When you saw the term ‘glide miter saw’ what did you picture? Well, regardless of where your mind went with that, Bosch has used their patented axial-glide system in the design of the GCM12SD. What it means is really just two things: precision in a little space. The axial-glide system is described by the manufacturer as operating by folding the articulated arm flush with the back of the saw. What this ends up doing is reducing the size of the workspace needed for operation by up to 12 inches. It also allows this saw to work with little in the way of clearance behind it which makes it a great match for tiny work sites.
The specs are impressive as the Bosch GCM12SD has an expanded cutting capacity of 14-inches horizontally, 6.5-inches vertically and a 6.5-inch crown capacity with a 45-degree spring. The miter scales are easy to read in stainless steel with marked detents and roof pitch angles to reduce the number of additional tools you’ll need when cutting material. The Squarelock fence features “high-precision” alignments 90-degrees to the table and is worry-free in that it never needs to be adjusted. An added feature to ensure support is the one-touch lock/unlock to slide fence mechanism.
To make long hours with the saw easier to take there is a soft-grip ambidextrous handle and for easy clean up there is a combination dust chute and vacuum adaptor. The upfront controls are also very easy to understand, access and use. Weighing in at a hefty 88.2-pounds (shipping weight) this package includes the 12-inch dual-bevel glide miter saw, a 60-tooth blade, material clamp, a blade wrench, a 90-degree dust chute elbow/vacuum adaptor and a dust bag.
Online reviews of the Bosch GCM12SD are generally positive with a number of comments related to design noted including the “very loose” glide which may be a good thing depending on what you are using the saw for. Some reviewers point to the motor having a “kick” to it from start up and that the handle appears higher than in similar designs made by other manufacturers. The thumb safety release has been described by some reviewers as being “stiff” and the saw itself is considered awkward for carrying. Aside from those issues, the Bosch GCM12SD is a solidly-built saw that can handle a variety of cutting chores. The dual-bevel glide feature makes it a very different tool that may or may not fit into your collection of tools depending entirely on your intended use. Read more…