Sliding miter saws have been around for years, with a number of companies putting forth entries based on the same principle: the saw can slide forward and back on a pair of rails that protrude from the back of the saw. This design has a major drawback, in that there needs to be considerable clearance behind the saw to accommodate the rails.
Bosch has come up with a revolutionary new design that eliminates this problem. Instead of sliding on two rails, the Bosch GCM12SD Sliding Miter Saw uses a pair of hinged arms that do not protrude out behind the saw. Simply put, this Bosch miter saw is a game-changer.
Axial-Glide sliding system is incredibly smooth
Built-in stock supports
Can be stationed up against a wall; no clearance for sliding system needed
Very thorough, well-written operating instructions
Miter and bevel controls located on the front of the saw
Some minor assembly required
- Equipped with an automatic electric brake, designed to stop the blade within 5 seconds or releasing the trigger.
- Miter capacity of 52 degrees left and 60 degrees right. Bevel capacity of 47 degrees left and 47 degrees right.
- The powerful 15-amp motor spins the 12-inch blade at 3800 RPM.
- 12-inch (60-tooth) blade, workpiece clamp, and dust bag included.
- 1-year manufacturer's warranty.
While the incredibly smooth Axial-Glide sliding system is certainly the saw's calling card, the remainder of the feature set is nearly as impressive. First, Bosch has positioned the miter and the bevel controls on the front of the saw. No more reaching behind to loosen a knob in order to adjust the bevel.
Second, the saw comes equipped with a sliding stock support on each side of the table, giving the saw table the ability to easily support 40-inches of stock.
Third, the saw has a 6-1/2 inch vertical baseboard or crown molding capacity, a horizontal capacity of 14 inches for baseboard or 10-1/2 inches for crown molding, and can cut up to 4-1/2 inch thick stock (14-inches wide) at 90-degrees or 2-3/4 inch stick (again, 14-inches wide) at 45-degrees. The saw has adjustable miter detents at 0, 15, 31.6, 22.5, 45 and 60 (right) and bevel detents at 0, 33.9 and 45 degrees (left or right).
The Bosch GCM12SD miter saw weighs in at a surprisingly light 65 pounds, and is equipped with a carrying handle on each side of the saw, in addition to a top carrying handle and ambidextrous trigger.
While there is some assembly required straight out of the box, it really amounts to little more than installing the miter lock knob and bevel lock lever to the front of the saw, a task that takes about two minutes. The operating manual is exceptionally well-written and includes sections on cutting grooves (using the depth stop), baseboard and even crown molding.
One final item that we'll mention: when we were discussing this saw with the Bosch engineers, they told us that during field testing, some users actually complained that the sliding mechanism was too smooth. As a result, they added the ability to add tension to the glide movement controller using the onboard wrench. A subtle feature, but one that put a nice finishing touch on an incredible tool for your projects.
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