Festool HK Carpentry Saw Review
FESTOOL HKEB55 CARPENTRY SAW REVIEW
The Festool HK carpenter saw is one of the most popular models among DIYers and professional woodworkers alike. It’s a great tool for cutting through thick hardwood with ease, but it doesn’t come cheap.
So how much does it cost?
Well, the price range starts at $300 and goes up to $2,000. That’s quite a bit of money! And if you’re not careful with your use of the saw, you could end up damaging or even destroying some expensive furniture. If that happens, well then you might want to reconsider buying this saw.
But what do you really need a carpenter’s saw for?
Let’s take a look…
What Is A Carpenters Saw For?
A carpenter’s saw is used primarily for cutting through drywall, plasterboard, and other similar materials. These types of materials are usually made from rigid material such as particle board or MDF (medium density fiberboard). They tend to be very strong and don’t bend easily when cut.
If you’re trying to cut through these materials without a saw, you’ll probably struggle. Using a manual saw, such as a bow saw or a handsaw, will take an extremely long time.
These types of manual saws aren’t really designed to cut through rigid materials and would take forever to complete the job.
A carpenter’s saw is designed with thick and strong teeth that can easily bite through these hard materials with ease. They are also heavier and more powerful, which makes the cutting process even quicker.
If you’re a professional woodworker who needs to cut through these materials on a regular basis, then the Festool carpenter saw is probably for you. If you just need to cut through some drywall now and then, you can probably get away with using a manual saw.
What About Circular Saws? I Thought Those Were for Carpenters?
You might be wondering why you need a specific saw for cutting through wood and drywall.
Why not just use a circular saw, such as the popular Bosch GCM12SD?
After all, carpenters do use those all the time.
While an ordinary circular saw can certainly cut through drywall and wood, it won’t provide the best experience. First of all, the teeth on most circular saws are not designed to cut through rigid materials.
These types of material tend to dull the teeth very quickly and this will slow you down. Not to mention the fact that circular saws aren’t really designed for cutting through thick hardwood.
A carpenter’s saw provides a powerful cutting action through the use of a lever system. With just a few quick strokes, you can easily cut through even the toughest hardwood.
If you need to cut through drywall, you might be tempted to use a jigsaw. However, this isn’t really the best idea.
While you could get away with using a jigsaw for basic cutting tasks, it’s not powerful enough to handle cutting through wood or hardboard. You might be able to complete the job, but you’ll probably struggle a lot and the whole process will take much longer than it needs to.
Why I Don’t Think the Festool Kapex Is Worth It
While the Kapex is a fantastic tool, I personally don’t think it’s worth the price. There are other tools on the market that perform almost as well at a fraction of the price.
In my opinion, the Kapex is just an overpriced saw.
Specifically, I’m referring to its small stroke length and awkward handling.
The stroke length of the Kapex is less than 3/4″. This means that every time you press the trigger, the blade will only move less than 3/4 of an inch.
You’ll have to pull the trigger a lot more times than you would with a 1 1/2″ stroke length saw or even a 1/2″ stroke length saw.
Why is this a problem?
Well, because it requires more work on your part. If you’re going to be using this for hours on end, those few extra trigger pulls will definitely start to add up. Not only that, but the saw will start to feel quite a bit more fatiguing as well.
The Kapex also has a smaller handle and weighs almost a full pound more than comparable reciprocating saws. Personally, I don’t find this to be a very comfortable tool to use.
Of course, all of this is just my opinion. Some people absolutely love their Kapex and wouldn’t trade it for the world.
One last type of saw I want to mention are cordless saws, which have seen a surge in popularity over the past few years. One of the most popular models is the DEWALT 20V Max Slide Compound Mitre Saw.
It’s a cordless reciprocating saw that boasts a lot of power and great battery life.
This is a great tool for doing quick cuts around the house without having to mess around with power cords. While it doesn’t provide quite as much power as a regular corded saw, it’s still more than powerful enough to cut through wood, plastic, and drywall.
My only complaint is that it doesn’t have the greatest balance. The battery sticks out from the bottom, which can get in the way while making certain cuts.
However, this is a common problem with most cordless power tools.
If you don’t want to deal with extension cords and want more freedom of movement, a cordless reciprocating saw might be right for you.
As you can see, there are plenty of great reciprocating saws on the market today. Whether you’re a professional or a hobbyist, there’s a tool for everyone.
Now it’s time to take action. Get off your seat and go buy yourself a reciprocating saw!
Remember, this isn’t a purchase that you need to think over long and hard. The right tool for you is out there waiting, you just need to go find it.
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