Not accurate out of the box - but found the solution
I bought this Bosch PCM 1800 SD to replace my Aldi Workzone Sliding Compound Mitre Saw, which made near-random cuts every time. I decided to upgrade rather than try and improve the Workzone tool.
Being a home hobbyist I am probably more fussy than some people about accuracy. If I am going to see my project every day around the house I will be reminded of any and all imperfections. As a result, I take care to get things right. Unfortunately, this tool was not setup well out of the box. I was very frustrated and put the tool aside.
Calibrati...on finally helped get it right. I had to do a lot of youtubing to learn how to get this done, but afer the second go-around I was pretty happy with it. One issue remaining is sawdust. The dust collection bag is impractically small, and there is only that one spot to collect dust from. More expensive saws have better dust collection, so at the pricepoint of this saw, it's to be expected. E.g. Festool Kapex. Initially I reviewed this saw negatively, but since I got the tuning right, and improved my technique it's a lot better.
Purchased in October 2019 for $450.00.
Perfect for crooked cuts!
Only decided to go with the Bosch due to their brand name reputation. Sadly things have certainly changed quality wise at Bosch in light of my experience with the 1800 drop saw.
Could not understand why blade was kicking back on me if trimming one side of timber. Accepted it for a long time until working out the issue AFTER finding my window architraves were all out a little bit on the mitre join.
The rear fence is crooked by just under 2mm as it reaches the middle. Sliding fence does correct this but is useless if timber is less than 25mm an...
Purchased in June 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $380.00.
Must have got a good one?
Purcahsed this saw for some home renovations and so far has not missed a beat. Can't relate to the issuses that everyone else has reported. Top quality as far as I am concerned. I do not use this saw as often as a trades person would so I cannot say its great for that particular application, but it suit my home renovation just fine. I did however purchase a more expenaive blade for it.
Purchased in February 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $399.00.
Bosch..I think you have tarnished your good name on this one
I've always relied on Bosch being top choice for an important tool.this thing is out of square beyond adjustment.i have to turn down jobs until I can replace the 400$ mistake ive purchased. Save your good name send everyone here a voucher!!!!
Purchased in April 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse.
I bought a Bosch GCM 12 GDL drop saw to replace my Hitachi 12" when it kamikazied off my tool trailer. The sliding fence idea on the Bosch is useless as you have too remove them anyway when laying the head over in any direction. If you lay the head over to the right, it won't even cut through a 45mm thick piece of timber due to the head being to thick at the blade centre. Why bother putting the motor on top to get better cut depth when it doesn't? It starts rough, but does a nice enough cut once at speed. It also has more plastic levers on it t...han a Chinese swiss army enough, can't see them lasting. I needed to do the cuts it couldn't so often I bought a Makita 12" (305mm) 36v battery drop saw and now use this one as my main. It's easy to use, quieter, folds up better for carrying and can cut 60mm when layed over to the right. Disappointing from Bosch.
Purchased in February 2020 at Total Tools for $1,199.00.
Disappointing from Bosch
I had a Bosch PCM 1800 that had served me well for 5 years. So when I decided to upgrade to a sliding saw I went with the Bosch PCM 1800 SD. What a mistake. It didn't cut square out of the box and the fence can not be moved enough to get it to be square when set to zero. I made it square by setting to an angle that wasn't zero in order to finish my project. Then the blade guard didn't retract enough and got caught on the wood I was cutting. This meant that you had to pull back the guard slightly in order to cut wood above a certain thickness (appeared to be about 30mm) then after using the clamp to secure the wood for the 5th time the clamp broke. At that point I gave up and returned it to the store where I bought it.
Purchased in June 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $399.00.
Very disappointing for a Bosch machine
Within the first week of use, I found the lever that tightens the radius of the table does tighten the table properly. Also the fence is curving in, in the middle by 2mm which makes the cut inaccurate and dangerous, as the timber jams and the blade kicks back.
Purchased in November 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse.
Saw cuts OK, Laser is a useless
Only used the saw a few times when the laser went fuzzy, so I contacted Bosch and they said take it to a service centre listed in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, everywhere, almost, too bad I live in South Australia, I will never buy Bosch again.
don’t buy this drop saw
Like other users, the blade guard was hopeless; I had to reassemble it several times (it’s now utterly broken), and I keep having to reset the blade. I have had my Bosch drop saw for about 2 years. Having also just had a Bosch drill which was disappointing, I won’t be buying another Bosch product again.
Purchased in January 2017.
Worst Bosch tool EVER!!!
Seriously save yourself the headache and buy anything else.
Mine had the saw guard jam on it the second day of use.....exceptionally poor design.
I love my other Bosch tools, so this one actually made me sad I had to return it because its practically useless.
Purchased in March 2019 for $430.00.
very disappointed bad quality and performance
bought the saw and stand combo from mitre ten, got it out of the box and straight away inaccurate cuts, both indicators are a mile out. could not get a square cut anywhere, the slide compound will not work unless you take the upper support away from the cutting table, to the right the transport knob hits then the gearbox housing hits and to the left simply binds again. ridiculous from a supposed high quality manufacturer
the rear of the handle on mine gets extremely hot as well with a faint smell of overheated electrics when the motor is running
I usually buy Makita, should have done so again.......severely disappointed however the stand is good
I'm normally happy with the quality of Bosch power tools, but this is an exception. I've been through three of these saws after returning them to Bunnings for various problems.
The laser - on the first unit, the laser broke within a day, causing me to have to return the unit. On the second, it pointed somewhere in the middle of the blade making it essentially useless.
Table extensions - a great idea but too weak/wobbly to be extremely useful.
Angle settings - both are inaccurate and need to be checked with other tools. For example setting th...
Average quality for a good brand
Was pretty disappointed after less than 6 months, due to the guard not working properly and the angles being out when cutting. In the end, I modified the guard slide rail so it works without drama, but I always have to check with my set square to ensure straight cuts. The laser got covered in fresh sap from pine timber and now doesn't work cause it ruined the plastic cover... and it was always needing to be cleared anyway as it was in a terrible position and kept getting covered in sawdust. I don't know why but the part which hold the blade on know as the locking nut has worn and now has a wobble in the blade.
Also, it uses 5 watts of power plugged in doing nothing which is a joke.
This is not the Bosch quality and value I am used to.
I bought this saw last 6 months ago and after a couple of hours use the blade started to wobble. At first I thought it was the blade so swapped that with a new one with no luck. It then went back to be repaired under guarantee which only lasted 5 minutes. It then went back again to have a whole lot of new parts replaced, such as gears etc.This lasted a few hours work before the blade started to loosen off again. Mitre10 then replaced the saw with a new one out of the box. This saw is now also having problems cutting roughly and then the blade comes loose. I have had a lot of Bosch products over the years and never had a problem. I am now returning it for a refund and will buy something else.
This is the worst drop saw I’ve ever used
Major guard malfunctioning / design issues. I sent the saw back to rectify the issue and the fix only lasted less than a week. The guard mechanism design on the saw just does not work. And after a small amount of use becomes extremely dangerous, due to the need to force the saw down to engage the guard.
I didn’t bother sending it back again for repair as the design problem lies in the flimsy metal bracket that engages the guard. Simply replacing this part with the same only leads to failure.
Questions & Answers
The laser feature on my saw has packed it in! Light is shining on blade teeth & not on the wood. I have cleaned the light & the reflecting surface, still not working. Any suggestions?
I've just bought one of these (used) and it has a few issues.
The main one is that the blade does not line up with the groove in the base. It is approx. 10mm to the left of where it ought to be (when used vertically and at 90 degrees).
I haven't tried with the blade any other way but vertical.
Have re-mounted blade to ensure it was on correctly.
As George asked 9 months ago (& it appears didn't get an answer), Is it possible to adjust the blade to make sure it is cutting 90' when it is out of alignment? If so, how is it done.
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