The Miter Saw For You
Review by: Charlie Meyer
Bosch Miter Saw Review
This miter saw review is about me being a bit of a tool junkie. One of the tools I have been most interested in is the Bosch miter saw, specifically the 10 inch dual-bevel glide miter saw (CM10GD), which this miter saw review is about. My name is Charlie, and I run a small shop out of my garage. I mostly make wooden beds, but I also make custom goods such as growth charts, shelves, and phone amplifiers. I’ve been doing this for just under five years now as a side job/ hobby, and I love it!
When I heard about this miter saw about four years ago, I was just beginning to get serious about woodworking. An older craftsman and teacher friend of mine was telling me all about what an amazing improvement this new technology was. It was my first introduction to Bosch power tools, and the quality and innovation it stands for. I’ve been hooked ever since. So when I was asked if I would like to write a miter saw review for this tool, I was absolutely blown away and beyond excited! I’ve been using it now for about a month and I’m happy to report what I’ve found out about this incredible saw.
Setting Up For The Miter Saw Review
I have used lots of different saws over the years – radial arm, simple miter, compound miter, sliding miter saw, and even a (very weak) old battery powered miter saw, and the CM10GD is by far the most user friendly and accurate of them all. It’s a solid tool, built to be on a miter saw stand or in a shop. It weighs about 65 pounds, which is not light, but it would only be an issue if you were having to move it by hand and often. While I have heard that the weight is an issue for some people on jobsites, I use it only in my shop, so that is not an issue for me at all. I also love that it feels like the tool will stand up to years and years of use.
When it arrived, I spent a good amount of time making a stand for it and then setting up the saw. For this miter saw review, I wanted to be sure to get an accurate picture of the saw’s performance, accuracy, and versatility. It was important to me to make sure it was given the chance to show off its features unencumbered by user error.
I read through the manual carefully and was able to set the miter and bevel angles easily (I had one difficult moment – the nuts to adjust the bevel on the back of the saw were REALLY tight, and pretty deeply set so the tool that came with the saw wasn’t able to break them free. But I was able to get my impact and socket on them and, after that, it was a piece of cake). All test runs revealed straight, square, and plumb. After that, it was play time!
Crosscuts For The Miter Saw Review
For this miter saw review, I tried crosscuts in various widths of 2x boards, 45* cuts, treated and untreated lumber, 4×4’s, and plywood all with the 40t blade that came with the saw. It never bogged down and never even seemed to show a difference based on the different materials. The cuts were all smooth and clean, with minimal chip out at the end. And that glide! It’s so smooth! And if you want to, you can adjust how easily it pulls out with a set screw at the top of the hinge. It’s easily reached from the front of the tool. All adjustments are made with the alan wrench and socket that come with the tool and are stored right behind the fence on the rear part of the foot.
At first, I was a little awkward, since I’ve been using the same saw for the past three years as my primary saw, and that was just a simple compound miter saw. No frills, no slides, just chop and go. So getting in the habit of pulling the saw all the way past the piece (something I should probably be doing with my RAS too, but…) and then plunging down was a little different. Add in the safety trigger locks, and it took me a little to get the hang of smoothly starting my cuts. But it’s getting more and more natural already, and I love that the safety releases are on both sides of the handle for left or right hand operation. I like to set up stops as often as I can, so being able to operate fluidly from both sides of the saw is a must.
Miter Saw Review: Best Features
One feature I have really enjoyed is the dust control. I read a bunch of reviews on this saw that said it makes a ton of dust. And that’s true. But I think that’s a function of miter saws in general. Every saw I’ve ever used creates a ton of dust – that’s more about blade width and material size/ length of cut. I found that this saw collects a fair amount of that dust, even without being hooked up to any sort of dust collection unit. But once I did, the difference was immediately visible. It definitely doesn’t collect 100%, but I would say it was at least 80%, if not more. And all I have connected is an old, used shop vac and a dust separator, so if I was using something with more CFMs, I would expect I would get even less mess.
The saw comes with a depth stop that I really like as well. It’s a simple screw that you can adjust up or down to match the height you want, but the really nice aspect of it is that the screw is used in conjunction with a hinged plate that covers a hole in the arm frame. If you ever need to switch between the depth stop and standard operating depth, the plate swings out of the way to let the screw drop through an opening, allowing you to have normal use of the saw, while still maintaining your depth stop setting for future use.
More Great Features In The Miter Saw Review
There is one other feature I need to mention in this miter saw review. I noticed that, when the glide is in the rear locked position (it can lock all the way extended too – for better balance during transportation I think), the blade can’t quite make it through a 2×6. This really bothered me, because I knew from my old saw that a 10” blade could easily make a 90* cut through a 2×6. And then, as I was investigating more, I noticed the other locking mechanism on the side of the glide arms specifically made for cutting crown molding.
There is a pin at the bottom of the hinge that sets into one of the two holes in the locking mechanism – one for cutting trim against the fence, and the other for cutting it bedded at an angle. The second setting sets the back of the blade just slightly away from the fence to get the maximum reach into the bottom of large pieces of trim, while the first one maximizes the full potential of the size of the blade to cut through large pieces flush with the fence. On this setting, I can easily cut 2×4 and 2×6’s and the saw arms are locked in place.
Final Thoughts Of The Miter Saw Review
There are a few things I can think of that people might not like about this saw that are important to include in this miter saw review. Some really like to have a laser marking the cut lines and this saw does not come with one (there is an attachment you can get for about $40 – the LS010). The weight is high. It’s about 20% more than others in its same size category, and I get that that can be an issue for some people in the trades who need something easily portable. But, as I see it, this is a huge improvement over other saws I’ve tried. It is a power house of engineering and thoughtful attributes designed to help craft people of all trades to make the most of their tool and I’m looking forward to decades of use.
If you have any questions about this miter saw review, feel free to message me. I’d love to talk to you about this, or any other tools!