Bosch vs Dewalt miter saw

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07-02-2015 04:15 AM

Which 12” sliding miter saw do you like better and why? Bosch’s axial glide system seems pretty neat.

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#1 posted 07-02-2015 05:38 AM

You have stated the reason I would buy the bosch… if only it were around when I bought my slider.

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#2 posted 07-02-2015 06:07 AM

Dewalt often times comes with a nice stand, the Bosch is very nice indeed, but also pretty heavy. If the Bosch is a lot more money, I would say Dewalt. The Dewalt saw has always served me well.

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#3 posted 07-02-2015 06:23 AM

Although I went a different direction than either of them I looked hard at the Bosch Glider and the shortcoming that marked it off my list was dust collection, out of all the major brands it is the worst. To some degree I cam to the conclusion that for general shop use (trim carpenters have very specific needs and will all have their favorite) there is not a lot of difference between them, at least the ones that are similarly priced. I was very close to buying a Kapex roughly 5 years ago BUT picked up the new (then) Milwaukee for $299 at Home Depot, it is now $649, I have been very happy with it but would probably buy the Dewalt 780 for less money if I had to buy another today, that is if I didn’t get a Kapex.

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#4 posted 07-02-2015 10:19 AM

Dust collection on the Bosch is its only achilles heel.

Both Popular WW’ing and FWW did reviews on SCMS’s.

Surprising, the Ridgid was right up there.

I’m thinking why not a 10”, save a few dollars what are you going to lose in performance?

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#5 posted 07-02-2015 12:12 PM

I agree with the 10 inch observations. Price of blades is much lower. Why no Makita?

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#6 posted 07-02-2015 12:27 PM

I prefer the rigid

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#7 posted 07-02-2015 12:56 PM

The Bosch Glider was not available when I bought my Dewalt 10 ” slider. I am a huge Bosch fan. I have 5 of their 18 volt Lithium Ion. 2 circular saws. 1 corded and 1 cordless and 2 corded sanders.
All that being said I bought the Dewalt over all others available because of the thumb operated swivel adjustment among other features. I like it much better than the screw lock types.
Note: The new Bosch Glider also has the screw lock.

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#8 posted 07-02-2015 01:58 PM

I have owned Bosch,Dewalt and Rigid. They all have their pluses and minuses . I presently own a Ridgid 12” and Bosch !2” ,the Ridgid I keep in my shop because out of the group it’s the heaviest. The Ridgid has a little different locking mechanism and as I said it’s very heavy I also find the dust collection bag on the top tends to want to slid off unless you get it set just right.The positive side of the Ridgid is that it’s priced much lower than Dewalt and Bosch in works very well . The Dewalt I used for years in my contracting business and served me well for many years and was the lightest of the 3 sliders I’ve owned. I switched to Bosch about 5 years ago because I liked the front tilt controls and have always liked Bosch tools.the down side is that it’s a pretty heavy saw and has not seemed quite as durable as the DeWalt. Another Slider to consider is the Hitachi slider, The school where I teach my adult woodworking class has 3 sliders a Bosch,Makita and Hitachi of the three saws the Hitachi has stayed the most accurate and cost the least .I think If I needed a new saw I would probably buy the Hitachi.

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#9 posted 07-02-2015 11:43 PM

I’ve had my Bosch for a few months now, and just finished remodeling a den along with new kitchen cabinets and a pass-through bar. After getting used to it, I felt that it was worth the $800+ that I spent on it. It’s much more accurate and smoother to use than my old Delta, which incidentally, is also a 12”

The glide system takes a bit getting used to, but I wouldn’t go back to a slider. What I don’t really like about it is the safety switch, which is a bit cumbersome and can cause you to lose accuracy if you’re not careful, because the saw doesn’t have a soft-start. The blade shield is a pretty large too and can get in the way. It really could use a laser, if you could find one that stays accurate.

As far as dust-collection, I don’t really see it being much different than most other saws that I have used. But it is an unusual design, so I can see it causing issues if you don’t use a shop-vac or whatnot.

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#10 posted 07-03-2015 01:26 AM

Given the choice, I’d pick the 10” Bosch glide. I have nearly 50 10” blades and zero 12” blades, that and I really like the simplicity of the system they’ve employed using no linear bearings. If only Makita had come up with it using their all gear drive system (no belts, pulleys or extra bearings) combined with an axial glide system, that would be something I would be very interested in!

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#11 posted 07-03-2015 02:05 AM

bigblockyeti, no reason you can’t run your ten inch blades, until you build your collection.

I run 7-14” blades on my cabinet saw when I’m knocking out some projects that I don’t want to risk a good blade on.

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#12 posted 07-03-2015 03:50 PM

Most if not all 12” miter saws don’t have a 5/8” arbor and some of the sliders won’t allow the carriage to go down an additional inch to allow a 10” blade to cut completely through the stock being cut. I too will use a 7 1/4” blade on my table saw for the same reasons you do, but that’s a completely different animal.

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#13 posted 07-03-2015 05:07 PM

I have used a 12” fixed miter saw for many years. I think it really does a nice job, and is ideal for furniture making. Wider panels get cut on the tablesaw with a crosscut sled anyways, so I didn’t need a slider.
If I had to do it over, I would make the same choice.
Mine is a Dewalt, but I can’t say if it’s better than a Bosch or other brand.

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#14 posted 07-03-2015 10:16 PM

I have both these saws. I bought the DeWalt in 2000 for $332, I think, and got a new Bosch this year for $250 (owner quit wood working). DeWalt has served me well and I still have it but the deal I came across for the Bosch was too good to pass up. I like the front end controls on the Bosch, but they both work fine for my needs.

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#15 posted 07-04-2015 12:03 AM

I have the Bosch 12” glider on a gravity stand and use it daily. I like the ability to miter large lumber and crosscut shelving on site, plus all the other framing and trim tasks. Dust collection is typical for a bag and nearly dust free with a shop vac. Many nice features on this saw such as fence adjustments, front miter controls, right or left hand switch operation, sturdy side supports. The only issue I’ve had is the plastic cord holders that attach to the glide assembly breaking.

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