Bosch miter saw is powerful and portable

18_tools_techniquesBosch introduced its new 12” single-bevel compound miter saw, model CM12, at IWF 2012 with the traveling tradesman in mind.

“We designed it for the portable contractor; the guy that goes on and off the job site,” says product manager Craig Wilson. “It’s made to carry with one hand, weighs just 43 pounds and has integrated side supports that you can move in and out to support the material.”

The idea behind carrying the saw with one hand is to help the user navigate through doorways, up and down stairways and over other job-site obstacles. But the saw has other standout features, including a bevel lock lever, nine adjustable miter detents, easy-to-read scales and measurement guides and dust-control options.

“It has a direct-drive 15-amp motor and the controls are all up front,” Wilson. “The dust ports on the back can be adjusted as needed. You can have them at 90 degrees if you’re in a tight working space, they can be directed straight back or a vacuum adapter can be used as well.”

Bosch says the CM12 can crosscut up to 8”, make 6” cuts at a 45-degree miter, cut nested crown up to 6” and make a maximum vertical cut against the fence of 6-3/4”.

Other features include an ambidextrous trigger handle and Squarelock quick-release fence.

The saw sells for $349 with a 40-tooth blade, blade wrench and dust bag. Optional accessories include an arbor laser, crown stops, length-stop kit and two stands.

Contact: Bosch Power Tools and Accessories. www.boschtools.com

This article originally appeared in the October 2012 issue.