Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 6
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by anonymouse Excellent saw
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 / 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.
December 31, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rufus You can't go wrong with this tool!
I spent a lot of time on the web looking at reviews and comments on this saw and Dewalt's. I also talked to friends with experience in both brands. After all was said and done, I settled on this Bosch. And since Home Depot had it fifty bucks cheaper and free shipping to my home, the decision was much easier. The saw was spot on right out of the box: 45 left and right and 90 cuts were accurate with my architect triangles. The in the box 40T blade makes very smooth cuts. Another item I wish I'd bought a couple of years ago. It's not as hard to move around as I thought it might be, at 42 pounds, which is about twice the weight of the 10 inch 30 year old Craftsman it replaced. The three different handles make it easy to handle. Just looked down at the review form and I have no cons for this saw. There's always one more thing......it arrived a day earlier than HD had told me!
June 30, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by OldSchooler Excellent "Just the features you really need" miter saw
Saw was accurate out of the box. It has a low profile with conveniently located handles that make it easy to carry and transport. It lives up to the expectations one has from a Bosch tool. It has plenty of power and makes very accurate cuts. My only complaint was the blade that came with the saw. The blade was mediocre at best. Many might blame the saw for the quality of the blade, but if you put a good blade on the saw you will be a happy camper.
May 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Patrick Accurate and a Great Value
This is not the saw to buy if you're cutting very wide boards or large molding.
However, if you're a typical woodworker like myself, this is one of the best values out there. The fence was dead square, and all of the adjustments were accurate right out of the box. The dust collection is much better than most of the competitors (single-bevel non-sliders). The only con I've found is that it could come with a higher quality blade. I've yet to come across a miter saw that includes a decent blade.
If accuracy is more important than features, than this is the saw for you.
October 17, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by KTB1 Really nice solid saw.
Out of the box, the standard you would expect from Bosch. Saw needed some adjustment not perfectly square out of the box. Made the adjustment and cuts real nice. Changed out the blade that came with it for an 80 tooth blade and the cuts are spot on. Powerful sturdy saw. A little pricey for the amount I use it, but you get what you pay for. Overall a solid saw.
May 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BobL Excellent
Excellent, CM12 has worked right out of the box. Very happy with performance.
March 26, 2014