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Forum topic by DAD2TWO posted 116 days ago 1053 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DAD2TWO

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116 days ago

I had been wanting to purchase the Bosch for over a year now and finally pulled the trigger this past weekend but it’s still in the box in my garage. The reason it’s still in the box is I’m having a bit of buyers remorse thinking that I bought more saw than I need. I’m a home owner and will use the saw mainly for ripping trim, hard wood flooring and some other small projects around the house. Right now I’m working on a wainscoting project using 1×2s, 1×4s, 1×6s and some decorative moulding and I’ll need the saw to rip some of these pieces.

I like the stand on the Bosch but it’s not essential. I like the fact that the Bosch can accommodate dado blades, the Dewalt cannot, but I’ve never used them in the past and not sure I ever would. Seems like the Bosch has pretty good reviews here but mixed reviews elsewhere, can’t find many reviews for that particular Dewalt which I believe will replace the DW745.

So I’d like some opinions as to whether I should I keep the Bosch or would I be better off returning it and getting the Dewalt for $250 less? With $ being tight I’m not sure I can justify to myself or the wife the costlier Bosch.

Thanks in advance,
Doug


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Craftsman70

241 posts in 760 days


#1 posted 116 days ago

I will tell you what led me to pickup the less expensive DW745 last year: portability. I know in the next year or two I will buy a bigger saw (like the Delta at Lowes or maybe down the road the a Grizzly), but I needed something cheaper for now. So I went with the smaller DeWalt knowing that even when I get a bigger saw I am going to want to keep it so I can lug it around. I can easily take it to a friends house to do some work or around to the back yard to make a treehouse for the kids. I know the Bosch is portable, but I can’t toss it in the back seat of my little Saturns SL1 like I can the DeWalt. That said, if you will never have a second saw, then the Bosch would be better because it does have a larger table.

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paxorion

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#2 posted 116 days ago

It’s not really an apples to apples comparison. The Bosch 4100 is more in the same field as the DWE749x series (DWE7490/DWE7491/DWE7499 successors to the DW744) saws. They are bigger and have more capacity. The Bosch GTS1031 is the analogy to the DWE7480/DW745.

For what you described, you’re looking for a saw to help you do home renovations and finish carpentry jobs, where any of the aforementioned saws will do the job. My advice, assume your interests will expand. I had the same thinking as you when I bought my first table saw (a low end one), and quickly had major buyers remorse.

-- paxorion

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DAD2TWO

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#3 posted 116 days ago

Thanks for the responses thus far, my rationale in purchasing the Bosch was that it would allow for some growth should my interests expand and would, hopefully, last a lifetime for my needs.

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b2rtch

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#4 posted 116 days ago

I just look at the Bosh , my reaction is that for this kind of price you could buy a real table saw.
I pay $400.00 for a 3HP Unisaw, in very good condition.

-- Bert

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Shawn Masterson

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#5 posted 116 days ago

I don’t know about the Dewalt, but the Bosch is nice. I am also in the camp of do you want to drag around a saw that takes 1/3 of the truck bed??

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paxorion

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#6 posted 116 days ago

The thread is spiraling down the “stop playing around with job site saws” debate a lot sooner than expected…

DAD2TWO – Is your (current) primary use for a table saw is for DIY home renovation/carpentry work? If so, how important is portability to bring the tool (closer) to your work?

-- paxorion

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dawsonbob

381 posts in 390 days


#7 posted 116 days ago

If you don’t really need to take the saw to a remote site all that often, I’d certainly go for the Bosch, which will roll around the shop just fine. It’s a saw you can grow into.

Just my .002 cents worth.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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DAD2TWO

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#8 posted 116 days ago

I thought about a contractor saw for even more potential but wanted the portability to be able to move the saw near where I am working rather than running out to the garage every time I need to make a cut. In all likelihood I won’t be loading the saw in my truck often, and if I do I won’t be bringing much else with me, maybe the miter saw, drill and some odds and ends.

On a side note it seems like the Dewalt rack and pinion fence would be more accurate than the sliding Bosch fence.

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waho6o9

4843 posts in 1212 days


#9 posted 116 days ago

“On a side note it seems like the Dewalt rack and pinion fence would be more accurate than the sliding Bosch fence.”

My Bosch 4100 toes out .042, oops.

I’ve been looking at the rack and pinion fence and it looks like the
way to go.

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paxorion

606 posts in 680 days


#10 posted 116 days ago

The Dewalt rack and pinion setup is definitely more user friendly to retain alignment than the Bosch T-style inspired fence (one of the reasons why I went with the Dewalt. I will note that the Dewalt fence is smaller, which in my mind, makes it less suitable (harder?) for use with any jigs/accessories that ride on the fence

-- paxorion

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NiteWalker

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#11 posted 115 days ago

I had the bosch for about a year before I gave it to my pop.
I don’t like the fence at all.
It doesn’t always lock parallel to the blade, regardless of tension or any other adjustment.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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DAD2TWO

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#12 posted 115 days ago

I realize these two saws aren’t apples to apples comparison but for $250 less It still leaves me wondering if the Dewalt is enough saw to grow with, I know it’s enough for my current needs. In reading reviews on different sites it seems contractors (contractor talk.com) prefer the Dewalt and woodworkers(this site) prefer the Bosch, brand loyalty perhaps? I’ve read there have been bearing issues with the Bosch anybody experience this? At the end of the day portability, accuracy and quality are my primary concerns.

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NiteWalker

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#13 posted 115 days ago

IMHO, neither saw is nice enough to grow with.

I didn’t have bearing issues with my bosch and I used it pretty hard for the year I had it.

The new delta contractor saw has been getting good reviews around here.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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