On this page we are going to talk about the Bosch range of power mitre saws and give a bit of info on all of the models available in the UK. From this list of high level model reviews you can pick the one that suits you the most and click through to our full review.
Bosch PCM 8 S
At the bottom end of the mid range price level Bosch enter the market with their Bosch PCM 8 S. This really is a fantastic value power tool, offering high quality features and operation at a price that is affordable to the DIY enthusiast, as well as the occasional use professional.
This unit is fitted with a 1200 watt motor that delivers plenty of power for tough jobs and gives a really smooth cut even through large pieces of wood. As with all Bosch chop saws, the body is very strong with no flex giving an accurate cut and an easy motion as you use the saw.
The saw comes with easy to use controls and a locking arm to make sure your angles are accurate. A dust bag helps keep mess to a minimum. The reviews for this model are amazing from very happy customers.
The one thing that the more expensive saws offer is a deeper cutting depth, the PCM 8 S cuts to a depth of 6cm which is good for smaller pieces of work like skirting boards but will struggle with larger timbers. The PCM 8 S is also pretty heavy and bulky which makes it harder to transport. Over all this is a brilliant saw for the money which will suit most people well apart from the most frequent of users.
Click through to our more in depth Bosch PCM 8 S review.
Bosch GCM 8 SJL
Let’s have a look at a mitre saw that steps up a little in terms of budget and is firmly set in the mid price range. The first thing you will notice about the Bosch GCM 8 SJL mitre saw over the PCM 8 S is the increase cut depth which moves up to 7 cm from 6cm. This may not see like a lot but could make all the difference depending on the job you are working on.
The other major upgrade to the this model is the motor. It has a powerful 1600 watt unit that delivers a smooth and powerful cutting action. As this is aiming at the professional market, it is starting to offer some good commercial features. It has a 2 point dust extraction system to keep the workspace clean and healthy and has a carry handle, combined with a weight of 17kg which makes it pretty easy to carry around.
The cutting accuracy is second to none on this chop saw as you would expect with Bosch, featuring an integrated laser to guide the cuts and a locking handle to keep the body in place and stop any slight movements that may compromise your cut. Again, a highly recommended choice from the Bosch mitre saw range that will suit most professionals and the serious DIY expert.
For a more in depth look a the features on this, click through to the detailed Bosch GCM 8 SJL mitre saw review.
This is a fantastic sliding mitre saw from Bosch that is a true workhorse for the tradesmen that need a strong reliable saw. The saw is in the high price range and worth every penny as it will stand the test of time and tackle the toughest pieces of timber.
It comes with a really powerful 1800 watt motor which will give you a long lasting machine, even if it is running for many hours. With a large 11cm cutting depth this saw can cut through a lot of standard sized construction timbers to assist with some big construction jobs not just on the finishing touches and smaller bits of wood.
A lot of stud work is built from 8 x 4 timbers which this saw can cut to precise angles all day long. The Bosch GCM12SD mitre saw achieves smooth clean cuts using a 305mm blade that spins at a fast 3,800 revolutions per minute, allowing the blade to glide through thick timbers easily and precisely.
The controls are situated on the front of the unit with an easy locking mechanism and a strong laser to get those angles absolutely spot on. As always with the Bosch professional mitre saws this has a top of the range dust management system to safeguard the workspace against air pollution. For the professionals that want a robust power tool to rely on, this is the one for you.
To read more about this impressive chop saw, make sure you click through to our detailed Bosch GCM12SD review.
Bosch GCM 10 SD
This saw, like the GCM 12 SD, is a powerful mitre saw worthy of working on any construction site. It has a powerful 1800 watt motor to give it longevity and plenty of reserves to tackle stubborn materials.
The big difference between the two saws is the size of the blade and size of cut. The Bosch GCM 10 SD mitre saw has a maximum cutting depth of 8.5cm centimetres which will tackle some pretty large lengths of timber and will cut 30cm in width. All round this covers all but the biggest timbers a mitre saw would be used for.
Coming in at the high end of the mid price range this is a fantastic investment for any DIY expert or tradesmen that needs a saw that has the power to work for long hours. To keep the saw working at maximum pace there is a convenient spindle lock to make blade changes quick and smooth. The dust extraction system offers powerful dust collection to keep your work space clean.
The sliding mitre saws are not the lightest saws but this one has 2 well positioned handles to make it easy to transport. We recommend this saw and the customer reviews are mostly five stars which speaks for itself. Make sure you check the size of timbers you could potentially be cutting before you choose between this and the GCM 12 SD.
To learn more about this model, read our Bosch GCM 10 SD review here.
Bosch GCM 12 GDL
This is the super power of mitre saws in the Bosch range. Coming in at the high end of the price range for a mitre saw, this is a top quality professional tool ready to work every day on construction sites and in workshops.
There are a number of things that set the Bosch GCM 12 GDL apart from the other saws in the Bosch range. One of the main benefits of this machine is the monster 2000 watt motor. This motor will power its way through really thick and dense wood with ease, where other saws may struggle. These power reserves are important if you are working all day long as you do not want to burn out the motor.
With a 10.4cm cutting depth the GCM12GDL can really take on some serious timber making it very useful for cutting wood for construction purposes as well as smaller pieces of wood like skirting boards. All of this is aided with a laser guide to get absolute accuracy.
With a frictionless sliding action for ease and smoothness of cut, this is an easy saw to use and has the controls located at the front in an easy access position. From a safety point of view, the saw has a brake system to stop the blade, and also a powerful dust extraction facility which keeps the workplace dust free and clean. We highly recommend the Bosch GCM 12 GDL mitre saw for professional and frequent DIY use.
Our complete Bosch GCM 12 GDL review can be found here.
Bosch Mitre Saw Accessories
As well as reading the reviews of the mitre saws themselves, you might also like to know about the accessories that are available for the models too. Typically there are a few that are commonly available as follows.
A properly designed mitre saw stand can make it both easier and safer to use your power tool as it holds it sturdy whilst in use. While there are some universal style stands available on the market, a Bosch stand is most likely to give you the best results.
Replacement blades are a fact of life with any saw, and certainly chop saws. Over time they will wear down, becoming less sharp and strong and need replacing. Like the stands, there will be replacement blades available for your mitre saw from third parties, but be aware that they may not all be made to the same standard, so safety and quality may be compromised by using compatible rather than genuine Bosch blades.
While not strictly speaking essential, dust bags make the operation of your mitre saw much less messy. Properly fitted dust bags collect a large proportion of the sawdust created while cutting, meaning that there’s less flying around in your work area, and therefore less to tidy up afterwards. It should be noted that they will never eradicate all waste escaping, but they do collect the majority.
Spare parts are something we’ve all needed to source at one time or another, and your mitre saw will be no different. Over time, any machine will but subject to normal wear and tear, and that means sooner or later parts will fail. You can source genuine spare parts for virtually all user serviceable and replaceable components of your Bosch power tools – for everything else there’s the option to use the service centre.
Bosch are a company that offer a fantastic range of power tools across the globe. The German company, based in Stuttgart, started out on their mission to build the finest engineered products over one hundred years ago. They have succeeded in the power tool world at building some of the most robust, accurate and reliable tools. The Bosch mitre saw range is no exception. It offers a versatile selection of models that cover all types of work and budget. All of the saws are held in the highest regard by customers in the construction industry, and keen woodworkers. This fantastic reputation and wealth of knowledge is carefully put into each mitre saw to build brilliant machines.
The quality of their engineering is consistent through their range of UK mitre saws and gives you many options in budget as well as the type of mitre saw that you may need. Entering the market with PCM 8 S, this machine offers a good bridge between home and professional use Bosch are catering for all needs. The range heads all the way up to the GCM12SD, which will tackle what ever you throw at it. Its expensive but a tradesman’s dream saw. Read the more in depth reviews to choose the right mitre saw for you.