A few months back we took possession of a Bosch GCM12SD Glide Miter Saw. The initial “shakedown and first impression” review was posted in April, as we familiarized ourselves with the controls and features. A little later Bosch also saw fit to provide a Gravity Rise wheeled saw stand for us to try. With a window trim project coming up, it was perfect timing to use the saw and stand combo in real life.
The T4B Gravity Rise wheeled saw stand is a good companion to most any miter saw. Assembly was straightforward. The instructions showed what bolts went where and frame parts were all marked R. & L. The included mounting rails, bolt to a fixed nut on the front and a sliding, captured nut in back. They will accommodate saw bases with bolt holes from 9″ to 15-1/2″ apart front to back, and are basically unlimited on width. The material supports adjust in height from 3-1/8″ to 4-5/8″. The overall extended length is 100″ with material stops on both ends. The stops allow measurements up to 46-3/4″ on the right, and 51-5/8 left. The stop measurements were taken with the Bosch Glide saw mounted and might vary with other brands. There’s also some lateral adjustment to the left, as a moveable stop block bolts to that end of the table. The included mounting rails clamp to the main table via two large twist knobs. Mounting and unmounting the saw is simple and quick.
In use the Gravity Rise has proven very handy. We have left the saw mounted since day one, and stored in the upright position, It’s completely stable. The stored footprint is 40″ deep x 28″ wide, and 48″ tall. It carries the 65 pound Glide saw with little effort, and is a real back saver. The tires are solid rubber; a good thing, as most small tires won’t hold air. I did notice a flat spot on one last week, but now it’s gone. To set up for use, all you do is turn the red twist lever and push down on the hand bar. The pivot point is around 60 degrees, at which time I’d guestimate around 70 lbs of downward pressure is needed. Past the pivot and it’s over with as the stand comes on up by its self, and the red lever locks back into place. An angle brace in front slides into place automatically and is locked with a thumb lever. Putting the stand back down is simply the reverse. Unlock the brace lever on front, turn the hand lever in front of the hand bar and lift up. Put a foot on the lower crossbar and maintain downward pressure on the hand bar, just as you would with a hand truck.
With the Bosch saw and stand combo on the job and set up, it was time to go to work. I had replaced 4 wooden window units with vinyl units recently, and with everything else completed it was time for trim. We had an agenda of “no material left behind” and had decided to reuse as much of the old trim as possible. The vinyl units weren’t quite as tall or wide as the old wood windows and would require some ingenuity, to insure everything was covered up and looked good. To gain the necessary 1/2″ in height, plinth blocks were cut from the old apron. I needed 1/2″ on each side and ripped down the old stop to fill in beside the casing. Custom made 5-1/2″ stool went inside on the bottom jamb and some leftover 3-1/4″ base was perfect underneath as an apron.
With the variety of trim pieces involved, I had ample opportunity to put the Glide Saw and Gravity Rise stand through their paces. The first thing that stands out, are the convenience of the various lock levers and knobs. Everything is in front, or in easy reach, and requires a simple twist or flip to use. My favorite is the bevel lever on the left front of the saw base. It takes a fair amount of pressure to lock and unlock, but is much easier than leaning across a dusty table to manipulate a lever or knob in the back. I used the bevel feature more than I normally would, just because it was so easy.
In action the saw and stand proved a winning combination. The soft start and stop motor, was a comforting feature, especially when working close to the blade cutting 3-1/4″ plinth blocks. Hash marks on the fence also made handy reference for the multiple cuts, and saved measuring each one. The bevel worked great cutting turnbacks on the apron and the glide action was super smooth. I cut the “ears” on the 5-1/2″ stool standing up against the fence with very little runout.
The material supports and end stops were handy and allowed me to measure once and cut 4 times on both the stool and apron; convenient I tell You! I had to splice some of the stop/filler on the sides, and the 45 degree cuts were accurate allowing for good smooth joints. The included 60 tooth Bosch blade also performed well. It had already done a good bit of cutting from plywood to treated and was still working fine. I had a new 72 & 80 tooth blade, but never saw the need to change it out.
So did the Bosch saw & stand combo set a new standard? Well I do like having the saw mounted and ready to go. Even at 100+ pounds it’s still a lot easier to use than my old standby; a 9′ homemade saw buck and 2 folding saw horses, along with my old single bevel saw. In a situation that was only going to call for a few cuts, I’d still probably grab the Bosch combo vs taking my other saw and cutting off the ground or tailgate. It’s also great to roll out of the basement to make a few quick cuts. In short I like it. If I could only have one I’d get the stand as I have a good saw. Put them both together and you have the best of both worlds.
Cheers —- Ron