Brand New - Bosch GCM8SJ Mitre Saw
Posted by Mark Hunter - January 18, 2011
We were understandably excited when we visited Bosch back in 2009 and Eric Streuli took the wrappers off their brand new GCM8S mitre saw.
What with it's cutting capacity of 270mm in width and 60mm in depth, coupled with a laser and a light, plus dust extraction of an efficiency you'd expect from Bosch, this was a mitre saw to take seriously.
And many of you did. In spades, in fact.
However, that was 2009.
A little over a year later Bosch have updated the GCM8S, adding a 'J' to the name. Hence the Bosch GCM8SJ.
So, what's different about the GCM8SJ over its predecessor?
Well, at first, it's hard to see. In fact, we could be forgiven for thinking the main difference is an extra†consonant†in the name...
First off, though, Bosch are keen to point out one very key new feature, the sort of feature that may cause us to break out the credit card; no price increase.
And for many, that's all the product upgrade they'll need.
But, for the rest of us, what's actually new and improved in the GCM8SJ?
Why is that a good feature to have on your mitre saw?
Simply put, "soft start" means that the blade sort of "sneaks up" on the material you're going to be cutting, not reaching it's full speed right away. This means the material isn't going to be damaged by the cut.
It's almost a "humane" way to "kill the wood", as one expert told us.
"Soft start" also helps protect the electronic motor and allows you to apply the blade to the material you're cutting without worrying about undue "kick back".
Clearly, "soft start" is an addition that, while not apparent at first, is actually going to make your working day a bit more enjoyable. And safer.
Another new feature on the GCM 8 SJ is related to your ability to maintain the saw via its "easy change" external brushes.
This is something we're seeing increasingly rolled out on newer drills and grinders and it's a great idea for allowing you, the end-user, to see more of a life-span from your power tools.
As with it's predecessor, the Bosch GCM 8 SJ comes fitted with a light and a laser, allowing you to accurately line up your cuts. The top-quality Bosch dust extraction is still in place, so your work area is going to be kept clean while you cut.
Bosch have told us that the GCM8SJ is going to cut with greater accuracy and precision than the model it's replacing, although this is something only you, on the job site, will be able to confirm, so do please let us know.
And while we expect Bosch professional power tools to be built well, they also say they've improved the overall build quality of this mitre saw.
So, across the board, it may seem that Bosch have merely dressed up the popular GCM 8S, added a 'J' to the name, and rolled it out as a brand new product, with a couple of features tacked on.
What are your thoughts on this? Is this mitre saw merely a stop gap until Bosch do a complete rebuild of the model?
Or have Bosch hit on an idea that's appealing to you guys, namely adding some extra functionality ("soft start", external brushes etc) to an already popular mitre saw, beefing up the build quality and keeping the same price point as the model its replacing?
Let us know in the comments!
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