Miter Saw / November 21, 2018 / OdeletteGervais.
The saw does not feature the "soft-start" feature found on some-saws so it does jump a little on startup. I simply have to wait a second or two until the blade has spun up to its full 4600-rpm speed and then make my cut. This gives me a little extra time to consider the cut Im about to make remembering the old adage of "measure twice and cut once. Another feature I really like on this saw is the electric brake on the blade. These brakes immediately slow the blade when you release the trigger. If a blade does not have an electric brake it can spin for 10 seconds or longer which can represent a real hazard to you or to the stock youre removing from the fence. My venerable old table saw (also a Makita) came with the electric brake feature and has made me a real believer in this safety device. Miter saw blades come in a variety of materials. Less expensive blades are usually made of steel and are fine for quick jobs using soft woods such as pine but they will dull quickly if youre using hard woods like oak.
The saws all metal bevel lock lever and range selector are also integrated perfectly into the front of the saw eliminating the need for users to crawl around the thing to make adjustments. The tools soft-grip trigger handle is also ergonomic and ambidextrous for the most comfortable use for every craftsman. The GCM12SD additionally boasts Boschs high-precision Squarelock fence famous for requiring no adjustments its one touch lock/unlock slide and its always stable fence support. Precision machining also ensures the two-piece fence is always aligned to the table top at exactly 90° to produce cuts accurate enough to predict the weather (so to speak). Each side of the miter saw also sports integrated expanding base extensions or material supports that pull-out and lock into position to provide 40 inches left-to-right material support - thats a full 60% more than the leading competitor.
Lube the blade pivot joint around once per year depending on frequency of use. Wipe saw blades clean after every use. Miter saws are a superior power tool to have on hand and their accuracy durability and portability render them nearly indispensable for many woodworkers. For framing molding and other carpentry applications miter saws are by most accounts the king of the wood-shop. Its hard to find the right amount and caliber of words to adequately describe Boschs new dual-bevel axial-glide miter saw. Because the thing is so far beyond awesome so far beyond any prior expectation of miter saw construction the saw stands to not only entirely innovate the way woodworkers work but the way power tools will be hereafter designed and manufactured. Truly the saw deserves a hats-off moment of silence. In fact it probably deserves a national holiday an Avenue with its name or at very least a few well-crafted paragraphs to lengthily accolade its ingenuity. To begin the Bosch GCM12SD dual-slide axial-glide miter saws patented axial-glide system is nothing short of revolutionary.
Blade changes are generally pretty simple so dont avoid blade switching out of inconvenience. Using an improper blade can cost you much more in the long run than a few short minutes to pop on a new blade: when cutting to achieve a cleaner more precise cut use a blade with more teeth for a quicker more rough cut use a blade with fewer teeth when crosscutting be sure to use a crosscut blade and so forth. Blade Changes: To change your blade you first need to remove the guard and pivot the blade mount cover or access plate away from the blade and remove the center nut.