A portable table saw is a necessity for almost any construction professional, or even woodworking enthusiasts who primarily work from home.
The problem is not finding saws to buy, but is instead finding the right one for your needs, and one that also meets all of your quality and feature expectations.
Bosch, a company that commands much respect in the power tool industry, is offering a highly popular unit in the form of the Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand.
Marketed as a high performing portable solution, is this the best option for your next purchase?
Let’s take a look at this Bosch 4100-09 table saw review.
What are the Target Applications for This Saw?
The Bosch 4100-09 reviewed here is aimed squarely at professionals.
The inclusion of a stand in the package means that it is easily portable around jobsites, although it would also fit right at home in a private workshop.
The unit is capable of ripping both hardwood and ply, so would be suitable for a number of carpentry jobs such as decking, flooring, and cabinetry. General repair professionals, furniture makers, and homebuilders would all find this table saw suitable on a range of jobsites.
The materials used are designed to be trucked around, and include dense plastic, steel, and solid machined aluminum.
Is the Tool Designed for Frequent Use?
This table saw has been designed with professional scenarios in mind, so frequency of use will not be a concern.
This is not a hobby tool, but has been designed for professionals who need a reliable unit that is ready to go whenever it is needed. Providing that the unit is well maintained, moving parts are lubricated, and the unit is regularly checked for dust buildup, it will perform time and time again.
Note that blade performance can degrade over time, so owners should ensure that high quality blades are used, and that blade materials are suitable for the wood types that are being ripped.
How Portable is the Bosch Table Saw?
Bosch has made portability a major consideration when designing the 4100-09 table saw.
Unlike some other table saws that compete in a similar price bracket, the package includes an integrated stand assembly. Many owners have pointed to the stand as one of the best features of the product, and looking at the quality, it’s not hard to understand why.
The stand is made from durable tubular aluminum, and is covered in a powder coat that will help to prevent tarnishing.
Unfortunately, despite being extremely easy to raise and lower, and stable while in operation, the stand is not absolutely perfect. The small size of the wheels mean that the frame will scrape when the unit is being pulled up stairs.
This problem can be easily rectified by installing protective tubing or felt furniture roll on the frame of the stand. This is an unfortunate design oversight that takes points away from an otherwise perfect stand design.
When fully assembled with accessories, the total weight is over 60lbs. Because of the wheels and stand, actually moving the saw around a job site is simple, however, owners of smaller stature may need assistance when loading or unloading the saw from a pickup or other vehicle.
What Power Source is Used?
15AMP power draw means that this is a relatively high drain power tool.
In most situations it will need to be run from a main outlet. Bosch offers only a 120v version of the 4100-09, although a stepdown transformer could be used if only 210v or 220v is available.
With a 14-gauge extension cable, normal function can only be guaranteed up to 25ft. It is advisable to use a cable length that is closer to 20ft, and only high quality 14 Ga. cables should be used.
What is the Performance Rating of the Saw?
The 15AMP, 4 horsepower motor is able to get the blade up to 3,650 rpm with no load.
However, as any professional will know, the performance is not so much in the RPM, but in the torque that can be applied for any cutting job.
Being an electric tool, torque is in no short supply, and this Bosch 4100-09 power tool will easily rip through hard and ply woods, or even remanufactured wood composites.
The performance is heavily reliant on the blade that is used, and it is nice to see that Bosch includes a carbide tipped blade in the package. This blade will be sufficient for most users, without the need for an immediate upgrade.
What is the Cutting Capacity?
The extendable tabletop on the Bosch 4100-09 reviewed here can extend to 29 inches, supporting 25 inches of rip capacity to the right, and 8.5 inches to the left of the blade.
This is essentially the industry standard in the market at this time, with table saws in this class ripping around 25 or 26 inches without any extension accessories.
Note that this cutting capacity is the safe maximum capacity when materials are loaded only on the table.
By removing the rip fence, it is possible to rip larger pieces of material, although safety and adequate support for the material should always be taken into consideration.
When ripping without the included fence, special care should be taken to square any cuts, to avoid waste of material.
Is the Rip Fence of High Quality?
The rip fence on this unit is of high quality, although as a free accessory, it is by no means perfect.
It achieves its basic function of allowing for true square cuts when staying within the basic table measurements, but for regular use it is possible that some professionals would become frustrated with the device.
The plastic edge that mounts to the table doesn’t include rollers, so any interference or friction will cause jarring when adjusting the rip fence. Adjustments should be made with two hands to keep the fence aligned on either side, which will also help to prevent jarring.
The rip fence, while adequate, is not one of the highlights of the unit. It is made partially from plastic on the glide pads, with aluminum used where the fence sits on the table surface. Bosch offers replacement fences (Part #2610950148).
How Does the Unit Perform With Dust Collection?
Dust is ejected out of the back of the unit, opposing the operator.
For the most part, long term user feedback has been positive for dust collection, however, there are cases where owners have complained about dust buildup within the unit, which can make it difficult to raise and lower the blade.
For heavy duty usage, it is recommended to use a dust collector, which will help to alleviate any problems. A powered dust collector could be used in workshops, while simple dust bags could be used on jobsites without a powered system. The dust port measures at 2 ¼ inches.
Owners can reduce dust kickback by removing the aluminum panel on the back of the unit next to the dust ejection port. This panel is secured by two hand removable wingnuts, and is intended for use during cleaning.
Removing it will reduce buildup, but will also create the problem of more dust ending up in the general environment. Owners working outdoors will have no issues with this, but for indoor use this would not be ideal.
What Safety Features Are Integrated?
Like most modern blade saws, the Bosch 4100-09 comes with integrated kickback pawls and a riving knife. Also similar to many competing units, is the use of a modular plastic blade guard.
The design means that cuts can be observed in progress, and the guard can easily be raised and lowered when necessary.
Visibility is key for accuracy of cuts and also for safety, so it is good to see that Bosch has taken this kind of approach to the guard assembly.
Are There Maintenance Requirements
Keeping the blade lubricated, keeping the internals dust free, and using appropriate power outlets and cables are about all the maintenance that the average owner will need to perform.
For ensuring the table top is clean and friction free, furniture wax can be used over the surface. It is important to use a natural wax, or ensure that any synthetics are silicone-free.
Is the Unit Easy to Use?
The functions of the table are easy to understand, especially for anyone that has used a table saw in the past.
Some features like the table extension lock are finished in red and provide a clear indicator of whether the table is secured. The blade guard design also contributes to ease of use.
As with any power tool designed for cutting, the Bosch 4100-09 should not be used without prior experience or training, and apprentices should use the tool only under supervision.
How Does Construction Quality Stack Up?
Bosch is well known for durable tools that use premium materials, and this table saw is no exception. Aluminum is used on the table for strength and also to keep overall weight down, and the general finish and fitting is of high quality.
Assembly is also of a high standard, with all bolts and joins aligned near perfectly.
Some users may be unhappy with plastic used for some of the accessories and the body under the table, however, this is something that is standard practice within this price range.
Plastic will deteriorate over time, but parts like the rip fence and handles on the device are easily replaceable. Plastic is hardened for increased lifetime.
Here’s a nice video you can watch to get a good grasp of all the features of this powerful table saw:
What Accessories are included in the package?
The table includes storage for the included accessories, helping to ensure that parts aren’t lost when the unit is being transported between job sites.
Basic accessories include;
- Table stand.
- 10” carbide tipped blade.
- Plastic/aluminum rip fence.
- Miter gauge.
- Blade guard.
- Plastic push stick.
- Blade wrench and hex adjustment wrench.
- Throat plate table insert.
Are There Any Additional Features?
Aside from the key features listed throughout this review, potential owners will also be pleased that this table saw can accept a dado blade of up to 8”.
Is the Documentation up to Standard?
Bosch provides a comprehensive user guide that includes safety instructions and general use instruction.
The official guide can be found here. Unfortunately, standard documentation doesn’t include stand instructions, and assembly is mostly performed visually by using the picture diagram included in the package.
What are the Consumer Ratings?
This particular table saw has been in production for almost ten years, and has been met with positive response from consumers. On the largest e-retailer, more than 68% of Bosch 4100-09 10 Inch Table Saw reviews are five star reviews, and 85 % of all reviews are over four stars.
Purchasing online is the most affordable way to get your hands on one of these table saws and ranging from $500 to $600 from reputable retailers, it should be considered a bargain.
Bosch includes all of the accessories that you would need to begin basic operation of the tool, although some users might like to invest in some extras, including dust collection bags Bosch TS1004 Table Saw Dust Collector Bag, or even a powered dust collection machine if the device will be used in a shop.
Shipping & Packing
Some consumers have reported packaging that is damaged in transit, although the interior Styrofoam and cardboard has managed to protect the tool from any damage. When ordering online, always choose a reputable seller, and inspect your delivery before accepting from the delivery company.
Manufacturer Support & Warranty
Bosch provides excellent support and a one-year warranty on this table saw. Their support line can be contacted directly at 1-877-BOSCH-99 (1-877-267-2499).
Official Bosch Specifications
- Amperage 0
- Arbor 5/8″
- Arbor Size 5/8″
- Bevel Angle Range -2° to 47°
- Blade Diameter 0
- Depth of Cut at 45 Deg. 2-1/2″
- Depth of Cut at 90 Deg. 3-1/8″
- Length 5″
- No Load RPM 3,650
- Voltage 120V
- Weight 0lb
- Width 0″
- Table Top dimensions 29″
The unit is manufactured in Taiwan.
Standard dimensions are 39.13″ x 30″ x 20.9″. When the table is in the folding position for storage, the assembly measures at 47” x 30” x 29”.
Covered by Bosch’s standard Limited Warranty for Bosch Portable and Benchtop Power Tools. This warranty protects against defects in the materials used or the workmanship when manufacturing the unit.
Notes on Fine Tuning
The saw has been designed so that blade alignment is as perfect as possible when being shipped from the factory.
To further adjust the blade, follow these instructions.
- Raise the blade to the highest possible point.
- Mark the saw blade edge with a pencil, while measuring with a combination square or sliding rule.
- Rotate the blade until the mark reappears at the opposing end of the slot. Measure again and ensure that the measurements are identical. If they are not, the blade will not be parallel to the miter gauge slots.
- If the blade is not parallel, follow the instructions on p.36 of the Bosch manual, loosening the alignment bolts, making the necessary adjustment, and retightening the bolts. Bolts use the standard hex slot, and the necessary hex tool is included with the saw package.
Despite some minor drawbacks, this Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand Review has found a tool that offers good value and quality construction and design.
The saw is suitable for both professionals and experienced enthusiasts, and the overwhelming positive feedback is consistent with the features and overall quality found on the 4100-09.
One final thing I should add to help you even more with your buying decision: Two of the top competitors of this table saw model, are the Dewalt DWE7491RS and the Makita 2705 table saws.
Bosch 4100-09 Table Saw Summary Review
|IMPORTANT FEATURES||PROS & CONS|
|-Integrated gravity stand|
-10 inch saw
-Table adjustable up to 25 inches
-4HP motor for blade rotation up to 3650rpm
-Locking rip fence
-Non-interference blade guard
-Overall high quality from a top brand
-Carbide tipped blade is adequate for most users out of the box
-Included stand makes this perfect for contractors
-Wheels on the stand make the unit highly maneuverable
-The power of the tool is impressive, especially when cutting through hard woods
-Quality push stick
-Great safety features, including kickback protection
-The saw can be folded with the stand when not in use, making storage easier
-The motor is soft start, which is more desirable and safer than tools that are simply ‘on or off’
-Some plastic materials will not be appreciated by all owners
-The documentation is largely focused on the table saw itself, making the stand assembly harder than is necessary
-Blade lowering mechanism may fail after extended use (again, a drawback of so many plastic parts)
-The unit is easily portable on wheels, but may require two people for loading and unloading to a vehicle
-Dust can collect inside the unit over time (easily overcome with regular cleaning)