Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 57
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Shawn Perfect
When it was time to purchase a new table saw I (we) started the Internet search, read the reviews checked options and price. Then I finally decided. I'll save a few bucks and get the orange one. Then it happened my girlfriend told me no. Pay the extra for the good one. So She bought it for me and I couldn't be happier with it. Put it to the test and it performed flawlessly. Changed the blade ripped perfect miters, no bogging, fence was dead on out of the box. PAY THE Extra. It's worth every penny!
December 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jacob Great Saw
The Bosch 4100 is considered a "jobsite" or "contracter" saw, but it as good as some stationary, "cabinet" type table saws I have used.
Once properly set up and squared, this saw cuts very true and just keeps going.
The gravity rise stand is really easy to use and is wide enough to give a good, stable base for most uses. It is a little clunky if you're trying to store it in a small space, but, personally, the ease of roll out and set-up (along with stability) outweighs the mild awkwardness of its size.
The only thing I would improve would be to give it a motor that has a 220v option. I believe this saw is good enough for someone to build into a table as a permanent cabinet-style table saw, but it'd run a little smoother and, theoretically, last a little longer if it could be re-wired for 220v like some table saw motors out there.
If you think you'll be using a table saw with any frequency, or hope to build anything with any accuracy, consider stepping up from the cheap, store brand table saw into this Bosch. Overall, it's a great saw even at the slightly higher price.
February 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Critic1949 An overlooked source of problems.
Those experiencing motor issues should first check the tightness and quality of their electrical connections at the wall socket and in the circuit from that wall socket to their electrical panel, and the connections in the panel itself. Any connections involving the tightness of a screwed-together connection, the adequateness of the size of wires involved, or connections made with a wire nut are suspect and should be carefully checked.
The 15 amp draw of a power saw motor will quickly reveal deficiencies in any electrical connection, and any electrical issues are much more likely to be in an existing shop power circuit or electrical panel than in a brand new, factory-tested motor. I learned this after returning a non-performing saw and getting a new one, which had exactly the same motor issues. I didn't complain about motor quality - I checked my connections. After cleaning and tightening all the connections in the relevant circuits in the panel and between panel and socket, the problems disappeared, and have never returned.
Cut off the power to the socket and/or panel before attempting this. Call a qualified electrician if you have never done this type of repair yourself. Electricty can kill you if you make a mistake.
December 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DfPDX Great saw! Very accurate.
I use this table saw to make very fine cuts and precision angles. I found the saw to be very true right out of the box. Very handy saw.
February 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SchreinerfromBavaria Best saw
Yes, the Bosch is one of the if not the most expensive portable saw in the market right now. Yet, I will say it is worth every penny and the benefits of this saw outweigh the heftier price and also weight that can be found in other saws.
I used to have two Ridgid portables for my two crews and they were very good saws with decent stands. However: the overall build quality is superior to everything else out there, including Makita and DeWalt. The stand makes this saw very managable, even with side and feed supports added.
Heavy to lift around by yourself, for sure. But with the pulling handle on the tailgate first, it is no big deal to load the saw by yourself. Up and down stairs? Not really, but that is not what this saw is built for.
With 25 in. right of the blade the saw does (almost) everything , especially when the left side support is added on. With the feed extension I have cut 3/4 in. sheets of plywood and pushed the entire sheet through without the otherwise needed help. The kick-back claws held the two pieces in balance for me to walk around after finishing the cut. Thats where the little extra weight shows very helpful, besides giving the saw a very solid feel in every cutting situation. Although lacking the rack and pinion solution for the fence (as DeWalt has it): the fence is solid and extremely accurately keeping the parallel, just tap the locking lever lightly before fully locking the fence. I read a review that considered the fence of the Bosch sub-par. Having worked with a lot of saws and after looking at every saw I ever run into I must say: I have no idea what the issue might have been for the person writing that review. Let alone stationary cabinet saws, I do not know of a fence more substantial in the portable category.
On-board storage, soft start, tool-less blade guard and riving knife adjustment, bade lock for changing blades, etc... great features, yet available in one form or another in other saws as well.
The only thing I have a problem with is the one year warranty. Sure, given the experience I have with some of my Bosch tools (hammer drills), I guess the saw will last forever just as the drills do so far. However, given the lifetime service you get through Ridgid and longer warranty periods provided by other manufacturers it would be comforting to make this investment with a stronger commitment from Bosch. Other than that the only thing that really bugs me are sloppy instructions (the assembly instructions for the stand) . While easy to figure out, I will never understand how world class companies like Bosch are not capable to provide an A-Z professional appearance.
The true worth of the saw remains to be seen, providing many years of reliable service, hopefully. So far the saw makes a great impression with superb build and function. For professionals and woodworking aficionados alike, I will recommend this saw as the best I have worked with, with capacity and cut quality close to a stationary cabinet saw.
October 20, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Sockeye47 Have cleaned motor twice.
This saw needs a totally enclosed motor or a removable filter right next to the motors end cap where the brushes rest.
July 24, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Jack It's OK
This saw is a workhorse. Decent power and the gravity rise stand is absolutely brilliant. It even facilitates loading into my truck for jobs. The fence twists slightly when locked, and I was able to adjust that a bit, but enough to stop it completely. The inserts fit horribly, a homemade zero clearance should be the first thing you do as the table isn't worth spending money on an official clearance. The poor quality table is flat in three different sections, being divided by the miter slot, but they are not coplanar with each other. Overall, it's an overpriced worksite saw. Definitely wouldn't recommend it for a small workshop type saw.
September 13, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by idlesalt Good saw, wobbly fence
I love this saw because it's small, easily movable and has good power. The one thing I would improve is the fence stability. When I first set it up, the fence would go out +/- 1/8", which is too much play for making accurate, repeatable cuts. I did some tweaking and reduced the play to +/- a few 32nds. Now instead of being off potentially 1/4 inch, the play is down to 1/16th, but I still do a sanity check a lot of times. Double checking your fence measurements is always a good thing, but I don't like that it becomes a nuisance because it HAS to be done every time I move the fence.
February 19, 2015