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A simple pin locks and unlocks the CM12 head assemblyLast year, we reviewed the Bosch Axial Glide Miter Saw, and fell in love with it’s ample power, Rico-Sauve-smooth glide action, and capacity to cut small telephone poles. Nice blade guardI’m currently on a bit of a productivity tear, swapping out original (but termite-devoured and nearly disintegrating windows) for some new historically accurate wood double-hung replacement sashes. Keeping your miter saw close to your install point is a good efficiency move regardless of how particular you are with your cuts.
Loosening the cover plateThe 40 Teeth 12″ blade that comes with the CM12 will cover you for most general purpose cutting needs. Signature Bosch base extensionsOne of the first things I noticed using the CM12 was the safety trigger, which is easily activated with just the thumb of either hand. Slick sliding fenceBosch included nail holes, bolt holes and a nice flat clamping area to mount your saw.
Overall, we think the CM12 is a highly versatile saw that’s well designed for quick and easy transport.
I have to say these days the more portable options are looking better and better all the time. Carpentry tips and tricks!Here is a link to another website offering Free carpentry help and advice for anyone from DIY novice to established pro. I have been using the Bosch Glide Saw for a while and love the saw, it’s my favorite saw, except when I have to transport it. Problem is housings that hold brushes has got hot as brushes have worn causing them to no longer correctly Aline causing sparking.
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To give these complex machines a thorough going-over, I spent a good deal of time exploring the features and performance of each saw. The miter and bevel locks and micro-angle setting knob offer easy access, but can be difficult to actually set.
I then checked each cut edge for straightness and angle accuracy with a machinist’s square and protractor.
Moving on, I evaluated the cleanness of edges and surfaces cut with the saw’s provided blade.
The ability to cut through thick hardwood planks or heavy, wet construction lumber is a factor of a sliding compound miter saw’s motor power. Both saws have electronic constant speed control as well as soft start (the Festool features variable speed as well). Next, I evaluated how easily and smoothly each saw’s sliding and pivoting cutting action worked, as even the most precise, powerful saw isn’t worth a darn if it’s a bear to cut with.
The Hitachi C10FSH saw lacks a lot of cutting power, but it sawed through the 4x4 test lumber with almost no difficulty.
The Hitachi was also a smooth operator, but it required a bit more effort to slide through the cut. A good sliding miter saw should be easy to set for all manner of miter, bevel and compound angle cuts, then reset for square cuts quickly and accurately.
Craftsman's 921201 Saw features dual bevel scales with vernier gauges and bevel detents at 0° - and 33.9° and 45° both left and right - which makes setting angles easy, but the locking bolt is inconvenient. All the saws in the group have bevel stops at 0° and 45° right and left, and the Craftsman and Bosch also feature 33.9° stops for crown molding. The Festool Kapex KS 120 has an innovative bevel setting mechanism, which tilts the motor and rail assembly to make precise bevel angle cuts. The safety interlock buttons (which prevent accidental triggering) on the Bosch and Makita are well placed and very easy to operate. A top-flight sliding miter saw should have a table and fence ample enough to support wide and tall stock, yet they should not compromise the saw’s overall portability. The turntable on Makita's LS1013FL saw rotates easily for cuts, but the scale is on the right side which requires a little adjusting for most woodworkers.
A proper miter saw fence needs to be sturdy and high enough to support tall workpieces, such as baseboard (cut upright) and crown molding, but it must also stay out of the way during other cutting operations. Once the stuff of Star Wars fantasy, laser line guide systems are now a feature on most sliding miter saws on the market. The laser guides on the Craftsman and Bosch project from arbor-mounted discs that replace the saw’s regular blade flanges. All of the laser guides except the one on the Bosch are adjustable, should they come out of adjustment with the blade, or if you change to a blade of a dif ferent thickness or want to set the laser line to the other side of the blade kerf. While many woodworkers with home workshops use their sliding miter saws mostly for in-shop cutoff work, many folks lug their saws to the job site every day, taking full advantage of the saws' portability. Although the Metabo is the lightest of these saws, its base is cumbersome and lacks carrying handles. The Metabo and Festool saws don't come with an attached canvas bag to collect dust in, but both do accept a vacuum hose connection. Most powered miter saws I’ve tried don’t do a very good job of collecting the dust that’s hurled by the blade and collecting it in a little canvas bag.
If you count up the point totals, the Festool Kapex edges out the competition, and it truly deserves high praise for its innovative design, precise German craftsmanship and extensive features too numerous to describe here (I have to at least mention the fantastic angle gauge that stores in the base). This might just be the perfect miter saw, packed with everything you ever wished for and then some.
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The Bevel Lock Lever is a bright red lever that’s conveniently positioned on the right side of where the saw arm mechanism meets the saw base. I found the clamping areas particularly helpful since I setup the CM12 on a makeshift workbench created by laying a couple 2 x 6’s across a balcony railing, and later, a raised deck.
Whether you’re cutting framing, trimming-out your windows, or putting in crown or base, the Bosch Compact Miter Saw can handle most jobs you put it to task on.
While not everyone can afford the very best tools available, ita€™s a little easier to purchase some of the better quality tools when you buy them one at a time. For an experienced woodworker, it can become a suitable substitute for several other tools. Ita€™s probably the most important tool you will own and it is certainly the heart of any woodworking shop. This is  a very welcome trend as I’m a huge proponent of high performance tools that are easy to move from job to job.
Each is a dual-bevel saw — it tilts either way, for convenient left- or right-hand bevel and compound-angle cuts.

Instead of evaluating them individually, I decided to pit them against one another, head-to-head, in nine different areas of comparison, scoring them 1-5 (5 is best). Although sliding compound miter saws have been around for nearly two decades, a common complaint among saw users is their saws don’t cut perfectly straight. Five of the seven saws in this review employ motors rated at 15 amps, the exceptions being the 14.5-amp Festool and 12-amp Hitachi. The 15-amp Metabo, Bosch and Craftsman delivered power that was only a small notch below the leaders. The sliding action of the Festool, Makita and Metabo felt extremely silky and precise, although the Metabo’s pivoting action was stiff and a bit clunky.
The Bosch 4410L had a very smooth sliding feel, but I felt as if the workpiece was too far away from my control of the cut. Five of the six saws have controls at the front of the saw for locking in miter angles and a lever or knob around the back that secures the saw’s bevel angle — a simple and effective arrangement.
The Festool’s the easiest saw to set for bevel angles: After releasing an easy-to-access top lever and turning a knob to set the bevel range (45° left only, 45° either way, or 47° either way), rotate the end of the right-hand slide bar to tilt the saw to the desired angle. I really like the Makita’s unique round table, which is one large surface offering lots of support even for wider workpieces (I also liked its wide base that makes the saw very stable, even on uneven work surfaces). The Bosch features wonderful built-in extension supports that slide out 7-1?2" from each side of the base.
The Hitachi and Makita have very similar fence setups, with a low fence that runs across the table and a flip fence on only the left-hand side, to offer more support. The laser only turns on when the saw blade is running, so you don’t have to switch the laser on or off. I found that, with a little practice, I could cut pretty much dead on my pencil mark using the lasers on any of the saws. The Hitachi wins the most points for portability, thanks to its small base, second-lightest-in-the-group weight and a top-mounted handle that makes it very easy to pick up and carry. However, the Hitachi and Makita did a better job of capturing dust in their small dust bags than I expected. Of course, a saw's nothing if it's not accurate, but the Bosch 4410 is dead-on right from the box. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. When a friend recently was looking to trim out his windows and borrow a miter saw, he opted to just buy his own rather than transport the axial glide beast from house to house, and up a flight of stairs. I definitely liked the new safety mechanism much more, it’s very intuitive and easy to operate. Clamping it into place raised the possibility of the clamps getting in the way, but it’s a handy way to make a quick, temporary attachment.
Please note; we endorse the use of flip-flops at media events, but not so much on the job site. In addition, as your knowledge and skills increase, you can increase the number of woodworking power tools that you have.
It does take a bit of practice to become efficient with a circular saw, but once you have the hang of it, youa€™ll quickly realize its worth.
I most always use rough wood blades, cutting from the underside if I dona€™t want spelches on the face side, but I wouldna€™t recommend anyone without vast experience to try this. First, I evaluated each machine’s cutting accuracy, cutting power, operating smoothness, ease of angle setting, handle and trigger comfort, portability and dust collection.
Therefore, I checked each saw in the test for cutting accuracy by making square, mitered and bevel cuts in soft and hard woods. The Bosch, Hitachi, Makita and Metabo were close behind with only a hair’s breath of waviness in the straightness of their cuts. In most cases, blades with more teeth tended to leave a cleaner surface: The Festool’s 65-tooth, 260mm blade (about 10-1?4" diameter) and Makita’s 70-tooth blade both left extremely smooth surfaces. To test the power each saw actually had on tap (amperage is only a rating of how much electricity goes into a motor), I cut up some thick scraps of oak and rock maple. Surprisingly, the Hitachi’s cutting power wasn’t far behind either, despite its smaller 12-amp-rated motor. The slides on the Craftsman were very rough and required some adjustment before sliding smoothly. The Kapex’s large bevel scale lets you set fine angles with much greater precision than on the other saws in this group. Which is better is largely a matter of personal preference; some woodworkers like vertical grips that are in-line with the saw blade, as found on the Festool and Hitachi, claiming that there’s less of a tendency to torque the blade out of alignment during sliding and cutting.
The table surfaces on the other saws are all similar in size and certainly adequate for cutting small stock.
There’s also a neat flip-up end stop, handy for cutting multiple parts (up to 19") to the same length. The Festool features dual laser lines, which show where both edges of the blade will cut — very handy for both right- and left-hand cuts.
The Festool also deserves praise, not only for its light weight but also for its compact fixed rail design, which makes the large-size saw relatively easy to carry and which requires no clearance behind the saw, thus saving space in a shop or work area.
Each saw’s dust collection improved considerably when a shop vacuum was connected to its dust port. However, like many HomeFixated readers, I think he was just looking for an excuse to buy a power tool. Aside from over-sharing, the point of this paragraph is to get to the point that I’m working upstairs on window trim right now.
However, Bosch took a number of steps to make the CM12 one of the more portable saws in its class.
Bosch thoughtfully included a multi-purpose wrench that resides conveniently in a vibration-resistant mount behind the left fence. Remember, keeping that saw close to your work means you’ll beat just about everyone to happy hour. With one of the most thoughtfully designed carry-handles around, it’s a right at home in your garage, truck, jobsite, and everywhere in between. Here are seven power tools that every woodworker would like to have.Links to very competetive suppliers are at the bottom of this page. This is one of the first woodworking power tools that you add to your shop. You will find my selection of circulars by clicking Circular Saws then scrolling down the page. They have enough power and cutting capacity to handle the lion’s share of crosscuts done in a woodshop or on a construction job site, and they tackle compound angle cuts with aplomb. While the 40-tooth Craftsman and 48-tooth Metabo blades produced relatively rough cuts, the 40-tooth bladed Hitachi surprised me as it produced cut edges nearly as clean as the 60-tooth Bosch.
Dozens of cuts later, I found that the Makita and Festool saws were the ones that handled difficult cuts with the least drop of motor RPMs. The auto-retracting blade guards worked well on all the saws, and I particularly like the Bosch and Craftsman guards that feature small wheels on their leading edges to prevent the guard from hanging up large workpieces.
In contrast, the Festool’s miter stop lever was a bit stiff to operate, but it locked rock solid and dead-on. Others prefer horizontal handles, as found on the Craftsman and Metabo, which, some say, reduce wrist fatigue during long cutting sessions.
I’m not a fan of Festool’s two-stage safety interlock system, which requires you to depress a button atop the grip AND partially press the trigger before you can pivot the saw head down, lift the guard and switch the trigger on.
The Craftsman and Festool project a dashed laser line (with their blade guards down), which is easier to align to a pencil mark than a solid laser line. But batteries must be changed when they’re spent, and you have to do your laser aligning with the workpiece while the saw is running.
The Makita is also relatively compact but harder to carry, due to the large size of its rotary table. Festool and Metabo don’t bother including canvas dust bags, providing only a vacuum connection.
If you’re a true craftsman with a healthy wallet, I heartily recommend buying the Festool, especially if you often tackle complex joinery. This is certainly an exciting option for contractors doing punch list work, trim work, and small jobs that benefit from mobility.Bosch CM8S FeaturesPortability – Bosch exclusive design delivers a well-balanced saw with a top carry handle, and a weight of only 37 lbs. Bosch designed the handle to convert easily to the grip that suits you best, a feature so desirable that we bet it will start appearing on other brands. And, since I have an obnoxious habit of having to make a couple dozen nanometer-scale precision cuts to get just the right fit on my trim, having the saw anywhere but right next to the install area would add days to the project.

One end of the tool loosens a small bolt so you can pivot the guard assembly out of the way, while the other end loosens the larger blade bolt (while you hold in the arbor lock button). Like most other Bosch miter saws, the extensions are precision-built, and slide in and out of the base with ease. Click on the following headline links to view a variety at Amazon or the highlighted words or graphic links for my favourite woodworking power tools. However, they have always been so cumbersome and heavy that I hated moving them from job to job.
Incidentally, each saw has a built-in arbor lock for convenient blade changes, but not all work the same: The Festool’s rotating knob locks and stays in place during blade changes.
Both the bevel setting and miter “micro adjust” mechanisms require so many steps to implement, it reminded me of the hokey-pokey (you pull your lever up, you slide the big knob back…). When setting miter angles on the Craftsman, its table was hard to rotate and made a grinding noise I couldn’t eliminate. The Bosch 4410L offers the most user flexibility, with a hand grip that adjusts to four different positions: horizontal, vertical or slanted.
These tables have slots that accept optional crown molding stops and quick-action hold-downs.
The other four saws have tall fences on both sides of the blade, which slide side-to-side for cutting clearance during bevel cuts. The Craftsman is light but unwieldy, as is the Bosch, which is also the heaviest saw in the group. But while the Festool does a great job at sucking up sawdust, the Metabo throws dust everywhere, even when connected to a powerful shop vacuum. But if your woodworking purchases are on a tight leash, my vote for “Best Bet” in a sliding compound miter saw is the Makita LS1013FL. The CM12 Compact Miter Saw from Bosch turned out to be the ideal tool, since I could carry it relatively easily wherever I needed it.
Keep in mind the blade bolt has left-hand threads, so make sure you’re turning in the correct direction when loosening and tightening.
At a price point of just over $350 on Amazon, the Bosch CM12 12-Inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw is within the grasp of both pro’s and homeowners alike. The design is the same as 30years ago when my employers first bought 2 dozen for all their boat builders.
No wonder that they’ve become the crosscutting saw of choice for the great majority of woodworkers and carpenters. At the end of the article, I’ll total the points, make a few purchase recommendations and award “Best Bet” honors for this test. The Craftsman also has a micro-adjuster for setting precise miter angles, which I liked and found easy to use. I liked the large miter compass scales on the Makita, Festool and Craftsman saws, which made it easier to set odd angles precisely. The grips on both the Festool and Hitachi are positioned to be most user-friendly when the saw is on a low bench, worktable or the ground. The Craftsman comes with a long pair of support rails that aren’t self-supporting as well as a flip stop.
While they’re certainly a blessing when cutting baseboard on edge, it’s easy to forget to reset them when setting the saw for angled cuts, leading to occasional frustration (the Metabo’s fences must be removed for bevel cuts). The Hitachi’s laser is mounted on the motor housing behind the blade, and it only projects onto the top and rear edge of the work.
While it lacks many of the Kapex’s cool features, it performs nearly as well, and it will serve the crosscutting needs of the majority of woodworkers. Once you remove the blade bolt and outer washer, you can remove the blade and swap on a new one. A sliding fence also is smooth like buttah’, and helps when doing high angle bevel, miter or compound cuts.
The location of the Makita’s scale at the far right of its table took some getting used to; it’s not as convenient as it is on the other saws. The Metabo, Makita and Craftsman have wide triggers (the Craftsman’s is good for right-handed operation only), and the latter two feature rubber overmolds like the Bosch. The Craftsman fence features markings that show where to reset the fences for different bevel settings, and the Bosch’s fence has inch and fractional markings that are useful for cutting pieces to length without marking each cut. In contrast, the lasers on the other four saws project a line on the top and front edge of the work, allowing you to align parts marked on their lower edge.
Bosch actually designed the handle so that the saw hangs almost perfectly balanced, straight down. The 33.9 degree setting is for anyone geometrically-gifted enough to tackle crown molding using spring angles). We also tried using Bosch’s laser washer (sold separately), but unfortunately found it too dim for us to recommend.
Bosch did a great job getting not only the weight balanced but the saw folds into a really compact shape that is easy to carry. The first thing to come to mind when seeing this saw the first time is how small and light it is. Assuming you keep the flat part of the base closest to your body, you can actually carry the CM12 at your side. If you like more granular control over your angles, you can flip the detent override for more free-swinging action than Plato’s Retreat.
First let me say I consider this more of a framing and general construction saw than a finish one.
Sure, you can carry other similar saws at your side too, but usually doing so results in some collateral damage to your knees and legs. Just make sure you still lock the angle down with Bosch’s handy miter lock knob, conveniently located front and center. I said almost perfectly balanced in that I think the handle could have been shifted just a tad so the bottom of the saw would hang just a touch kicked-out, but that’s a minor quibble. Bosch addressed this in two ways; they included the expanding table, and they also included a front stabilizing foot just below the miter controls.
The adjustable foot provides excellent stability when cross-cutting wide boards (like a 2×12). A very simple detail that proves to be quite effective.Precision and AccuracyMy experience with Bosch miter saws has always been excellent with respect to precision and accuracy. The saw includes easy to use adjustments that allow the user to make adjustments as necessary.
While you won’t likely be using this saw for cutting complex roof rafters or large crown molding, it really can handle most basic framing and trim applications.
I said that not because of accuracy but because I prefer sliding miters for finish work because of having a larger cut capacity. The saw can easily be carried from the truck without the need to have a large mobile stand. I like to cut crown nested and taller base (6”) standing up against the fence, not laying flat. There’s also a more comfortable handle on the top that allows you to carry the saw in the upright position. This handle is really comfortable, but because of how the saw is balanced, I found that my knuckles hit the dust port which is very uncomfortable. This saw is very well built and offers all the options that larger single bevel compound miter saws have. I’ve been using Bosch miter saws in my shop for years now and still think they are great.
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