Bosch GKS 65 G Circular Saw archive
Wednesday 1 August 2012
Small but perfectly formed the new GKS 65 G circular saw from Bosch packs quite a punch
I'm no stranger to Bosch circular saws as I've owned one for a number of years and never felt the need to look elsewhere. It's been put through its paces by numerous operators and still going strong after 20 years. Even though I have a perfectly good tablesaw I still prefer to lay out planks on the floor and reduce them to component size pieces for further machining, and this is where my circular saw comes in to play.
For accuracy and quality of cut they're not, in my opinion, a furniture maker's tool beyond roughing out, or are they?
Strong stuffThe GKS 65 G has all the regular features that you might expect to find on a new circular saw; simple rise and fall mechanism, bevel capability, safety trigger and dust extraction port. It also has a rather clever cable swivel outlet designed to protect this very obvious weak spot on every corded machine. So what's there to rave about? Build quality, that's what.
The cast aluminium baseplate and body are generous and well finished. The grips are substantial and the 1,600W motor is a bit of a brute but runs a lot quieter and smoother than my old machine. At 5.1kg there's a lot of motor to cart around if you only need to be ripping up sheet material, so unless you need a cut depth of 65mm, you might find it a tad unwieldy.