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4.0 out of 5 stars Gem of a saw, good clamps, fair tool case, terrible mitre box, September 19, 2005
This review is from: Bosch 1640VSK Fine Cut Finishing Saw Kit with Miter (Tools & Home Improvement)
Pros:

- "Flush Cutting" means the blade literally slides on the surface and cuts protruding wood to that level. For example, you can cut a piece of wood poking out above a sub-floor so it's flush, since the blade will slide on the sub-floor itself. Of course, you can cut above the surface, as when shortening door-jambs because you are now installing ceramic tile and you want it to be under the door trim. In such cases, this little gem of a tool is a God-send. I'm not aware of a competing electric tool, and although a manual saw could work in a pinch, this saw does a much better and faster job.

- The flush-cutting blades are quickly reversible, so you can cut right to left or left to right; depending on which is more convenient.

- Accessories include other types of blades, with rougher teeth or for ferrous metals (aluminum, brass, copper).

Cons:

- While the Bosch Fine Cut saw is a first rate tool, the miter table attachment is nearly useless. During a recent house renovation, before my DeWalt sliding compound saw was on site, I tried one last time to use it for productive work. No luck. This table attachment was so unsatisfactory, it was tossed it in the trash. The piece of wood to be cut vibrates way too much, even when clamped, for a quality cut. Besides, the unit itself, including the "fence" is just too darned small for most woodworking tasks. It might do a barely passable job, if you plan to grout the joints, and paint the work, but it is wholly impractical for a cut that needs to be smooth and accurate. Any electric miter saw, or a decent manual miter saw, would do a significantly better job than this tiny miter attachment.

- Of the half-dozen Bosch tools I own, this is the only one with a lousy tool case. It's cheaply constructed with plastic latches, plus the electric cord, saw, and accessories all have to be perfectly situated for the lid to close.

Summary:

- The 1640VS (Bosch Fine Cut Power Handsaw) does not include a tool case, miter table attachment, or clamps.

- The 1640VSK includes the tool case, the miter table attachment, two Gross Stabil 6" F clamps, and a clamp to hold wood to the miter attachment, while cutting.

The saw itself is mainly for remodelers or serious do-it-yourself types, since it's a speciality tool you won't use very often. When you need it, however, you'll be mighty glad you own one.

My advice is to get the saw only (Bosch 1640VS) and a decent aftermarket tool case. Amazon sells the Gross Stabil clamps individually. Also, search Amazon for "miter saw" and you'll find some electric models for $100 or less. You'll spend a bit more in total, but have a much better setup.

5 stars for the saw and two Gross Stabil clamps, 1 star for the tool case, 0 stars for the miter table attachment.
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