The bosch 4000 table saw was a pretty nice saw. The new 4100 series bosch table saw is even better thanks to a few well thought out impovements.
Probably the most useful of these improvements is the modular Smart Guard System that allows the user to add or remove components without the use of tools. Nicely designed and very functional.
The riving knife is a significant safety improvement over the splitter used on the 4000 models, and when used with the anti-kickback pawls and new "split-guard" blade guard, you have a system that's hard to beat when it comes to safety concerns.
See the Bosch 4100-09 at Amazon and read the detailed reviews.
Another addition worth noting is a t-slot has been incorporated into the "squarelock" rip fence. This makes it much easier to add a sacrificial fence, or other useful table saw jigs. The rip fence itself has been highly praised by owners as accurate and easy to use.
The 15 amp soft-start motor on the 4100 bosch table saw features an electronic torque control circuit that matches the motor's output to the workload. When the workload increases, this circuit provides more power to the motor to keep the blade rotating at a constant speed.
There's not a lot of difference within the three models. Take the basic 4100, add the gravity-rise stand... and you have the 4100-09. Take this one step farther by adding the digital rip fence, and you have the 4100DG-09.
For years, bosch table saws have been the top contender for best portable table saw at almost every website that reviews table saws. When you look at the list of features and read the reviews submitted by satisfied buyers from around the internet, you quickly understand why.
These features come standard on all three models. It's important to note that the accessories that define each model are available separately. One can save a few bucks by buying the basic model 4100 and add the gravity rise stand and digital fence as money or need dictates.
I had a chance to play around with the 4100-09 bosch table saw at one of our local trade shows this year and came away quite impressed. It's actually a pretty good sized saw with a table large enough to cut sheet goods and a fence accurate enough to do some serious woodworking.
The blade controls operated smoothly and with very little backlash. The gravity rise stand worked as advertised, although bigger wheels would be nice. All in all though, the saw had a nice solid feel to it.
If I was in the market for a portable table saw, the bosch 4100 would be at the top of my list. It's more expensive than most saws in this category, but then again, I've never heard much in the way of complaints about that from the people who own one, in the forums or elsewhere.
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