Review

Sliding mitersaws offer greater crosscut capacity, but those wide cuts come at the cost of benchtop real estate. Bosch’s 12" Glide Mitersaw solves that problem and more.
Most notably, a rock-solid articulated arm replaces the traditional rails—which stick out a foot or so behind typical sliders—letting the saw fold up tightly behind the fence, saving 5" to 8" of rear footprint. And because the arm articulates so smoothly and solidly, the saw doesn’t deflect as much as some sliders can, creating more accurate cuts. Bosch achieved all this without sacrificing capacity: The saw crosscuts 14"-wide boards lying flat and 6-1⁄2" stock standing on edge. With 10 miter and 5 bevel detents, this saw sets up quickly and accurately for the most common cuts, and it’s easy to adjust should those detents get knocked out of kilter. We cut lots of hardwood, treated pine, and moldings with this saw, and it never bogged down. The belt-driven motor causes a little “kick” at startup and shutdown, but it wasn't bothersome. Our only knock: It weighs a whopping 65 lbs! So it’s not easily carried alone, especially up or down stairs or when lifting into a pickup bed.

Product

Performance

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Features

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Value

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
4.8
out of 5