust that didn’t make it into the vac, but accumulated on the table and fence of the tool. The result of that assessment are depicted on the graph below:
Winner Dust Collection: Festool “Kapex” KS 120 EB
Festool is very diligent about designing their tools considering a “whole system” concept, so naturally the kapex was designed to integrate seamlessly with a vacuum for dust collection. And the results clearly show it, the Kapex collected almost 25% more dust than the next saw in the test. Bottom-line, if dust control is a must for you on the job or in the shop the Festool KS 120 EB is the saw for you.
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