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Bosch 10-Inch Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw CM10GD Review

Bosch CM10GD 10 Inch Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw

When we first brought the Bosch CM10GD 10 Inch Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw into our woodworking shop, we were a bit surprised. The axial glide technology was impressively smooth. Almost too smooth in fact! We opted to adjust to the friction and give ourselves a bit more resistance. Another benefit of this Bosch saw was it was dead on, right out of the box, for both the 90 degree miter and bevel. If the saw did arrive with a bit of an error in the angle, Bosch provides instructions in the manual with how to fix this. On the saw itself, they have clearly indicated adjustment points to get it back in gear. This is great for someone on the go that may have to adjust it from time to time throughout the use and abuse of various jobs.

Let’s run through what is included and some of the specs. Let’s also go through each of the major features in a little more detail.

Includes:

  • 10 inch Dual-Bevel Miter Saw
  • 10 inch 60 tool carbide-tipped saw blade
  • Wrench
  • Work Clamp
  • Dust Bag
  • Vacuum Adapter/Elbow

Specs:

  • 15 Amps
  • 47* Left Bevel and 47* Right
  • Bevel stops at 0, 33.9, 45 for both left and right
  • 10″ Blade Diameter
  • 43″ long x 26.5″ Wide
  • Miter Angle of 52* to the left and 60* to the right
  • Miter detents at 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6, 45, and 60 for both right and left sides
  • 4,800 no load RPMs
  • 64 pounds
  • 12 inch horizontal cut capacity
  • 5 1/2 inch vertical baseboard cut capacity
  • 6 inch crown cut capacity against the fence

Axial-Glide Mechanism

The Glide Mechanism is very impressive. It is smooth and has a resistance adjustment screw. Like we said above, it was a little too smooth and free right out of the box for our taste. We had to increase the resistance to make it more like what we are used to. We are curious if we will be able to comfortably decrease this over time. The design of the mechanism eliminates the need for the wasted space behind the saw for supporting rods. The saw can be pushed right to the wall or other tool, leaving you able to get that space back. This is very important for someone in a dedicated space.

There is a lever located on the left side of the unit that can be activated locking the Axial-Glide mechanism. This turns the sliding saw into a traditional chop saw. The head of the saw can also be locked in the down position with the use of a small metal pin on the right side of the unit. This is intended for storage or transportation.

Handle/Trigger

The 10″ Dual-Bevel Miter saw has a horizontal handle with two safety switches. This is excellent for the times when the user needs to cut with his/her left hand. Simply use your thumb to press the safety, then use your fingers to pull the trigger. No more juggling to pull the trigger and hold your material.

We found the ergonomics of the handle to be very comfortable and enjoyable to use. With using a vertical grip for a long time, it was refreshing to take some pressure off of our wrists.

Hold Down

Especially in the workshop, we use hold downs on our miter saws quite often. For small parts and stop blocks, the hold down is a very important part of a miter saw. The hold down that is included with this saw is very time consuming to use. With a large single threaded rod, it takes significant time to adjust. A quick release or cam system would be much faster and more enjoyable to use. A poorly designed safety feature is only going to make the user not want to use it. When designing a safety feature, it should be created with the user in mind. The easier and more enjoyable it is to use, the more they will use it!

Adjusting Miter

Making a miter cut on this saw was a real treat. The mechanism is smooth, easy to use, and provides all the typical detents one would use in their everyday work on the job-site. The saw has detents on the left and right side at 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6, 45. The max angle range to the left is 52 degrees and the max to the right is 60 degrees. With the increased angle to the right, that is the way the saw would be positioned when it is to be transported.

Adjusting the miter mechanism is very simple:

  1. Loosen the front knob.
  2. Using your index finger, pull up on the red trigger under the knob.

At this point you can swing the saw left and right. If you let go of your index finger, the detents will kick in and automatically grab. To bypass the detent mechanism:

  1. Pull the red trigger with your index finger.
  2. Push the red square on the top of the mechanism with your thumb.
  3. Release the red trigger.

The mechanism is now going to float right over the detents.

Regardless if you are using a detent or not, locking in a miter angle is super easy! Just tighten the knob on the front!

Adjusting Bevel

The bevel mechanism is a bit more complicated but easily operated after a few times to get used to it. The big benefit to the bevel mechanism is all the adjustments are up front with the exception of the detent pin. That is located in the back at the base of the mechanism. The saw has a max bevel range of 47 degrees both to the left and right. It has bevel stops at 0, 33.9, and 45 both to the left and right.

To adjust the bevel mechanism:

  1. Left up on the red handle on the left side of the saw.
  2. Tilt the saw to the left. It will automatically stop on the 45 degree stop.
  3. To tilt the saw to the right, you will need to rotate the red dial on the right side of the saw to the right.
  4. To get to the full 47 degree range, you will need to rotate the red dial to the left. This will allow you to bypass the 45 degree stops.

To use the bevel stop pin, angle the saw to the desired side and then rotate the pin so the cross pins allow it to go into the saw.

Dust collection

Dust is a known carcinogen and we hate breathing it! Dust collection is very important to us and our woodworking environment. A miter saw is one of the dustiest tools in the shop. When someone has the option to purchase a tool that has better dust collection capabilities, they are most likely going to purchase that one. We were impressed with the Bosch 10″ saw. Now it wasn’t perfect, but using the included dust collection bag is a must. In our stationary woodworking shop, we always have this unit plugged into a dust extractor. With a dust extractor or a shop vacuum connected, it will collect 90 percent of the dust. Very impressive!

 Conclusion:

This was a treat to use with a few drawbacks depending on what category of user you are, and what other saws you are comparing it to. We would absolutely have zero issues putting this saw in our woodworking shop. We loved the Axial-Glide mechanism, the dust collection, and the comfortable handle. The saw had enough power to get through our traditional material but occasionally would struggle with the harder hardwoods when they approached 2″ thick or more. We recommend multiple passes with varying depths of cuts for safety. This is a moot point for how we teach the folks that use our shop. This helps prevent binding and kickbacks.

The drawbacks of this saw included hold down, lack of an included laser or marking system, and size/weight of the saw could be a major setback to someone buying a new miter saw.  The hold down was briefly address above but the main point is was cumbersome and difficult to use. We ended up using a standard clamp, or not using a hold down at all.

Having a saw at this price and level of professionalism should absolutely come with a laser or light marking system. In our workshop, we use them in a variety of ways that promote safety and efficiency. There are some aftermarket lasers that are available and could fit on this saw. We would need to get them in and test them.

The size/weight of the saw lend me to require this saw to be stationary or on a very nice stand. We have this saw “stationary” on Bosch’s anti-gravity stand. The stand is phenomenal and we couldn’t’ recommend enough. The limit behind a mobile stand is the stairs. Some job-sites have elevators, but most do not, and carrying this miter saw and/or mobile stand could be a bit cumbersome.

All in all, we would have no reservations on recommending this saw to anyone. We thought it performed up to the tasks we threw at it.

 

 

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One Response to “Bosch 10-Inch Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw CM10GD Review”

  1. Danny H #

    Nice review on a quality tool ! If I were in the market for one today I would purchase this one! The hold downs for my Dewalt are designed in a similar manner and aren’t used much for the same reason,so Yes hopefully more miter saw manufacturers will be making these better in the near future.

    August 27, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply

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