Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 114
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 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 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 2.0 out of 5.0 by Mark If you're into fine furniture building, DO NOT GET THIS SAW!
This saw is probably fine for construction or roughing cutting but if you build furniture and demand precision, DO NOT GET THIS SAW! At the very least, go find one in person and try it out first. The amount of blade deflection(not arbor runout) when fully extended is among the worst I've ever seen. I could NOT get a smooth cut with this thing on a wide board. If I put my Starrett combination square to the edge, there were gaps of at least 1/32" all along the edge. It's anything but "light tight". If I would lock the glide mechanism and just did short cross cutting, I could get a perfect 90 degree cut. When I did a crosscut around 12" wide, I was off by over 1/16" (yes, that much) at the end of the cut. This is verified with a Starrett combination square.
I also hate how Bosch skimped out on the detent lock lever. It's made of plastic and has some give so there's a little slop when the saw locks into a detent.
For the cost of this saw, I expected a LOT more than this. If you need precise cuts that are smooth and accurate, this is not going to accomplish that. Perhaps I just got a bad one but I went back to the store and looked at another saw and it had the exact same issues. I'm not trying any more.
November 28, 2014
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 2.0 out of 5.0 by Wally2412 What? No Laser
Great design, however I would expected there to be a laser or an add on accessory laser available. For this design and price point, I would have spent a little more just for a laser guide
February 1, 2015