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Ok guys. I know there are alot of Bosch fans on this forum, so here what I'm looking for.
My old craftsman table saw just decided to crap out. Although I can get parts lto fix the problem, I really would love to fix it, then sell it and buy another portable saw. One of the reasons for getting rid of it is that it has a 5/8" miter slot that is absolutely useless as far as I'm concerned. I have been looking at the Bosch 4100-09 and have seen some remarkable reviews. What say you on this machine? Give me the good, bad, anf ugly.
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Ok guys. I know there are alot of Bosch fans on this forum, so here what I'm looking for.
My old craftsman table saw just decided to crap out. Although I can get parts lto fix the problem, I really would love to fix it, then sell it and buy another portable saw. One of the reasons for getting rid of it is that it has a 5/8" miter slot that is absolutely useless as far as I'm concerned. I have been looking at the Bosch 4100-09 and have seen some remarkable reviews. What say you on this machine? Give me the good, bad, anf ugly.
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+1 on pretty much Bosch anything, but I have to ask, are you sold on a portable as opposed to a contractor or cabinet saw?
No problem if you are, but working off the larger table, with more HP, is a real pleasure.
But then I do a lot of stuff with plywood panels so that's my focus.
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I have one as my second saw in the shop. My first is a 12" Craftsman, which I really like. I got the Bosch because I needed a back up saw in case I screwed up a piece on the main TS and had to make another piece with out breaking down my set up.
First I took off the folding table as it took up too much room in my shop. Great for transporting to and from and setting up on the job site, but I built a cabinet stand for it.

I bought and installed the left,and rear extensions they work just great. I installed the digital fence and it is a great system you can set it and move the right extension out and it reads the new setting, right on the money too. You have to zero it every time you use it. It is a soft start machine and has lots of power,riving knife and separate blade guard. The miter gauge is a "T" slot gauge.

It has a place for all the accessories on the saw. The fence has its spot when not in use, so does the blades,cord,the wrenches everything.

The only thing that I didn't like was the attempt at dust collection. The blade is sort of encased below the table and has a port like a radial arm/chopsaw out the back that tilts with the blade. This depends on the blade to shoot out the debris, but does not work good. So I built a plywood shroud on the back of the saw and hooked it to the power cord winder hooks that has a 6" flex to my dust collector system. Now it sucks the teeth right off the blade.

the only other thing that works but I am not used to is the swinging quadrant for tilting the blade. It has a lever that these old hands have a tough time releasing ,then the blade swings to the desired angle and you clamp it with the lever. Not accurate, I use a wixey digital indicator to set the angle.

Right out of the box it was square and plumb cutting and rip boards parallel.

I leave it set up with a box cutter blade in it and when I need a rabbet or dado ,and that is quite often, it is ready to go.

I didn't do the dial-a-indicator scenario with it, I will let the dial-a- indicator guys do that for you.

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+1 on pretty much Bosch anything, but I have to ask, are you sold on a portable as opposed to a contractor or cabinet saw?
No problem if you are, but working off the larger table, with more HP, is a real pleasure.
But then I do a lot of stuff with plywood panels so that's my focus.
don't even think about selling the 4100 short for a heartbeat...
you need to drive one on a multitude of projects and you will have nothing but respect for it......
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I love my Bosch, but I agree with Dan. If I had the space, I'd get a bigger saw. I compensate somewhat by having a track saw, but sometimes wish I had a bigger, more powerful saw.

Options I have (Bosch unless noted):

Gravity-rise stand: Awesome, very solid and easy to use.

Dado insert: It works.

DC010 digital carriage display: Don't bother.

Rear, Left extensions: They work fine. Need silicon often to keep moving freely. Rear arm makes blade storage annoying, but still doable.

Leecraft BH-1 zero-clearance insert: Love it. Supposedly better than the Bosch option. Or make your own.

Incra Miter 1000SE. Awesome.

My only gripes, and these are very minor:

1) Dust collection. It's hard to get a fitting on the dust tube, because it's too close to the frame. This is a common complaint. Even when hooked up, I still get too much dust, but I blame the sucker (Rockler Dust Right). I need to explore options.

2) The top is aluminum. That's why it's light. It's not as smooth as a machined steel top. And magnetic tools don't stick.

3) I don't like the clamp that locks down the riving knife.
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I like the Bosch, but there are several other quality contractor and light duty cabinet saws (i bought the 36 inch Laguna Fusion with 110v motor) and Grizly and Jet also make very decent saws. Generally, cabinet saws have a much larger table area and if they have a belt drive, they can cut a larger piece. A friend had built a special stand for his Bosch with a top that exactly matched the table height. The fence on the Bosch is also shorter. I have had great results from the Laguna and the fit and finish are excellent. The motor can also be wired for 220, but they recommend you hire an electrician to hook it up so you don't mess it up. The top on my Laguna is very close to dead flat because (according to one review, the casting was allowed to age a bit before being ground flat. For about $100 more, you can get the 52 inch model.

Ask others about their saw brands. A saw is a long term investment that is the core of any shop, not a good idea to scrimp.
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Steve...I'm certainly no expert on all the products out there but I recently bought the 4100 Recon from CPO Outlets and can't be happier with it.

I've done some pretty delicate work with some awkward lengths of wood and am ecstatic.

I wouldn't hesitate for a moment...go for the 4100...

If you do a search on the 4100 right here on the forum you will see more written up about it than any other place on the web...(I did one on the unboxing and later on some initial cuts).

I slapped a Freud thin blade on it and it became an even better saw. I did not get the stand, didn't want it, light enough for this old man to put it in the back of the RAM...

...besides, what else would you buy...? (unless you're after a big slab of arn and not a portable...)
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I purchased a 4100 and converted the fence system to an Incra. I now have the best of both worlds....portability and extremely accurate. I HIGHLY recommend this this combination !
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I've had my 4100 for 6 years and couldn't be happier. The only change made was the addition of an Incra miter gauge. I got the V27 for cheap and it does all Ineed.
BTW, I still use the oem blade quite a lot, don't know if they still come with he same one but, it too is great!
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