January 7, 2014

Bosch CM8S 8-1/2" Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw


Well, this is something worth writing about. Bosch has just announced an 8-1/2" miter saw and it looks pretty slick.

We've always been advocates of 10" miter saws over their HGH-addled 12" siblings. 12" saws are just too big to lug around and the additional size is rarely needed under normal circumstances (we just fully gutted the house and added an addition, and I don't think a 12" saw was ever used at all). Sure there are times when it's handy, but do they really off-set the added hassle of the larger tools? We tend to think not. So we're 10" guys through and through. Our current favorite is the Hitachi because the motor is so smooth and the tool is so light (the onboard laser is total junk, but we don't really care about that).

So in that context, this 8-inch tool is pretty interesting. It's only 37 pounds, which is a big plus, and it appears to have some good long rails on it because it can cross cut up to 12-1/4". So for most day-to day operations, this thing has it covered. Sure, you can't timberframe with it or do some mega crown, but if you're just framing and busting out some normal trim, this could be your guy.

If you're a full time carpenter, this looks like an ideal secondary saw. Just drop it off for the punch list and move your 10 or 12" over to the next job.

Bosch is off-loading these for about $470, which is about right, maybe a shade on the high side. But we've had a lot of experience with Bosch miter saws and overall think they're really nice tools.

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Ye olde press release is after the jump:

Bosch Delivers Ultimate Portability with New 8-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw

CM8S provides convenient, comfortable, easy solution for jobsite cuts

Mount Prospect, Ill., January 7, 2014 - Bosch Power Tools is answering user demands for a portable, lightweight compact saw with the launch of the Bosch CM8S 8-Inch Single Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw. At just 37 pounds, the CM8S is the ultimate in portability and convenience for jobsite cuts.

The exclusive Bosch design delivers a well-balanced saw with a top-handle for one-handed transportation on and off jobsites. Almost half the weight of larger saws, the CM8S offers a convenient solution for remodelers, flooring contractors and woodworkers who need a portable saw. In fact, the CM8S delivers nearly the same cutting capacity as a 10-inch miter saw, but weighs 30 percent less.

Easy access controls - including a bevel lock lever and turret stops - located on the side of the tool allow users to make quick and easy adjustments for multiple cuts. A unique vertical, form-fitting trigger handle provides intuitive cutting and ambidextrous use. Soft grip on both the main handle and top carry handle provide added comfort.

An adjustable front stabilizing foot maintains saw stability when performing cuts at each level of maximum capacity: 12-1/4-inch cross-cut at 0 degrees, 8-inch miter at 45 degrees, 2-3/4-inch upright base and 3-1/2 max crown. Integrated expanding base extensions add up to 29 inches left to right of additional work piece support and retract to just 18 inches wide when not in use to maximize the tool's compact size.

The CM8S was designed to enhance user experience with better line of sight. A clear lower guard provides an unobstructed view unlike other miter saws on the market. A large, easy-to-read miter scale gives users uniform marks from 52 degrees left to 60 degrees right. Ten adjustable miter detents are set at the most common cuts, and an intuitive, easy-to-access thumb-activated detent override allows accurate adjustment when cutting near detents. The CM8S also offers a powerful 12 amp, 5,600 RPM motor to delivering optimal performance.

The CM8S is available now at authorized dealers nationwide. For a suggested retail price of $469, the CM8S includes a 48T blade, blade wrench and dust bag. To find out more or to locate a dealer, visit www.boschtools.com or call 877-BOSCH-99.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 7, 2014 2:56 PM
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