Let's get real. We all know that Bosch makes some of the best Miter saws on the market and the new CM12SD isn't any different. Now don't get confused with the GCM12SD as the G model is their Axial Glide saw. This saw rides on rails.
So what's new about this saw? The main thing is this saw offers more capacity for cutting trim or molding. This is a huge plus especially when you're dealing with Crown Molding. So how did they do this? Bosch moved the gearing up a little higher which allows taller pieces of wood to be placed against the fence. Besides increasing cut capacity, the saw is very easy to use and read. The saw has all metal bevel lock lever for quick and easy changes. There is a turret system that allows you to set the bevel cut by simply moving the turret and locking in the bevel lock. So no longer do you have to reach behind the saw. The detent turret system is set to 22.5°, 33.9°, 45°, 47° for quick settings.
This saw has an integrated base extension which extends and supports up to 40 inches. I have to say this saw seems to be very accurate, not that I should be surprised. But quick checking seems like the saw cuts precise every time. This saw also has slot miter detents at 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, 45° left right, 60° right. Again, one item I really like is how easy it is to read the scales. There are large dual-bevel and miter scales for easy setting and reading with miter angles of 0-47° left and right. Another feature of this saw is the electric brake. Speaking of features, this saw has a crown lock. Just flip a lever, move the saw into position and you have the perfect distance for your cuts.
The motor produces a no load speed of 4,000 rpm and weighs 65 lbs. As with the other Bosch saws, everything in red means this is something you can move to make an adjustment.
So the low down on this saw. Bosch, as usual, did a great job with the design and implementation of this saw. I always try to find some kind of negative, but with this saw, it's hard to find anything I would complain about. The saw is simple, provides a large cut capacity, easy to read and since it's from Bosch, you know it's tough and dependable. What else do you really want in a saw? Well maybe a laser.