Bosch first introduced the 12″ Axial Glide miter saw a couple of years ago. Now they introduced the same saw, but in a 10″. I have to say I love this concept as it is a huge space saver. A traditional sliding miter saw has rails where the saw travels back and forth. A great concept, expect when located on a bench with limited space. With the Bosch Axial Glide saw, it uses an articulating arm and bypasses the rail system. This means you save room and can actually have a smaller bench and still fit a powerful and versatile saw on the bench. In fact, the Bosch will save about 10″ of work space without having the rails.
The first thing you will notice about this saw is the quality of the saw. You can feel it right away by picking it up. This isn't your cheap saw, it's what you have expected from Bosch over the years. With that said, the saw is rather heavy weighing in at 64 lbs. so it's not really a first choice for moving around from place to place. However if you have it mounted on a stand with wheels, well then it's a different story. For me, it's perfect for my bench where I am not moving it around, I can save space.
Operating the saw couldn't be any easier and this is a very smooth saw. Bosch integrated this with a d-handle and an ambidextrous switch. The handle has the safety button feature on both sides of the handle which makes it easy to access and start-up. The upfront bevel controls are a very nice feature to this saw. The saw has an all metal bevel lock lever and range located on the front so you no longer have to reach around the back. How nice is that?
The saw has adjustable miter detents so you can lock it into place at all the common angles. Plus, it has a push button override. On the back of the saw, you can hook up your favorite dust extraction hose. Now I am not going to say it collects every piece of dust, but it does a heck of a job. Not to mention it doesn't get in the way when you make cuts.
The saw has the ability to cut 12″ horizontal (Nominal), 5-1/2″ vertical and 6″ crown against the fence (45° spring). The fences are nice and tall at 4-1/2″. This makes it much easier to set up for bevel and working with base and molding.
Out of the box I didn't have to adjust anything. It was set up right from the factory and set to go. The first cut was a straight 90°. The cut was perfect and matched up with my square. The next cut was a 45° and both 45° cuts matched up, which seems to be a little rare. I am really impressed with this saw on how accurate the cuts are. Also how smooth this saw operates. One of the biggest benefits, at least for me is having the controls up front. Not that it's a huge deal to reach around, but why not make it easier, which Bosch did.
Specifications on the Bosch CM10GD
|Bevel Angle Range||47° left and 47° right|
|Bevel Stops||0°, 33.9°, 45° left and right|
|Cord Length||6 ft|
|Miter Angle Range||52° Left, 60° Right|
|Miter Detents||0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, 45° (Left/Right)|
|Miter Positive Stops||0°, 15°, 22.5,° 31.6°, 45° (Left/Right)|
|No Load RPM||4,800|
|Warranty||Limited 1 Year|
I have to say I love this saw and the Axial Glide system. The saw is smooth and does a great job. This is what we have come to know from Bosch, a quality saw, an accurate saw and plain and simple, just a great saw.