Metabo KGS216M - Updated for 2015 - Why Upgrade Now
Posted by Mark Hunter - May 06, 2015
It's always exciting when one of your favourite power tools gets a refresh and a reboot. While it might be said "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", it's also true that when improvements are made to mobility, precision and performance, we're going to be keen to find exactly what those improvements are!
Hence us writing this article, with demo video, on the refreshed and improved Metabo KGS216M slide compound mitre saw.
Right off the bat we know this is a hugely popular saw with you guys, it's one of our top sellers in the compound mitre saw category, so what can you expect to get when you unbox the new KGS216M, and why should you upgrade? We'll answer those questions below.
But first, take a look at our exclusive "first look" video demo, shot at Metabo's UK HQ.
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The key improvements to the KGS216M for 2015 centre around portability and mobility.
The weight is now only 13.5kg, and with the design of the saw head lock and the ergonomic handles, it's portable enough to quickly get out of the van, up the stairs and into the client's kitchen, for example, with Metabo stating that the design is ideal for one-handed carrying.
Metabo don't skimp on the motors in their mitre saws, with the KGS216M benefiting from a powerful 1500W motor, pumping out an idling revolution speed of 5000rpm and 3750rpm at rated load. Now in practical terms, this will allow you a maximum cutting depth of 65mm @ 90º on pieces up to 305mm wide. Click here to see all of the cutting capacities in an easy to read table.
In typical Metabo fashion, using their German efficiency, the KGS216M benefits from clearly marked buttons and knobs. Basically anything red on the saw indicates a feature and a benefit, from the red transportation lock to the bevel lever.
Undoing the red slide release screw allows the dual rail slides to glide forward up to 305mm. The rails are tough and rigid, rolling on precision roller bearings, giving you a buttery smooth sliding action. This plays into the key benefit of improved precision, helping to give you perfect accuracy in your cuts.
This is aided by the repositioned laser. The laser is mains powered - no battery to die on you. The laser and the 3 spot LED job light are controlled by the red buttons on top of the operating handle, and both have been repositioned on the 2015 KGS216M to again help with the accuracy of your cuts.
The laser is now situated at the front of the saw blade, away from the dust created by your cut. This helps keep it clean, ensuring that you'll always clearly and easily see the laser line on your workpiece before you cut. And now the LED job light is positioned to the right of the blade, again away from cutting debris, keeping it clean and bright. This all certainly helps with your cutting accuracy.
The mitre table is machined out of die cast aluminium which is rigid and robust - aiding the accuracy of your cuts, once again - and adjusting it is as easy and accurate as you'd expect on a German made slide compound mitre saw. By engaging the red switch on the handle you can turn the table to 47º left and right.
Along with the improvements we've detailed above, there are another couple of cool features on the brand new KGS216M, namely the dust extraction and the infinitely extendable table width supports. These are positioned on the left and right and include a length stop. But one of the beauties of the KGS216M is that they're removable, which is perfect for when you're working on particularly long pieces of decking, for example.
Detach the width support from the body of saw and place it wherever you need it to be to support your work piece.
And then we've got Metabo's fabled dust extraction. We've always known they provide great extraction on their saws, and the 2015 KGS216M sees an improved dust scoop, which feeds into the dust extraction port. The scoop is even better at focusing the direction of the cut debris into the extraction port, helping to prevent harmful dust blowing all over the place. And once you've hooked up the port to a suitable extractor like the Metabo ASA30LPC (ideal for it's portability), you're looking at a hugely efficient system of controlling dust while you cut.
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Why You Should Upgrade
We know lots of you have been depending on the KGS216M for a long time. But in light of the improvements, we reckon it's time to treat yourself to a lovely upgrade, so click here to learn more about its capacities and features, and see our best price!
What do you think of the changes Metabo's made? Tell us in the comments below.
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