Bosch presents GCM12SD Axial-Glide miter saw
August 15, 2011 | 5:45 pm CDT

Mount Prospect, IL – The first thing users will notice about Bosch’s latest 12” dual-bevel miter saw is that it looks nothing like any miter saw they’ve ever seen. The moment they power up the saw on a project, they’ll notice that it feels like no other miter saw they’ve ever used. The innovation responsible for both the unique appearance and the unparalleled level of performance is Bosch’s patented Axial-Glide™ system. Making its debut on the ground-breaking GCM12SD 12” Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw from Bosch Power Tools & Accessories, the new system will revolutionize what users expect from a miter saw.

Beyond giving the GCM12SD its distinctive profile, Bosch’s Axial-Glide system eliminates three key challenges miter saw users have endured since the first slide systems debuted many years ago. While the traditional sliding compound miter saw approach enables users to make wider cross cuts, that system takes up more space and is prone to misalignment and stickiness over time. By replacing the sliding rail system with a hinged or articulating glide arm system – similar to the linkage used in a four-bar suspension design – Bosch created a more compact miter saw that delivers durable precision, remaining true and smooth over time.

The Axial-Glide system operates by folding the articulated arm flush with the back of the saw, saving up to 12” of workspace versus a traditional sliding compound miter saw and enabling the saw to be operated with almost no clearance behind it; ideal for jobsites and cramped workshops. By removing the rail assembly and replacing it with robust cast-aluminum arms, Bosch has built a saw that remains aligned and calibrated even in harsh conditions. With 12 sealed precision ball bearings in place of the sliding-rail interface, the saw provides infinite smooth travel and better control at all miter and bevel angles for the life of the tool. As an added measure of control, a glide damper enables users to increase or decrease the glide action to meet their exact needs.

The new Axial-Glide system also offers expanded cutting capacity. The GCM12SD Glide Miter Saw provides 14” of horizontal cutting capacity, a 6-1/2” max vertical cutting capacity against the fence (for base) and a 6-1/2” cutting capacity when cutting crown molding (45? spring) against the fence.

As with other Bosch miter saws, Upfront Controls eliminate the need to reach behind the saw to make adjustments. The all-metal bevel lock lever and range selector are conveniently located at the front of the saw for quick and easy bevel settings. Another popular feature retained from other Bosch saws, combined with an innovative new approach to fence alignment, is the Squarelock™ Quick-Release Fence system. Factory machining automatically aligns the two-piece high-precision Squarelock fence at 90? to the table with no additional adjustment. Cast-in scales and the ability to attach sacrificial fences or jigs also enhance the feature.

Unique to Bosch, two sliding material supports are integrated into the stable, tip-resistant base, and, with a total extended length of 40”, the GCM12SD offers 60 percent more left-to-right material support than the leading competitor. A dual purpose dust port also adapts to standard 1-1/4” and 33 mm vacuum hoses without a separate adaptor while offering up to 90% dust efficiency cutting 2x material with a vacuum.

When it comes to dialing in the saw for precise cuts, Bosch’s GCM12SD makes it easy. The easy-to-read, precision-engineered etched stainless steel miter scale aligns with 10 adjustable miter detents for maximum flexibility over the saw’s entire 52?-left and 60?-right miter range. A miter detent override on the front of the saw can be activated for even more precise adjustments at fractional measurements. High-visibility scales enable users to easily adjust bevel angles 0-47? left or right, and two 33.9? bevel stops are built in. An ergonomic ambidextrous soft-grip trigger handle offers comfort and control, while the clear lower guard delivers unobstructed visibility throughout the cut.

Along with its innovative design and superior adjustability and precision, Bosch equipped the saw with its proven 15 Amp motor. Providing 3,800 rpm and 3 HP (max), the GCM12SD powers through cuts with authority, time after time.

The Bosch GCM12SD Glide Miter Saw is compatible with the LS010 Laser Washer Guide, accessory flip Crown Stops, as well as Bosch’s T4B Gravity Rise, T3B TracRac® and T1B miter saw stands, all available separately. The GCM12SD will be available through authorized retailers nationwide this fall.

To view a video of the GCM12SD glide miter saw, click here.

About Bosch Power Tools and Accessories:

Bosch Power Tools and Accessories is one of the divisions within the $1 billion, 4,000 employee strong Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, which is the North American branch of the largest power tool and accessory manufacturer in the world, Robert Bosch GmbH. Bosch provides a complete line of corded and cordless power tools and accessories engineered to survive any jobsite and allow professionals to take control of their work.
About Bosch Group:

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 275,000 associates generated sales of $53 billion (38.2 billion euros) in fiscal 2009. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is repre­sented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than $5 billion (3.5 billion euros) for research and development, and applies for some 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy and healthcare products. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 20,000 associates in more than 70 locations, with reported sales of $7.3 billion in fiscal 2009.

SOURCE: Bosch Power Tools and Accessories

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