Woodworkers everywhere are well-aware of the name “Bosch,” and they certainly should be. Bosch is a tool company with a long-standing reputation for producing quality equipment that helps make your job as a craftsman easier. Their reputation for quality is exactly why we will be looking to them today to see if their portable 4100-09 10-inch work site table saw is as good as the rest of their offerings.
If you have experience with woodworking and heavy tools in general, you know that there is a big premium on portability. That said, while portability is great, so is durability, stability, and power. Does the Bosch 4100-09 have it all? Let’s find out!
What’s in the Box?
- 10 Inch Table Saw
- Gravity-Rise Table Stand
- Carbide Tipped Blade
- Rip Fence
- Miter Gauge
- Smart Guard System
- Push Stick
This is a pretty standard package in the world of table saws. Nothing really worth mentioning which is actually exactly what you want.
- Amperage: 15
- Arbor Size: 5/8th inch
- Bevel Angle Range: -2 to 47 degrees
- Max Cut Depth at 45 Degrees: 2-1/2 Inches
- Max Cut Depth at 90 Degrees: 3-1/8th Inches
- Weight: 60 Pounds
Pros & Cons
Now that you have all of the preliminary information that you need about the 4100-09, let’s look a little deeper as we now examine some of this product’s pros and cons.
At sixty pounds, this tool could be lifted without much of a hassle, but at the same time that weight is nothing to sneeze at. After a long day on the job site, you may very well not be feeling up to it. With the wheeled stand, that isn’t much of an issue. The tires are designed to handle all terrains so that you won’t need to worry about damaging them. The Bosch 4100-09 makes wheeling your saw to and from job sites easy.
SquareLock Rip Fence
The SquareLock rip fence is equipped with auxiliary fence slots and a t-slot miter gauge that have all been optimized to be as accurate as possible.
What does this mean? Well, more accuracy means less waste. Waste is an unfortunate side effect of woodwork that can be costly and bad for the environment, but the rip fence is able to reduce it which is a big plus.
The tabletop boasts dimensions of 29 x 21 ½ inches which equates to a rip capacity of 25 inches. The ample work space means that despite the mobility of this unit, you aren’t going to have any trouble working through larger materials which is always a concern with portable table saws of this kind.
The Bosch 4100-09 comes equipped with a 4.0 horsepower motor that delivers a cut capacity of 3650 RPM. Of course, you no doubt understand the importance of a good, reliable motor. The more horsepower you have, the easier it will be to cut through sheet goods and large stock, which is certainly an important quality for any table saw to have, perhaps especially a work site model.
It’s a little bit ironic: Stationary table saws are usually about as durable as a tool can get, and yet they enjoy a setting in which there are relatively few perils around to do them harm. Job site table saws, on the other hand, encounter endless variables that could very well result in damage, and even still, they often enough aren’t nearly as sturdy as their stationary equivalents.
The reason for this discrepancy is, of course, obvious. In order for something to be portable, it needs to be lightweight and to make something lightweight the most durable materials aren’t always chosen.Here you are getting a reliable aluminum frame that will keep this unit lightweight while still providing it all the fortification it needs to stand up to the typical wear and tear of the job site.
The power cord featured on this model is a little bit on the short side. This isn’t necessarily a huge problem as it can be solved easily enough with an extension cord but it can also be something of a drag if you don’t have one handy, or simply don’t want to have to bust one out every time you work.
Small Miter Gauge
Some people find that the miter gauge runs a little bit on the small side. My personal opinion is that that is one of the trade-offs of buying an extremely portable table saw. I’ve already listed the actual quality of the accessories as big pros that help in the cutting proficiency. I stand by that. You’re still getting a good miter gauge here even if it isn’t quite as large as some woodworkers would hope it to be.
It’s certainly always nice to have a good warranty for anything really, but especially for big purchases like a power tool. You’re getting that here. Is it as exciting as a wheeled stand, ample work space, or a strong motor? No, it definitely isn’t but it could potentially end up being just as handy.
Needless to say, you don’t want anything to go wrong but in the event that it does it is always good to know that you are covered.
My final verdict is that the Bosch 4100-09 is an extremely impressive piece of equipment that will be a perfect addition to the tool collection of any woodworker that often finds themselves on the go.
Not only is the Bosch a really good piece of equipment in its own right, I think that it also stands up well to similar products in its category. A lot of the time you will find that lightweight portability comes at the cost of stability but that really isn’t the case here. The wheels are also a nice addition that will be really useful to people that will need to take the saw to a lot of different job sites.
Bottom line, if you are looking for a durable table saw that is as powerful as it is portable this may very well be a good option for you.
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