Bosch Axial-Glide 10-inch Dual Bevel Glide Miter Saw CM10GD
If your workshop is similar to mine you have a lot of dead space, tons of free walls and lots of free area on the open floor, right? Well not exactly, my shop is cramped, crammed and real tight.
I recently had the opportunity to review the Bosch CM10GD Dual Bevel Glide Miter Saw and was excited that this saw has a huge cutting capacity, compared to slide saws, but shaves 10-inches off the rear. A real space saver and great option for the small, compact shop.
The Bosch Axle Glide not only shaves space it does not have rear slide rails and it can be pushed up against a wall with no negative effect to it’s cut capacity or specific cutting applications. The secret is in the revolutionary axle glide system that looks like a robotic contraption from some automatized factory. It really is a cool looking arm.
Watch this short 2 minute view overview
This saw is heavy and is not something I’d want to carry in and out of a job-site daily. . It weighs 64 pounds and is better suited as a stationary workshop saw or a long term job-site saw. It measures 27-inches wide by 20-inches high.
I immediately took a liking to the large D-handle ambidextrous trigger switch and the smooth glide action of the cutting head, that can be adjusted for personal preference.
An integrated dust collection chute at the rear of the blade connect to a dust port hat accepts 1-1/4” or 35mm hose connections.
One thing that immediately stood out was the high visibility dual bevel scales that operate from 0 to 47 degrees. All of the bevel, miter and locking controls are in front of the tool and easily accessible. The Axle Glide has two 33.9mdegree bevel stops, which I never really use, but I’m sure some trim carpenters appreciate.
The saw has two 4-1/2” tall sliding read fences with measurement scales on them that we found useless and never use.
Motor, Blade and Cut Capacity:
The Bosch CM10GD Dual Bevel Glide Miter Saw use a 10-inch blade with a 5/8-inch arbor. It draws 15 amps and runs at 4800 rpms.
The saw bevels in both directions to 47 degrees with detent stops at: 33.9, 45, and 47. The miter range on this saw confuses me because on the left side it miters 52 degrees and on the right, 60 degrees. Why not 60 degrees in both directions?
This saw easily cuts a 12-inch board on its flat and a 5-1/2 board on the vertical. A chop-block feature allows users to maximize cutting capacity for upright baseboard trim or nested crown molding by locking the cutting head into the best chop cutting applications.
Using the Bosch CM10GD Dual Bevel Glide Miter Saw:
The axle glide really impressed us with it’s smooth gliding arm action. We found the arm to be the same smoothness in all cutting applications including miter, bevels and dual positions.
The axle-glide arm is durable too. I beat it repeatedly with a 2×4 unsuccessfully trying to knock it out of alignment. I should have video taped that!! Next time…
The clear lower blade glide was appreciated for line of sight and blade visibility.
This saw does take a bit of using to become familiar with all of the controls and there are a few! Once that learning curve is over you’ll appreciate the up front ease of access to all of the controls.
We played with this saw on the job-site and do not recommend it as a job-site saw unless you purchase the gravity-rise wheeled stand with it. Way too heavy without!
The other thing that confused us was that Bosch shave a whopping 1 pound and $100 off this model when compared to the 12-inch saw. Unless budget is a major concern I’d look closer at the 12-inch saw because there is no savings in the weight..
First and foremost I’d like Bosch to work on cutting the weight. An integrated LED and laser might be sweet as would including the miter stops as an included item. I’d prefer the miter stops as a standard item than the silly work clamp that no one ever uses. I have a box full of them somewhere under a bench!
How Much and Where To Buy:
The Bosch CM10GD Dual Bevel Glide Miter sells online for $699 here: Bosch-CM10GD-10-Inch-Bevel-15-Amp