I'm thinking about buying the Bosch 5412l saw, from Amazon. Looks like a
good deal, just wondering if anyone has one or knows if it is any good. It's
$549 with free shipping. Any helpful info welcome. See it at:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)85638672&sr=1-1
or at the Bosch website:
The 10" version got rated Best Overall in Fine Woodworking recently.
I've used the 12" and found it to be very user friendly. Unless
you're looking to spend a lot more money on an Omga or a CTD I think
you'll be very happy with it.
I'd ask yourself if you really need anything a 12" slider gives you
over a 10" slider. Sure the 12" has a rebate on it now that makes it
not much more, but 12" blades are more expensive than 10" so it will
cost you even more over the long run.
I have the 10" single bevel bosch slider and I've been happy with it.
There's supposed to be this little black 90 degree elbow that goes on
it before the dust bag that I couldn't get to go on, so I hooked the
bag directly to it. I found that it would get clogged up, because it
takes time for the bag to inflate and the part at the neck is the last
to open up, by which time your cut is already done. I don't know if
having that elbow in there prevents that, but what I did was cut a
toilet paper roll and tape it into the neck of the bag. Now it
doesn't get clogged up and a lot more sawdust ends up in the bag. It
still throws more than half of it all over the place, but at least
Well, I guess it's worth "asking", but imo the answer would
unequivocally be "Of course!". :)
All it takes is the one project the 10" doesn't have the capacity and
you've made it worth it and would be kicking yourself for being cheap
back then when had the chance.
The cost differential for blades is pretty inconsequential item on which
to make the judgment imo. If they were a high-volume consumable,
perhaps, but given the lifetime of a quality blade, not a big deal for a
imo, ymmv, $0.02, etc., ...
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