My rating is based on one issue where the 10xc stands out - cutting power. Hot knife through butter is the relevant phrase. I cut a lot of ancient hard native (NZ) timber and this is the saw for the job. Much better than the De Walt of similar watts that I had previously. The only negative is that the fence is not as precise as the De Walt which had a system of cogs with a magnified reading at each end. The Bosch 10xc just slides and clamps and you need to check the fence for square each time - but it is still pretty accurate.
An excellent saw on it's class
Bought this saw with free stand and a bonus portable jobsite radio from Just Tools. It's on special, I think around $1035. The radio was redeemable from bosch website. What's good about this beast it it's onboard accessories and the two tools. Out from the box the rip fence was parallel from the saw and from the groove. The groove will be the reference when moving the rip fence. Parallelism of the saw are adjustable on page 12 of the manual. I have changed the blade of this to bosch 100T optiline 254 mm with arbor size of 30 mm which is availab...le at Master home improvement. The pack includes the reducer ring to fit the 1 inch or 25.4mm arbor of the saw. The manual says to not use a reducer ring. I don't know why, I have tested it and everything was alright. You just have to adjust the pointer to get the exact measurement when changing to a thinner blade. One thing you might have to adjust here too are the mitre and the bevel pointers. My mitre is 1 degree off the 90 deg. I have loosen two screws, one stopper and the other one is the pointer. With the engineers triangle ( make sure it's a good quality) one side on the tables groove and the other on mitre side it's easy to adjust it to a perfect 90 deg. Although the bosch optiline still chips the melamine board, there are some technique online to get a clean cut. Tried to get Freud blades, but their 254mm blades 80T is not available for 24.5mm arbor size of the saw. Hope in the future they will as they have a very good review when cutting melamine. I would highly recommend this saw for accurate cuts which is critical when making drawers and covers. Update: 5/6/2015 Just got my hand on Freud Diablo 60T 30mm arbor with reduction rings that will fit this machine. It's available on Bunnings at $90. Tested it on white melamine boards and it's a big difference compared to Bosch optiline. Freud 60T has beaten the 100T of Bosch! It's whisper quiet while cutting and very minimal drag! I have a chip free clean cut on melamine boards. Just lower the blade to just a bit over to the thickness of the board to achieve this professional result.
GTS 10J, Little brother is a ripper....
I read the above review, and I have to say what a load of tripe. I had to rip down bevels on site for custom matched mdf skirting, modify existing jarrah architraves by cutting them down, panels, thin mdf etc. I bought the cheaper GTS10j with stand with some trepidation based on these reviews, but as there wasn't much else to choose from took the plunge.
It worked all day without a drama, cut thin and straight with the existing blade and I never had a problem. The rip fence was parallel in any position. I got smooth finish cuts on 20mm jarrah to 3mm mdf sheet with the blade out of the box.... just started it up and ripped into it (no pun intended).
I am impressed with it and it adds to my other Bosch blue tools
Questions & Answers
Is the smaller table size on the smaller gts 10J a nuisance for long (2m) timber lengths?
Actually no. There's enough length on the table to clamp a guide board, which you can make as long as you like. Feather boards are difficult, as the Bosch mitre slots are non-standard, although you can make your own mitre bars to fit. I always place a roller stand front and back (in-feed and out-feed) and have no problem. If you do mega amounts of long production work, just build two work tables and sit the saw in between.
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