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12-10-2012 02:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw bosch 4100-09 porter-cable pcb270ts

Hey, everybody. first post here – just joined this week. Question for the masses. I’ll be purchasing a table saw right after Christmas, and at first thought that I definitely was going to get the Bosch 4100-09 saw. Then I started second-guessing myself, and am also looking at the Porter-Cable PCB270TS saw. They’re about the same price, and that is right about my budget for the purchase (as much as I’d like to have a cabinet saw, it’s not in the cards). So, opinions and advice asked for. Any preference for one over the other, and if so, why/why not??

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 02:56 AM

Some reading that may help your decision….

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 03:29 AM

CL, I score way more than loose via CL. No matter your need, whether it be portable T’s, cabinet saw, contractor saw, they can all be had at good prices. Many buy these saws and just realize they never use the saw and it just takes up room so they will list a good saw on CL for a loss just to get it out of the garage.

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 03:37 AM

I have to second the opinion of looking on Craigslist. There was a newer Grizzly 12” cast iron cabinet saw listed with an ask price of $850 for several months in my area. Somebody’s significant other just wanted it gone.

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 03:44 AM

Welcome Tom. The two saws you mention don’t really compare. Both the PC and the Ridgid are good saws to start off with. I have the ridgid. If you’re going to get really serious, then check out the Grizzly or the SawStop stuff at WoodCraft.
CL usually has nothing where I live.

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#6 posted 12-10-2012 02:54 PM

Between the Bosch and PC, I’d go with the PC in a hot second. The PC has a bigger table, looks to be more robust, and most importantly- it has a nicer fence. Those jobsite saws don’t tend to be as accurate, and because of their smaller overall size, cutting large sheet goods is a challenge.
Of course, the PC is only the better option IF you have enough space to use/store. Don’t get me wrong, Bosch makes good tools. But I predict you’ll outgrow a jobsite saw quicker than you might think.

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#7 posted 12-10-2012 03:17 PM

If your looking at those two saws, then totally forget the bosch. It is not going to be close to as accurate as the PC, has alot less suport surface, doesnt have real t-slots, and is very noisy. As far as the PC, look on craigslist for a cabinet saw or get the same saw but made by ridgid (R4512). A used vintage unisaw will last 5 times as long as that PC.

PS. I get these all the time:

Instead of searching table saw, search unisaw. for me i always get different results

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#8 posted 12-10-2012 03:35 PM

Ridgid portable can’t be beat.

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#9 posted 12-10-2012 09:58 PM

”Ridgid portable can’t be beat.”

....except maybe by their next step up, the R4512. ;-)

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#10 posted 12-11-2012 01:39 AM

Ridgid portable can’t be beat.

true on both the portable (4510) and stationary (4512) product levels. the 4100 is a nice saw, but it’s expensive and i do not believe the cost differential between it and the 4510 provides any additional functionality. i owned a bosch 4000 briefly and sold it to a friend. not a bad saw, but i feel the LSA eligibility of the 4510 means no repair expenses for as long as the saw is owned by it’s original owner.

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#11 posted 12-11-2012 01:49 AM

I’m with knot.

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#12 posted 12-11-2012 01:57 AM

I agree that the Ridgid 4512 is a much better that the portables

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#13 posted 12-11-2012 02:11 AM

HorizontalMike has yet to weigh in on this question, but I completely agree with his usual recommendation of getting a SawStop. Mike tends to go a little overboard with his love of SawStop, but I think his endorsement of that fine machinery is justified. My apologies, Mike, if I stole your thunder. ;-)

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#14 posted 12-11-2012 05:50 AM

Somewhere up above the comment was made that the PC PCB 270-TS is the same saw as the Ridgid 4512. It is not. Craftsman 21833 and Ridgid 4512 are the same saw but the Porter Cable PCB 270-TS is the same as a Hatichi, but I don’t know the model number. I just remember them as the Ridgid / Craftsman with the alignmnet issues, or the Porter Cable / Hitachi with the weak fence and plastic arbor adjustment gears. Two differnt saws.

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#15 posted 12-11-2012 06:05 AM

Think I read in another thread or perhaps another site that the Porter-Cable as well as the Rigid had issues with dado blades .

Anyone else aware of that problem ? Supposedly something to do with how the arbor is not threaded all the way and blades on the bushing tend to cut deeper. Don’t know if this a known issue that was resolved or not.

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