I first purchased the Skil 3821, essentially the "sister" model to this saw. It had a great no-load speed but easily got bogged out when cutting even soft pine with a sharp blade and couldn't make any kind of accurate cut. No way to adjust! So after "three strikes you're out" with the Skil, I shopped around a long, long time trying to decide what I wanted. After a bunch of comparisons, I settled on this saw. Very adjustable in every possibly way contrary to the Skil. This Bosch = Professional /
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that Skil = Low-end homeowner use!!
This saw is a no-gimmick, quality saw. I am using it along with two of the current Dewalt double bevel "chop" saws. I didn't buy a slide saw because even though they are great they are also heavy, heavy machines. The are also big and hard to fit through doors. The machining on this saw is top notch and far superior to the Skil. The portability is great too. It did take a few minor adjustments to get it lined up perfectly but the manual provides instructions on how to calibrate it. It wasn't bad out of the box but the 45 bevel was slightly off. Just unlock a lock nut and turn a screw. The fence and the 90 degree cut angle was spot on. I did read one complaint on the net about the detents being off. That part is adjustable to and you need to lock the Allen screws for the detent adjustments down after it hits the stop setting.
My only complaint is that the safety switch is clunky and you have to use your thumb to slide it over and then press the trigger; now some of the older guys have arthritis in their hands, and they say it's actually painful to do that!
Overall I am very happy. It really is a good buy. Read the manual and pick it up in the indicated locations and you'll be good to go. It slices 4x4's like butter (Bosch claims that this saw's predecessor, the 3912, has 3.3 horsepower max, or 2460 watts, and I think this saw has the same amount of power). I have upgraded the blade to a Tenryu 24-tooth blade which doesn't bog this down nearly as much as the stock blade. It does leave rougher cuts, however, with a lot of tear-out, but that's OK, because this saw gets used exclusively for framing.