You can start a pretty good argument on a job site simply by asking which is better: a fixed-head miter saw or a slider. Most builders have strong opinions one way or the other, but not me. I appreciate a slider's impressive crosscut capacity when I need it. But if I don't have to install oversized crown or extra-tall baseboards, I prefer a less cumbersome, fixed-head machine. My holy grail is a saw that combines the best features of both. And when I found out about the Bosch 12-inch Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw, I thought it just might be that tool.

Essentially, the new saw (model GCM12SD) is a slider. But instead of ungainly rails protruding from the back, the tool has a pair of sealed, heavy-duty hinges - mounted perpendicular to one another in a "T" configuration - that open and close as the saw head is drawn out or in. This "axial glide system," as Bosch calls it, is supposed to be...

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