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Forum topic by Jim1963 posted 02-28-2010 12:11 AM 4747 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2010 12:11 AM

At my local Lowe’s Hitachi C10FL for $499 or Bosch 4100-09 for $599, Bosch is direct drive and wouls use less space. But the Hitachi is belt drive and seems to have a better fence. What to do??

-- SW la.


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#1 posted 02-28-2010 12:33 AM

I am not familiar with either saw, but I recently bought a miter saw from Home Depot and it was a bit more than I wanted to pay, so I found it for $79 less on the internet and printed it out and took in and HD matched the internet price.

Might work and may help you make up your mind if you get a price match for the saw you really want. Hope it helps, I’m sure both are probably good saws.

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 03:02 AM

I got the 4000-09 (w/gravity stand)a few years ago and have had no problems with it. Calibration was on the money, out of the box. If you go with Bosch, order the table extensions for it.
I just recently added the Rockler Portable Sled for it.
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#3 posted 02-28-2010 03:41 AM

I have seen the C10FL at Lowe’s and it seems ok, but I always thought my Ridgid 3660 was better with the cast iron extensions and a better mobile base. The C10FL doesn’t have the motor out the back, which is nice. I have heard nothing but great things about the Bosch although you may be dissapointed in the table size. It does create some limitations IMHO. If you are shopping for that type of saw I would also recommend looking at the new Ridgid R4510. Has virtually the same features as the Bosch but considerably cheaper. Here is the web link:

http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/R4510-Table-Saw/EN/index.htm

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 05:57 AM

Reviews here.

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#5 posted 02-28-2010 06:13 AM

fine woodworking did a write up on table saws under 800 back in fall,they rated the bosch as the only portable table saw to be as accurate and heavy duty enough to be compared against the 1000 plus stationary table saws, and this made owners of expensive table saws pretty mad.Some guy wrote in to the editor in the next issue talking how it cant compare.Anyways I also own the saw and think it kicks tail.thanks

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#6 posted 02-28-2010 12:09 PM

You’re comparing a 250# full size cast iron stationary saw with a belt drive induction motor to a portable direct direct drive jobsite saw with a universal motor. Both will cut wood, and as good as the Bosch is within it’s class, these are really two different classes of saw. If you need portability, the Bosch is the way to go, but if you won’t be schlepping it from site to site, the full size stationary saws have nearly every mechanical advantage. They have considerably more table space, especially in front of the blade, have quieter more powerfull motors with better torque, are more stable, are easier to upgrade, and have better long term reliability.

As full size saws go, the Hitachi is fine, but I actually think the fence is kind of weak compared to others in this class and price range. The others that I’d consider also are the Steel City 35920 ($650), Craftsman 22116 ($700-$1000), Craftsman 21833 ($450-$550), and Shop Fox W1725 item T21853 – $425/$519 shipped). The Steel City 35920 and both Craftsman saws have a true riving knife vs a splitter, and are more hybrid style saws. The SF W1725 is a traditional contractor saw with a great fence.




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#7 posted 03-04-2010 01:23 AM

Thanks for all the input.

-- SW la.

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#8 posted 03-04-2010 06:26 AM

I just finished researching and head scratching over buying a jobsite saw. I was dead set on finding a Makita but could not get my hands on one to try it out and get a feel for it. I went with the Bosch equipped with the gravity stand just yesterday. One feature I like is the soft start and speed feedback technology. So far, it’s extremely portable, all the accessories are well thought out. The miter gauge is full size with preset stops and the fence / table extension is well designed and convenient. Just about everything on the saw is tool-less. The guard / riving knife setup is modular and quick to modify with no tools. Seems to me, I will be much more likely to use the safety features when they are quick and easy to add and remove. All accessories have on board storage built in. I’ll need to use it for awhile to make an accurate review on the tool. First impression is impressive!!!! The stand alone is worth a couple hundred!! You can load it in a truck, van, suv, etc with one hand. All the other comparable saws were lighter, smaller accessories. I’ll stop rambling now, hope this helps, BTKS

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