The first day it arrived in the shop and we began cutting with it, we knew that the Bosch axial glide miter saw would make our favorites list this year with gusto to spare. It’s large, loud, rugged, and elegant all at the same time. Though competitors won’t admit it outright, this is a home run and everyone on the other teams knows it.
What’s the big deal here? Simply put, this saw is a lot more saw in a compact area that doesn’t jam up — even after the 1,000 cuts into hardwood and MDF we’ve put it through thus far — and has a smooth touch to the controls. Tossing in a 3 hp 15 amp motor that spins a 12” blade at 3,800 rpm doesn’t hurt, either. The articulated arm and its bearing-laden hinges are engineering brilliance; over time we’re sure this will play out in the market as a smart move and R&D money well spent for the folks in the Spidey blue and red.
It’s not cheap at $700-$800 and you won’t find it at the local big box on sale for a penny less, but the new rail-less style is both worth the cash — and completely job site-chic.