With its contemporary style and state-of-the-art features, the Bosch CSW41 7-1/4-Inch Worm Drive Circular Saw kicks some serious domestic booty for wood workers and on-site professionals. This bad boy harbors no grudges against bodacious planks ranging over different dimensions and material types.
Obviously, Bosch is an old contender in the industry, so people usually don't regret buying the company’s products on a whim. I have seen very few circular saws that are truly dependable, but the Bosch CSW41 is definitely one of them. Find out why in the review below
With the release of the CSW41 7-1/4-Inch Worm Drive Circular Saw, Bosch sort of redefined the power tool industry standards. This Bosch circular saw has a lot to show for when it comes to expectations vs. price range mentality.
Since this model is available for a little over $200 at the time of writing, buyers expect either one of the following perks:
Fortunately, Bosch took care of the loyal fan base by offering a little bit of both. They eliminated the need for a portable battery by making it a corded tool, and topped it off with high profile parts that enhance the overall performance of the product itself by a long mile.
In that regard if you were hoping for a cordless metal circular saw, you are better off with other company products. Unfortunately, with the amount of features that Bosch is offering, they had to make a sacrifice somewhere. So, cord n’ battery it is!
You can pull off the entire specs and features list from the internet, but I have summed it all down to a couple of main highlights regardless.
On a personal level, I have always been a Bosch fan since the time when the company was founded. They have maintained a strong foothold in the electric products sector. Home users all seem to get by with the company’s products and accessories with a remarkable satisfaction rate. Therefore, it is safe to say that everything’s hunky dory with these guys.
the Bosch CSW41 metallic circular saw weighs a little over 12 Lbs. This much weight may seem a little intimidating to users who have just switched over from cordless circular saws to corded counterparts. Rest assured, the model CSW41 has the lowest weight when compared directly to Dewalt, Makita, Porter Cable and other companies’ worm drive circular saws.
Okay, this one’s a blessing and a hassle at the same time. Since Bosch designed this model on the basis of a ball bearing mechanism, it needs – in fact, it “demands” constant lubrication. Without oil, the ball bearings will go warm and eventually wear out, hence causing the motor to abruptly stop.
To ensure long term performance, you need to lubricate the ball bearings after every 10 hours or so. Given that you are going to be using the saw non-stop throughout an extensive project, the gears need oil to endure the temporary “hardships” throughout the tenure of the entire session.
Just in case you didn't know, Bosch owns Skil; the latter company is a subsidiary of Bosch with an impeccable reputation in the market. However, Bosch and Skil both release more or less the same type of circular saws to help meet the demands of budget conscious and features savvy users.
Funny thing is that I wasn't aware of this merger until last Spring when Bosch sent an invitation for a review on one of the Skil series circular saws. Skil’s SHD77 and SHD02 models are pretty much in line with the Bosch CSW41 series with the exception of a few perks that make each saw unique. What’s more interesting is the fact the Skil SHD77, SHD02 and Bosch CSW41 7 ¼ inch worm drive circular saw share three main things:
Using this Bosch circular saw was a little bit difficult. The weight feels like as if a really weak midget is trying to hold you down! It is going to take a bit of practice to get used to the handling and ergonomics side of the saw. However, once these chinks are straightened out, you will have no issue in carving across simple plywood planks or expensive Douglas Fir rafters.
As a first time user, you may feel a bit left out in the dark when making depth cuts. The reason is the absence of measurement gauges that usually indicate the depth level for wood workers. This may have been something overlooked on Bosch’s part, or they probably assumed that users would be aware of such nitty gritties beforehand. Either way, measurement scale/ gauges would have been a nice addition.
Although Bosch CSW41 strongly emphasizes on the 7 ¼ inch cutting capacity, a lot of users have gone effortlessly through 9 inch thickness. And that too at random bevel angles that would have been otherwise an impossible feat to perform at least via a cordless circular saw. Thanks to the 5,000+ RPM speed, the blade can be molded to follow any angle and any direction for that matter.
For example, a 53 Degree angle is a little uncommon because a lot of worm drive circular saws are made with a 45 degree or 90 degree angle compatibility. However, model CSW41 touted out precise results over angles ranging from 45, 90, 53, and 55 degrees respectively. At least those were the ones that I decided to go with.
Bosch CSW41 7-1/4-Inch
9 x 20.75 inches
Depth of Cut at 45°
Depth of Cut at 90°
The following is included with the Bosch CSW41 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw:
Ever heard of the ‘beggars can’t be choosers’ expression? I am sure you have. While the Bosch CSW41 7-1/4-Inch Worm Drive Circular Saw is blessed with an array of features, some of these perks are a bit of a setback at the same time.
I already mentioned the inclusion of a diamond shaped arbor, which is a huge plus on the durability side. At the same time, whenever you need to replace the blade, you’re going to have to unwind the arbor manually instead of with a push-button mechanism. Some other minor level disadvantages of having a Bosch CSW41 circular saw are listed below:
We need to cut some slack for Bosch because they did a tremendous job on the CSW41 7-1/4-Inch Worm Drive Circular Saw. While people did complain about the weight factor as mentioned a bit earlier, Bosch already installed a magnesium base and shoe to keep things within a certain weight margin. At the same time magnesium ensures long lasting shelf life and durability during intensive cutting sessions.
This saw requires a lot of care and maintenance. Bosch did not include a protective carrying case, or a bag, so you’re going to have to make do with an alternative option. A lot of companies are offering carrying bags for circular saws and power tools on different websites.
You should purchase one right-away if you want to store this circular saw properly. I understand that taking it out of the box and packing it over and over again will be a hassle, a bag or a protective case will help a lot in that sense.
The rear handle is plastic made; it looks and feels like metal, but it is entirely made from a plastic mold. Bosch covered the handle with a rubberized grip, but you are not supposed to put a lot of pressure on the circular saw while operating it. In addition, make sure that you never EVER drop this saw on the plastic handle side.
For Boch enthusiasts and first time professional users, the CSW41 7-1/4-Inch Worm Drive Corded Circular Saw comes with a slew of features to die for. This model is not recommended for entry level users, but as long as you are a hardcore woodworker who knows his business, you are in safe hands. It is a remarkable tool which is only outshined by other models that were either released by Bosch or various competitors in the last few years.