|Review by ellen35||posted 01-24-2011 01:22 AM||12177 views||0 times favorited||26 comments|
I was at the New England Woodworking Show last week not really looking for anything in particular when I happened on the new Bosch Miter Saw. I had looked at the Festool… too expensive and I hate that your blades are limited by the size of the arbor & that Festool wants you to buy their blades. I started really looking at the Bosch and the price was so good ($694 show price) that I ended up ordering one the next day. It came on Wednesday but I didn’t have time to do anything but read the manual until today. So… today I put it together and put it through a minor workout on some hard maple and some poplar. This is what I found:
Packing/Unpacking/Set-up – Definitely the easiest I have done in a long time. It would have been a “right out of the box” use except that, in true LJ fashion, I wanted to use a better blade. I installed a 90 tooth Freud on it. Otherwise, it was a pick it up out of the box, add a few handles here and there and check for level.
First use – It was smoother than I could ever imaging. The knuckles are totally in sync and glide along. There is a little kick when it is turned on but the instruction manual warns about this. If there was a minor issue, it was the Switch Lock button. It was a little hard. But it was manageable with practice. The cut was perfect after some minor adjustments, most likely due to the blade change. The cut was as smooth as the proverbial baby’s bottom. Lorna (moonls) stopped by later and I had her try it. All the stops were spot on and the miter detent system was excellent. The system offers you the option of overriding any of the standard detent slots and allows you to set your own. This is particularly helpful when you get close to a pre-set detent – say like 45.5 degrees – it doesn’t slip back to 45 degrees on you (I can’t imagine why I’d want 45.5 degrees but I can do it!). It is really a zero wall clearance saw too with a substantial post holding the saw.
Things I haven’t done yet – (applies to the saw only!) – I haven’t done bevel cuts yet or compound cuts. I would think they would be just as smooth and easy. A great feature of this saw is the ability to set bevels from the front of the saw. I haven’t tried cutting grooves either and doubt I will.
So far, I am impressed with the operation of this saw. The price was really good (shipping was $15 for me, less than the CT tax if I were to drive the 2 hrs to pick it up) and the workmanship seems to be consistent with the Bosch name. I will update this review as appropriate but right now, with limited use, I give this 5 stars.
-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire