When it comes to bevel control and accuracy, two worthy power tools from Bosch come to mind. The Bosch CM10GD 10-Inch Compact Miter Saw and the Bosch GCM12SD 12-Inch Corded Dual-Bevel Sliding Miter Saw may look similar to each other but there are key differences, which I will review and compare in this article.
If you are eyeing either of these two miter saws, read on to find out more about their features so you’ll know which one is right for you.
A Quick Look at the Two Bosch Miter Saws
As dual-bevel sliding glide miter saws from the same manufacturer, these two models provide many of the same desired features that you may be looking for in a miter saw. A few key differences in their features will help you to decide which saw is best for your projects.
Before I dive into the similarities and differences between the products – and their resulting advantages and disadvantages – let’s start with a brief review of each.
This 10-inch miter saw (read my full review) has a 15-amp motor that delivers 4,800 rotations per minute. It can cut up to 12 inches horizontally, 5-1/2 inches vertically, and has a 6-inch crown capacity at a 45-degree spring. It has a miter angle of 52 degrees (left) and 60 degrees (right). This 60-pound miter saw has a 6-foot power cord and a 5/8-inch standard arbor size.
It has a chop feature for the crown to lock its head in place. This helps to speed up crown molding processes. As I mentioned above, it has an axial glide system that’s more advanced than a typical sliding rail system because it smoothens the glide with a minimal footprint.
Dust collection won’t be a problem because of its included vacuum adapter and dust chute, which are attachable to any hose with a 35-mm or 1-1/4-inch size. The hold of the vacuum hose is tightly secured thanks to the “click and clean” platform.
As a miter saw with a 12-inch blade, the GCM12SD (read my full review) also features an axial glide system, which saves space while also keeping a smooth gliding action as you’re working on your material. It has a cutting capacity of 14 inches (horizontal) and 6-1/2 inches (vertical and crown capacity). As for the bevel angles, it goes 47 degrees left and right with stops at 0, 33.9, 45, and 47 degrees.
With a large, soft-grip ambidextrous handle, left-handed users will feel comfortable handling this unit. There is also a dust chute and vacuum adaptor for easy dust management in the work area. The dust chute is compatible with 35 mm and 1-1/4-inch hoses.
Due to its push-button miter detent override, adjusting the fine miter angle is easier than ever, and can be done by using just your thumb. With a stable base and an upfront bevel lock to avoid going behind the saw, it also has a clear lower guard for easily checking the material’s alignment, reducing the likelihood of mistakes and accidents.
Bosch CM10GD vs. GCM12SD: Similarities
As both are from the same manufacturer, these two corded miter saws have similarities, such as the following:
Axial Glide System
I did mention above that both these two saws have an axial glide system, but what exactly is that? Well, it’s Bosch’s version of the traditional rail sliding system. Compared to a standard system, theirs minimizes workspace, or footprint, while keeping the gliding action smooth for faster handling of your material.
Having sufficient space to work with your material is essential for any woodworker. It’s always a hassle if you have a lot of items on your table so it’s a major plus point to have a miter saw that minimizes table space, which these two models provide due to their axial glide system.
Dust Chute and Vacuum Adaptor
What I like about these two miter saws is that they both have a dust management system, which is important for any woodworking power tool. It is easy to connect the vacuum hose and its mechanism keeps it snugly locked to improve dust extraction.
When looking for a good miter saw, it’s important to check its dust extraction because it makes the cleaning job afterward much easier. No one likes to work in a messy and dusty job site so having good dust extraction is a big advantage.
Both of these tools have a 47-degree bevel capacity in both the left and right directions. This value is not so different from other standard miter saws on the market, especially with the 10-inch and 12-inch blade range. Bevel capacity only changes when your miter saw blade is smaller, such as for portable ones that have a 6-inch or 7-inch blade.
Ambidextrous trigger handle
An ambidextrous trigger handle is a huge advantage for left-handed workers. Whether you yourself are left handed, or if the tool may be passed around to colleagues, family, or friends, all users will have a secure and comfortable grip. Left-handed workers will feel at ease and have a more powerful grip on the tool. On the other hand, right-handed users can temporarily rest their right hand to use the left one if they are tired.
Comfort is a big factor when looking for a miter saw that can be used for hours with little user fatigue. By choosing a model with an oversized and comfortable handle, your tasks ahead will become easier to tackle, allowing you to be more focused on productivity – not your sore hands and arms.
Bosch CM10GD vs. GCM12SD: Differences
While they do have their similarities, these two miters saws also have unique differences that make them stand out from each other, such as the following:
Therefore, the Bosch CM10GD is more suitable for small to medium-sized woodworking projects while the Bosch GCM12SD is more advisable for deck building and cutting larger pieces of wood. With that said, you choose which miter saw is more suitable for your needs.
Due to their different blade sizes, they also make distinct cuts. The Bosch CM10GD can cut 12 inches horizontally, which is shorter than the cutting capacity of Bosch GCM12SD at 14 inches. Vertically, they also differ with the Bosch GCM12SD at 6-1/2 inches for vertical and crown capacity while the Bosch CM10GD is at 5-1/2 inches for its vertical capacity and 6 inches for its crown capacity.
The Bosch CM10GD is lighter in weight at only 60 pounds, while the Bosch GCM12SD is 65 pounds. Nonetheless, the weight difference between the two is only a small amount.
While weight is less of a concern with miter saws because they are meant to be stationary, if you intend to move the tool from room to room, that’s when weight becomes a problem. A weight of 60 to 65 pounds is common for standard miter saws so if you are looking for more stability rather than portability, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Which of the Two Bosch Miter Saws Should You Get?
If you prefer a simple miter saw for small and moderate jobs, the 10-inch Bosch CM10GD is for you. It has sufficient features and has roughly the same specifications as the Bosch GCM12SD except for the blade, cutting capacity, and weight.
For the more serious woodworker, the Bosch GCM12SD because it has a bigger blade, making it more ideal for larger pieces of wood, used for projects such as deck building and the like.
Either way, both of these tools are equipped with an axial glide system and other convenient features such as a comfortable ambidextrous handle to make your job easier and improve productivity.
To wrap it up, both these saws are almost on par with each other – only the blade length, cutting capacity, and weight makes them different. It’s up to you which to get depending on the task ahead of you since not all blade lengths are made for all types of materials. If you need more cutting capacity, go with the GCM12SD, if less, then with the CM10GD.
You will get your job done easier if you choose the right miter saw for it.