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Forum topic by WOODIE1 posted 05-17-2013 04:24 PM 1713 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WOODIE1

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05-17-2013 04:24 PM

Ok I need a portable type table saw and like everyone else I am comparing the Dewalt and Bosch saws. Love the rack fence on the Dewalt but do not like the clips that secure the fence. The Bosch fence without the rack actually looks more sturdy.

The question I have is, the Bosch has a standard? T slot for the miter slot. The Dewalt uses a simple u channel type slot. I know the size of the saw limits the use of a miter sled or gauge but do T slot gauges work? Is there a standard size?

I have a Osbourne miter gauge from when I had full size saw and would like to use it???

Thanks and yes I still have to get the slider but the portable saw will be really handy for not having to keep going back to the garage all day.

Thanks for the help!!


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#1 posted 05-17-2013 05:01 PM

Standard T slots are 3/4” wide x 3/8” deep.

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#2 posted 05-17-2013 05:03 PM

Woodie, I have a Osbourne MG as well and I wonder if the portable saws really have enough real estate in front and left side of the blade for the EB3 to really work well. The EB3 is a BIG MG…...just a thought.

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 05:42 PM

Yeah that is what I was thinking also.

Can T slot accys work in a regular slot? I would think the T is better for retaining the accys but the regular channel might make easier home built jigs?

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#4 posted 05-17-2013 05:48 PM

I had the Bosch saw:

the fence is superb- bar none!
the t-slots are standard T slots and I was using my Incra mitergauge and featherboard with it all the time.

portable saws do have a smaller table surface, so the slots are shorter than on cabinet saws making some operations (on wider panels) a bit more creative.

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#6 posted 01-15-2015 01:57 PM

I have the Bosch, the miter slots are standard, I use an Incra V120 in mine without issue. Like has been mentioned, the surface in front of the blade is small, so this can be annoying when using a sled or attempting to miter a wider piece. I don’t think it’d be any different on the other portable saws, though. But, other than that, I love the Bosch.

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