Bosch JS572EL Review
The Bosch JS572EL is a high performance, industrial grade, gas powered saw with a powerful motor. It features a 1/2 hp electric motor which runs at 800 rpm and delivers 2.5 horsepower (1 kW).
The blade has an 8″ cutting area and cuts through wood up to 3/4″ thick. Its blade is made from hardened steel with an edge hardness of 58 HRC or 60 Rockwell C. The blade is coated with a non-reflective black finish.
The Bosch JS572EL comes with a two-speed belt drive system. It has an automatic blade change feature and it has a safety lock button on the handle so that the user cannot accidentally cut himself while changing blades. It also features an integrated dust collection system to keep your work area free of debris.
You can use the included dust cover to protect your work surface from scratches caused by sharp objects when using this saw.
Blade type: Gas powered, 1/2 HP electric motor with 800 RPM, 2.5HP @ 800RPM, 4HP @ 1200RPM; Blade thickness range: 0.02″ – 0.3″; Cutting capacity range: Wood: 0.5 – 1″, Soft Metal: 0.5″, Hard Metal: 0.4″, Brick: 0.2″, Masonry: 0.1″; Metric: 13mm – 21mm
“The blade has a cutting capacity range of wood: 0.5″ to 1″, soft metal: 0.5″, hard metal: 0.4″, brick: 0.2″ and masonry: 0.1”.
This blade is ideal for both soft wood and soft metals. The blade can handle masonry materials and some brick materials if used with a side or table mount flush cutting technique. The blade can also be used for cutting hard wood if the blade is only set into the material a small amount. The blade should not be used for cutting non-metallic materials such as tile, glass or plastics. The blade can be used for cutting non-ferrous metals such as copper and aluminum, but only if they do not have any insulation, shielding or protective cladding. The blade should not be used on any materials that are made of a material softer than the metal itself (self piercing screws should never be used to secure the blade to the mounting plate). The 3/16″ blade arbor is the largest that can be used to prevent flex and improper mounting. The 3/8″ mounting hole in the blade should never be enlarged.”
This saw also comes with a 12″ metal ripping blade, a 10″ wood cutting blade and a 6″ fine finish blade. The fine finish blade is ideal for cutting drywall, plastic, vinyl, linoleum and non-ferrous metals.
This heavy duty jigsaw has a powerful 1/2 HP motor that can make quick work of most materials. The two speed setting enables you to adjust the maximum speed and power to match the material type and blade you are using. It has a larger than average cord with a durable and long lasting design.
The larger cord reduces the number of times you need to change outlets. The cord also has a longer length than other saws in this class, giving you more flexibility and range while working. This tool has a durable design and is backed by a 2 year full warranty, with an optional 3rd year prorated warranty available for purchase.
The Bosch JS572L incorporates a durable dust blower to keep the line of cut debris away from the blade. This feature helps to keep the cut line clear, improving visibility and reducing the risk of kickback.
The arbour locks which secure the blade in place are self tightening, increasing the tension as the blade gets duller and preventing it from slipping while in use. The tool has an adjustable shoe that allows you to make flush cutting or horizontal cuts. It has an adjustable shoe bevel with markings from 0-45° on the left side and 45-90° on the right side.
This jigsaw is also available with a laser guide to make long cuts easier. We will discuss the Bosch LAS631 in greater detail below and compare it directly to the Bosch JS572L model above.
Bosch LAS631 Review
The blade size for this is 6.5 amps with a 5.5-amp peak, meaning it has the power to cut through wood, metal, plastic and some types of reinforced materials.
The bevel capacity on the saw is from 0 to 56 degrees in both directions with positive stops at 22.5 degrees in both directions. It has a large footplate that provides stability and helps prevent leg fatigue when using it for extended periods of time.
The Bosch LAS631 has an adjustable shoe that allows you to make flush cutting or horizontal cuts. It also has an adjustable shoe bevel with markings from 0-45 degrees on the left side and 45-90 degrees on the right side. The shoe also has an anti-kickback device that reduces the risk of the blade being repositioned during cutting.
This version of the LAS631 also comes with a laser guide to make long cuts easier and more precise. It comes with everything needed for most standard applications.
The LAS631 also comes with a 6-piece bit kit that has the most commonly used bits:
Auxiliary HandleBumper (2)Socket Adapter (1/4” & 1/2”)Spade Bit (1/4” & 1/2”)Tri-Wing Bit (1/4” & 1.5 mm)Allen Wrench (1.5 mm)
This kit can be stored on the tool and makes changing out blades quick and easy. It also includes a push stick, which reduces the risk of an accident occurring while changing the blade. The on-tool Storage has a place for the allen wrench, bit socket, hex adapter, Spade Bit, Tri-Wing Bit, and Push Stick.
All of these accessories can be stored on the tool for easy access.
The LAS631 also comes with a metal plate that can be attached to your workbench for increased stability when working on larger projects. The saw also has a durable design and is backed by a 3-year full warranty, with an optional 4th year prorated warranty available for purchase.
It’s a little heavy at 21.1 pounds, but given the power of the tool, that’s to be expected.
The plastic footplate is a little narrow, so if you’re working on uneven terrain or cutting large pieces, it can shift around or slip off the edge of your work surface.
While the metal plate is awesome for mounting to a work bench, it’s also a bit on the heavy side and can be really hard to manage if you’re using it in an upright position. It can be a bit unwieldy at times when making overhead cuts.
The 6.5-amp motor isn’t the only consideration when it comes to power, the size of the blade also plays a role. The 3-1/4″ blade is more likely to become jammed on thicker materials than a 5-1/2″ blade would.
It takes a little finesse sometimes when cutting through thick materials.
It might be a good idea to pick up some different blades, like a general purpose blade that has a wider kerf and a wood cutting blade with smaller teeth.
The Bottom Line:
The LAS631 is an excellent table saw that’s designed for precision and accuracy. It has the power and features you need to tackle any project. The combination of portability, usability and power makes it a must-have for any workshop.
This is the table saw that I would pick up if I was doing it all over again. There’s a version of this saw without the stand for a bit less money, but I would seriously consider picking up the stand and wheels. It’s well worth the extra money and will increase the versatility of this already awesome table saw.
I expect this table saw to last me a lifetime. If you take care of the tool and change the blade occasionally, it should last you just as long. The LAS631 is less than half the price of the other table saws in this guide.
That makes it not only the most affordable table saw you can buy, but also the most affordable table saw that’s going to last.
It’s not the most powerful, and it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive table saws, but sometimes you just need something that works really well and doesn’t cost a whole lot. If that’s the case, you can stop your search right now, the LAS631 is the table saw for you.
You won’t be disappointed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Having trouble deciding which benchtop model would best suit your needs?
No worries, we’re here to help. If you go through this list of frequently asked questions, we’re sure that you’ll find an answer.
How do I know if a benchtop table saw is right for me?
In most cases, the smaller, lighter nature of the benchtop saw makes them more suitable for hobbyists and people who only need to do light work with their tools. In other words, they’re mainly for people who don’t work with wood on a regular basis. If that sounds like you, then you’ll be able to get by with a benchtop model just fine. If you’re a professional carpenter or do woodwork as a hobby on a regular basis, you’ll probably want to spend the extra money on the larger cabinet model since you’ll get better long-term use out of it.
What are the benefits of a benchtop table saw?
The main benefit of a benchtop model is that it’s smaller and lighter by design. This makes it much easier to transport and store when compared to their larger cabinet style counterparts. Despite being smaller and lighter, most of them have at least the same power as their larger cousins.
If I get a benchtop saw, do I need to also buy a stand?
Not necessarily. A good portion of them come with their own stands though you might have to bolt it to the floor. If you find one that doesn’t come with its own stand, you should be able to pair it with any number of compatible stands from other manufacturers.
What else should I keep in mind?
If you’re handy, you can build your own stand for a benchtop saw. Most of them already have the mounting holes in the bottom for you to do this. It’s a fairly simple process of just bolting the table saw to whatever stand you build. You can even get creative and make a rolling stand which would allow you to move your tool from one location to another with ease.
You can also mount the table saw to a piece of plywood and then bolt that to an existing workbench if you want to save costs.
Is there anything else I should know before buying?
When you buy a table saw, a fence is always a good add-on to get. It helps you to make cuts that are straight and more easily repeatable. There are many different types of fences available so do your research before buying one.
When you buy your table saw, don’t skimp on the price. If you can afford it, go for a model from a brand name manufacturer and one that has at least a three-year warranty. While you’re at it, make sure the model you’re looking at gets decent reviews from other users.
Buying the cheapest tool without researching it first usually ends badly. You don’t want to do that with your table saw.
How much am I looking at spending?
The answer to this question depends on the type of saw and features you want on it but as a general rule you should be able to find a suitable model for between two hundred and six hundred dollars.
There are some entry level benchtop saws that go as low as two hundred but you really need to make sure you’re getting one with a good track record. Stay away from no name brands when it comes to power tools, they’re almost always made offshore and the build quality is usually fairly poor.
One more thing, don’t cheap out on the blade. A good blade is one of the most important parts of a table saw.
You can get a suitable blade for between fifty and one hundred dollars when you buy it separately.
What type of blade should I get?
Your main choices are a regular crosscut blade, a combination dado and ripping blade or a universal blade. Each one has its pros and cons so do your research before buying.
If you’re buying a cheaper benchtop model, it probably doesn’t come with a dado stack so you’ll need to buy that and the appropriate blade to go with it separately. The stack and blade will add around one hundred dollars to the price.
Personally, I have a dedicated dado blade but I also have a good selection of regular blades so I choose to go that route because I got a good deal on them.
What about safety features?
This is a big one, you don’t want to skimp on this. We’ve all heard the stories of people losing digits because they used a table saw without the proper safety guards. It doesn’t matter how careful you think you are, you can still make a mistake.
A good table saw will have a few key safety features:
Fence – there are different types of fences available but regardless of the type you choose, it should be sturdy and reliable. It needs to be able to support a board so you can make accurate and straight cuts. It also needs to be easy to adjust so you can cut different widths.
Some also have a micro-adjustment feature which allows you to make very fine changes to the width being cut.
The type I like the most is the hybrid style. It has the convenience of a flip down wing on one side and then a micro-adjustment wheel on the other. The disadvantage is that it’s is only suited to cutting small pieces of wood since it doesn’t project out very far.
Table surface – this is a little less important since you probably won’t be sandwiching stock between the table and a blade to cut it as with a band saw but it’s still important. A good solid surface will ensure your wood doesn’t move around while you cut it.
A few features to look for here are a t-track in front of the blade so you can secure your wood and a through hole so you can lower the blade below the table for cutting deeper pieces.
Fully enclosed – look for a saw that has a durable metal top cover to protect you from injury if the blade breaks and shoots backwards.
Other features – these include things like a miter gauge for cross cutting, a blade guard that retracts up from the table to cover the blade when not in use and easy to use rip fence.
You don’t need all the bells and whistles but these are all nice to have if you can afford it. Avoid buying cheap imports though as their safety record is notoriously bad.
One last thing, NEVER use homemade safety devices. If you’re using a table saw, you need to have the blade guarded and the riving knife is a MUST HAVE as well. There just isn’t any way to make a homemade one that will do the job safely.
Where to buy your saw
My personal choice is to go to a specialty shop that sells machinery and equipment. You’re probably not the only person in your area looking to buy a table saw so you’ll have a good selection to choose from and the staff should be able to answer all your questions.
These types of places are often found in smaller towns that specialize in industrial manufacturing or agriculture. If you’re not familiar with the area, you can look them up online with a search for “machine shop” or “agricultural suppliers” and your state or province.
Check out any shops you find and visit the ones that seem to have the best selection and most knowledgeable staff.
You’ll typically pay a little more for your equipment but they’re often worth it since you won’t get any poor quality saws and the staff will know how to use them properly.
One bonus is that these shops typically offer classes on proper usage and care of tools.
Make sure you spend some time in the shop to get a feel for the tool you’re considering. Many people rush right out and buy the biggest and baddest saw they can find without really understanding their needs or without ever having used the tool before.
Don’t make that mistake.
What about buying online?
There are some good deals to be had online but as I said before, some of the big box store tools have really poor reputations. You can also read reviews of the different tools at different online tool sites or do a google search to help you make up your mind.
I’ve provided a few links below to help you get started.
What about used equipment?
That’s a bit of a gamble and I don’t recommend it. You can find some great deals but unless you really know what you’re doing, you’ll probably get taken.
The only exception to this is older dealerships that have gone out of business or are retiring. Talk to the owner and see if they’ll drop their price. You can sometimes get some good deals this way.
Here are some online tool sites to check out:
I hope this information helps you in your quest to buy the right saw for you and your needs.
Remember, if you ever have any questions, problems or anything else, just drop me a line and I’ll be happy to help if I can.
Good luck and remember to always wear your safety gear!
Here are some links to other articles on my site that you might find helpful:
If you’ve reached this point, then thanks for taking the time to read all my tips and advice. I really hope it helps you in choosing the right saw for your needs.
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