In the past, I’ve posted blog entries and video on new products that are about to hit the stores. More than once, I’ve had to answer email about why those products are not yet out even though it’s way past the reported release date. This time, although I did write about the Bosch miter saw while attending an event held at Bosch’s US company headquarters outside Chicago (click here to read that entry), I held off on the video until we had the saw in house.
It’s here and we thought you should get a close look at what I consider to be the most innovative woodworking product enhancement to come down the pike in a long time. Bosch’s GCM12SD is a 12″ miter saw that uses an axial-glide system instead of tubes or rails as found on other miter saws. The operation of the articulated arms is smooth and tight and that system allows the saw to sit closer to your shop wall than any other miter saw out there (just more than 13″ from the wall to the fence).
This is a 12″ miter saw and there is a small amount of deflection when the blade is fully extended, but I think it’s less than most other 12″ dual-bevel sliding compound miter saws. The upfront controls make this saw very user-friendly, but there are a couple small things that bother me. I’ll mention those in a full review in our April 2011 Tool Test column. Until then, here’s the video.
In the December 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine we review other 12″ sliders. (Get a copy here)
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