Review by: wbembrid
My first track saw review
My review of the Bosch track saw GKT 55 GCE 110V has to come with a disclaimer. This Bosch track saw is NOT sold in North America. I purchased it online and have made modifications so that I can use it with the available power here in Canada. Making modification such as this most certainly will void the warranty. In addition, because this track saw is not sold here it is also not eligible for servicing here as other Bosch circular saws are that are regularly sold in North America. The manufacturer Bosch does not recommend modifying this tool. Here is the link to this track saw on the Bosch Tool UK site.
Some pics of my delivered package:
Converting my Bosch track saw for NA use
I have been very pleased with the performance of the Bosch track saw GKT55GCE so far, admittedly I have only made a few cuts with it, but I love it so far. I had to start by changing the plug, interesting note it has only 2 wires even though it ships with a grounded plug, I assume this is consistent with most all double insulated tools, either way I replaced it with a 3 prong plug to be consistent.
I also turned down the speed dial at the back of the saw as it is rated for 110V 50Hz as opposed the 110V 60Hz that is available here, however depending on how the continuous speed circuitry is designed this may not pose a problem, ideally I should look at determining how fast it is actually running, but that is a future project at this time.
One of the first things I did is that I clipped the L-Boxx to my dust extractor in order to keep things organized.
My first cuts with the Bosch track saw
I performed the first cut with the Bosch track saw to trim the rubber zero clearance guard on a piece of scrap plywood. The included instructions instructed me to set the depth deep enough that I did not want to just cut on the scrap of Styrofoam that I was using as a table. The cut produced a scrap strip of rubber from each rail (see photos), which is surprising tough and stretchy, so I think that it will bode well for holding up to long term use.
The Bosch track saw rail system
Then I made several cuts for another project on top of a scrap of closed cell Styrofoam, as I have not built a track saw cutting table for this saw yet. I made sure to make cuts with each of the two included rails, which I labeled sections A and B in case there is some problem or discrepancy with the individual rails. I also joined the rails together with the included connector locking them in place with the included tool, this looks like a hex key turned into a small flat screwdriver. Joining the rails was fast, simple, and secure, and if one does manage to lose the tool you could use a screwdriver or even a coin to turn the friction fit fasteners on the joining connector.
My initial thoughts on the Bosch track saw GKT55GCE 110V
I was very pleased with the cuts, the only two issues I initially encountered were my own fault; I had a little piece of uncut plywood at both the start and end of the cut because: 1) I plunged too late and pulled up a little early and/or 2) I have set the depth of cut a little too miserly for the material (20mm for plywood that was 18.73 mm according to my digital caliper). I have not cut any thick hardwood yet, but I do plan to cut some shortly and will update the group when I do.
My review findings so far:
Bosch Track Saw Pros
• Overall precision of the cut
• Precision depth adjustment (in Metric scale)
• Adjustable guide for depth with or without the guide
• Smooth sliding action
• Firm stable rails which did not move or slide and had minimal deflection (none noticeable yet)
• Smooth plunge
• Very good dust collection when used with Bosch Dust Extractor
Bosch Track Saw Cons
• Not Available In North America (NAINA)
• Changing the plug
• Tools rated as “~50Hz” (as opposed to be rated for 110V 50 – 60Hz NOTE: I have to wonder how much variance is allowed given the approximately 50Hz represented by the tilde)
• The Bosch Dust extractor tends to fall out. NOTE: So far, maybe it is me, but the dust extraction hose that came with my Bosch Vac090A falls out reasonably easily, even if it goes in somewhat hard.)
Conclusion of the Bosch track saw
I am very happy with the saw and am glad that I purchased it.