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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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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 2021.
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 2021 for A$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
- Verified purchase
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.
Works like a dream
I can't relate to some of the negative feedback whilst some appear to be comparing this tool to professional tools at double the price
I bought mine to build my deck and basic work around the house. Hasn't missed a beat to date 6 months in
Moral to the story don't buy a $400 tool & expect the precision of a $1000 tool, this is after all a DIY product if you want bells and whistles buy Bosch blue
OK for rough structural timber but not for precision work
I bought this as a special from Bunnings as one of the lower cost saws for my beer budget / champagne taste. I got one of the stand combos at a good price. I have used it for a few small jobs in a reno over the past few weeks. The saw works OK but will require setting up to reasonably accurate. Mine was at least a few degrees off. Furthermore the milled back stay was warped and out by about 1mm end to end. I fixed it by filing the supposedly precision milled surface close to flat and reinstalling and adjusting to square. Also the laser i...s not very bright and I would say hardly usable even indoors. It was also not adjusted to be parallel to the blade. The saw is a lot more noisy than my induction motor table saw but I can't compare to others. In summary, perhaps a good saw for construction but not for finer cabinet work. I would suggets a better model if more precision and build quality is requreid
I have not experienced all the problems mentioned in the reviews. Four projects I have finished now and it is still running like a dream. The pcm 1800 sd I bought in August 2016 for the price of AUD 399.00 included with stand at Mitre10. I am a satisfied user.
I rate my PCM 1800SD
Contrary to all above opinions...I am well pleased with mine and have not experienced any issues as above.
I have both the saw and the stand.
Straight out of the box...a familiarisation for about 1/2 an hour and then a general check that all was tight and as should be. It was all good. I then gave all nuts and bolts my customary pre use "maintenance" with a WD40 spray can and did some test cuts on various timbers. Crrosscuts, mitres and bevels. I checked all the cuts against set squares and against each other. Specially wanted to now ...where the blade was cutting and if there was any whiplash side ways or thru the slide action. Solid as a rock both ways. I loved the torque and power of this saw. Cuts like butter. Then same day straight into a project. New pergola. Cross cuts, notches and end bevel cuts in 210 metres of 4x2 and 2x2 . ( Thats a lot of notching) I cut it all, painted it ( stain) and constructed it in 11 hours over 2 days. With out this saw and the solid bench to easily manage the 3 4 metre lengths...this would have taken at least twice this. I enjoyed every moment using this piece of kit.
- Verified purchase
Bosch shows us a good example of ineptitude that could produce injury in my opinion!
I returned my PCM 1800 SD to Bunnings warehouse today after the blade kept loosening creating a disaster about to happen. When I first purchased this it came with the Bosch PTA 1 work stand and unfortunately Makita would not work with so I was stuck with another PCM 1800 SD which is still unopened in my garage as I am trying to find a Dewalt that I can trade for.... Bunnings would only allow a store credit and had no Dewalts with similar specs. I will never purchase another Bosch product again and I will never recommend a Bosch made product- I have a Dewalt 12" slider at my home back in the states which makes this Bosch PCM 1800 SD look like a piece of junk.
Straight out of box to begin 90 degree cuts and basically stopped. Using it as adjustment was a tedious process. The turret is just sloppy when locking angle. Eventually tightened the turret spindle nut which helped a bit. Realigned the backstop which also helped. Basically have to check with set square each time I set up. A complete waste. Simple parts should not be designed to be crap cos there cheap. Never buying green Bosch again.
Not a good product.
I tend to concur with all the prior reviews condemning this product. I purchased this saw 15/07/2015 before I looked at the reviews in question and that was a mistake. The laser light lasted about 3 minutes after removing it from the box and using it. The accuracy of the degree scale is not the best, requiring much experimentation to get accurate cuts. I purchased this saw at Bunnings warehouse and hope I hope to return it ASAP.
Not Happy Northlander
Laser light has stopped working within a few hours or cuts, getting ready to take back to Mitre 10 and note the slides have gone rusty inside the housing, saw has never been out side, always been in the shed, like Bosch brand but this is a let down. Now I have to waste time to get the issues sorted
Questions & Answers
My laser light is not working, I've tried dismantling the unit, there doesn't seem to be any power to the light, would it be a globe or whatever it is?
How can I adjust the blade to make sure it is cutting 90' when it is out of alignment?
We can not lift the saw upwards tried everything. Help Karl
There is a 'transport safety lock's #34 in my user guide. You need to slightly depress the main handle to take the load off the locking pin then pull the pin to the right. If it will not move or is very tight you may be pressing too hard on the main handle.
The transport safety pin rotates into an off position so it doesn't automatically re-engage when you make a cut.
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