Witness the future, my friends. This is the secret the guys at Bosch have been almost bursting to get out there for the last year or so. Since I first saw it I knew it would be huge. For anyone who doesn’t use a sliding compound miter saw let me tell you what you’re seeing. This is a sliding saw with no rails. Bosch calls it an axial-glide system.
Here’s the deal: The new saw completely eliminates rails by mounting the saw itself to a pair of hinged arms. Those articulated arms have 12 sealed ball bearings in them that allow the saw to glide when you move it back and forth. We tried it recently at the Bosch event and it really is effortless; there’s even a control as the top hinge that can be adjusted to give more resistance if the glide is too effortless.
Like other Bosch saws of this type, the controls are all mounted up front so you don’t have to reach behind the saw for anything and can go about your business quickly after the cut is set up. The model we got our hands on very briefly was the GCM12SD 12” Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw so they are aiming straight for contractors at the moment. However, with something this cool we’re guessing a 10” version isn’t horribly far behind.
This rig has tons of features like the split, adjustable fence and out-feed sliders on either end, but it’s the lack of rails that make it a superstar. This system won’t gum up like rails and won’t have the same adjustment problems rails do, either. When this hits the shelves in the very near future it’s going to turn quite a few heads, not the least of which are those of the competitors’ design teams.
When you throw in the moveable detents, 15 amp, 3hp motor, removable fence and dust collection port at the rear, even with the rails you start to realize that this is a lot of saw for the money. Bosch says the saw will run about $699 — which is pro saw money for sure — but if we needed one of these on the job each day we could see springing for an extra $50 over the next best option. It’s a sweet new type of functionality that leaves the rest of the field struggling to catch up.
GCM12SD Miter Saw [Bosch]