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Dark_Lightning

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02-20-2016 08:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question tablesaw

Has anybody purchased and/or used this saw? It is the portable contractor saw with the safety blade drop feature. I’m contemplating this upgrade and would like to get any feedback that anyone has before I drop the money on it. Good/bad/ugly?

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 02-20-2016 08:30 PM

Did you find a place to buy it? I was thinking it wasn’t on the market yet. If yes, what was the pricing? (curiosity on my part)

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#2 posted 02-21-2016 12:17 AM

I don’t think that saw ever came to market, due to the whole lawsuit with SawStop…

EDIT: I stand corrected!

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#3 posted 02-21-2016 12:50 AM

These folks say it will ship in ten days, but I can get a couple used Unisaws for that price, and it’s a small plastic housed saw, I just don’t get it, ranks right up there with $55K half ton trucks!

https://www.zoro.com/bosch-table-saw-29-12-in-w-x-38-in-h-gts1041a/i/G1840021/?gdffi=047ada998cf641fa93e55ae8579df863&gdfms=963643B61B7246888387D0B2997BB438&gclid=COCz0aTRh8sCFQctaQodrDUC-Q&gclsrc=aw.ds

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#4 posted 02-21-2016 12:53 AM



These folks say it will ship in ten days, but I can get a couple used Unisaws for that price, and it s a small plastic housed saw, I just don t get it, ranks right up there with $55K half ton trucks!

https://www.zoro.com/bosch-table-saw-29-12-in-w-x-38-in-h-gts1041a/i/G1840021/?gdffi=047ada998cf641fa93e55ae8579df863&gdfms=963643B61B7246888387D0B2997BB438&gclid=COCz0aTRh8sCFQctaQodrDUC-Q&gclsrc=aw.ds

- bigblockyeti

Holy crap thats a lot of money….

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#5 posted 02-21-2016 01:34 AM

Yes, it is plastic and aluminum. I’m not allergic to either substance; I’ve designed and built many things with both as constituents. But I’m a little gaffed by the way Gass acts, and am looking at the alternative. I don’t like the blade/brake damage with a Sawstop, either. By the same token, I have yet to cut myself on the table saw, though I had a kick back about 10 days ago that shot my push block across the garage and made a small patch of skin disappear from one of my fingers (nick from the push block). I’m really careful, since my current saw is ancient, was purchased used, and has:

-No blade guard
-No splitter or riving knife
-No anti-kick back pawls
-No fence- I have to clamp boards onto the surface to guide wood through

There’s even more to it, but you get the idea.

It is dangerous, I know it, and I treat it with respect. But I’m ready to spring for something a little(!) safer. =D

Now that I am retired, I finally have time to do woodworking and justify the expense. The wife was on board with spending the money for the blade stopping feature before this happened- she’s smart enough to know about safety in the shop. Plus, she has more money in her quilting machinery and material (you think wood is expensive! Some of that material- cloth(!)- comes out to over $600 for a cubic foot!) than I have in all the tools I own, and I used to work as a mechanic and in construction, besides engineering as a “real” career.

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#6 posted 02-21-2016 01:37 AM

Oh, yeah. Nobody here has one, yet? Maybe that silence speaks louder than words. I’m not married to the thing, I’m not dropping a dime until I get this sorted out.

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#7 posted 02-21-2016 01:41 AM



These folks say it will ship in ten days, but I can get a couple used Unisaws for that price, and it s a small plastic housed saw, I just don t get it, ranks right up there with $55K half ton trucks!

https://www.zoro.com/bosch-table-saw-29-12-in-w-x-38-in-h-gts1041a/i/G1840021/?gdffi=047ada998cf641fa93e55ae8579df863&gdfms=963643B61B7246888387D0B2997BB438&gclid=COCz0aTRh8sCFQctaQodrDUC-Q&gclsrc=aw.ds

- bigblockyeti

Yeah, I don’t get those prices for trucks, nowadays. Guy around the block has a totally bitchin’ ‘48 Chevy 1-Ton Step Side with a 9’ bed, pretty straight. I could buy that and make it nice with a late model fuel injected V6, AC and all the goodies out of an Astrovan for less than $55k. And it wouldn’t have those squinty-eyed headlights, either.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#8 posted 02-21-2016 01:42 AM

If I were you, and if I had the money and space, I would just a Sawstop contractor or cabinet saw. The blade cartridges are not so expensive, and when you think about it, how often are you going to set it off? You get a lot more saw than the Bosch.

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#9 posted 02-21-2016 03:11 AM

Holy crap thats a lot of money….


Yeah, but it won’t cut your fingers off, if that’s a concern….


though I had a kick back about 10 days ago that shot my push block across the garage and made a small patch of skin disappear from one of my fingers (nick from the push block).......... I’m really careful

Uh, It doesn’t sound like being really careful is enough.

If you’re being really careful and that happened to you, then I’d highly recommend either this saw or a Sawstop, while you still have all your fingers.

Something that sends a push block flying out of your hands has a better than 50% chance of cutting off your fingers.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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#10 posted 02-21-2016 03:25 AM

I’m really conflicted about it, to be honest. The SS requires a different brake if I use a dado head, for instance, where the Bosch doesn’t. I have a dado set already; I guess I could just use a flat top blade and make a dozen cuts for a dado (which is how I do it, currently), instead of buying that brake from SS. At the rate I’m going, I’ve almost talked myself into buying a line-up of planes, and not spending the money on the saw! o.0 Plus, that would be a TON quieter. :/ Given that I like the therapeutic silence of wood carving, maybe not a bad choice. Decisions, decisions. I’m not ever looking to be a production shop, except for a certain project that pays really well, for about 3 days a year. For that, I think I have an angle on a way to make that money with a lot less work.

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#11 posted 02-21-2016 03:32 AM

Holy crap thats a lot of money….

Yeah, but it won t cut your fingers off, if that s a concern….

though I had a kick back about 10 days ago that shot my push block across the garage and made a small patch of skin disappear from one of my fingers (nick from the push block).......... I’m really careful

Uh, It doesn t sound like being really careful is enough.

If you re being really careful and that happened to you, then I d highly recommend either this saw or a Sawstop, while you still have all your fingers.

Something that sends a push block flying out of your hands has a better than 50% chance of cutting off your fingers.

- Ger21

No fault to your logic, that’s for certain, and I agree. I recall a video that I saw here a few years ago where some guy (I don’t think it was a member, just that a member posted it), where he intentionally turned a board into the saw blade (table saw) and his fingers were so close to the blade that you wouldn’t believe it! He was demonstrating what not to do, but still, he could have lost it big time. I’m 63, and to be honest, having all my digits is gravy, beyond even being alive, since I used to street race and road race, and have friends who died doing these things.

Then again, I wouldn’t have had the kick back or worry if I had had a splitter and/or riving knife, anti-kick back pawls, and a blade guard, and then wouldn’t have gotten skinned. When I looked at the push stick, shaking the sting off my hand, I’m lucky that the finger wasn’t broken. The push stick punched a hole in the insulation on the garage door. Admittedly, it is styrofoam, but still. We can’t eliminate every danger, we just need to try to mitigate them.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 02-21-2016 06:45 AM

4 hp from 120 v at 15 amps? I wish these preposterously inflated horsepower claims would go away. But I am glad to see a rival technology to SS, and one that doesn’t destroy the cartridge and likely ruin the blade. I hope that it will find its way into real saws eventually.

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#13 posted 02-21-2016 12:39 PM

I think was are all gaffed by the BS Gass has pulled, but that doesn’t mean the SS isn’t a very good product. I was hoping that Bosch would come out with a saw that was quite a bit less expensive and still have all the functionality….looks like that is still in the future. Of course, it’s also possible their setup can be licensed more reasonably by other companies; maybe we’ll see a cabinet saw yet with the Bosch technology; I’m certainly pulling for them (from a SS owner).

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#14 posted 02-21-2016 12:52 PM

I do think that price for the Reaxx is way out of line, but i’d pay it in a heartbeat vs. forking over any money for one of Gass’s products. If someone gave me a SS for free, I would video it going into the furnace at ArcelorMittal. The over inflated horsepower claims seems to be coming from everyone who makes a product with a universal motor, heck their even doing it with kitchen blenders.

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#15 posted 02-21-2016 10:17 PM



Oh, yeah. Nobody here has one, yet? Maybe that silence speaks louder than words. I m not married to the thing, I m not dropping a dime until I get this sorted out.

- Dark_Lightning

I don’t think there are any in the wild except a few demo models. Give it some time. There will be real reviews. I thought they were supposed to start shipping in 2016, per the last interview I read about it. But I can’t find the link now.

When you consider the Sawstop portable comes in at about $1300, and it seems to sell pretty well, you know that is about the floor for the price of the Bosch alternative. They may undercut by $100 or something, but they aren’t going to sell for less than that when they can still be cheaper, and still reap the profit margin that SS enjoys. At $1400, with no mobile base, seems like they current price includes the premium for being an early adopter. May drop some after a few months or a year of units shipping.

-Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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