The Bosch GTS1031 is a well-reviewed small table saw designed for the ultimate in portability and small workshops, with a roll guard that protects even the accessories stored onboard. The saw can be stored or transported on edge; handles are supplied for both one-handed and two-handed carrying. Reviewers recommend the folding stand as sturdy and convenient; the saw clips on securely without tools. There's a 2.25-inch dust collection port for shop vac or optional TS1004 dust collection bag (*Est. $15). Reviews praise the overall design of the Bosch GTS1031, but we found some reports of poor quality control. There are also minor inconveniences, including a bevel adjustment knob set too close to the switch. If you don't need the dado capability or on-edge storage of the Bosch, reviews recommend the DeWalt DW745 (*Est. $370) for lighter weight, smoother cuts, easier adjustments and a three-year warranty.
We found several reviews comparing the Bosch GTS1031 with its main competitor, the DeWalt DW745. Popular Mechanics provides the most objective and detailed tests, but the comparisons at Tools of the Trade and ThisIsCarpentry.com are also helpful. The single-product reviews at The Journal of Light Construction and Fine Homebuilding include ample illustrations and cover both pros and cons well. A brief review at Wood Magazine compares the GTS1031 with the larger, more expensive Bosch 4100. We also found useful owner-written reviews at Amazon.com, plus a handful at HomeDepot.com. YouTube.com publishes quite a few video demonstrations; we found an illuminating review there by carpenter Dan Verkaik.
Based on thorough, objective cutting tests (on plywood, shelving, 2-by-4 lumber and red oak -- including some beveled cross-cuts) -- editors rate the Bosch GTS1031 and DeWalt DW745 equal in performance, though the DeWalt blade leaves a smoother edge. Both saws can even be used for fine woodworking, especially if upgraded to a cross-cut sled or an aftermarket miter gauge. The Bosch certainly wins for any user who might use a dado or who needs to transport or store the saw on edge. Otherwise, the DeWalt takes the lead; it's lighter and makes adjustments easier.
Review: Compact Table Saw Showdown: Bosch vs. DeWalt, Stuart Deutsch, 2011
2. Tools of the Trade
This detailed, well-illustrated review by a finish carpenter compares the Bosch GTS1031 with its main competitor, the DeWalt DW745. The blade guards on both saws are excellent, but the Bosch, despite slightly heavier weight, is easier to carry. The balance and hand holds are just right. The motor runs smoothly, and the Bosch has enough power to cut hardwood. A dual-scale system allows for a maximum rip capacity of 18 inches.
Review: Ultra-Portable Table Saws, Jesse Wright, Oct. 13, 2011
Carpenter Michael Inskeep compares the Bosch GTS1031 with the DeWalt DW745 based on their usage with a Rousseau table that comes with its own fence. The blade guard systems are fine on both saws; the Bosch has a bigger lever for releasing the riving knife. A bigger difference is the roll guard system that protects the Bosch, plus excellent onboard storage. The DeWalt wins the contest here, though, for quieter, smoother performance; the Bosch blade wobbles on start-up -- leaving rough edges and, often, burn marks. Nearly 50 readers add their opinions, many of whom defend the Bosch. Some note that the Bosch can accommodate a dado.
Review: Portable Table Saws: Bosch or DeWalt?, Michael Inskeep, Jan. 20, 2012
4. The Journal of Light Construction
Based on a week of testing, this review praises the Bosch GTS1031 for easy carrying and onboard storage, plus an excellent blade guard system and good dust collection. (The author uses a Festool shop vac.) The Bosch needed some adjustment out of the box, though, and the miter gauge fit loosely, with a face not perfectly flat; the author replaced it with an auxiliary wooden fence. After these initial problems are solved, O'Brien finds cuts accurate, concluding that the saw offers "the best compromise between performance and portability that I've found to date."
Review: Toolbox: Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Table Saw, Tom O'Brien, Oct. 2011
5. Fine Homebuilding
The Bosch GTS1031 earns high praise here for an "accurate and solid" rip fence. The bevel adjusts to 47 degrees -- important for working with corners that aren't quite square. The blade guard system also earns kudos here for easy, tool-free parts with onboard storage. The saw is judged easy to carry either one-handed or with both hands, and clips securely to the optional stand -- also a plus. The saw has one huge drawback, though -- the lack of a soft-start motor.
Review: Bosch - GTS1031 Portable Tablesaw, Kit Camp, Oct. 2011
6. Wood Magazine
This brief single-product review of the Bosch GTS1031 concludes that it "provides nearly the same performance as the 4100" but that the GTS1031 has a much smaller rip capacity (18 inches vs. 25 inches for the 4100). Otherwise, the GTS1031 earns top marks here, with praise for its power (fine on red oak) and for a truly convenient blade guard system that's apt to be regularly used.
Review: Tool Reviews: Compact Saw Delivers Big-time Performance, Editors of Wood Magazine, Feb. 28, 2012
Nearly four dozen owners review the Bosch GTS1031 at this retail site, most quite happy with it. The saw earns kudos for power and overall design. The loose miter gauge is cited as a weak point, as is the rough-starting motor. Quality control seems to be an issue: The most negative reviews praise the saw's design but find significant flaws in build quality, while other owners find no flaws.
Review: Bosch GTS1031 10-inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw, Contributors to Amazon.com
The handful of owners reviewing the Bosch GTS1031 here at the time of our report give it reviews at both extremes. One has trouble with the motor; others praise it for excellent design and build quality.
Review: Bosch 10 in. 15 Amp Table Saw Model GTS1031, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
This five-minute video review is by a carpenter who's used the Bosch GTS1031 for about a month. The Bosch earns kudos for power and smooth cutting, and the video shows how easy it is to remove the blade guard. Two major inconveniences are also shown: having to remove the fence to make some adjustments, and the knuckle-buster design of the bevel adjustment knob.
Review: Bosch GTS1031 10" Worksite Portable Table Saw - Real User Review, Dan Verkaik, Dec. 27, 2011