Bosch Glide Miter Saw Review 2020

The Bosch glide miter saw has really new technology. It’s not something we’ve seen before with miter saws, and could become a future standard.

Seeing this new saw reminds me of when Rockwell put the very first miter saw on the shelves back in 1960. At the time, we didn’t know just how badly we needed miter saws.

With any luck, we may be saying the same thing regarding the new Axial Glide arm technology.

The Bosch Glide Miter Saw Axial Arm

This Bosch saw has what is called the Axial Glide System. It is essentially a jointed “robot” arm. It moves smoothly in the same way that our own arms move.

If you picture a saw attached at the end of your hand and move your arm around, that’s a good representation of why the Bosch glide miter saw moves so smoothly.

The Bosch GCM12SD Against the Wall

The Bosch glide miter saw can be place a lot closer to the wall than other miter saws. This again is due to the axial arm.

It essentially has a “back” where the arm folds to a verticle position. It’s very similar to the human body where your shoulder meets your back.

Picture yourself leaning up against the wall and moving your arm about. That’s pretty much the same thing with the Bosch GCM12SD. The idea of how the saw was made was already there, with humans. But it was how Bosch noticed that they could base a miter saw on the same principle that made all the difference.

If you think about it, you see this type of technology all the time in car manufacturing companies. The assembly line is essentially made up of a variety of tools that are attached to pivoting arms. Of course they are controlled by automated robotics, but the idea is the same.

I can only speculate that Bosch may have something up its sleeve for new technology in automated lumber mills.

According to Bosch, we may not see the axial glide technology on a 10-inch miter saw. This is probably due to an engineering problem. However, the technology is new. Given time, it is likely that Bosch will be able to condense the technology to perform properly on a smaller scale. If Bosch can perfect the technology, the Bosch glide miter saw may become as significant as the invention of the miter saw itself back in the 1960s.bosch gcm12

This is a photograph of the Bosch Glide miter saw

All Controls are on the Front of the Bosch Glide Miter Saw

One nice feature about the Bosch GCM12SD is that several of the controls that are commonly found on the back of most miter saws are actually on the front. For example, the miter angle and more importantly the bevel angle switch are right out on front of you. You barely have to reach to change the bevel angle. Another great display of engineering.

Safety Features of the Bosch Glide Miter Saw

Are you left or right handed? The answer to both is good. This Bosch glide miter saw has safety thumb switches on either side of the blade trigger switch. This means you can start the miter saw safely with either hand. This is especially good news for right brained creative type carpenters. Another home run for Bosch.

Dust Buildup on the Bosch Glide Miter Saw is Non-existent

Well, you’ll still get dust on the saw. But, the bearings that are in the joints of the axial glide arm are completely sealed. That means you won’t be spending a lot of time lubricating or cleaning the joints. The Bosch glide miter saw should last indefinitely as far as the axial arm is concerned. If you spend all day trying to cut titanium piping, you may have alternate experiences.

The Bosch GCM12SD is a Good Miter Saw

There’s no doubt the Bosch glide miter saw is definitely worth owning. The price tag is a little high though. You might want to check out Amazon for some price comparisons.

If you can hold out for a few years, you just might find that there is a 10-inch version of this miter saw sitting on the shelf of your local Sears or Canadian Tire.