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Bosch 4100-09 Review

Est. $570
Reviewed
September 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Bosch 4100-09 Review

Best portable table saw

Pros
  • High precision
  • Riving knife, excellent blade guard
  • Gravity-Rise stand
Cons
  • Blade-lock lever
  • Warranty only one year

Bottom line

With power to spare for most sawing tasks, the best safety features this side of a SawStop saw, and terrific portability, the Bosch 4100-09 is a top choice for anyone who needs a top shelf table saw for the jobsite as well as the workshop.

Breaking it down

Performance

Professional grade all the way. Among portable saws, we saw more universal praise for the Bosch 4100-09 than any other model. Even those who don't absolutely love this portable table saw like it very much. It takes home Editors' Choice honors in the 2011 edition of the Taunton Tool Guide, and is a top choice of readers there as well. The editors at Wood Magazine say "Power, Performance, Portability -- This saw's got it all," making it no surprise that it earns Top Tool honors among high-end job-site saws. The editors add that it could handle even the toughest tests they could dream up. At Woodworker's Journal, the editors say "Rip cuts were on the mark, thanks to a rugged, beefy fence that stayed parallel to the blade each time I reset it." User reviews are largely excellent as well

Features

A stand that others are measured by. It's rare when a portable table saw stand draws as much praise as the saw itself, but that's the case with the Bosch 4100-09. "Bosch engineers deserve kudos for the Gravity-Rise stand, and it's a design some other manufacturers should emulate," says Woodworker's Journal. "Twist one lever, and the sturdy, steel frame folds up or down fluidly to convert from sawing to transport or storage." The other feature that draws some compliments is the dust collection system. "The dust shroud and 2-1/2" port hook up to a shop vacuum and do a nice job evacuating dust from the cut without it getting into the air," Wood magazine reports. The Bosch is large for a portable saw, though its rip capacity (25 inches) is lower than that of most contractor saws. Some reviews look at a model with a digital fence (one with a digital readout), but reviews of that feature were mixed and it has since been discontinued. In its place is a "Squarelock" rip fence that draws good feedback. Wood magazine calls it easy to use. At Woodworker's Journal, the editors say "Rip cuts were on the mark, thanks to a rugged, beefy fence that stayed parallel to the blade each time I reset it."

Safety

Tops among portable jobsite saws. You can't get the injury-saving technology found in SawStop table saws in a portable model, but the Bosch 4100-09 has great safety features of its own. It meets the voluntary UL standards for table saw safety, including a riving knife and a blade guard that's described by Wood magazine as easy to install and use.

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Our Sources

1. Woodworker's Journal

This review of the Bosch 4100-09 is part of a round-up of 10-inch table saws. Performance and the Gravity Rise stand are praised. Price is a concern, but the editors conclude that "All in all, Bosch packages convenience, capability and woodworking 'chops' into this machine."

Review: Bosch 4100-09 Portable Saw Review, Editors of Woodworker's Journal, July/August 2013

2. Wood Magazine

This review capsule heaps high praise onto the Bosch 4100-09. "Although this saw makes an excellent addition to any construction job-site, it's also just as proficient in a woodworking shop," editors say. It earns a Top Tool award.

Review: Bosch 10" Benchtop Tablesaw #4100-09, Editors of Wood magazine, May 29, 2012

3. Taunton's 2011 Tool Guide

The Bosch 4100-09 portable table saw earns both an Editors' Choice award and top ranking in an annual survey of readers of Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding. Editors praise the Bosch as "accurate, smooth and powerful," based on objective tests comparing it with five other portable table saws.

Review: Portable Tablesaws, Patrick McCombe, November 2010

4. Amazon.com

Nearly 275 user reviews of the Bosch 4100-09 are posted at Amazon.com. Most are pleased, saying it's accurate and easy to use and; the saw earns a rating of 4.4 stars out of 5.

Review: Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2014

5. Lowes.com

Lowes.com hosts more than 180 user reviews of the Bosch 4100-09, though some of those were originally posted at the Bosch web site. Satisfaction runs extremely high. The saw earns a 4.7 rating with 96 percent saying that they would recommend this portable table saw to a friend.

Review: Bosch 10-in Table Saw Model #: 4100-09, Contributor to Lowes.com, As of September 2014

6. HomeDepot.com

You can find more than 165 owner reviews of the Bosch 4100-09 portable table saw at HomeDepot.com. Most are from the site's own customers, though some are again drawn from Bosch's web site. Satisfaction is similar to what's seen at Lowes.com, with a 4.7 rating and 97 percent saying that they would recommend the 4100-09 to a friend. Fewer than 10 owners rate the saw less than 4 stars, and most give it a perfect 5-star score.

Review: Bosch Model # 4100-09 15-Amp 10 in. Table Saw with Gravity Rise Stand, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2014

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