Bosch - 12-in. Miter Saw
New features include a large, readily accessible bevel-lock lever
First-rate features on new miter saw
Because most woodworkers already have a tablesaw and crosscut sled for wide stock, they don’t need a sliding miter saw. That makes a simple 12-in. chopsaw the best value for quick crosscuts of all kinds, from rough to fine. The new single-bevel, 12-in. miter saw from Bosch stands out from the crowd in a number of ways. The miter detent override button, superb sliding fence, and integral extension wings have been successfully incorporated from earlier Bosch designs. New features include a large, readily accessible bevel-lock lever that’s a pleasure to use. The new trigger lock is also a big improvement. The lock buttons are located on the underside of the D-handle, which yields a more natural grip and much improved control over the saw head. The CM-12 arrived in perfect alignment and it cut smoothly and accurately throughout my testing. It has excellent capacity for a fixed-head saw: an 8-in. maximum crosscut and a vertical reach of 6-3/4 in. for cutting stock on edge. Dust collection is so-so, but that’s not a surprise on a miter saw. Space for blade changes is a bit tight, and it’s challenging to remove and install the blade, in particular standard-kerf models. But the problem is easily solved by removing the outer chip deflector before you change blades.
The Bosch CM-12 offers great accuracy, big capacity, and convenient features, making it a solid buy for the home shop.