DeWalt is rolling out the DW717 10″ Double-Bevel Sliding Miter Saw that looks to be a Kapex KILLER. Its no secret that I think Festool is overpriced junk that relies on MAP pricing and guerilla marketing to make people think that their stuff is the greatest. So any time that I can degrade anything Festool and exploit the Festool Army for shameless unique hits at the same time…oh c’mon how can I resist? Now down to the nitty gritty.. .I mean I have to tell you why its a Kapex Killer don’t I?
Rumblemodo.. . The stats.
No Load Speed and Power: DW717 - 4000RPM @ 15 amps. Kapex - 3400RPM @ 13 amps. +++Advantage DeWalt.
Arbor: DW717 - 5/8″. Kapex - 30mm. Having a standard sized arbor means you don’t have to buy special blades. +++Advantage DeWalt.
Bevel & Miter: DW717 - Bevel 48º each way. Miter 60º Left/52º Right. Kapex - Bevel 47º each way. Miter 60º Left/ 50º Right. +++Advantage DeWalt.
Max Depth (tall): DW717 - 6″. Kapex - 4-3/4″. +++Advantage DeWalt.
Max Width at 90º: DW717 – 14″. Kapex - 12″. +++Advantage DeWalt.
Max Width at 45º: DW717 – 12” using back fence design. Kapex - 8-1/4″. +++Advantage DeWalt.
Warranty: DW717 – 90 day Satisfaction / 3 year limited. Kapex - 30 day Satisfaction / 3 year limited (with registration). +++Advantage Dewalt.
Cost: DW717 – $380-$500. Kapex - $1300 (MAP priced). +++Advantage DeWalt.
The Score: DeWalt 8… Festool 0… Its a shutout. Now I open the floor to the Festool Fanboys and Paid Guerilla Marketers but anyone with a brain can see that the DW717 owns the Kapex.