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Forum topic by seadonkey posted 01-31-2017 04:00 AM 661 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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seadonkey

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01-31-2017 04:00 AM

So I know there are a million threads about table saw advice, but I haven’t seen anything about the little Bosch bench top saws, so forgive me.

I have a small basement shop, a small budget, and an even smaller skill set. Thus, if they are worthwhile at all, I thought a decent benchop saw might be a good fit for me. As a beginner with only a couple projects under my belt, I’m not super familiar with the ins and outs of saws. I know a stationary would be better, but space and budget don’t really allow it. I currently have a miter saw that handles most cutting with a circular saw for the rest.

This Craigslist posting caught my eye- https://omaha.craigslist.org/tls/5981085057.html

Would this be worth it if I negotiated a bit lower? Is it going to help me beyond what I can do with my miter and circular saws?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated

-- I mostly make firewood...


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GAwoodworker

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#1 posted 01-31-2017 08:26 PM

I have a smaller shop and use that exact saw. I’ve had it for about a year and a half. Overall, I have been happy with it. Takes some time to tune up but it’s well worth it. The fence is just OK but surely usable. You get a good blade for it, your cuts will be crisp. A few weeks ago I tried something new. I’ve been using a 10” Avanti 60-tooth but switched to a Diablo 7 1/4 blade. While not a deep cut, it leaves a great finish on the wood. The Diablo is thinner as well so its not taking away as much material.
I first bought it cause I was doing reno work and could easily transport it. As I’ve focused more on woodworking, its still the saw I use. It handles sheet goods well and has no problem ripping stock for cutting boards and what not. I think it can take a dado stack too. It is loud so please wear ear protection. The miter gauge is crap. I made a better one out of scraps.
I would try to negotiate a little lower. Make sure all the accessories are with it. You can probably find a list of them online. I find that I have the most control with a table saw than a circular.There are many jigs and plans you can find online that take a table saw and make it do all sorts of crazy things. Jointing stock, making angled cuts, perfectly repeated cuts, dados, etc. A lot of it comes down to what type of projects you wanna do. If you’re making 2×4 frames for stuff and just using plywood, you could probably get by without a table saw. If you want to do nice woodworking (like keepsake boxes, picture frames, furniture) then a table saw is a must. I don’t know if I’d trust myself with a circular saw and a nice piece of walnut. Just my 2c.
Hope this helps ya out!
God Bless

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knotscott

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#2 posted 01-31-2017 09:42 PM

The Bosch is among the best of the portables, but a small skill set and small budget are the wrong reasons to buy one. A full size stationary saw offers a lot of advantages, and doesn’t really take up all that much more room. There are good options for no more than a new Bosch costs.

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Loren

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#3 posted 01-31-2017 10:02 PM

Any table saw will allow ease in narrow repeat
ripping. It will allow cutting tenons, half
laps and other joints a miter saw won’t do
as well if at all. As a convenience for ripping
solid wood, choosing between a table saw
and a band saw is a wash, imo, but the band
saw requires more ongoing fuss to keep
the cuts straight.

I say buy it. You can buy a vintage stationary
saw but the Bosch will do and you can take
it outside when the weather permits.

>> Bosch is a reliably good brand.

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cicerojoe

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#4 posted 01-31-2017 11:53 PM

I have that saw and I like it a lot. I don’t think you can go wrong with that deal. I would jump on it.

-- John from the Cherry Valley Studio in NY http://www.cvalleystudio.com

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seadonkey

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#5 posted 02-01-2017 12:49 AM

Thanks so much for all the advise fellas!

Ive decided to try and buy it…. But naturally the guy isn’t responding

-- I mostly make firewood...

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Jake04353

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#6 posted 02-01-2017 01:51 AM

I’ve bought and sold a few Bosch 4000 table saws, they’re fantastic and sell used up here in Maine for $250 all day long. That one looks like a newer Bosch table saw. Dido on the Diablo blades. If you get a 10’’ you might be able to use it on your chopsaw or sliding compound miter saw too. Great blades that clean up nice with 1:4 mixture of simple green and water.

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