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Forum topic by AlexNewb posted 07-24-2018 02:34 AM 1349 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AlexNewb

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07-24-2018 02:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bosch miter scms out of square miter saw

You spend almost $700 for a saw, you expect it to be pretty much perfect, right? I posted earlier today about the bevel stop at 0° being off. I’m fine with fine tuning the saw when possible, but for things that are ridiculous, if not impossible, like flattening a table, I expect them to be dead flat. I’m pretty sure the bevel stop being off is due to the fact that the table is pretty crudely out of flat. If I manipulate my square to simulate a flat table, it lines up perfectly. I contacted bosch, told them my issue, and they recommended I return my saw to home depot, so I did. There were no questions asked, and I drove home thinking I’d have a dialed saw. I lugged it up 3 flights of stairs, unboxed it and had my heart sink as I found the same lack of parts that were supposed to be in a bag; could I really have gotten two returned saws in a row?! Perhaps they just decided to start installing the bevel lock knob, but regardless, I have the exact same table issue. This is ridiculous and shameful, Bosch. I expect a certain level of quality. Sorry for the rant, but maybe I can save someone the trouble of this crap.

To be fair, I haven’t used it yet. I’ll do the old two cut boards butted up together and see if it’s cutting true. It seems a lot of people have this issue so it’s possible it’s just less than perfect castings. On the first saw, the left side of the fence was visibly higher than the left, on this one they appear to be about the same height. Who knows, I’ll have to try it out.


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Aj2

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#1 posted 07-24-2018 04:37 AM

Don’t give up just yet they are good saws. Mine has a off set in the fence but the tables where the wood sits is pretty flat. I never even noticed my off set fence until I went looking for something to be wrong.
I’ve learned to live with all the saws imperfect quirks.
It’s a good saw for the money

-- Aj

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#2 posted 07-24-2018 01:28 PM

Sliding compound miter saws really aren’t precision tools in the true sense of the word. There’s a ton of slop in the sliding mechanism, since it’s just designed to cut framing lumber and trim.

A non-flat table is the least of your problems.

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#3 posted 07-24-2018 02:29 PM

I just realized there are two threads going on about this. Why?

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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AlexNewb

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#4 posted 07-24-2018 09:34 PM


I just realized there are two threads going on about this. Why?

- Rich

I bought the first saw, found it had the issue, returned it and got a new one, and the new one has the exact same problem. I contacted bosch and they’re working on a solution.

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#5 posted 07-25-2018 05:49 PM

Don’t expect a level of precision from a $700 saw made in China compared to one made in Germany or Japan. It’s unfortunate, but you get what you pay for and the costs are going up.
I had the same problem about 30 years ago with a Sears cabinet saw. The top was warped, so I returned it and bought a Jet cabinet saw. I haven’t been happier since. Sure it cost more, but well worth it. I have a saw that will last a life time.

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#6 posted 07-25-2018 06:21 PM



Don t expect a level of precision from a $700 saw made in China compared to one made in Germany or Japan. It s unfortunate, but you get what you pay for and the costs are going up.
I had the same problem about 30 years ago with a Sears cabinet saw. The top was warped, so I returned it and bought a Jet cabinet saw. I haven t been happier since. Sure it cost more, but well worth it. I have a saw that will last a life time.

- MrRon

It’s a $700 miter saw…what kind of precision are we talking about when you say “don’t expect a level of precision”? Are you mixing up a Table Saw at $700 rather than a Miter Saw? That would make a million times more sense, IMO. My Bosch MS is fantastic and I don’t have the issues Alex is having. I hope Bosch takes care of him properly.

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