As you can read by the title, I do not have, nor have I ever owned a table saw. And I think it’s about time I acquired one. I have a project I will be starting of built-in bookcases with a faceframe and doors, plus an adjoining mantel that I feel will be a heck of a lot easier to complete if I have a table saw for the task. That project is here http://lumberjocks.com/JonathanG/blog/13322 if you would like to give any input, advice or thoughts on that.
(Beginning here, the next three paragraphs were copied/pasted from the other thread.)
I have been looking at tablesaws for a while now and trying to figure out what will work best for my situation. I don’t want to get some little cheapo saw with sloppy parts to try and fill the bill for now. If I’m going to get one, I might as well get something that is accurate and that I’m not fighting with every time I need to use it, as that will only cause frustration and make it harder to commit to a project.
I had been seriously looking at the Bosch 4100-09 for a couple of reasons. The first reason is it’s portability. This would make it easy for me to store it in the basement, or possibly in the garage without taking up a lot of room and making it easy to move outside when I need to use it. The second reason is due to the fact that, in the fairly near future, I may begin fixing-up houses with my dad and this saw would be an excellent jobsite saw that would deliver the portability and maneuverability in an accurate package.
With those two things being said, I am beginning to feel that the Bosch 4100 is a bit of a compromise between the two worlds of house flipping and home woodworking. At first, I thought that would be a compromise I could live with. However, I’m not sure I am willing to compromise on a tool that will inevitably be the cornerstone of my little home shop?
It appears to be a pretty accurate saw that is consistent and straightforward. However, it is obviously fairly limiting with the size of the table, and the extension outfeed and sidefeed seem to be a bit of a joke, at least compared to a regular table on something that is not-so-portable. But then again, that’s part of the trade-off.
I do have a budget here and am not sure in the future how much use this saw will get. Don’t get me wrong, it will definitely be used on more than this project, that’s for sure. I’m just not sure I’ll be using it every single week (and certainly not everyday), at least, not at this point in time. With that being said, I do feel like I might be getting in to woodworking more in the future.
So, as much as I’d love to go run out and pick-up a Delta Unisaw or a Powermatic. We definitely need to keep this under $1K here, and if possible, more in the $500-$700 range. For instance, a hybrid is pushing the budget, not to mention I’ll probably need to move this thing around from time-to-time, and possibly up and out of the basement, so 350-400 pounds sounds like a lot more a chore than 250-pounds or whatever the average contractor-style saw weighs.
I’d love to keep this out in the garage, but alas there is no room (although there is 220v… argh!); the 4100 is the only viable option for storing in our cramped, old 2-car garage. We might eventually enlarge it, but that’s a whole other story. That means this saw will reside in a corner of the basement. And I will be hooking it up to a shop vac with a HEPA filter, at least for now. I do not have 220v in the basement. I definitely need to be able to move this thing around, as we will be building-out the basement sometime in the next couple of years.
Obviously there will be a bit of compromising here, and I suppose there is compromise with any saw choice, even if money were no object… size, weight, power needs (a relative easy fix, but still a factor), ease of use, ruggedness and reliability, etc., etc.
Alright guys and gals, time for your 2-cents. Fire away!
-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."