Packing a powerful 11-amp motor, 1-1⁄8″ blade stroke and a raft of cool features, the Bosch RS7 is a real contender. First thing you’ll notice about the saw is when you plug it in: It has dual LEDs that provide a welcome bit of illumination focused right where the blade is cutting — terrific when working in dark quarters! The RS7 also features a flip-out steel hook that makes it easy to securely hang the saw on a joist or ladder rung to keep the saw safe and handy.
The RS7’s tool-less blade clamp has a very simple spring-loaded lever that’s easy to operate. However, I occasionally found that with the blade fully extended, the saw’s foot interfered with the lever. I also thought the blade clamp didn’t hold the blade all that firmly — a shame, as the Bosch ships with a very nice 5″-long progressive tooth all-purpose blade. The RS7’s foot is adjustable via a supplied Allen wrench that stores on the side of the tool’s handle.
Performance wise, the Bosch was aggressive and surprisingly smooth, considering it has no special counterbalance mechanism. It was the second-fastest cutting saw in the group, taking only 16.75 seconds to cut a 2×8 — which surprised me, as the Bosch also lacks a blade orbit setting.