Bosch GKT 55GCE Saw and Guide Rail archive

Tuesday 7 February 2012

Matt Long tries out this board-cutting saw from Bosch

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Bosch has a great reputation for powertools, and has brought out a new board-cutting saw - with guide rail - in their Professional range, so we had to test it.

I've used the Mafell variety of this saw before, which was very good, so the Bosch has a lot to live up to.

The saw has some interesting variations on the Mafell guide rail system, which I'll outline. For one, the blade doesn't have a retractable guard, instead, the whole body is sprung, so the saw blade is designed to plunge into the work. It took a little while to get used to the action, but when I did it was simplicity itself.

This plunge feature obviously makes it a perfect saw for dealing with floorboards after they've been fitted.

Just like the Mafell guide system, this is easy to use.

Simply locate the sole plate in the guide - which has a non-slip underside - so doesn't need clamping, raise the trigger lock, which also releases the plunge mechanism, and plunge the saw in.

The saw cut MDF and a hardwood board, with consummate ease and little noise, producing a clean edge.

The depth of cut adjuster has two settings, one for a cut with the guide rail, and one without the guide rail. A great touch.

The tilt arbor is easy to use, with a clear scale on it. This is designed so the blade always enters the workpiece at the same point.

Bosch has a nice system for blade changing. With the saw switched off, you lift a lever sited above the trigger lock, and plunge the saw forward.

The blade then locks in place, which reveals the arbor for attaching and detaching the blade. With the blade in this position, the trigger is locked off, for safety, and the lifted lever reveals the spindle lock.

It sounds very complicated, but is simple to use, and very safe.

The verdict

I found it to be a joy to use. It's accurate, cuts very well, and has features to keep the pickiest pro happy - a great bit of kit for the workshop!


Tegan Foley

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At A Glance

1. Precision plunge saw and 1,600mm guide rail
2. Cuts wood, panel materials, aluminium and acrylic glass
3. Variable speed, soft start
4. Depth of cut with or without rail
5. Good extraction
6. Pivots to one cutting edge
7. Anti-slip rail
8. Freud 48T Precision noise damping saw blade
9. Comes with L-boxx case
10. Overload protection
11. Power boost for tough jobs
12. Constand speed under load

The Numbers

1. Rated power input: 1.400 W
2. No-load speed: 3,600 - 6,250 rpm
3. Weight: 4.7kg
4. Saw blade bore diameter: 2mm
5. Saw blade diameter: 165mm
6. Length: 310mm
7. Height: 240mm
8. Cutting depth (90°): 57mm
9. Cutting depth (45°): 42mm
10. Spindle lock
Price: From £345 inc. VAT

Pros & Cons

Pros:
1. Nice design features
2. Easy to use
3. Versatile
Cons:
1. Not cheap

Where To Buy

5 Star Rating

Value for money: 3/5
Performance: 5/5
Build quality: 4/5