Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 118
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ThaCramenator A whole new level of quality
This is by far the best saw I've ever had the pleasure of using. Right out of the box, everything is aligned perfectly, everything works smoothly, it's a flawless product. I watched lots of review videos before diving into this purchase. It took a month of thought, and it was well worth every penny. The glide system is so smooth while being perfectly solid without even so much as a hair of movement where there shouldn't be any. It weighs a lot, and is difficult to lift, but once it's in place, this thing ain't goin anywhere. The axial glide arms can literally be placed right up against a wall, without any fear of problems. I kept moving it back and forth to watch the arms move and it's a genius design to say the least. It has a soft start motor, which means you can place a coin on it's edge on the bed of the tool, and switch it on, without knocking the coin over. This is SO important! Not only does it show the sheer quality of the tool, it's also a lot easier on the circuit breaker since the tool isn't starting at full power. It builds up to full speed in 2 seconds and is ready to cut. My only tiny complaint is with the blade guard. It has these two little roller wheels on the bottom that vibrate every time you change the mitre detent. Very similar to what it sounds like when you accidentally kick a spring coil door stop (the good ol' style ones). I'm probably going to put a drop of caulking in there to provide a bit of friction. Overall, buy this saw, it's expensive, yes, but well worth it.
February 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PhilBorn Nice features
This robotic kinda arm is cool, im not much of a bosch, but after seeing this mitre saw and it's features, i'm getting one
February 7, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mbotica24 Don't listen to the complainers
This saw is a great saw. Quieter than my old dewalt yet still plenty of power. Do not listen to all the bad reviews out there. Yes it's heavy, it's a 12" in compound miter saw...what do you expect. If you want a saw that you can easily lug around go buy a 8" saw.
Dewalts big arguement is the deflection in the saw. Yes there is deflection in the saw if you push the blade side to side but let's be honest who is pushing to the side when they make a cut. Also the dewalt 12" has the exact same deflection.
Dust control. The bag collects some dust maybe 30% on a good day. I have mine hooked up to a rigid 5hp shop vac and it collects about 90%. Once I hookup a dust collector I'm sure that number will improve.
The lapel which coat twice as much puts out the exact same dust. Just keep in mind that this is a woodworking tool and it cuts wood so there is going to be dust. There are a few upgrades you can make to capture more dust.
February 3, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by John Best miter saw on the market
The best feature of this product is that you can set the miter saw flush against the wall. No space is needed behind the saw because there are no slide bars behind it as is the issue with almost all other miter saws. If you have limited space in your shop...this is the saw you want! Very smooth and accurate cuts right out of the box! The Home Depot price was the best I could find out there on the internet.
December 18, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mark001 Great saw, innovative design
Bosch has put out a great saw with this one. The innovative glide action works smoothly and takes up less space than the common slide rail systems. All controls are up front making adjustments easy and fast. It's a very well thought out design with the needs and issues of the woodworker/carpenter/trim carpenter in mind.
February 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by daveinkennesaw Bosch vs Dewalt
I did a lot of research on the Dewalt and Bosch and went with the Bosch. The complaints I read on the Bosch were lack of dust collection, lack of portability, lack of LED guide and lack of ruggedness (plastic parts). The complaint on the Dewalt was primarily with the sliders. Dust collection on the Bosch is definitely poor. I cut outside my shop, so it isn't an issue for me, but if you cut inside, I think a vac would be a must. The Bosch is also heavy at about 65 lbs. I don't have to carry mine far, so again, this wasn't an issue for me, but if I were carrying this to a job site everyday, I would have chosen the Dewalt. As for the LED guide, my previous Dewalt saw had one, but I still found myself lowering to the blade to the material. Maybe the guide is more useful when cutting crown moulding, but I do much trim work, I haven't found the lack of guide to be an issue for me. Lastly, I would say the Dewalt is probably built more ruggedly built and is geared more for contractor job-site use. Despite, the heft, the Bosch doesn't give me the impression of a job site saw. I don't consider the several plastic parts to be an issue based on my usage conditions, but I'm not convinced they would hold up to job site abuse. The complaint on the Dewalt is the sliders. I tested these in several stores and found all of them to be somewhat rough, not just compared to the Bosch, but to other conventional sliding saws. I read blogs where users had found "work arounds" to keep the saw from binding at full extension, but a properly functioning sliding mechanism is basic to a sliding saw; the user shouldn't need to work around a sliding issue. For that reason, I went with Bosch. My previous miter saw was a Dewalt, so I'm not brand loyal to Bosch, I just felt like the disadvantages to the Bosch weren't very applicable to me based on my usage while the disadvantage on the Dewalt would have been. Again, if I were a contractor, I would have gotten the Dewalt for its portability and ruggedness. I think both saws will provide years of accurate cuts so its really a matter of needs (portability, etc). I will also add that the first Bosch I purchased wasn't new (although it was sold as new). There was some type of epoxy cement around the base of saw (like someone dipped a finger in it and dragged it around the entire base) and the safety switch didn't work properly. I had to return it to HD who exchanged it with no questions. I will be contacting Bosch customer service on that issue.
April 8, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by dbb2015 Less Than Expected
I purchased this saw after several months of research. I chose this saw based on overall reviews and price. Once I had the saw home, I set about checking calibration. I was very disappointed to find that the calibration was not right. If this was set before shipping, then that saw must have a had a rough journey reaching the store. The next issue was with the dust collection. There is a dust collector on the saw, but I am not sure what it really collects. After a couple trips to the store to find adapters so that I could hook a shop vacuum to the collector, I thought the collection problem would be solved. That was not the case. I saw very little difference in the amount of dust collected.
February 5, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Yahweh Excellent product some downsides
This is my first miter saw so I have not much to compare it too but here are my impressions on this machine. The gliding system is super smooth and works flawlessly. The trigger for the saw on the handle has two buttons to turn it on making life easier if you are right or left handed. The miter cuts are very convenient an automatically lock into place for the most common angles 0 45 etc.... Dust collection is poor but it is a power tool that cuts wood what do you expect. I do like the fact that the saw can kick into position vertically and for its slide as we'll paired with the gravity stand although it's somewhat portable not very easy to move around or even close the stand but I'm a carpenter who works at home so I don't move it that often. One major down side is blade change long process and very heavy other than that it has made my life so much easier but in sure another brand would have too
April 20, 2015