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For all the right-handed guys out there who’ve long suffered with a left-handed circ-saw, Bosch now makes a saw for you. Available soon, the new CS5 prominently features the blade on the left side of the unit to provide a good sightline for all the pros out there who desire it.

Growing up with a saw that has the blade on the right side, I just learned to use it with my left hand. It never occurred to me that someone might use it in the other hand and not be able to see where the blade is.  However, I won’t claim that my learned method is superior in any way — far from it.  If there’s one thing we’ve learned at Toolmonger it’s that folks use tools in all kinds of different ways to get the job done. If a left-bladed saw helps you get your work done more efficiently, we’re all about it.

Of course, along with the new blade setup, the folks at Bosch have packed a few extra goodies into the CS5, like a beefy 15A motor that spins up to 6,200 RPM — not a bad resume for the blue-clad newcomer. We can’t wait for them to hit the shelves.

CS5 Circ Saw [Bosch]


16 Responses to Preview: New CS5 Circ Saw From Bosch

  1. Fred says:

    For those of us who use worm-gear saws this was taken care of years ago.

  2. ToolFreak says:

    Lets hope this design makes it to the Skil line as well.

  3. PutnamEco says:

    Is it me, or or are all the new tools coming out just more cheaply made? Saw doesn’t look the same quality as their older saws. Same with their new jigsaw. Has Bosch sold out and gone Chinese?
    I’m already starting to not like the Chinese made Milwaukees.

    Well, at least there is still Festool and Hilti.

    Concerning blade left, I find a lot more sawdust in my pockets when I use blade left sidewinders (absent on the 77) and almost none blade right. Less sawdust in the face too.
    Those sawdust exhaust ports seem to aim right for my pocket

  4. tooldork says:

    Saw and Jig probably aren’t of the same exact quality since they retail around $100 versus the $140 you’ll pay for their other models.

    As an occasional user, I know that I can get a well-made, quality saw at a price that fits my budget.

    Festool and Hilti — I won’t spend a mortgage payment on these tools no matter how much ass they kick.

  5. Fred says:

    Re: PutnamEco Says:

    They call this value engineering (aka downgrading).

    I’m cringing about the thought of replacing tools like my Rockwell (Porter Cable) 503 belt sander, my Rockwell Versa Plane and 126 planes, Skill 77’s etc. etc.

    For the ocascasional user – as long as the tool performs accurately and safely – then cost should be the most important consideration.
    For me, if a cheap sidewinder burns out on a roof deck or bad bearings ruin a cut in the middle of a job that then needs to be stopped – that’s money out of my pocket too.

  6. PutnamEco says:

    Fred Says:

    They call this value engineering (aka downgrading).
    Whose value? I would prefer more durability/functionality than a cheaper price.

    I’m thinking it’s more in terms of planned obsolescence.

    I also worry about replacement time. PC belt sander has shoe issues(overheating leading to warp). Needs to be replaced with a graphite pad.

    You can still get 126s. For how long, is anybodies guess.

    There are still some pre China 77s on the shelves, get them while you can. they won’t be around much longer.

    Versa plane? good luck with that. Ebay maybe? $$$ just like the old B&D sawcats. stock up on carbide while you can.
    For the occasasional user – as long as the tool performs accurately and safely – then cost should be the most important consideration.

    For occasional use, renting a quality tool may be a better option.
    tooldork Says:
    As an occasional user, I know that I can get a well-made, quality saw at a price that fits my budget.

    What you may be buying is a compromise, They did something differently to get that lower price, Hence, most likely, a lower quality tool.

    Did you ever think that you might be buying a cheap tool that has a quality name attached to it?

    Black and Decker used to make industrial quality tools, look at what they have become.
    Festool and Hilti — I won’t spend a mortgage payment on these tools no matter how much ass they kick.

    If you made your living with tools, you might think differently.
    The right tools save both time and money.

    There is such a thing as a false economy

  7. Fred says:

    When Black & Decker acquired Dewalt, then Delta, Porter Cable and DeVilbiss- they apparently decided that the B&D part of the line was going to be the consumer product and they would target PC to the Pro Market and Dewalt maybe somewhere in between. The lines get blurred.

    Milwaukee was acquired by TTI – and I think they wanted a higher end product to go with Ryobi.

    Skil was acquired by Bosch – who also bought Dremel and Roto-Zip and Vermont American. Skil had a full line – now most of what bears the Skil name seems like its consumer oriented.

    Even Hitachi makes some of its product in Taiwan to save on cost

    BTW I never had a plate heat-up problen on the 503 locomotive – but did on other PC belt sanders

    Re rental – around here some of the rental tools a pretty beat-up

  8. PutnamEco says:

    Fred Says: When Black & Decker acquired Dewalt,………………

    I’m REALLY hoping Bosch doesn’t do what TTI did to their tool line up. They are already offshoring Skil, and coming out with what appear to be Cheap homeowner type tools.

    I’m wishing more tool companies would spin off some quality tools (preferably American) like Original Saw did from Dewalt and Harley did from AMF, Or that one or more of the pro euro tool companies would develop a better US presence. Mafell or Protool maybe?
    As long as I’m dreaming, maybe Northfield Foundry & Machine Co. would make some portable power tools.

  9. Fred says:

    Re: PutnamEco Says:
    When youmention Mafell and Protool (maybe Hema too?) – I suspect that you do timber framing.
    My point is not that you can’t get good European tools (maybe I’ll try a Virutex – when my PC Planes give up the ghost) – but that it is an increasing shame that we’ve let the Walmart market dictate what we make in the US.
    The professional market is willing to pay for innovative high quality product – and it would be nice to not to require that it all be shipped in from Germany, Italy, Spain etc. These are not inherently low cost production countries – so we can not argue that we need to make everything in China, Taiwan, Mexico etc. The block planes we use are Lie Nielsens – and they still seem to be making a go of it here.

  10. ExtremeFramer says:

    Re: Tooldork says:

    Festool and Hilti — I won’t spend a mortgage payment on these tools no matter how much ass they kick.

    You obviously haven’t every used them. Not just read about them, not just demo them in the store…I mean actually USE them on a project. Festool offers a 30-day money back guarantee. Go ahead and exercise the option. You’ve got nothing to lose except your preconceived notions.

  11. Fred says:

    Re ExtremeFramer Says:

    I perecieve that there is a different opinion out there about Festool and Hilti.
    My old stud guns were FixRammers and Remmingtons and now I use Ramsets – not Hiltis and they seem to work OK at lower cost than Hilti. My demo hammers are Bosch – and the one concrete saw that I own is a Husqvarna – but in my work it is used infrequently. Have other had problems with the Hilti tools?

    On Festools – I’ve only seen them as placement ads on This Old House – assumed that Tom Silva might be using them either because they were given to him and/or they were good. The Festool Domino gets lots of press but I use a Dowelmax with good result. Are folks having problems with Festool too ??

  12. PutnamEco says:

    Fred Says:
    I perecieve that there is a different opinion out there about Festool and Hilti.

    The biggest problem most have with Hilti and Festool is paying for them.

    Hilti is quality and durability all around. I don’t know of anyone that has had any serious problem with them. Hilti demo hammers only use Hilti bits, not sds. The Hilti bits are good, but pricey and not everyone carries them. Hilti has a very wide selection in guns, the “stud” guns are heavier than Ramsets and I feel they have less recoil.
    Festool does make some different style tools. Their plunge style circular saws (TS 55/TS 75) are odd to use at first, if your really used to an regular style circ saw, but if you use them for any time at all, they quickly become second nature.
    Where Festool really shines is in dust collection. Their vac and sander combination (like RO 150/ CT 22) leaves almost NO dust. So little, in fact, that you would not hesitate to use it in you or your clients finished house or office.
    The Festool cordless drills are a little on the light side of things at only 12-15 volts, but for cabinetry and other light or shop work are almost ideal.

    My gripe about Festool/Hilti is their use of proprietary consumables like Festools sawblades and Hilti bits. When your out in the sticks, the corner hardware store is not going to be able to resupply you. Then again, in some areas the Festool/Hilti dealers will come to you. On some of the bigger jobs that I’ve been on Hilti visits regularly. Just like Snap-on does for the auto shop guys.

  13. Fred says:

    Re: PutnamEco Says

    Thanks for the perspective.

    I’ve had good results and fewer client complaints about noise during clean-up since we switched over to Fein vacuums – which seem both quiet and effective to me.

    I use some SDS-Plus tools – but also spline drives.

    I still miss my old stud guns (did not wear out but now illegal in our locality because they were direct-coupled (the charge acted directly on the pin). My 38 cal. Remington was great for shooting threaded studs into the wide-flanges. I do think that the need for an operator license (certificate of fitness) in our area has improved safety a bit – but there are still many unlicensed contractors who may or may not know what they are doing.

  14. tooldork says:

    Understanding that a number of responders here make a living by using their tools and I appreciate that if my living depended on working with tools my criteria for tool selection would be different.

    I am quite familiar with a number of tool manufacturers and their products, so I generally don’t worry about the “False Economy” effect. I usually subscribe to the adage of, “If you are going to be a bear, be a grizzly.” Meaning that I try to get the best tool and the best cost that I can justify based on performance, frequency of use, cost, comfort, and performance added functions.

    Renting a circ saw really isn’t an option.

    While I haven’t used the Hilti or Festool tools extensively, I just cannot justify tripling my capital costs for something that I do not use day in and day out. Were I to use these tools more regularly, I would give them ample consideration.

    I haven’t used the Festool dust vac system, but I have used the Bosch and it does a tremendous job.

  15. johnson says:

    Hilti is overpriced for what you get. Festool is good for their collection systems. I find that my Makita tools hold up just as long and do the job better than my Hilti’s did. The Makita guy comes to the job to make sure the tools are working for me too. I like the fact that Makita still makes their tools too.

  16. Fred says:

    No complaints from me about Makita – I use their 6-3/4 inch plane (never compared it to Virutex or Mafell) – but it has not failed when called upon.
    We also have several Makita Coil Siding nailers – which perform very well – comparable to the best Hitachi nailers we use. We also like our 12 volt Makita impact drivers – and I’m inclined to think about buying some of their Lithium Ion Drill/Drivers when needed.
    But I did not think that they made powder-actuated tools.

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