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In preparing to start my smaller shop in the basement, I'm planning to buy a smaller table saw that won't take up as much space as my big one in the garage. I've narrowed it down to 2 models. The Bosch 4100-09 and the Dewalt DWE7491RS.

They have pretty similar specs and price, and I think either would satisfy my needs quite well. The reason I'm leaning a little toward the Dewalt is that when looking at them in Lowe's, one thing I checked was the accuracy of the rip fence when you lock it in place. On both of them, I slid the fence all the way to the right, then quickly back to where the fence lined up with the miter slot.

The Bosch still needed a little bumping to get it even with the slot front to back (it could have just needed adjustment), but the Dewalt seemed to be right on the money every time. The Bosch has the traditional "claw" on the rear of the fence to grab the guide rail, but the Dewalt has a slide that's pretty much like the slide bracket that's on the front (where the lock lever is). That issue is something that has caused me some consternation on my big saw, especially since my vision is fading fast.

Here are the links for both of them:
10" Jobsite Table Saw 32 - 1/2" (82.5cm) Rip Capacity, and a Rolling Stand - DWE7491RS | DEWALT
https://www.boschtools.com/us/en/bos...00-09-31813-p/

Has anyone here had experience with either of those saws, and have any advice? Thanks. Jim

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Jim...I had to make the same choice some time ago...I went for the 4100...

When the saw came in I went over all the alignments and carefully adjusted the fence, specifically to make sure the claw grabbed sharply in the back. I've never had an issue with the fence lining up precisely after moving it.

What I find ensures repeatable alignment each time is to move the fence by the square in the front, lightly press when lining it up to your mark and push down on the handle. Keeping the rail clean and waxed helps a lot...

(see my thread) http://www.routerforums.com/tool-rev...-unboxing.html and many other write-ups on the forum...use the Advanced Search tool...

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I think the Bosch is a better saw. Very well built, very reliable machine, good precision. Bosch also has superb customer service should you ever need it. They also have a model now with the instant blade stop if the blade contacts skin, and the mechanism doesn't destroy the blade either. Cost of the blade stop unit is more than double, but the precision is pure Bosch.

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I had issues with one of those small saws not holding well enough on the back claw of the fence so I stuck a piece of self adhesive sandpaper on it.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I had a chat with a woman buying a portable TS, at my local bldg. supply. She was pretty knowledgeable but hadn't done any research on TS choices.
I was praising the Bosch 4100, and in the process pulled the mitre guide out of it's holder and slipped it into the mitre slot. Much to my amazement and embarrassment it was a shockingly sloppy fit. Pulled it back out and looked at it...no means of adjusting for slop!
What are they thinking?! *red face*
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Just to clarify...
https://www.boschtoolsservice.com/Or...B13010&mn=4100
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I had issues with one of those small saws not holding well enough on the back claw of the fence so I stuck a piece of self adhesive sandpaper on it.

...adjustable on the 4100...

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This was a Sears (I know, say no more). Even tightened I could still push on it and move it but the sandpaper stopped that.

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The DeWalt fence is better just as your in store test showed. Its a toothed mechanism. Still knowing that 15 years ago I bought Bosch because of the stand. Last year I was shopping for my son. Fence difference the same but like Dan said the miter slop is embarrassing.

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The miter slot on that Sears saw was like that too and because of the design you couldn't switch it with an aftermarket. Without breaking some of the casting off the edges of the groove you couldn't even switch it out with a home made wooden runner.

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