Bosch Brilliant right out of the box.
I bought this Saw for several reasons, one of which was the weight, as I have recently had Back Surgery and couldn't heave around my Old Twelve inch Saw any more (30kg without clamps) - The new saw didn't disappoint on that score as it's now well within my weight range.
I was going to buy the new twelve inch GDL model after using it at a fantastic demonstration at a well known building supply company, but it would have meant hiring a labourer to carry it around for me all the time, lol.
This saw was simply brilliant right out of the box, so accurate that trying to get perfection would probably mean you'd knock it further out than you'd want and have to start from scratch (probably less than 5 minutes out which would only be noticeable on maximum width butt joints in hardwood and even then you'd be hard pressed to see it..
My old saw didn't have detent stops on the mitre adjuster, and I find it very useful especially when you're in a rush to finish something. and I reckon the marker at 45 degrees is more than likely to be a degree or more wide so you could never get the repeatability without the detents.
Dust collection isn't brilliant, but my Vacuum gets about three quarters of it whereas my old one didn't have any vacuum port at all so it's still a hell of an improvement for me.
Without a doubt the best feature for me is the trenching stop, what a brilliant little thing it is, ......... I must have saved hours on my last job cutting halving joints in 4x2.
The outriggers are quite good too, especially as they're true to the table unlike the round bar type I had with my old saw, I even managed to lose one on a job a few years ago (it probably went into the rubbish).
I haven't done much Bevelling as yet apart from a couple of trial joints on day one, but it was smooth and didn't feel wishy washy like some bevels do in wider materials. Sometime soon Ill make an octagonal box to check out the accuracy and update this review with the result.
I've never used a Laser guided cut on any power tool until now and the jury is still out as to how useful it is, which depends a lot of how absorbent the material you're cutting is. the laser line is much more clear when you have a dense close bonded surface like HDF but rough cut timber tends to give an indistinct line and time to turn it off - trusting you're eyes is still the best way to be sure it's cutting where you want it, and not where you think it's going.
Coupling the saw with the Stand really was an awesome experience, as it remains very stable even at that height which did surprise me, as it's quite a large machine and not what you'd call lightweight in any respect. The long outriggers aren't what you'd call solid in any respects, but they do keep long pieces in place which is way more convenient than trying to balance them on stacked L-Boxxes and some odd bits of scrap (my old method)
My only real gripe about the stand is about the locking mechanism for the outriggers, one of which refuses to grip the square bar, and will need some remedial engineering work to put it right (way too small a fault to return it to Axminster for a replacement or to condemn the device completely in this review.
I've already made a couple of table tops which clamp either side of the Saw on the round tubes, with fiddles at the edges to stop precious marking tools falling off when you have both hands full using the Saw.
There were many instances in the past when I'd leave my Old Saw at home in favour of using a jigsaw or a plain panel saw, but I'm not likely to do that with this machine, it still makes me grin with pleasure every single time I use it and I don't think that will ever wear off.
I may at some point in the future wish I had more capacity vertically, but I'll never ever regret buying this model.
Thank you Axminster for the great offer Price.