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scarrylarry 10-01-2011 05:12 PM

Bosch 4100-9
 
Fellas I need some information regarding the Bosch 4100-9 portable table saw. Whatever model that is out there right now will be the one I'm going to be thinking of purchasing. I'd love to get a full blown table saw one day but do not have the room right now and I think a contractor saw would be about the same. Okay, most reviews I have read say the 4100-9 is a great saw. I have looked at the comparable DeWalt and the Ridgid and the Makita. What do you guy's think?
Thanks
scarrylarry

kwikfishron 10-02-2011 06:32 AM

That Bosch is a nice saw. I like the stand if you have room for it. Itís a little bulky if your transporting it all the time.

The rack and pinion fence on the DW744 is a tough feature to beat though. If the stand is a important feature for you then go for the Bosch. If not you may want to take a closer look at the DeWalt.

oh'mike 10-02-2011 07:07 AM

That does look like a fine saw and I have heard good things about it.

I have the DeWalt ----That has proven itself to be tough--accurate and compact--(mine lives in my truck so size is important)---Love the fence---

kwikfishron 10-02-2011 07:48 AM

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Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 740068)
That does look like a fine saw and I have heard good things about it.

I got to use one for about a month when working on a buddies job (burn up his tools, right) with no complaints.

The fence squares up nicely when you lock it. Same power as the DW and has a little larger table surface. It will cut 47 degrees, something I wish my DW could do at times.

All in all though once you’ve got used to the R&P fence on the DW there’s no turning back, for me anyway. Being able to quickly and effortlessly make the finest of adjustments closes the deal for me.

scarrylarry 10-02-2011 12:03 PM

Thanks !!!!
 
Thanks you guy's for your honest replies.It's even more helpful when you list some of the features that you like or don't like which you did!
I'm a little unclear about the angle cuts though mentioned about the DeWalt.I should read up a little more on the saw's specifications.Are you talking about blade tilt or miter,
Many Thanks
Lawrence

kwikfishron 10-02-2011 12:17 PM

The blade on the Bosch will bevel 47 degrees compared to 45 on the DW. Not a big deal but there have been times if I had those extra 2 degrees, I would have used them.

oh'mike 10-02-2011 02:14 PM

I love the accuracy of the fence--I'm mostly an inside guy----cabinets and trim---stairs--

Fine cuts to expensive wood----a good clean cut that is right on the money is essential--the DeWalt has done that for me --for years.

woodworkbykirk 10-04-2011 07:18 PM

i own the bosch and have used the dewalt and rigid quite a bit as well.

the dewalt is a good accurate saw however if the fence gets knocked out of alignment its a real bastard to re-align, dealt with this a few times. the first time it took us 3-4 hrs driving around to stores to find the correct size nut driver needed to adjust the fence... and once you find it , its still a pain in the but

the bosch however has all the hardware come with it and it can be realigned in about 5 minutes, simpler design is better for a reason. also bosch now has a compact model out now which will mitre -2 degrees up to 47 degrees which is really handy to have at odd times

the ridgid is very similar to the bosch, the one most noticable thing i didnt like about it was the switch its smaller and in a harder to get at location.. not a good thing if you get in trouble cutting something and your trying to shut down the saw without looking for the switch

kwikfishron 10-05-2011 06:25 AM

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Originally Posted by wooworkbykirk (Post 742291)
it took us 3-4 hrs driving around to stores to find the correct size nut driver needed to adjust the fence...

Wow, and youíre in metric country too. A 10mil is pretty easy to come by here.

scarrylarry 10-05-2011 08:15 AM

woodwork by kirk
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by wooworkbykirk (Post 742291)
i own the bosch and have used the dewalt and rigid quite a bit as well.

the dewalt is a good accurate saw however if the fence gets knocked out of alignment its a real bastard to re-align, dealt with this a few times. the first time it took us 3-4 hrs driving around to stores to find the correct size nut driver needed to adjust the fence... and once you find it , its still a pain in the but

the bosch however has all the hardware come with it and it can be realigned in about 5 minutes, simpler design is better for a reason. also bosch now has a compact model out now which will mitre -2 degrees up to 47 degrees which is really handy to have at odd times

the ridgid is very similar to the bosch, the one most noticable thing i didnt like about it was the switch its smaller and in a harder to get at location.. not a good thing if you get in trouble cutting something and your trying to shut down the saw without looking for the switch

Kirk
I assume that when you say you knocked the fence on the Dewalt out of alignment you meant that the rack and pinion gears were out?Or am I not really on the ball here?
Thanks Lawrence

scarrylarry 10-05-2011 08:22 AM

More Looking
 
So I went to one of the major tool dealers near me(not a big box store) and looked over the Bosch 4100 and the comparable dewalt that also has the portable stand with wheels.I compared them the best I could in the short time I had there.I'll go back again next weel possibly.The saws seem to both have pros and cons,what I mean what one saw has going for it the other does not.For instant the mitre seemed a littel sloppy in the track of the Bosch but not so on the Dewalt.The Bosch has meatl in places where the DeWalt does not.The Bosch has a wider rip capacity bigger work surface than the DeWalt.So I'm scratcing my head now and looking at the belt driven contactor saws did not help .
Thanks
scarrylarry

oh'mike 10-05-2011 08:49 AM

Forget all about the miter gauge on a portable saw---they are to small and will never work safely or give you a true cut-----Use a chop saw or get a full sized table saw if you need miter capacity.

Just my experience-----

woodworkbykirk 10-09-2011 06:07 PM

exactly, mitre gauges on contractor saws are near useless, there isnt enough table space in front of or behind the blade to be of any use. thus having a mitre saw as well. ive had my bosch 4 or 5 years now i guess and maybe looked at the mitre gauge twice

as for metric,, not really it is available here but i almost never use metric

oh'mike 10-09-2011 06:39 PM

I just throw away the miter gauge so my assistant won't try to use it----we always have a chop saw on site so the need seldom comes up---

woodworkbykirk 10-09-2011 08:32 PM

yah, i do that with the blade guards... shouldnt say that out loud though... with the custom work i do id spend 3/4 of my day simply taking the guard off and putting it back on.. some tasks arent possible with a guard and i find less safe having it because i cant see what im doing


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