Bosch 4100-09 Portable Saw Review
Issue: Portable 10-inch Table Saw Review (July/August 2013)
Posted Date: 4/17/2014
Street Price: $599
Motor: 15 Amp, 115 Volt
Cutting Capacity: 3-1⁄8" @ 90°; 2-1⁄2" @ 45°
Maximum Dadoing Width: 13/16"
Height to Table: 38-1⁄2"
Net Weight: 105 lbs
I’m no stranger to Bosch’s 4100-09 saw with Gravity-Rise™ stand. I’ve used one several times to build projects for this magazine, including the Serving Tray Cart that appeared in the June issue. So, I was not surprised when it tested impressively here. Rip cuts were on the mark, thanks to a rugged, beefy fence that stayed parallel to the blade each time I reset it. A flip of a red lever underneath unlocks the rails so they slide out and extend ripping capacity up to 25".
|These jobsite-ready table saws should
have sturdy mobile bases, and Bosch’s
Gravity-Rise design is an exceptional
example. It is stable, sets up easily and
is built to handle rugged terrain.
It’s easy to raise or lower the saw’s riving knife for making either through or non-through (dadoes, rabbets, etc.) cuts, and blade changes are simple with one wrench and an arbor lock lever — the only saw here that doesn’t make this a two-wrench job.
I’m not crazy about one feature, and it’s common to three of these five saws: to tip the blade, you unlock a lever behind the blade height hand wheel, then swing the undercarriage up to the angle you need before re-locking the lever. A geared bevel control would make this process a little easier. But, once tipped, Bosch held its angle setting well through my test cuts.
After a couple of hours of cutting, very little sawdust was left on the floor — it routed neatly through a shroud that surrounds the blade and on into my shop vac. It has a clean-out door for when offcuts get stuck or
when you drop the arbor nut down inside ... and who doesn’t do that now and then?
Bosch engineers deserve kudos for the Gravity-Rise stand, and it’s a design some other manufacturers should emulate. Twist one lever, and the sturdy, steel frame folds up or down fluidly to convert from sawing to transport or storage. Eight-inch wheels and lugged rubber tires make this base easy to steer overland or pull up steps. Plus, the base’s stance is wide, giving it sure footing if you are pushing long planks or heavy sheet goods through. It will not tip. But, the stand when erected sets the saw’s tabletop quite high, at 38-1⁄2". Shorter users may find this to be a bit too tall for comfort.
All in all, Bosch packages convenience, capability and woodworking “chops” into this machine. While it sets the high bar for pricing, I think $599 is still fair for this tool.