Bosch GCM 10 SD Sliding Mitre Saw archive
Wednesday 10 April 2013
If portability is not a problem for you then the Bosch GCM 10 could well be the perfect mitre saw
Mitre saws have a bit of a reputation as the sort of kit usually reserved for site work alone. But as they have become more sophisticated over recent years and better suited to more general usage, they're appealing to a growing army of workshop machinists.
FlexibilityMounted on a benchtop the GCM 10 SD, like any other sliding mitre saw, takes up a fair amount of room. But for sheer versatility these kind of machines really do take some beating. You would be very hard pushed to find a comparable investment that matches the GCM 10's wide variety of functions. At your disposal you will have a means by which you can tackle a wide assortment of cuts ranging from the most basic to the seemingly impossible. Mitre cuts up to 60° to the right and incline cuts up to 47° should cover most needs.
PortabilityUnlike its larger, more recent sibling, the GCM 12 GDL, this model doesn't have any unique features to rate it as a must-have, so what can you expect for your £500? Well, this is a hefty piece of kit for a start, that's what. Any sliding mitre saw with a crosscut capacity of 300mm is not exactly easy to manhandle into the back of the van, so, if portability is at the top of your list of priorities then perhaps the GCM is not for you. Bosch have gone to great lengths to counter any portability issues by creating a pair of carrying handles so that man and machine are better equipped for moving around in harmony. Even so, thereâ€™s no denying the GCM 10 SD is a bit of a bruiser.
ErgonomicsIn its favour the GCM has all its controls at the front of the machine, so alternating between functions is a great deal easier than on many other mitre saws. Furthermore, the main grip can be rotated between four positions to find the one best suited to the application.
Other features include a quick-set trenching facility, length stops left and right of the blade - 475mm max - and an electronic-braked motor. With all these features designed to make machining easier, safer and more efficient, it's hard not to find something to like.