Santa brought a New Bosch GCM12sd miter saw

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Review by SteveW posted 12-26-2010 09:02 PM 10182 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My old Delta chopsaw has served me well for a number of years,
but many recent projects hungered for a better way to cut compound
angles with a larger crosscutting capacity. Santa brought a new saw for me this Christmas.
Its a Bosch GCM12sd, which is one very large saw, compared to the Delta chopsaw.
This thing is amazing.
The slide mechanism is a bit of engineering marvel if you ask me.
The “articulating” arm, as they call it, moves effortlessly across the bed of the saw
with a one finger pull or push. Its very easy to move, almost too easy, and I’m researching
the owners manual now, just to see how to “make it move a little harder”...It may be that I’ll get used to it though…
The owners manual is well written, with virtually no work in setting this saw up from
out of the box. They have an extensive write up on “Cutting Crown Molding” which helps explain
all the detents that are set for flat bed cutting of Crown molding.
This will be a learning experience for me…...
I ordered the saw from Amazon, and it came within 2 days of ordering…great shipping, (shipping was free!)
The saw was so well padded in the box, that it was able to travel UPS with no damage to it whatsoever.
I have it sitting temporarily on a moveable bench right now, awaiting its new home of a FWW-winged miter saw stand that I intend to build in January.
The saw came with a nice 60 tooth blade, and I checked it for square against the fence, and its dead on.
I’ll be testing this more and more in the coming weeks, and will update this review with pros and cons,
although I’m biased now with all the pro’s I’m learning about.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#1 posted 12-26-2010 10:10 PM

congrat´s with your new toy :—))
except you proppebly need a blade with finer teeth
then I´m look forward to here more about how precise is the saw
and can it be used to making furniture etc. etc.

i Know the building carpenters in Denmark is glad for the capacity of the saw
and they only have to cut one time on a 4×4

most of us don´t need a big saw but a precise saw and with the prize´s theese maschines have
in Denmark I can´t afford to make a mistake if I want an eletronkilling device …LOL

good luck with it and take care when using


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#2 posted 12-26-2010 10:42 PM

Steve: I’ve looked at this saw and wondered if it will live up to the hype. Let us know when you’ve used it some.
I could be interested in replacing my Ridgid.

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 12-26-2010 10:58 PM

Wow, congrats! I’m sure a lot of people are interested in this saw. Would also love to hear a review after some time using it.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 12:40 AM

Congrats on your new toy. I’ve been drooling over that baby since it came out. Pricey, but looks like the coolest saw on the block!

-- Gene T

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 12:49 AM

Congrats on the new toy.

This is a very interesting and unique miter saw design.

Please come back and give us a review after you have had a couple of months of experience with the saw.

My theory is that miter saws are more of a carpenter/contractor saw than a woodworkers saw. As a woodworker, I want very accurate, precise and clean cuts and I care less about capacity. I’m curious if this is the miter saw for the woodworker at a price that is considerably less than the Festool Kapex.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 01:41 AM

Great present! I am curious to see your opinion after using it for a while.


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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 12-27-2010 01:45 AM

I am with Brad Nailor, I always believe only time will really tell.

But other than that my reaction is SUWEEET!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 12-27-2010 04:37 AM

Very tempting indeed… I’ve got a top of the line Delta Compound miter that I’ve had for a good 7 years, but no slide. Need to talk myself into this :)

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#9 posted 12-27-2010 04:41 AM

nice, but way out of my price range. i still need a rikon bandsaw which is the same price. so hows the new sliding mechanics work smooth or is a old slider better?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#10 posted 12-27-2010 06:48 AM

That “sliding” mechanism is too slick. I can’t wait to hear the updates. Like everyone else, I am quite curious to hear how it works in the hands of a real person rather than in a magazine review. I am quite happy with my 10” non-sliding miter saw, but if this ever gets “reasonably” priced, it would definitely be tempting!

-- David from Indiana --

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Dan Campebell

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#11 posted 12-27-2010 01:48 PM

I just replaced my 10” Porter Cable Compond Miter saw that sat on the old style Dewalt stand (they were stolen on a job site) it is a good saw and stand and served me well for quite a few years. I am a retired remodeler and woodworking instructor and always admired the sliding compound saws for their capabilities but as with most people, I couldn’t justify the price for the best quality machine. Well it seems Santa must have thought I was extra good this year because I got the Bosch 5312 Sliding Miter with a new Dewalt Saw Stand. I have checked this saw out online for sometime and the only thing negative I have read is that it relatively heavy. I am doing remodeling to my old farm house and I need to cut a lot of trim, design and build a couple of built-in cabinets, this saw along with my contractors saw should be more than adequate. I will post more as I no more about the saw but for now my anticipation of a great experiece and result is keeping my dreams good. By the way, the Dewalt stand has a 16’ support capacity with outboard stops (right and left); this stand weighs about 40 lbs. but is very easy to fold and carry. I heartily recommend the saw stand and if you’re interested you can usually find one on sale for about $150 (good stand generally run $100 to $150). I work alone much of the time and accessories that aid me to work well and safely are a good investment.

-- Dan Campbell

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#12 posted 12-27-2010 02:35 PM

I own their ‘regular’ 12” compound slider. Super saw. Well made. If it’s better then you’ve got a gem there. Great gift. Santa knows his saws!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#13 posted 12-28-2010 01:44 AM

I love these things. Is it a 12” Dual Bevel Compound Sliding Miter? My DeWalt has never let me down. Only mod I made was ripping that silly little bag in the back to collect dust,yeah, right! Other than that, smooth cutting everytime!

-- GX

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#14 posted 12-28-2010 01:58 AM

Hi everyone,
Yes, it is the 12” Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter saw, with the newly designed “articulating arm”.
Check out the Bosch video at Bosch Axial Glide Miter Saw

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#15 posted 12-28-2010 09:39 PM

Read the reviews on Amazon about the same saw, they are interesting especially if you plan to buy one.

-- Bert

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