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Forum topic by Matt in Franklin posted 01-06-2014 03:46 PM 1181 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt in Franklin

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01-06-2014 03:46 PM

All, I currently use s Bosch 4100 as my primary table saw ( I am a beginner at woodworking). My father-in-law has a Delta TS300 that he has offered to me because he is downsizing his home and no longer wants his power tools. The saw is in near perfect condition and I know has been well taken care of. My question to the group is…. how does this saw compare to my Bosch? Would this be considered a step up or simply a comparable saw?

My initial interest in the saw was based on the Delta name as well as the fact that it has a cast iron top versus the aluminum top of the bosch. I thought it might be easier to build a cabinet around.

Anyway I am curious in your thoughts as to how these two saws compare and whether I would be wise to take the ts300 and make it my primary saw and possibly sell the Bosch.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 08:45 PM

There are pros and cons with each. The TS300 has a cast iron top and is heavier. Both have universal motors, so that’s a wash. Not sure about the fences…..probably also a wash. Try the TS300 and see which you like better.

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 08:48 PM

with both having a universal motors, I would tend to favor the Bosch (previously owned it) especially if you plan to build a cabinet around it as it will be lighter to handle, and has some nifty features like the riving knife (which nowadays I would not look at a TS without one), and I did actually really like the fence on that one.

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 09:06 PM

People who fix table saws (I went to these guys) HATE those universal motor Delta saws. I’d keep the Bosch, which is about as good as a portable saw can get. If you want a real step up later, look for a well-taken-care-of contractor, cabinet, or hybrid saw on the used market.

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 09:17 PM

yes, a contractor or perhaps a 3hp cabinet saw will come, but that’s a few years down the road. Not because of cost, but because my current workshop is just the left side of my garage and I try and make everything as portable/mobile as possible so that I can park two cars in there in the event of a weather emergency. I dont have a permanent place currently to just plop down a cabinet saw. I need something that I can put on or in a shop-built cabinet with casters in order to gain table-top real estate that I can also “park” out of the way when need be.

But I didnt know if the Delta would be more powerful or accurate than my Bosch, which I do love, and also if there was an advantage to having a cast iron top, which most non-portable table saws have.

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 09:42 PM

the delta would not be more powerful nor more accurate than your bosch.

cast iron top are heavier – adding heft to the saw and keeping it grounded. cast iron tops also keep their flatness better long term. with that said this is a minor added value compared to the rest of the saw and I would not choose a saw merely based on that. in my opinion the riving knife in the bosch overpowers all of that multitude of times.

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#6 posted 01-08-2014 12:31 PM

thanks for the insight gents! I think I’ll pass on the Delta TS300.

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#7 posted 01-10-2014 10:32 PM

I would like to add another point to consider, that is parts availability. Some time ago, I was looking for a replacement part for my Delta belt/disk sander and I discovered they were bought out by a Taiwanese firm and the part I needed was no longer available.

I have owned the Bosch 4000 (predecessor to the 4100) ever since it was first introduced and I used it extensively to help build a new church sanctuary. Bosch replaced the table top casting when someone else abused the saw and the saw was just out of warranty. I also had to replace the motor bearings and I must say that obtaining the correct parts from Bosch is very easy.

I use my Bosch saw almost every day and the feature I like most is the fence system. It is positive, accurate and quick.

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#8 posted 01-10-2014 10:42 PM

I’ve used a Bosch once but I don’t remember much about
it. Haven’t used the Delta.

I think you’d have to try it in some precision cutting situations
to know.

Cutting tenon cheeks and shoulders is a fair test of a table
saw’s capacity for accuracy.

The Delta may take higher quality aftermarket miter gauge
bars.

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