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Forum topic by MikeDVB posted 04-12-2015 04:50 AM 877 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2015 04:50 AM

So… The GCM12SD looks good from the “save space in the shop” standpoint. I’m just worried the arms will develop slop and whether it can be adjusted or repaired down the road.

The 5312 looks good but will take considerably more space on the bench.

I am open to alternative suggestions as well. I want something precise but do not want to spend the $$$$ on a festool.

-- Mike


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#1 posted 04-12-2015 03:27 PM

Nobody has either saw?

Hmmmmmmm…

-- Mike

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#2 posted 04-12-2015 03:59 PM

I’ve got the GCM12 at my work’s shop and am adding the 10” version as well. Great saw in my opinion as long as you are leaving it in one spot and not taking it to the jobsite, it is heavy. Havent any any issues in about 2 years with slop.

As for the 5312, I havent used that specific saw but, had the 10” version before I upgraded to the Festool Kapex. That saw served me very well for 7 years without any issues. I had the gravity rise stand as well with this saw and it was my go to jobsite setup.

If you are leaving it in the shop, go for the GCM. If portability is a factor, the 5312 may be a better choice.

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#3 posted 04-12-2015 04:24 PM

This would be for my shop so portability isn’t really an issue.

-- Mike

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#4 posted 04-12-2015 04:36 PM

Hi Mike I used the bosch 12 glide saw,Haven’t noticed any issues with wear in the two years of use.Its pretty much paid for itself so I would get a new one when its done.I don’t expect it to last a lifetime since its mostly plastic and aluminum.
I do think it’s a good saw and use a forrest chop master blade with.Aj

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#5 posted 04-12-2015 08:52 PM

GCM12SD it is then.

I am in the process of building my workbench now and I am thinking about measuring the table height on the GCM12SD and then building a platform in the table that depth to set the saw down into… Just want to have the saw here so I can make sure the pocket doesn’t interfere with any of the controls and that it fits well.

-- Mike

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