New Sliding Miter Saw from Bosch
In the nearly ten years I’ve been reviewing and writing about tools, few things stand out as truly revolutionary, but Bosch’s 12-inch sliding miter saw is definitely among them. The new saw doesn’t have slide tubes. Instead it has a pair of hinged arms, each with three knuckles. The design makes the slide mechanism more robust (I watched a Bosch employee whack it repeatedly with a scrap of 2×4) and allows you to put the saw right against the wall which should be a big help in cramped quarters.
The saw also has Bosch’s innovative up-front bevel control and a new fence that bolts to the back instead of the top of the saw’s base. The maker claims the design prevents the fence from going out of alignment for increased accuracy.
I’ve requested one for editorial review. Look for a full writeup in an upcoming issue of Fine Woodworking magazine and in Fine Woodworking.com’s online tool guide
Free from tubes, Bosch's new 12-in. slider can be pushed against a wall. The slide mechanism is silky smooth and you can adjust the resistance to your personal taste.
The bevel control is on the front of the saw next to the miter adjustment, so you don't have to reach around back. It bevels in both directions too.
Mounted to the back of the saw table instead of the table top, Bosch claims their new fence design is sturdier and less likely to go out of alignment.
Bosch used this gooseneck fitting for dust collection to save room at the back of the saw. Bosch claims up to 90% effciency, but I think that's a little optimistic based on my observations. I'd say closer to 60% or 70%.