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Forum topic by MacB posted 12-02-2013 01:45 PM 1210 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2013 01:45 PM

I recently purchased a Bosch 4100 after quite a bit of research. This is my background: I was a cabinet maker using heavy duty stationary equipment. Since I changed occupations, I sold my large tools bc I no longer had space to store them. I still do cabinet projects on the side but usually onsite with everything fitting into my cargo trailer. I needed something portable and store-able in my trailer. I purchased the Bosch 4100 and awaiting arrival of the Rousseau table saw stand. I prefer to do most of my sheet good cutting on my table saw and use the festool track saw when the cuts are too cumbersome.

Problem: I assumed that the rough top on the portable saw would work fine bc thats how the 2 best (Bosch and DW744) saws were made. After making my first cut I realized how unsmooth the material slid across the top of my saw. I made 10 more cuts and each time I had to muscle the plywood over the saw. My next plan today is to wax the top, just like i’ve always done on cast iron tops, and try it again. Because the texture is sooo rough I doubt it will have much of an impact.

Possible Solutions: This is where I need help. I thought about installing laminate top on the saw but that would affect how the saw would fit on the table saw stand, among numerous other cumbersome fixes. I think that sanding it down or stripping it with a solvent might be the best way to go. Has anyone done this with much luck? What specific steps did you take to make it smooth? I can’t figure out why these saws have such a rough coating.


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#1 posted 12-02-2013 02:00 PM

I use paste wax on my 4100 and it works well for me
and makes the top slick.

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 03:23 PM

Waxing it improved it, but I may be just spoiled from my previous cast iron table saw tops. I was still hoping for something slick.

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#3 posted 12-03-2013 12:33 PM

Has anyone experimented with sanding the top down with fine sand paper to make it smoother?

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 09:32 PM

Furniture wax worked fine for my 4100. I’ve used it cut down 4’x8’ plywood sheets. You may need to do 2-3 coats of wax. It is possible that you put too heavy a coat of wax. I’ve done that before and sometimes it won’t fully dry, and will grab the wood. Are you getting any deposits on the table top from the plywood? Depending on the material it can have resins that grab the table top. It’s not quite as slick as a waxed cast iron surface, but is close.

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