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Forum topic by John Ormsby posted 05-30-2012 01:01 PM 10441 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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John Ormsby

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05-30-2012 01:01 PM

I am looking for a strong portable Tablesaw. I would like your help on choosing one with a good fence, motor, and can be moved in an SUV.

Not looking for any fights. Just trying to choose a good saw.

Thanks, John

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca


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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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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