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The first day it arrived in the shop and we began cutting with it, we knew that the Bosch axial glide miter saw would make our favorites list this year with gusto to spare. It’s large, loud, rugged, and elegant all at the same time. Though competitors won’t admit it outright, this is a home run and everyone on the other teams knows it.

What’s the big deal here? Simply put, this saw is a lot more saw in a compact area that doesn’t jam up — even after the 1,000 cuts into hardwood and MDF we’ve put it through thus far — and has a smooth touch to the controls. Tossing in a 3 hp 15 amp motor that spins a 12” blade at 3,800 rpm doesn’t hurt, either. The articulated arm and its bearing-laden hinges are engineering brilliance; over time we’re sure this will play out in the market as a smart move and R&D money well spent for the folks in the Spidey blue and red.

It’s not cheap at $700-$800 and you won’t find it at the local big box on sale for a penny less, but the new rail-less style is both worth the cash — and completely job site-chic.

GCM12SD Axial Glide Miter Saw [Bosch]
GCM12SD Glide Miter Saw Video [YouTube]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]


10 Responses to TM’s Favs ’10: Bosch Axial Glide Miter Saw

  1. Mike47 says:

    Sean: What’s that little bench sander on the right side of the picture?

  2. A.Crush says:

    As far as a discount on these things, you can get a Lowe’s/HD 10% off coupon and save a bundle, though the sales tax drives the cost right back up. Still, 80 bucks off.

    In any case, this is still too rich for the average user. As much as I like Bosch products in general, and would get something like this were there a genuine need, I stick with their Skil line for a lot of things. I got the 10″ Skil miter saw on Black Friday for $59, minus another $10 with a coupon, so $49 total. With the $700+ savings, I can buy a lot of other tools. Sure, it’s not AS capable or well built as the Bosch slider, and won’t cut stuff as big, but for 80-90% of the functionality at under 10% of the cost, it’s a no brainer.

  3. Sean O'Hara says:

    @Mike47 Hey Mike. That’s the little Task Force disc/belt combo I have. Nice little unit. Delta makes one one very simliar now but that one is out of production as of about 2 years ago.

  4. fred says:

    From everything being said about it – this looks like an innovative and fine new tool – but we’ll probably wait until our older Bosch and newer Makita (our current favorite) gliders – start to get long in the tooth – before buying one of these – by then it should be well field tested for longevity.

  5. A.Crush says:

    Just noticed it’s $735.oo through Amazon with free shipping through the link.

    Also a heads-up for anyone that wants the Bosch gravity-rise worksite stand for their Bosch saw, Lowe’s has ’em for $199 down from $299. Use one of those 10% movers coupons and it’s a nice stand for $180.

  6. Bajajoaquin says:

    To A Crush: It’s a no-brainer until you need that extra 10% on a regular basis.

  7. A.Crush says:

    If you need the extra 10% off on a regular basis, just print more coupons. I do.

  8. Chris says:

    I believe what Bajajoaquin meant was that if you need the 10% extra functionality that the Bosch has and the Skil doesn’t, then the Skil simply isn’t an appropriate tool for the job.


  9. Kris says:

    I’m not trying to start a war here… but I would like to point something out, and this is only for NON-PORTABLE situations (like your home shop), and this method is cheaper…

    A sliding miter saw is very fast for cross cuts… but if a non-sliding 12″ saw runs something like $200… and a craigslist radial arm runs about $150 (or less)…. plus the radial arm has capabilities beyond what a sliding miter does.

    In my shop I have a craftsman radial arm, set up to only move at 90 degrees, I build jigs for angle work on it, and I use my 12″ miter for trim, and general crosscuts etc. This method does allow you to task your equipment and minimze blade changes. My table saw has a nice ripping only blade on it, the radial arm has a couple of very high tooth count blades (for crosscuts on tricky wood, and for furniture grade cuts) and my 12″ miter has the general purpose cross cutter on it. This arrangement works for me, though I admit it is NOT space efficient, but it is work flow efficient. Especially as some tools are complementary in their use and set up (jointer/planer right next to table saw) etc. Once I had a radial arm, I find I am building jigs for basically every little project, where in past I would typically get out a crappy jig saw or something to just ‘get it done’. And I have started to assemble a nice collection of clever jigs. The radial arm isn’t the most powerful tool (12″ radial arms, some even run on 220, show up on craigslist from time to time), though running thin kerf blades helps.

    If I were a contractor, this Bosch would be #1 on my list, but as a home furniture and general handyman tool… It doesn’t really fit my shop.

  10. Squidlow says:

    Even though $700 is “expensive” for a saw, I’m guessing that at this price, there’s no way this one can be made in Germany or Switzerland right? It’s Chinese? If not, I’d be surprised if they can really get quality for that price.

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