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Forum topic by ShaunBosch posted 09-08-2016 11:25 PM 737 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ShaunBosch

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09-08-2016 11:25 PM

Hey guys!

I’ve been looking for a replacement for my old Makita 2400b and I’m looking to spoil myself. I’m looking at the 2 in the title (Bosch’s GCM12SD and DeWalt’s DWS709) because they’re new and shiny but if anyone has any better alternatives, I’d appreciate the advice.

Thanks,
Shaun Barratt


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limelight

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#1 posted 09-08-2016 11:50 PM

I have the Bosch and love it. People sometime knock it because it doesn’t have a laser … I think there is a Dewalt video out there saying that the glide mechanism is prone to more deflection and the dewalt (780) has a bigger cut capacity. That being said, I love the glide mechanism on this saw and unless you are doing compound angles on really wide stock, you won’t really miss the bigger capacity. The glide mechanism also allows it to be put up against a shop wall if space is an issue. Most slides (with the exception of the Festool and some Hitachis) require quite a bit of clearance on the back end – like these dewalts. I personally think the laser guides are overrated but you can get an add-on one that mounts to the arbor of the bosch but it will only work well using it inside (not bright enough for outside use) and only turns on when the blade is moving.

If those are show stoppers, I would look at the 780 as a more well matched competitor to the bosch.

p.s. i also love the fact that the mitre AND bevel controls are upfront on the bosch and the markings are very easy to read.

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Woodchuck2010

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#2 posted 09-09-2016 04:29 AM

I have the Bosch also. I actually bought a Bosch laser washer on mine and its dead on accurate. No play in my saw.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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ShaunBosch

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#3 posted 09-09-2016 04:44 PM

This is perfect. Thanks so much for the advice guys. My friends and I mostly make sheds and shacks for fun and I want to show off a new toy so I doubt I’ll ever need to use compound angles or anything else fancy like that. Looks like Bosch is the way to go! That’s really a shame about the laser, though.

Thanks,
Shaun Barratt

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Woodchuck2010

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#4 posted 09-09-2016 11:53 PM



This is perfect. Thanks so much for the advice guys. My friends and I mostly make sheds and shacks for fun and I want to show off a new toy so I doubt I ll ever need to use compound angles or anything else fancy like that. Looks like Bosch is the way to go! That s really a shame about the laser, though.

Thanks,
Shaun Barratt

- ShaunBosch

No problem really. This is what I bought for mine.
https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-LS010-Miter-Laser-Washer/dp/B004GH6YYO

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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Woodchuck2010

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#5 posted 09-09-2016 11:55 PM

You should also invest in a Freud/Diablo blade.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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Bob5103

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#6 posted 09-10-2016 12:06 AM

I have had the Bosch for close to 4 years. While I was building my shop I used it daily for a year+, it now has a permanent home in my shop. It is a great saw, the only thing I changed was the blade, I put a 100 tooth no name, trade it when it’s dull blade on and haven’t looked back.

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Woodchuck2010

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#7 posted 09-10-2016 12:49 AM

I made a zero clearance insert for mine. I also made another insert for bevel cuts.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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ShaunBosch

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#8 posted 10-05-2016 10:39 PM

Oh wow! That’s actually pretty cool, Chuck. I hadn’t thought of modifying the equipment that way. Maybe I’m just a newbie at this. Haha!

Just FYI, I plan on stealing this idea too just to make myself look smart. :) Thanks so much again, guys!

Thanks,
Shaun Barratt

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jimintx

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#9 posted 10-05-2016 11:04 PM

One more vote for the wonders of the Bosch!

The ability to set it close to the wall is over-riding for me, and the so-called play in the arm is nonexistent on mine.

It has not ever once come to my mind that I was missing a laser guide on anything, and I hadn’t given the laser feature on miter saws any value.

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Ianl_eaf

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#10 posted 11-11-2016 04:09 AM

Wow! im impressed with all your commend thanks guys

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