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What's the best portable 10" Tablesaw

by John Ormsby
posted 05-30-2012 01:01 PM


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RBWoodworker

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#1 posted 05-30-2012 01:11 PM

Personally..i really like the Bosch..it is a pretty powerful saw and the motor is a soft start motor…to me..its a very very good portable saw for jobsites..a little heavy..bit worth it once its set up

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 05-30-2012 01:14 PM

bosch 4900 is a great saw

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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John Ormsby

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#3 posted 05-30-2012 01:16 PM

I looked at the Bosch and did not like the fence. The one I looked at had a plastic slot and key that the fence slides in. It was quite tight and did not allow free movement of the fence in the track. Is this normal?

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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BinghamtonEd

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#4 posted 05-30-2012 01:16 PM

I second the Bosch 4100 w/ the stand. Good power, easily removable/attachable riving knife and blade guard. Once the fence is calibrated, it pretty much dead on every time, and can be remove and reinstalled without messing up calibration. Setting up and collapsing the saw is easy and requires very little effort. Only downside I’ve found is you’ll need to buy the left-side and outfeed extensions separately (you definitely will want them, no doubt there), but they’re not that expensive on Amazon. I picked up my saw at Lowes w/ 10% mover coupon for less than it would be online.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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BinghamtonEd

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#5 posted 05-30-2012 01:18 PM

John, the Bosch 4100 model provides a tension adjustment on the outfeed-end of the fence. I think the lower model has a lower quality fence. I’ve had no issues with mine as far as adjustment and deflection.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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John Ormsby

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#6 posted 05-30-2012 01:19 PM

Ed, Where did you get the mover coupon for Lowes?

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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John Ormsby

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#7 posted 05-30-2012 01:21 PM

The part I was talking about is how the T part of the fence sits in the front rail groove. The one I tried fit a bit too snug and did not allow the fence to move left and right smoothly.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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Everett1

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#8 posted 05-30-2012 01:38 PM

I have the Bosch 4100 w/ stand. It’s my only table saw as I don’t have room yet for my wife’s grandfathers old unisaw
I love the Bosch and of all the contractor saws (I looked at almost all available) it has the best fence

It also was the top pick for this class of saw a few years back in Wood magazine

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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rdjack21

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#9 posted 05-30-2012 01:44 PM

I used a Ridgid 4510 portable table saw for my main saw for a little over a year before stepping up to an older UniSaw. It is a great little saw with a great collapsible base. What really surprised me was how good the dust collection was on this little saw when only using a shop vac. You can’t beat the LSA (Life time Service Agreement) on the saw either. As far as hauling it in the back of a SUV I guess it would depend on the SUV but I did haul mine in the back of my wife’s Pilot a couple of times but normally I just put it in the bed of my Ridgeline.

Why did I upgrade to a UniSaw if it was so great you may ask. Well lets be honest none of these portable saws are perfect no matter who makes them. They are all small, which is need for portability. They all have small motors, again so you can move the thing around or haul it around when needed. But they are great for what they are meant to do. But the big reason for me switching was that I no longer needed to haul a saw around and much prefer working on a large heavy saw just because I feel safer using it. But if I needed a job site saw again I would buy another Ridgid.

Stay safe

-- --- Richard Jackson

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grizzman

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#10 posted 05-30-2012 01:50 PM

i know a good friend who has the bosch 4100 with digital fence, and has loved it, no problems with it that im aware of..and if anyone here disagree’s then im looking for a fight…..lol…..NO JUST MESSIN john…its funny you said that, its kinda like we’ve seen what can happen with certain subjects, and picking a table saw can get good ole wood workers in a tizzy…lol…good luck and let us know what you go with and then do a review on it…take care john…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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BinghamtonEd

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#11 posted 05-30-2012 01:54 PM

John,
Fill this out and they will e-mail you the coupon. If you have a smart-phone you can just show them the e-mail and they can scan the UPC from it.

It sounds like the saw you were looking at, if it was a 4100 model, did not have the fence adjusted properly (if it was the store’s floor model, it was probably never set up properly and had been man-handled by hundreds of people). Mine slides left/right without any tightness or binding.

I didn’t spring for the extra cost of the digital fence. The scale for the normal fence has a magnifying glass on it and I have 20/15 vision, and better places to spend my money, but I have read good things about it.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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allandcarr

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#12 posted 05-30-2012 02:35 PM

I have to agree with the majority. I also have the Bosch 4100 and love it.

-- Allan, Baltimore MD

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RBWoodworker

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#13 posted 05-30-2012 03:19 PM

Not to change the subject or anything, but has anyone seen or tried that new Bosch 12” sliding compound mitersaw? with the pivoting arm instead of rails? I was floored when i saw this saw..

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

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toolie

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#14 posted 05-30-2012 07:54 PM

i’ve used both the 4100 and ridgid 2400 (predecessor of the 4510). i favor the ridgid. it will do whatever the 4100 will do, costs less and can be registered for ridgid’s lifetime service agreement ( http://www.ridgid.com/tools/power-tool-warranty ).

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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RussellAP

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#15 posted 05-30-2012 08:07 PM

I know the Ryobi kind of sucks, but for around $200 you can’t lose, I had one that I sold to a neighbor and he loves it.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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ShipWreck

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#16 posted 05-30-2012 10:10 PM

Ridgid or Bosch. You can’t lose with either choice. They are built like a tank. The fence on the Ridgid is superior.

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Hermando

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#17 posted 05-30-2012 10:31 PM

I would like to add to the choices as I have spent quite a bit of time with reviews and looking at most of the portable models in all price ranges. I really liked the Bosch 4100 as does everyone else, but that price tag was on the extreme side and I thought there had to be a decent saw at a reasonable price. I had a couple of the older makitas and really like their durability and power. Yet it still was not the perfect saw. I have never used the bosch so I can not comment on its quality, but Bosh does hold high honors. With that said the size of that beast is not so portable even with the mobile base. I reviewed the smaller Bosch GT1031 and the Dewalt DW745. The Dewalt is a proven saw with no frills quality and all the reviews I have ever read support that claim.

I bought the Dewalt DW745 and must say it is truly the best portable saw on the market. It does have limitations, but for the cost and quality and convenience of having a great tool you can not go wrong.
My reviews and others are here if interested.

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2593

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/reviews/power-tools/compact-table-saw-showdown-bosch-vs-dewalt#fbIndex1

http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/2011/11/18/dewalt-portable-table-saw/

http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/2012/01/20/portable-saws-bosch-or-dewalt/

Good Luck, H.

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Gshepherd

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#18 posted 05-31-2012 12:19 AM

Bosch hands down…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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ShaneA

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#19 posted 05-31-2012 12:34 AM

We use a Ridgid at work, for a portable saw, it seems ok. Does what it should. They all have limitations, but it seems like the Ridgid and Bosch have good followings.

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John Ormsby

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#20 posted 05-31-2012 01:25 AM

I want to thank all who have helped me in deciding which saw to buy.

We went with the Bosch 4100-09. This is actually for my brother-in-law. He is going to do small woodworking projects and wanted something portable.

Thanks much, John

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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NiteWalker

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#21 posted 05-31-2012 01:43 AM

Watching with interest, as I might have to move soon, and if I do my contractor’s saw is getting sold in favor of a portable.

Most of my projects are small anyway.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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BruceCM

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#22 posted 05-31-2012 02:18 AM

I really liked the look and feel of the Bosch, as previously mentioned. But it is expensive and more than I wanted to pay for an occasional mobile-use saw, as 95% of my tablesaw work is done at my cabinet saw.

So I went with the PC fold-up 10” portable. Its about half the price of the Bosch. It has some good features:
1. The table extends out to 24”. Nice feature.
2. Good dust collector if you hook it up to your shopvac
3. Foldup is good, although it takes a little practice
4. Feed-out support (about 12”) is also a nice touch

bad stuff is the rip fence is a bit weak, although it locks in pretty well. And changing blades requires dexterity and skinny fingers helps. If you drop the nut down into the sawdust exhaust channel, it can be a challange to get it back out.

Got mine at Lowes for $300…as I recollect.

BruceM

-- cut once, measure once and......dam I'm good!

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ITnerd

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#23 posted 05-31-2012 02:46 AM

Saw I came to the party late – my vote was ‘bosch 4100, gravity rise stand, rear and left side outfeed extensions. Fantastic little saw.’

I would mention to your brother in law that the only Bosch product for the saw I was unhappy with was their branded zero clearance insert.

I got one (make that 4) from Peachtree and have been very happy.

Safe Ripping,

-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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#24 posted 05-31-2012 03:33 AM

+1 for Bosch 4100 with digital fence, yeah buddy.

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AJswoodshop

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#25 posted 08-20-2012 10:57 PM

Here’s my table saw. Its a porter cable 10’ portable table saw.

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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cutworm

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#26 posted 08-21-2012 12:03 AM

One of the woodworking magazines tested several. The Bosch and Ridgid came to a statistical tie. I favor orange over blue. Either will serve you well.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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knotheadswoodshed

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#27 posted 08-21-2012 12:06 AM

the Bosch was my main TS for 5 years of constant use in my box making…never had any issues with it.
great saw for the money in my opinion.

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities" www.knotheadswoodshed.com

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