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BarnwoodDan

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05-28-2018 02:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bosch gcm12sd dewalt dws780 question miter saw

I am new to lumberjocks and this is my first question for the group. I recently sold my Dewalt radial arm saw to make room in my shop. I plan to replace it with a miter saw. I have been saving up to buy a Bosch GCM12SD. After reading many reviews I like the space saving ability of this saw. But now I have read many reviews talking about the lack of alignment of this saw. So more research and now I am looking at a Dewalt DWS780 but I go back to having the need for more space for it.

What are your thoughts which way should I go on this purchase I am of course why?


Thank you, Dan

-- Dan, Georgia


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#1 posted 05-28-2018 02:49 PM

Normally I would stick with: Buying Bosch jig saws and Dewalt Miter Saws.

That is always a good rule. But, if you want to save space, I have seen plenty of reviews on the Bosch buy real carpenters that say this is really a great compact solution and reliably accurate. I looked a little more and did not see anything that would encourage me to pass on it.

I don’t think of these types of saws as finish work tools. I have a Dewalt I bought in 2002 and I cannot see any reason it cannot go for 16 more years which is unfortunate, because this Bosch looks like a great tool.

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#2 posted 05-28-2018 05:52 PM

Bosch .vs. Dewalt when concerned about space in shop: Buy the Bosch.

+1 for Brian’s comment: Miter saw is a rough cutting tool.

IMHO – you might end up being disappointed you sold the radial arm saw?
I regret my decision many days. Did same thing: traded my 40 year old 12” Dewalt radial arm saw for new 12” miter saw. I did not save tremendous amount of space. After the swap was done, figured out I traded roughly 12” x 24” of floor space for about 10” loss in cross cut capacity (radial arm saw head protruded out 10” further from wall).

I use miter saw fairly often, and built a rolling cart for it to avoid constant set up tear down for every use. Even my wife was curious why I bought a new tool to supposedly save space, and when placed on a cart is almost same size as radial arm saw station used to roll around shop. :(

My problem with miter saw floor space is depth for dust collection. Need to add a box and ducting behind saw to collect dust. My radial arm saw had a box that sat within base with a port that dropped down next to the back post, and did a better job catching dust than my results on either miter saw so far (cross cuts only, angles they both stink at dust collection).

Ha, perfect example of what I was trying to share was just posted. Look at pictures in this thread:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/380225

Especially the images of miter saw and radial arm saw side by side in post #5.
Miter saws required a large foot print for any fixed mounting in shop.

Best Luck.

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#3 posted 05-30-2018 12:36 AM

Thanks for the information that gives me more to consider.

-- Dan, Georgia

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#4 posted 05-30-2018 01:14 AM



Normally I would stick with: Buying Bosch jig saws and Dewalt Miter Saws.

That is always a good rule. But, if you want to save space, I have seen plenty of reviews on the Bosch buy real carpenters that say this is really a great compact solution and reliably accurate. I looked a little more and did not see anything that would encourage me to pass on it.

I don t think of these types of saws as finish work tools. I have a Dewalt I bought in 2002 and I cannot see any reason it cannot go for 16 more years which is unfortunate, because this Bosch looks like a great tool.

- BroncoBrian

My brother and I are debating whether to keep the dewalt miter saw or sell it and get a new Bosch. The dewalt has been a reliable tool for us either for over 8 years. Guess we’ll see if we really need a better space right after we finished installing the new rack and tonneau covers on the truck and move it at the outdoor garage.

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#5 posted 05-30-2018 02:57 AM

I went through the same thing myself last year. The Bosch reviews had plenty of positives (especially the space saving design) but the negative reviews regarding the deflection issues spooked me. I took the opportunity to check them out myself on display at HD. While not scientific, fiddling with the Bosch in the store, I was able to understand how the folding arm mechanism could pose some issues when fully retracted. It seemed as if the saw design was vulnerable to inaccuracies in order to achieve the space saving feature.

I chose the DeWalt and am quite satisfied. It does take up extra space, especially with the dust bag attached, but it cuts true and has a large 6 1/2” vertical capacity and handles nested moldings up to 7 1/2” wide. Also, the XPS LED feature is genius. Pretty sure HD is offering the saw with a free stand right now. I’m guessing either way you’ll be happy with your choice, but I understand the analysis paralysis you’re going through trying to make your decision.

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