Conductor562 Posted August 21, 2012 Report Share Posted August 21, 2012 For me making a significant tool purchase is a much anticipated thing. The time leading up to the date of purchase is like the week before Christmas as a kid. I'd pour through the toy section of the JC Penny Christmas catalog until the pages would fall out. Of course that was all before the Internet so now I just Google myself silly for a couple months. That being said, I've pretty much narrowed it down to 2. The Makita 2705X1 and the Bosch 4100-09. These saws are so similar I almost feel petty going through the comparison process but the tool junky in me just won't allow otherwise. As you would expect there are advantages to both saws. The Makita specs out a little better in terms of cutting speed (4,800 rpm vs 3650), and cutting depth (3.56 in vs. 3 1/8) , but beyond that both have nearly identical features. The Makita carries a bit heftier price tag being about $100 more however, the optional digital rip fence (Bosch item# DC010) is around $100 and I would certainly have to have it if available so in reality I'm looking at identical prices. I feel the spec comparison is just splitting hairs and is not significant enough to matter much so conventional thinking leads me to believe the Bosch is the obvious choice. The only drawback for the Bosch is the stand. It's got good reviews but the handle seems to stick out a lot more and is located at the bottom when in use and I can see myself tripping on it. The Bosch has an awesome reputation but I'm really looking for someone with some hands on experience with the Makita. I'm leaning toward the Bosch but I feel I owe it to Makita to get a first hand account. Anyone? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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