10 Inch Sliding Miter Saw Head to Head
The Bosch CM10GD stands out for it’s Axial-Glide™ System which compared to traditional “rail” slide systems reduces the footprint of the saw and saves space. This feature is especially important for those of you trying to conserve precious space in your shop. And most likely this saw will be dedicated to a shop versus out in the field, as it weighs in at a whopping 63 lbs, almost 10 lbs heavier than the next saw in our test.
The Bosch CM10GD may be heavy, but features innovative up front controls with easy and accurate adjustments, a crystal clear blade guard, and a two piece fence system cast with a scale for reference, all focused on accuracy and repetition. The saw holds its own in our power test, but lacks to shine in the dust collection evaluation. Also, the axial glide mechanism is much stiffer torsionally, resulting in more precision especially when making compound miters. This is a pretty big deal when you compare it to traditional rail slides. Overall the Bosch CM10GD is all about accuracy, so if you are tight on space, and precision is key this is the saw for you.
To read our in depth review of this saw check out Todd Fratzel’s Bosch CM10GD review here on Tool Box Buzz. This saw comes with a $599 sticker price, which is a bit high compared to the rest of the field. But, if precision is your primary focus, this saw may be pricey compared to other professional job-site saws, it is still only HALF the price of the Festool’s Kapex Miter saw, making it a great option for fine finish work or cabinet making.
The Craftsman SM2509RC shines as more than just a DIY tool, it is packed with high end features that a homeowner will love and delivers the performance us professionals here at TBB demand. If you are looking for an affordable shop saw and need to save space the SM2509RC has a 39% smaller footprint compared to traditional sliding designs according to Craftsman. For a beginner woodworker, cost and shop space are usually major concerns, and this saw saves both money and space!
This Craftsman miter saw delivers many top of the line features, like it’s innovative rail design, adjustable laser guide, and a 60 tooth factory blade for clean cuts right out of the box. The SM2509RC features a telescoping extension table on both sides, can miter to 50-degrees, and has a powerful 15-amp motor. This saw is perfect for a serious DIYer or a homeowner with a fixer-upper for a great price at just under $300, check out our detailed Craftsman SM2509RC review here.
As you’ve already read the SM2509RC brought more to the table than just a good price. The saw performed exceptionally well in our dust collection test with an oversized dust port that reduced build up on the table/fence and collected the 2nd most amount of debris in our evaluation. The Craftsman also held its own in our power test, while still being lightweight and easy to transport. This an overall great choice for serious DIYers on a budget.
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