Value For Money9.5/10
Previous Customer Rating (Aug'20)9.4/10
- Great value for money
- Large wider cutting capacity
- Great customer feedback
- Cuts wood & plastics
- Working light
- Doesn't cut metal
- Takes up a lot of space.
The Metabo KGS216M Review
In this Metabo KGS216M review, we are going to have an in depth look at the 240V laser slide compound mitre saw produced by the German manufacturer. This is a mid price mitre saw (or miter saw if you’re American!) that offers some serious features and a build quality that rivals the top brands in the construction industry. Even though it is not a household name it is worth reading on and seeing if this is that saw for you as it has a lot to offer. This is a mitre saw that sits at the bottom of the mid range budget and competes with a lot of models from the likes of Dewalt and Bosch. This is a tough area to be in and the saw needs to really deliver on its features to compete at this level.
The Main Metabo KGS216M Features
Below we are going to open our Metabo KGS216M review by looking at the features that this mitre saw offers and you can see if they fit your criteria or if you are wise to spend your money on a more widely used brand and model. Its a choice that only you can make and hopefully we can help. Good luck!
The design of the KGS216M mitre saw is not its strong point. It doesn’t look particularly robust and doesn’t have the stand out design of the major brands. The colour scheme is a bit bland and could be a lot more detailed to make it stand out.
For the types of job this saw can take on, it somehow does not look up to the job, this is no reflection of how it actually performs but first impressions are important especially when a lot of modern tool designs look really tough.
The Metabo saw is not very compact for storage and coming in at 19kg is a heavy piece of kit to carry around compared to its competitors (whether compound, sliding or other), if you are looking for something a little lighter and easier to get around have a look at the Makita LS1040 as it is in the same price range but is better design for moving around and storing.
All in all not the best design in a market with a lot of alternatives.
The 1500 watt motor provides a good amount of power to cut through the timbers and other materials that can be cut. There are more powerful motors available in this price bracket so if you are going to be using the saw for long periods of time, it may be worth powering up a bit to make sure the motor will last.
The 8 inch blade gives a good all round cut size and comes with a 40 tooth blade that will give a nice finish. There are also other blades available for different finishes and cuts.
The cut depth is an ample 65mm (2.5 inches) which will cut a range of timber and some good size planks but will not cut through the larger construction size timbers. If this is for more finishing work and light construction it will be fine. There is also a depth stop feature allowing you to cut accurate groves.
The KGS216M is a sliding mitre saw, giving it a good width of cut at 305mm (12 inches). This will cut through some serious sized planks with ease and has a nice smooth sliding action so you can get a great finish.
The accuracy of the cut is assisted by a laser guide which is a nice feature at this level and there is also a work light to give good sight of the cut in poor light. A really important feature if you are working in some dark areas and unlit building sites.
The mitre angles go up to 45 degrees on both left and right sides to give most angles that need to be achieved.
Health And Safety
The Metabo KGS216M sliding mitre saw covers the health and safety elements well with a robust build quality for the covers and guards ensuring the spinning blade is only visible when the blade is spinning.
The dust collection system on the metabo KGS216M keeps the air clean and as dust free as possible with an easy to empty dust bag. This is so important if you are working in confined conditions for a long time with lots of dust, it is not good to breathe to much dust in and if you already suffer with breathing problems like asthma could compound your problems.
Another good safety feature is the back light guide for bad light conditions. It means you won’t have to lean down close to the blade to get to watch the cut you can stand in your normal safe position.
The high fence and clamp make sure that the material is well clamped down to ensure safe cutting and no movement especially for the larger pieces of timber.
Warranty And Customer Support
The warranty is a big plus point for this saw, Metabo offer a three year warranty to give you absolute piece of mind when purchasing. Even though it looks a little light weight in places this saw is up to the job and backed up by a big manufacturers warranty.
Customer support for these saw is not as good as for the likes of Dewalt or Bosch as they have bigger support networks. If this is a mission critical tool then maybe it would be best to look at a more supported brand but this still has plenty of service cover.
Value For Money
I cant help but feel there are better value for money saws on the market from Dewalt and Bosch. This does however have the warranty and some nice cutting features but for near the same budget you could get a more powerful motor and larger cutting capacity.
The KGS216M In Action
This is a great saw for internal work. With the carry handles it can easily be put onto a work bench and used to cut timbers for stud walling and chop up shelves, skirting boards and door surrounds. If you are working on garden construction this should tackle it well but may struggle with the larger fence posts.
The Final Word
Bringing to an end our Metabo KGS210M review, there is no doubt that this is a good mitre saw but it is in the shadow of the larger brands. At the same price point it lacks some key features and comes in second place in my mind. It does however get some good customer reviews and it is a competent mitre saw but if it were me I would go for a Dewalt or Bosch.