Bosch GCM 8 SJL Review

Bosch GCM 8 SJL

299.00
8.8

Value For Money

7.5/10

Cutting Capacity

9.0/10

Power

9.5/10

Feature Range

9.0/10

Pros

  • Integrated laser guide
  • Large cutting capacity
  • Wide angle adjustment
  • Better dust management

Cons

  • Odd soft start mechanism
  • Heavier than other models

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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