Dust? Anyone? Not With Metabo's KGS Plus Mitre Saws
Posted by Mark Hunter - February 10, 2011
"Dust. Anybody? No, not with these Metabo KGS Plus mitre saws."
Metabo have created a funnel-like vacuum device for the rear of these mitre saws that works in conjunction with another extraction area next to the saw blade.
Together, these "twin-port extraction" areas work to suck the dust away immediately from the work area, therefore allowing you a clear view of your job piece.
From a safety point of view, this is exactly what we want; being able to see the cut we're working on is a no-brainer in terms of having a safe and healthy work environment.
However, new health and safety guidelines are being introduced that stipulate we need to reduce the amount of dust we're being exposed to.
So, from a purely health and safety point of view, Metabo are looking to help your future-proof your tool kit by building in a dust extraction system that actually works.
In our test unit (see video) we had it connected up to a Metabo ASR 2025 wet and dry vacuum cleaner. But as you can see, even without connection to such a unit, the saw automatically funnels the dust to the rear of the device. Connecting to an extraction unit, though, leaves your work area virtually clear of any trace of dust.
Safe and healthy.
The Metabo KGS Plus mitre saws are about a lot more than dust extraction, though.
Perhaps unexpectedly for such reasonably priced saws, Metabo have kitted them out with some high-end spec.
For example, they have variable speed control dials, coupled with speed control. This may sound like repetition, but in working practice each serves different, but similar purpose. The variable speed control dial allows you set a consistent speed for the blade, while the speed control is material specific; for example, set it to 5-6 for wood, or 3-4 for plastics.
The blades are quick-changeable. Even Neil can do it. A few turns of the spindle lock, tool-free, and the blade is off. Reverse the process to fit the new blade.
Other as-standard-features include a mains powered laser and double bevel. Watch the video to see how quickly and easily the blade is bevelled and locked to the angle you need.
The saws also come with trenching facility via a "quick flick" design. Metabo state that this allows you to change from cutting to trenching mode in seconds without messing with your depth setting.
Finally, another great feature found on the KGS254 i Plus is the Metabo induction motor. Maintenance-free, Metabo claim that this is going to offer you low operating noise and protects the motor from dust and other life-shortening elements.
What do you think? Ready for an upgrade, dust-free?
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