Bosch is a household name when it comes to both appliances and power tools, and the brand is known for its high-quality products. Fortunately, table saws are no exception which is why I have decided to review one of their more popular models, the Bosch 4100-09 table which includes a Gravity-Rise stand.
Bosch is right up there with DEWALT when it comes to the quality of their table saws, so this particular model should be a great addition to anyone’s workshop. It’s packed full of useful features and gadgets that not only make your work easier, but also make sure the quality of your work is top-notch every single time.
This table saw runs on a 15-amp electric motor that generates up to 4hp, and rotates at 3,650 RPM. The rip capacity is 25 inches, and the diameter of the blade is 10 inches. For enhanced safety, there is an arbor lock mechanism which means you can change the blade with relative ease.
Among the features that set this table saw apart from other competitors is the SquareLock Rip Fence. It is fabricated out of machined aluminum, slides up and down the rail without a hitch, and fixing positions couldn’t be easier. It’s probably the best fence I’ve seen in portable table saws, it feels very solid and is incredibly accurate and precise.
Unfortunately though, the miter gauge isn’t as solid. It’s good enough for most uses and with a little practice you should be able to make it fit better, but there’s room for improvement. I suggest you try it first, and if it keeps annoying you, you can always buy an aftermarket miter gauge.
The saw’s table measures 29 x 21.5 inches which makes this unit suitable for the fabrication of large sheets of material and large wood stock. The table is made out of aluminum and is really smooth which means you will be able to slide even the largest pieces in with very little effort. Still, for extra safety, I would recommend the optional extensions when ripping longer workpieces.
Smart Guard System
Bosch has made improvements to their existing Smart Guard System, and it now includes a blade guard and riving knife as well as anti-kickback pawls. You can attach or detach these without any tools making the unit highly modular.
The blade guard is also made out of aluminum, and split down the middle so the blade and measurement marks are clearly visible. All of the aforementioned pieces (which are removable) can be stored onboard since the table saw has designated space for it.
Kickback (if you didn’t already know) is one of the most common accidents with table saws. In order to prevent this you can make use of the riving knife (you may also find this referred to as a splitter). When the material gets pinched by the blade at a certain angle kickback occurs, but thanks to the riving knife there is no chance of this happening.
To adjust blade height you simply operate the elevation wheel located on the front of the saw, and the angle of the blade can be set through a switch which is behind the wheel in case you want to make bevel cuts. The angle can be set anywhere between 0 and 45 degrees, and once you’ve adjusted the bevel angle it can be locked into place using the handle.
The 40-tooth blade on this table saw is made out of carbide. Thanks to its unique properties this material can cut through softer types of wood such as pine or plywood as if they were butter. The Bosch 4100-09 is also capable of ripping through harder types of wood, but don’t expect it to be as easy as cutting through pine.
As for various accessories and attachments such as rip, miter and blade guard, these can be stored in their own specially designed hangars. If you plan on using other blades (and you probably will) there is also a well where you can store all the blades you have. In order to keep the surface of the table dust-free there is a dust collection port featuring a shrouded design which can be attached to the vacuum.
I like the clever design of the stand on this saw which allows it to collapse or open by operating a single lever. The unit has two transport wheels which allows for easier relocation and the stand doubles as a pulling handle. It measures 39 x 30 x 20 inches which makes it pretty compact. The distance between the floor and the work surface is 37.5 inches. To make the stand as durable and corrosion-resistant as possible Bosch has given it a powder-coat finish.
I couldn’t find any serious negatives about the Bosch 4100-09, and I think this is one of the best table saws in its class. In fact it may be the very best. Considering it has a powerful motor and large rip capacity, it will definitely be a welcome addition in any workshop.
The unit also comes with innovative Smart Guard technology, is highly portable and is equipped with a unique Gravity-Rise stand. I could go on for days about Bosch table saws, but instead I recommend you pay a visit to Amazon and pick one out for yourself.