You can’t always take your work away from the job site, which means your tools need to come with you. Large power tools aren’t always so portable, leaving your average on-site contractor in a bit of a bind.
Rolling in to fill this gap is the Bosch 4100 table saw, a portable piece of worksite equipment will all the cutting power of your table saw back home.
Bosch 4100-10 Q&A
#1.How loud is the Bosch 4100?
The consensus from several users is that, although still a power tool, the 4100 is actually on the quieter side compared to your average table saw. One user added that if noise reduction is a concern in your workshop, a blade with anti-vibration slots can help.
#2. Which Incra Miter Gauge fits this saw?
A miter gauge is a thin piece of metal with a pivoting head that forces your blade to cut at a specific angle. All table saws have a miter slot that the blade runs through; if you buy a gauge, it needs to fit this slot. The slot on the 4100 is standard, unlike the old 4000 model, which did not have a T slot. Everyday users recommended either the Incra 1000SE or 1000HD, both of which seem to fit well.
#3. What wax is best for the Bosch 4100?
Power tools require regular upkeep, including wax to maintain their coating. I recommend using Johnson’s Paste Wax to shine the top of their table saw, and SAE 30 motor oil to maintain the gears underneath.
What Are Regular Users Saying about The Bosch 4100 Table Saw?
The Bosch 4100 09 review is generally positive; the saw is lauded for being portable and dependable. Most reviewers emphasize that this is a portable saw, and should be judged accordingly. As clean of a cut as it gets, the motor just won’t be able to compete with larger, stationary counterparts. But when taken as the portable device it is, users have no complaints; the Gravity Rise frame is said to be easy to use and surprisingly stable.
A common issue experienced by many users is adjusting the saw blade for the first time. What many users are recommending is loosening the 4 housing screws, adjusting the blade by hand, and then lightly tightening a screw to hold it in place while you check if you are parallel.
Many reviewers expressed satisfaction with Bosch’s customer service, and especially the one-year warranty included with purchase. Users reported quick response times, promptly shipped replacement parts, and a general feeling of goodwill from the company to their customers.
How about some Features:
One of the subtle yet stellar features of the Bosch 4100 table saw is its soft-start circuitry. The 4100 is a 15 amp, 4.0 horsepower device. Most wall sockets max out at 15 amps of electricity, and surging an outlet from 0 to full capacity can cause a tripped breaker. The 4100 employs a ramping motor that gradually reaches full speed, instead of drawing power all at once.
The Bosch 4100 table saw is also appreciated for its safety features. Bosch’s Smart Guard system consists of an adjustable riving knife, an anti-kickback device, and a barrier guard to keep blades away from hands and shards away from eyes. One user also noted how large and accessible the power button is – perfect for pressing in an emergency.
A Bosch 4100 09 review wouldn’t be complete without appreciation for the Gravity Rise frame. This collapsible, wheeled frame can easily support the full 60 lbs of the table saw, but is still light enough to move up and down stairs. When unfolded, the frame works like a wheelbarrow, resting the handle on the ground to provide a surprising amount of stability.
Like most power tools, the Bosch 4100 requires regular maintenance to keep it in working condition. Blades should be regularly removed and cleaned, while visible parts on the underside should be cleaned and lubricated to ensure a smooth cutting motion. The casing should be waxed with your favorite protective product. And finally, any crevices should be checked and occasionally blown free of sawdust, to prevent internal buildup.
The most commonly purchased accessory for the 4100 is the left side extension, which expands your potential workspace. One reviewer noted that this extension is a touch flimsy in comparison to the rest of the construction, but still usable. Bosch sells a handful of other accessories, including a dado insert. A notable feature of the 4100 is that it has a place to hang each accessory on the side when not in use.
The Battle Between: Dewalt DWE7491rs vs Bosch 4100 09
The Bosch 4100’s main industry competitor is Dewalt’s portable table saw option, the DWE7491rs. Both saws attempt to fill the niche for a powerful yet portable saw. Dewalt approaches this by cutting size. Their saw only weighs 48 pounds to the 4100’s 60, but has a smaller work area and a significantly flimsier frame. Amazon reviewers mention needing to prop the saw up for stability when cutting large items. Finally, when comparing the Dewalt DWE7491rs vs Bosch 4100 09, one feature prominently sticks out: Dewat’s saw doesn’t have wheels, and must be carried manually. In comparison, 4100 has two 8-inch treaded wheels that take the pressure off during transportation. Although it weighs a few more pounds, the added stability of the steel frame and the mobility offered by the wheeled base put the Bosch 4100 squarely in the lead.
It’s hard to say whether the Bosch 4100 is truly the best table saw on the market, but it certainly comes close. Very few tools manage to offer a frame that is both portable and stable; usually one is sacrificed for the other. If you typically work on a single job site and aren’t concerned about space or noise, you may want to invest in a large saw. But if you have limited space or need to complete your projects on the go, the Bosch 4100 could very well be for you.