Review of Bosch CM8S 8-1/2 Inch Single Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

9.5

Design

9.2/10

Performance

9.4/10

Accuracy

9.3/10

Quality

9.8/10

Price

9.6/10

Pros

  • Detent system provides quick and accurate cuts
  • Intuitive easy to access thumb-actuated override
  • The CM8S also has the same crosscut capacity as a 10-Inch miter saw

Cons

  • The middle rotating part visibly tilts

The Bosch CM8S 8-1/2 Inch Single Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw is a portable, lightweight, and easy to control hardware with a lot of awesome features.

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Whom this miter saw is designed for-

Whether you are a remodeler, work in the refurnishing business, flip houses or you’re simply into DIY projects, the CM8S is a perfect fit for your needs. Delivering a large number of features the new and old Bosch customers will appreciate, along with an exclusive design and a top carry handle, the equipment is easy to use, easy to maneuver, quick and accurate.

Dimensions
Blade Diameter 8-1/2 in Product Width (in.) 17.25 
Product Depth (in.) 33.25 Table Length (in.) 31.75 
Product Height (in.) 18.75 Table Width (in.) 18 
Details
45 Degree Crosscut Capacity Maximum Maximum Cutting Thickness (in.) 2.75 
90 Degree Crosscut Capacity Maximum – Left 12.25 Maximum Degree Miter Cuts – Left 52 
90 Degree Crosscut Capacity Maximum – Right 12.25 Maximum Degree Miter Cuts – Right 60 
Amperage (amps) 12 Maximum Speed (rpm) 5600 
Arbor Size 0.625 Maximum miter capacity 60 
Bevel Type Single Miter Saw Type Sliding Compound 
Color Family Blue No Tool Blade Change No 
Cord Length (ft.) 6 Power Tool Features Positive Stops 
Cordless/ Corded Corded Product Weight (lb.) 48 lb 
Dust Collection Method Bag Manufacturer Warranty Limited 1 Year

Important Features of Bosch CM8S :

Maneuverability

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One of the most important features of this miter saw is the maneuverability. Weighting only 37 pounds, it’s one of the lightest miter saws out there. Furthermore, the Bosch CM8S also comes with a top carry handle which allows you to move it easily with only one hand during a job and outside of it. It has a supple design so you can put it in your truck or you can deposit it with ease.

Adjustable foot

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The adjustable front stabilizing foot is another feature that greatly helps you during a job. With other models, whenever you wanted to cut something on the slide miter, the miter tended to tip on you. Well, with the Bosch CM8S that is no longer a problem because of the support at the end of the slide. The support is also adjustable, so you can have it stabilized on many surfaces. This helps a lot with cross cuts and crowns.

Integrated expanding base

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Having the integrated expanding base extensions allows you to handle larger pieces, since it can extend up to 29 inches from one side to the other for more work – piece support and stability. You no longer have to improvise or ask for someone’s help in order to work safe and fast. The only thing you need to do is to extend one or both pieces and you now have a lot of space.

Access Bevel Controls

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The Easy Access Bevel Controls of the Bosch CM8S allow you to make your decisions easy, fast and most important, safe. You don’t have to go over or behind the blade to access your controls. The bevel lock lever and the bevel turret stop buttons are placed on the side of the equipment so you have easy and safe access to them. Using them allows you to make your adjustments in no time, so your job is finished quicker.

Ergonomic trigger handle

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This being a Bosch tool, they show us once again that they know their buyers and their professions. The miter saw comes equipped with an ergonomic ambidextrous trigger handle, so you can easily handle it with your left, as well with your right. This way, you don’t have to take so many breaks to rest, you can only change hands and continue your work. Let your efficiency be known to your clients or friends.

Pros

  • Lightweight – at 37 pounds you can easily carry it with one hand.
  • Maneuverable – the top carry handle lets you maneuver it easily.
  • Accurate – capable of accurate cuts.
  • Visible miter and bevel scales – allows you to make adjustments quickly.
  • Great capacity for its size – you can flip it like any other miter saw when it reaches its capacity

Cons

  • No laser option available for this saw. It is accurate, but not laser accurate. You need to make two cuts if you want to cut wider than 12”.
  • This saw creates a lot of dust and needs a hood to minimize the dust.

Frequently Asked Question

Does this tool come equipped for 220V and does it also have an electric break?

Ans: No, it does not. 110 V only. No, it does not have an electric break.

Final Verdict

My conclusion is that the Bosch CM8S is a powerful reliable tool. Because it’s lightweight and has a supple design, you can take it anywhere with you for a job. It is a versatile and easy to use tool and you can use it for general carpentry work and for crown molding as well.