Bosch GCM 8 SJL Review


Bosch GCM 8 SJLThe Bosch GCM 8 SJL is the bigger and slightly more expensive brother to the GCM 800 SJ that we reviewed previously. This time they have improved on the last model with better dust management, a laser guide and larger cutting capacity.

However, coming in at over £80 more than it’s lesser sibling is the difference really worth the extra.

This saw doesn’t seem to go on offer much and sits around the £300 mark. Check out Amazon to see if it has gone down.

 

 


Technical Specs

Power: 1600W

Max Cutting Width: 312 mm

Sliding: Yes

Single Bevel: No

Double Bevel: No

Blade Size: 216 mm

Laser: Yes


This is an excellent mitre saw by Bosch and does certainly seem to tick the boxes that the GCM 800 SJ was missing, however for this price, it isn’t really good value for money. Worth seeing if you can get it for cheaper than £300. Anyway before we dismiss it, lets have a look at the features.

Main Features

With the additional features this model is up to the task for either home improvement or professional jobs. Bosch build quality shines through with this solid piece of machinery.

How well does the Bosch GCM 8 SJL cut?

It may look good but the cutting needs to be up to par to justify the price. The Bosch GCM 8 SJL has a larger cutting capacity at 70 x 312 mm compared to other models. It also boasts a wider cutting angle at 52° left and 60° right. This saw cuts very well which is in part to the 1,600W power motor. One thing you might notice is the slow start which takes a little while to get used to but is a useful feature to make sure you are lined up properly.

Given the extra cutting capacity this saw is ideal for a number of uses such as timber cutting, flooring and skirting. This model also comes with a depth stop which makes it great for trenching.

Safety

With a motor powerful enough to cut your arm off, lets see what Bosch has done to make this thing safe.

Bosch has greatly improved the dust management on this model which should mean less stopping to blow the dust away. This machine has 2 point dust extraction but doesn’t come with a dust bag. It works best when hooked up to dust extractor.

See it in action

There is a video showing this saw in action here:

Conclusion

The Bosch GCM 8 SJL is great saw and is definitely a step up from the GCM 800 SJ reviewed previously. I am a bit biased when it comes to Bosch products and tend to trust them over others. At £300 it is certainly at the mid-high end for mitre saws but I think the addition of the more powerful motor and laser guide make up for the price.

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Bosch GCM 800 SJ Review


Bosch GCM 800 SJToday we are looking at the Bosch GCM 800 SJ which comes in at mid range at around £298. The GCM 800 SJ boasts high precision, great build quality and power for a good price. At this price point it is aimed at the DIY enthusiast but Bosch are known for their high quality tools so is a good choice for tradesmen on a budget.

You can’t go too wrong with Bosch and this mitre saw is no exception. At the time of writing Amazon had it on offer for around £219 which at that price makes this an even better bargain.

 

Hopefully it will still be on offer at Amazon.

 


Technical Specs

Power: 1400W

Max Cutting Width: 270 mm

Sliding: Yes

Single Bevel: No

Double Bevel: No

Laser: No


For anyone looking for decent power tool for home use this will certainly do the job. Their are cheaper saws available but if you are looking for quality this should certainly be in your top 10. Check out the main features in depth below.

Main Features

The Bosch GCM 800 SJ is a feature packed mitre saw. With a powerful 1400 W motor it should be able to handle all but the toughest cutting applications. This machine weighs 13.5kg which is not a bad weight making it a good choice for taking on site.

How does the Bosch GCM 800 SJ cut?

It doesn’t matter how many feature a saw has, unless it can do the one job it was designed for well. Luckily the GCM 800 SJ lives up to the Bosch name and cuts efficiently and accurately straight out of the box.

The saw has a large 70 x 270 mm cutting capacity with a no load speed of 5,500 rpm making it perfect for flooring and skirting boards.

It is capable of a 47° left and right metre cut and comes with mitre detents at 45, 22.5, 15, 0 angles both left and right.

Unlike it’s brother the GCM 8 SJL this saw does not come with a adjustable depth-stop which might make trench cuts difficult. This saw only comes with one cutting blade but others are readily available.

Safety

The Bosch GCM 800 SJ has a few built in safety features to reduce the chance of you chopping your fingers off. It features a vertical handle with a lower guard lock out button that works whether you are left or right handed,

The dust management is OK but it doesn’t have a dust bag so you may need to beware of dust when cutting.

See it in action

You can check out this saw in action in the video below:

Conclusion

The Bosch GCM 800 SJ is a great mitre saw for both home and professional use. Given it’s weight it would be a great choice to have in the van to take around on site.

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