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GTS1031 Portable Tablesaw

Bosch - GTS1031 Portable Tablesaw

The GTS1031 portable tablesaw keep safety at the forefront with a three-part guard system consisting of a riving knife, antikickback pawls, and a housing that covers the blade

$380.00 (As of 9/8/2011)

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Overview

Editor's Review: Saw is Sturdy, Accurate, and Safe

review date: September 8, 2011

I've wanted a compact, lightweight tablesaw ever since I reviewed DeWalt’s DW745 a number of years ago. That saw could be carried easily with one hand and could fit into my overcrowded, compact pickup without giving me a hernia. Bosch recently released its own compact model, the $380 GTS1031, and I was eager to give it a try.

Features: First and foremost, I found the rip fence on this saw to be accurate and solid. The bevel also was accurate, and I loved that I could adjust it from –2° to 47°, which makes cutting miters for out-of-square corners much easier. Bosch’s portable saws lead the pack in safety features, and this model has a three-part guard system consisting of a riving knife, antikickback pawls, and a housing that covers the blade. The components are modular, so I can use just the riving knife or add the other pieces as needed. This is a big leap forward for me, as I have never found a guard system that I felt didn’t interfere with the safe operation of the saw. I’m also more likely to use this system because the parts go on and off the saw in seconds, completely tool free, and store under the table. This saw is designed to be carried and stored vertically, and the handle is in just the right spot to balance the weight for easy onehanded transport. If you prefer to carry it with two hands, there are padded rubber handholds on the edge of the table. The saw’s accessory stand (sold separately for $75 to $100) is fantastic. It’s stable and lightweight, and it folds down easily to near flat for storage. The saw also clamps to it very solidly.

Flaws: Although similar in size to the DeWalt, this saw is heavier (52 lb. vs. 45 lb.). For making rip cuts wider than 10 in., the table has to be extended, and the glide pads end up partially overhanging the end of the rail, which has me worried about long-term accuracy. My main complaint about this tool, however, is the violence with which it starts. Even after a few weeks of use, I still found myself cringing and clenching my jaw when I threw the switch to turn on the saw. This may not be a problem for others, but I would happily pay more for the same saw with a soft-start motor.

Bottom line: Aside from the jarring startup, none of my complaints about this saw is a deal breaker. If you’re in the market for a compact saw, there is much to recommend the GTS1031: improved safety, lots of power, ease of transport, and an excellent stand.

Editor Test Results:

Table Flatness N/A
Blade to Miter Slot Parallel N/A
Arbor Runout N/A
Noise Rating N/A
Portability N/A
Adjustments N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bosch
Manufacturer's Web Site www.boschtools.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 877-267-2499
Weight 52 lb.
Dimensions 22.5-in. x 22.5-in. x 13-in.
Max Rip Capacity 18-in. max
Dust Collection N/A
Fence Type N/A
Table Size 22.5-in W x 20-in D
Blade Size 10-in.
Blade Tilt N/A
Horsepower 4.0 HP
Amps 15 Amps
Accessories N/A