March 22, 2007

Bosch Fine Cut Power Handsaw - Review

bosch_finecut.jpgBosch has proven to be one of the most innovative tool companies out there. Just look at the miter saw they released a couple years ago. They not only put all of the bevel controls up front, but they added a great micro-adjust feature. The innovations are so conceptually simple that it’s surprising that it’s taken someone until now to come up with them. Along those same lines comes their Finecut Power Handsaw. You’re telling us that no one’s ever done this before? Why wasn’t there a major market release of this tool, like ten years ago?

It’s a moot point because it’s here now and judging from what we experienced, it’s going to be around for a while. In fact we’d be shocked if a few of the other big companies didn’t follow suit with similar tools in the next few years.

bosch_finecut_4.jpgThe saw comes with two blade options; a flush cutting blade and a fine cutting blade. The flush cut blade does in fact cut perfectly flush. On our test pieces, not only was the cut dead on, but there were no blade marks left by the saw. This surprised us a bit; we were convinced that the work surface would be marred due to just how fast we had the blade moving. A quick pass with a piece of sandpaper on the cut piece and it looked like we were never there. This blade is particularly great for undercutting trim for fitting tile or any other flooring. The cuts are precise and the kerf is no greater than that of a traditional flush cut saw.

The flush cutting blade does have its limitations though. Because of its design it is only capable of cutting to a depth of 1-1/2”, excluding it from any large-sized jobs. In most cases this is irrelevant, it’s not often you need a flush cut saw on a 4x4, but it’s worth noting.

bosch_finecut_3.jpgSo we liked the flush cut blade, but it’s the fine cut blade that really impressed us. With this blade in, you’ve essentially turned the tool into a housebroken sawzall. The cut is easy to control and, due to the stiffness of the blade, capable of amazing precision. This blade is useful in thousands of situations; from trimming off shims to making that first cut when you have the tricky task of removing a damaged piece of tongue and groove flooring.

The fine cut blade doesn’t have the depth restriction that the flush cut blade does. The end 2-3/4” of the bade can be buried into a piece of wood, if need be.

The tool is nicely balanced and there’s no problem getting a sight line on what you’re cutting, and as is the case with most Bosch tools, the controls are intuitive and easy to use. The tool-free blade change is quick and easy; just line up a hole in the blade with a peg in the saw and click it in while holding back a red lever with your thumb. The rear of the tool has a variable speed gauge which numbers from one to six. This is an essential element to the tool as it allows complete control over cutting speed. The blades are easily reversible so you can cut from left to right or right to left, depending on the situation.

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In a head to head with a hand flush cut saw, there is no competition. The Bosch is so fast and so easy to control, that it makes work painless. Your hand saw will still come in handy for plenty though, there will be places where this saw isn’t practical or won’t fit.

Our only real complaint with the tool is that the basic kit doesn’t come with a carrying case. It’s a trivial point, but worth a mention. So for your budgeting, just tack on an additional six bucks and a trip to Home Depot to pick up one of their little plastic tool cases.

The Bosch Fine Cut Saw is available in two kits. The first features:


  • Fine Cut Saw
  • 1 fine tooth blade
  • 1 fine tooth/flush cut blade

This is the package we have and ours came with two fine tooth blades, but everywhere on the internet we found indicated that this package only comes with one. The other kit comes with:


  • Fine Cut Saw
  • 1 fine tooth blade
  • 1 fine tooth/flush cut blade
  • 1 coarse-tooth blade
  • Miter table attachment
  • 2 table clamps
  • Carrying case
  • Work piece clamp

All of the accessories can be bought separately as well, with blades running just under $15 apiece. The basic kit sells for just over $100, which we think is a fair price for the tool, and the larger kit is in the $130-$160 range. Because we haven’t used it, we can’t vouch for the quality of the miter table.

Basic kit at Amazon.com and Tool King
Larger kit at Amazon.com and Tool King

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 22, 2007 6:45 AM

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