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Bosch GCM12SD Glide Miter Saw

Review of the Bosch GCM12SD 120-Volt 12-Inch DB Glide Miter Saw

A Unique Design For Compact Workspaces

I wanted to review the Bosch GCM12SD mainly because of its patented axial glide system, which is supposed to give you more control when making precision cuts. It’s also one of Bosch’s flagship tools and I was curious as to exactly what sets this miter saw apart from the competition.

What I found is that the Bosch GCM12SD is full of innovative features that make it particularly useful for doing woodworking in small workspaces. Bosch is well known for producing quality tools which are integrated with innovative technology, and the GCM12SD is proof that this is still true. Let’s look at what else I was able to find out about this unique miter saw.

Axial-Glide System

The patented axial glide system on the Bosch GCM12SD doesn’t use the more traditional rail set up, so it doesn’t take up as much workspace as other miter saws in its class. The design folds the back of the saw with the articulated arm flush, allowing it to save up to 12 inches of workspace. The unique design makes it possible to use the saw with little clearance to the rear, which makes it even more suitable for use in compact workspaces. The axial glide system also helps you to be more balanced and maintain more control when you need to make smooth precision cuts.

Flexible Capacity

One of the things I like best about the Bosch GCM12SD is the large capacity it offers. This miter saw can cut up to 16 inches horizontally and up to 6.5 inches vertically! You can use it to cut crown up to 6.5 inches, too. That kind of capacity gives you the freedom and flexibility to make a huge variety of cuts, certainly more than what you can do with the average 12-inch miter saw.

The Bosch GCM12SD’s quick release Squarelock fences are also quite impressive. They are aligned at 90-degrees right out the box and Bosch promises you will never have to adjust them, so the Bosch GCM12SD will be always accurate. Each Squarelock fence easily slides into position at the touch of the lock/unlock feature for the accurate alignment of your work materials, so every cut you make will be smooth and precise.

Ambidextrous Design

Hello, Bosch GCM12SD! A miter saw with an ambidextrous design makes it just as easy for southpaws like myself to use as it is for right-handed folk. Lefties are not the only ones who will benefit from this design element, however. The way I see it, there are always times you have to make cuts at weird angles, and being able to turn the saw either way can be a big help in those situations whether you are left or right-handed.

The ambidextrous handle on the Bosch GCM12SD was also ergonomically designed with a soft grip for easier carrying. The handle lets your hand, either left or right, be more comfortable when you’re using the saw, making the Bosch GCM12SD that much safer to use.

Dust Be Gone!

If you have read some of my other reviews, you already know my thoughts on the dust bags that come with most miter saws on the market – they are usually completely useless and can often be found in a heap on the workshop floor. You can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to discover that Bosch took the time and effort to do away with the traditional useless dust bag and equip the GCM12SD with a proper dust collection system. When you purchase the Bosch GCM12SD, you get a 90-degree combination dust chute elbow, a vacuum adaptor, and a dust bag. You may still need to use your own vacuum with this feature, but at least Bosch is trying to address the problem, while other miter saw manufacturers just don’t seem to care. I couldn’t find any complaints about this dust collection system, so I am led to believe it works just fine.

A True Heavyweight

Personally, I prefer a miter saw that’s lightweight and portable. The Bosch GCM12SD weighs in around 88 pounds, which is just too heavy for me. The weight is surprising when you consider that it was designed to be used in smaller workspaces. Being so heavy, it’s not very portable and you need to be fairly strong to operate this machine safely.

Some users would prefer it if this model came with a laser guide system for more accurate cutting, especially as it’s one of the pricier miter saws on the market. I can understand that, but the Bosch GCM12SD does have a lot of other features designed to help you make accurate cuts, such as the easy to align Squarelock fences and the adjustable miter detents with detent override.

A Compact Powerhouse

The Bosch GCM12SD is quite a machine. Although I can’t believe how heavy it is, I suppose the weight wouldn’t really bother me if I didn’t have back issues. What is certain, though, is that it has a lot of useful, innovative features I really do like. The axial glide system, the dust collection system, and its ambidexterity are just some of those features. The Bosch GCM12SD seems to be an excellent choice for able-bodied woodworkers who work in compact workspaces.