Bosch glider or kapex 120

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doctor Bob

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need a new saw, anyone got the bosch glider I like the shallow depth of it. Anyone used both and have an opinion on which is best.
 

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I am working my way through the same choice. The Bosch is much bigger has a greater depth of cut and capacity all round. It is far more industrial. It has lasers so should be accurate. The only downside I am aware of is it is not good at half lap joints as there is play on the arms. Having had a play there is some movement.
The Kapex is much smaller it has a reasonable capacity and lasers. The Kapex is £170 more. The Kapex also has problems cutting half laps as you need to maintain pressure to keep the head at the same level.
I will probably go with Kapex because of the much smaller foot print and I do not need the additional capacity of the Bosch. I also feel that for accurate work the Kapex will be easier to handle.
If you do carpentry or cut large moulding such as cornice I could easily see the bosch being preferable due to the large capacity
 

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I've had the Bosch about 9 months now, comes with a good quality blade, it's quiet compared to most. I just had to tweek the setup when I got it. the cut quality is very good and the glide action is very smooth, even the preset angles are accurate. I bought mine with the folding wheel stand which is also excellent imho.

I tried the Kapex a couple of times, I found the handle position after a while annoying & uncomfortable and although it's a much lighter machine to move around it didn't work any better than the Bosch.

Hope this helps.
 

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Unusually for me, as most of my power tools are Bosch, I have gone for the Festool for three reasons
1. the footprint is much smaller so overall distance from the wall is less
2. the Bosch seems a bit chunky whereas the Festool is more refined
3. Being a lefty the handle position is better although after 34 years you get used to the fact most machines are designed for right handed people
I think they are both great machines my recommendation is to go to Axi and have a look and a play. If it is not going to be moved and you have the space you get more for your money with the Bosch.
 

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doctor Bob":2preff74 said:
Thanks.

It will be fixed in a workshop so weight is not an issue.

Dependant on how you are setting it up it may still be worth getting the trolly stand for it. Mine is in a fixed position but I 'cannibalised the stand to use the 'attachment arm' with its extending work supports on top of the bench. It works brilliantly and the trolley can still be reassembled if needed.
 
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