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Forum topic by ChunkyC posted 06-28-2009 10:54 PM 2406 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ChunkyC

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06-28-2009 10:54 PM

Does anyone have on of these beasts? I’ve had mine for about a year now and there is one thing that is driving me out of my mind. Mine doesn’t lock for a 0° bevel cut or have any sort of detent stop. I have to set / check it with a square every time I use it. Is is supposed to return to 0° or do you have to set it up every time? You would think that for a $600 saw that it would lock so that the the blade always returns to perpendicular to the table.

Chunk

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#1 posted 06-29-2009 04:40 PM

I don’t have this saw, but we have sold it in the past. I t looks like there is an indent, with a lock below the table at the front left.
http://mdm.boschwebservices.com/MDMCache/English%20[US]/t10/0000000/r00166v-1.pdf
See page 25 for instruction of use.
The adjustment is made to 0 in on the back of the saw. There are adjusting bolts there. See page 13 of manual
I hope this helps.

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ChunkyC

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#2 posted 06-29-2009 07:23 PM

Page 13 of the O&M is what’s confusing me. My saw has no positive lock or detent at 0 degree bevel. So how can I fine tune the saw for a zero degree bevel? I’ve contacted Bosch to see what they have to say about it. I really hope I’m just overlooking the obvious because I like the saw other than this one flaw, or flaw as I see it anyway.

Checking the saw for zero degree cut is fine, but I hate having to setup the zero degree bevel every time I want a perfectly square cut.

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#3 posted 06-29-2009 07:44 PM

Chunky, I have this saw. I always keep a wixley angle meter nearby to check the angle, but thats because I am a bit anal about accuracy. I also use the wixley on my table saw for angle cuts.

Most of the time I find that the bevel indicator on the saw is pretty accurate (as confirmed by the wixley). Also, the dial up front has limit sets to allow the saw to bevel one way or the other to a certain degree. Mine seems to go back to zero on its own when released…yet I turn the dial up front to make sure it locks on.

I know the mitre portion of the saw has detente locks….you can feel them by lifting the lever under the dial up front and rotating the saw from side to side. I do not recall ever feeling that kind of click on the bevel…yet when you turn the dial to right hand bevel…you can’t seem to go past 0% left and that is confirmed by the wixley….hope that helps a bit.

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ChunkyC

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#4 posted 06-29-2009 07:51 PM

I think your talking about the dial that says something like Max Range, 0-45 Right, ... ? That thing doesn’t do anything on my saw. I’m starting to think that I may have something amiss with my saw… :(

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#5 posted 06-29-2009 07:58 PM

Problem solved! Thanks reggiek. Well I now know what that dial is for. It’s for making me look like an idiot. Thank you again, you have just saved the life of a $600 sliding compound miter saw!

My dial does cause the saw to stop coming from a left tilt but not a right tilt. Does your saw do the same thing?

Chunk

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reggiek

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#6 posted 06-29-2009 08:03 PM

Yep…. Glad that works!! That dial if set to left on mine will not let the saw bevel to the right…not sure on the other…but Ill check it when I get back into the yard…got my makita with me today. That Bosch saw is one of my favorites…even though I grab the makita I have now for portability….the bosh is much more accurate though…but a bit bulky to lug around…especially when paired with the delta mitre stand I have it on..

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ChunkyC

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#7 posted 06-30-2009 12:31 AM

Thanks for the help. I just got home from the j.o.b and I spent a couple minutes doing a quick 0 bevel adjustment. Mine definitely won’t stop at 0 when going from the right. It scoots right past it and switches to the “left knob” adjustment. Then it’s will stop at 0 bevel. I’ll take a hard look at that bevel knob to see if I can see what’s going on there. Might be something simple as a burr, I hope.

I’d appreciate it if you would check your dial on the right to 0 lock issue. I always wondered what that dial was for… “Well now you know!”

I know what you mean about the weight. If I had to make a living with my 5412L, I’d be a LOT thinner and stronger than I am now. But the added weight is one reason why I purchased the 5412L. I like a good solid tool in the shop, one that’s not going to be sliding around as I’m trying to get after it.

Thanks for the insight.

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reggiek

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#8 posted 06-30-2009 06:23 AM

I just got back from work and checked out the Bosch in the shop.

Mine does the same as you explained, in fact the instructions (mine has instructions printed right on the saw insert rails – how to go left on the left rail and how to go right on the right one) they say to rotate the saw slightly to the left to turn the nob to right … – so it is actually doing what it was designed to do…Also, mine makes an audible click when I rotate back to 0…so there is indeed a detente there. The locking pin down by the swivel arm also seems to engage at that point also…funny thing is I have used it alot for beveled cuts and never paid that much attention to the adjustments….I usually bevel to the left though (being right handed) so I havent had to rotate the nob – plus having the instructions there at hand doesn’t require much memorization…

Great saw though….even my new 10” makita doesn’t hold a candle to the bosch….I bought the bosch because I liked all the adjustments on the front…and haven’t regretted that decision once, The makita gets alot of action in the field though…and you can’t beat its light weight.

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#9 posted 06-30-2009 07:15 PM

I took some time last night to fine tune the saw and get every thing squared up. Oh how much better it is now. Before I never had confidence in the saw that it would cut the same twice.

I like my Bosch, even more so now. The one thing that I don’t like about it is that it has to sit so far away from the wall to keep the slide rails from hitting on the wall.

The down side is that now I have to buy that new blade for it that I’ve been eying, now that I know she will be hanging around the shop for a good long time.

Thanks for all the help!

Chunk

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