Shopping for a miter saw is no simple task. The array of options is enough to make your head spin. There are so many configurations, sizes and types of saws out there that it may seem like the choice is just a matter of preference. However, once you decide on size, it becomes apparent that some units are just all-around superior to the rest. That being said, most high-end compound miter saws are way overpriced. The trick is narrowing your choice down to saw that offer the highest standards of quality and the widest variety of industry-leading features. After that, it’s just a matter of figuring out the category’s least expensive unit. If you’re in the market for a 12-in. model, that unit is Bosch’s GCM12SD sliding miter saw.
Reliability & Innovation
Traditional sliding miter saws were preferred by many DIY buffs for their ability to “extend” and make 12-14 inch crosscuts. Meanwhile, they had to sacrifice 2-3 sq. ft. of space to fit tubes used for the sliding mechanism. Plus, the sliding system added flex to the overall structure, resulting in diminished accuracy. Bosch created a mechanism that not only eliminates the down-sides of sliding miter saws, but also adds stability and makes their 12-in. glider the most durable model in the industry.
They added sturdy mechanical arms at either side of the structure, using six stainless steel knuckles for structural support. The hinged ‘arms’ actually reduce flex by adding table support, which makes the GCM12SD more accurate than any other sliding miter saw in the industry. Of course, since some jobs can be done more efficiently with minimal resistance, Bosch added a way to control the mechanism’s tightness at will.
Control & Accuracy
The GCM12SD takes accuracy a step further, allowing for 60° miters and 47° bevels. Blade control was maximized as well. The saw has front-facing bevel dials for convenient last-minute adjustments. Switching among detents is simple and intuitive. There’s a single switch that can fully unlock the table, allowing for manual angle control. Two easy-to-use safety switches are located right on the handle.
- Accessories: 12” Bosch Blade; Dust Bag; Material Clamp, Built-In Laser Guide
- Dimensions: 31.5 x 22 x 23.8 in.
- Table Size: 40 x 16 in.
- Materials: Wood/Laminate handles; Stainless steel structure
- Motor Power: 3,800rpm
- Miter Stops: 0-45 degrees (both directions)
- Maximum Bevel Angle: 48 degrees
- Weight: 65 pounds
- Cord Length: 6 feet
Customers’ Reviews and Conclusion
Of course, the GCM12SD’s robotic arms attracted plenty of attention to the brand. Yet, in their reviews, buyers mostly highlighted the saw’s effectiveness, versatility and precision. The fact that Bosch’s dust collection system is 95% functional didn’t go unnoticed either. Still, there were a few frustrated customers who couldn’t get used to the safety-release switch. Only one of them came back and edited his review, adding that the dual switch “stopped being an issue once I got used to the saw.”
Sure, the GCM12SD isn’t the cheapest 12” compound miter saw but it is worth every penny. As a matter of fact, many 12-inch sliders cost a lot more, while none are able to do more. The Bosch glider is, beyond a doubt, the best miter saw in its category. We strongly recommend this tool to anyone looking for a high-quality, versatile and durable saw!