Whether you are an amateur or someone who has been in the industry for decades, the name Bosch always brings up a visage of elegance and quality. The machines have it all to be a fan favorite; they are durable, designed with the best in mind. The name itself is an assurance of their dedication towards their solid work. The power tools under this brand have always delivered on their promises. The fact that they are pleasing to look at and offer highly comfortable usage is just an added bonus.
The Bosch GCM12SD is no different from this patronage. It is just as powerful as the machine claims to be and is built with robust materials made to last through heavy punishment. Hands down one of the best they have to offer, the saw saves up on the space without sacrificing any of the work quality. The device is versatile, and with the axial glide system to boot, it makes the operation a lot easier. The accuracy is on point, with a precise miter and bevel cuts. The build is comfortable enough to use for longer periods of time without experiencing fatigue. This saw id targeted at high-end professionals, so if you are just looking for a basic saw that fits within the budget and does the work, this is not the ideal model you would want to go for.
On the other hand, the Bosch CM10GD is a model that is better known for its capability to cut miters, bevels, dados, and crosscuts on a stationary stock. Moving longer pieces of stock through a usual table saw blade is often challenging due to the pushback and the friction experienced. Adding on to the list of problems, a small working space can often cut down on the accuracy of the work. The Bosch CM10GD answers both of these by its axial glade mechanism that allows you to place the tool against a wall. This can save up to as much as 10 inches of bench depth. The manufacturer even claims that this can help you to get work that is consistently durable and precise.
|Miter Saw||Bosch Gcm12sd||Bosch Cm10gd|
|Ampere||15 amps||15 amps|
|Speed||3800 RPM||4800 RPM|
|Blade Size||12 inches||10 inches|
|Bevel Capacity||48 degrees left and right||47° left and 47° right|
|Miter Capacity||52 degrees left, 60 degrees right||52° Left, 60° Right|
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|Price||Check Here||Check Here|
1. Bosch CM10GD
The power tool comes out of the box as almost ready to use, save for installation of two parts by the user. The first one being the miter lock knob, which is to be installed by hand and secondly the bevel lock lever that can be installed using a supplied socket and a hex wrench. You need not worry about the fragility of the device, even the box it was packed in was so sturdy that one could sit on it with no apparent ill-effects to the device.
Pre-Use inspections show that build limits its use of plastic to knobs, kerf inserts, blade guard, motor housing, and the main handle. The reason the build is one to be mentioned is the ingenious designing, which provides supreme maneuverability. The main handle has ambidextrous switch buttons, with the switch being treated to a texture itself. It also has a dimpled rubberized cover on the front. We also came across a hole in the power switch that can be used to lock out the saw with the help of a padlock.
The body of the Bosch CM10GD is made up of mostly metal, with a painted or machined finish. This extensive use of metal is probably one of the main reasons contributing to its weight of 64 pounds. On the first impression, the vast array of knobs, locks, stops, and selectors may be disorienting to the newbie. The manual is provided in the pack and is a must-read as with any other power tool.
Another thing that caught our eye was the provision of the material clamp to hold down the stock on either side of the base. The blade cover does not get in the way of working and did a good job of exposing and covering the blade as required.
2. Bosch GCM12SD
The opening of this one awed almost everyone. The design is sleek in a way you would not expect most miter saws to be. The design strays away from the traditional, giving it an appealing look. After removing it out from the box, the glide system may be a little loose for some preferences. This is not a major problem, as the box comes with an Allen wrench that set the saw right within seconds. Desired tension can be achieved with a little torque. The saw weighs in at around 65 pounds, which is no surprise considering that it comes with The Bosch T4B Gravity-Rise Miter Saw Stand. The 12 inches miter saw mounted atop the stand makes for a smooth transportable machine. The setup required is minimal, and even the mounting process was like a breeze. No complaints there.
The combination is a blessing for those who work on the go. Transporting heavy tools is no easy task, but this combination is the G sure makes it seem like one. The whole setup does not take up much space when collapsed and can be easily stored in the back of your trunk. The stand has tires on the, which are a blessing to contractors who are always on the move. The bulky tires can glide through the most uneven of terrain, so movement is not a concern. Putting up the stand in your desired place requires no more than 30 seconds, and even lesser to set the saw on. You can be raring to go within the minute, saving you both the money required for buying custom stands and saving time to get started.
The stand comes with riser supports and has an adjustable length. The risers are an appreciated feature due to the fact that they can prevent the added effort of having to hold the board to make sure that you have a true cut.
Performance & Maintenance
1. Bosch CM10GD
The Bosch CM10GD is almost intuitive, and it easy to cut miter and bevels by setting it into chop mode. No problem was encountered while making cross-cuts at 0 degrees, as well. The ambidextrous main handle is adaptable, and will not take up much time to get used to. The miter detent helps in swinging the table from one direction to another while setting the angles. You might have to use a bit more force while for the bevel lockers, but ultimately, they are user-friendly and locks the saw positively into both the left and right bevel angles.
There are some values of compound cuts that will have the bevel and miter angle resulting in the fence coming in the way of the motor housing. This often leads to the blade contacting the kerf inserts. It is advisable to move the saw through its range of motion before actually making the cut to make sure you spot the obstruction. You can make the adjustment to the fence by using the hex key that is stored in the base of the saw.
The axial is extremely smooth, even when the cuts are made using the non-dominant hand. The one hitch that was noticeable is a wheel on the lower blade guard was bound a little while making compound miters. You can avoid this if anticipated. For the accuracy, the saw head is susceptible to be pushed laterally and will result in less than perfect cuts. Learning to get around this defect is probably a learned skill.
2. Bosch GCM12SD
The reasons axial glides are so in demand is because of their smooth cut and economy of space. The G accomplished both of these benefits with this model. There are a lot of moving parts in this design, which could translate to more things going wrong at any particular time. However, with repeated use at multiple messy sites, we did not come across this problem at all. The G delivers consistently and beautifully.
The more traditional models often left a trail of grease that would attract dust. This created an extra chore that frankly no one wants to deal with. This Bosch miter saw has no exposed grease joints, which saves you from the post cutting scrubbing ritual.
The one problem we stumbled across is while making 45-degree bevel cuts. The blade often wobbles and is a common experience with many 12-inch miter saws. The only solution that we’ve come across is to use a more compact miter saw to help counter this issue on the trim works. The G is not immune and can sometimes fumble to make the most accurate bevel cuts.
The Axial glide system a durable system to boot. With constant precision and tool life, it can fit into a compact workspace by saving up to ten inches of area. The glide action has unmatched smoothness, which is reflected in its cuts. The expanded cutting capacity ranges up to 12 inches, with the horizontal capacity being nominally at 5.5 inches and the vertical capacity when put against the fence at around 6 inches. The bevel controls are placed up front, with an all-metal bevel lock lever, and the range selector placed upfront for quicker and more efficient settings. The user does not have to reach all the way to the back to make the changes. As for the crown or the chop lock, they perform as promised and set the head in place for upright base molding and nested crown molding, which gives maximum chop cutting capacity. The fences present are tall and measure in the height of 4.25 inches, these set the stage for easy bevel set ups and increased crown and base molding capacity. The bevels are marked clearly, and their large size makes them easy to read. The stainless-steel miter scales have a left capacity of 52 degrees and right capacity of 60 degrees. The bevel markers are 47 degrees on both ends and. The design has accurate miter detents that are adjustable. The push-button miter dent override is easy enough to operate with thumb accentuated control for fine-tuning miter angles.
The Bosch T48 Gravity-Rise Miter Saw Stand is a valuable upgrade when paired to the Bosch GCM12SD 12″ Axial Glide Miter Saw. The beauty of both of them really shines through when used as a combination. The performance both gives is absolutely stellar; the functionality of the saw and its end payoff is professional in every sense of the word. The main attribute that stands out in this model is how easy it is to transport and work within spaces that are hard to fit into. The axial glide system is as smooth as you would expect it to be. The saw weighs in heft, but with the stand, it’s a piece of cake. The 15-amp motor gives 3800 RPM and is quite powerful. The saw’s design in itself gives precision cuts, but much of that is backed up by the motor itself. The robust nature can handle long hours of work without slowing down or showing signs of distress. The blade can cut through sterner stuff without overheating the system. The 60 toothed blade compliments the saw is applicable for most daily uses you would come across.
- Versatile nature of performance
- Comfortable to use even in extended hours
- Well designed to provide maximum usability
- Durable and Robust structure
- Axial-Glide system provides performance par excellence
- Smooth cuts that do not even produce the slightest of sounds
- Designed to provide utility
- Clean cuts that are accurate and precise to the last digit
- Straight cuts can be tricky to execute for the beginner.
- Pricey compared to other saws which provide the same functions
- Not the best choice for those looking for casual jobs
- Portability can become an issue with its bulky size
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What is a dual bevel sliding miter saw?
The standard miter saws have motors attached with their blades that rotate to make cuts within their range of miter angles. However, these can only cut down at preset angles, either straight down or at right angles. On the other side, double bevel miter saws are compound saws that can tilt to the left and the right. This means that you can bevel in either direction without having to completely change the workplace, saving time and in return money.
How do you unlock a miter saw?
Locate the pivot arm on the machine. There is often a small push pin situated on the back of this arm. If you push the saw down a bit and pull out the pun, it will unlock the saw. The mechanism should then rise up, completing the process.
Is a sliding miter saw better?
The advantage linked with this type of saw is that you get a larger cutting arc as compared to a sliding compound saw. This makes the regular processes around the workspace much easier. The bigger difference comes into play when the width of the material is into question.
What is the difference between a compound miter saw and a sliding miter saw?
A sliding miter saw has rails that create a possibility for the blade to move in both directions across wider materials. These can perform crosscuts on materials that a traditional compound miter cannot recreate. The benefit that compound saws have is, in fact, the absence of these rails, as they can now cut any material, regardless of its thickness.
Can I put a metal cutting blade on my miter saw?
It is usually not advisable to cut metal with a miter saw. However, you can use a miter saw to create metal cuts. You would only have to be careful to select a metal cutting blade instead of the one already available with the design.
Do you push or pull a sliding miter saw?
On a sliding miter saw, the design operates to usually cut while pushing. If you decide to pull a miter saw from the cut, it can result in a climb cut and a blade that cuts in your direction.
Can you use a miter saw as a chop saw?
The notable difference between a chop saw and a miter saw is that a miter saw can perform a bit more sophisticated tasks, such as cutting at angles and rotating about their axis. Chops saws can only cut straight through, but they can cut through just about anything you present.
Are miter saws dangerous?
Miter saws are power tools, which means that they make use of a motor that generates high RPM, which can be extremely dangerous.it is always advisable to put necessary safety measures in place before operating one.
Should I buy a circular saw or miter saw?
Beginners should always go for the circular saws first, as they can provide all the basics that would be required along with the reduced price tag.