Small enough to carry with one hand, but big enough for job-site work.
Synopsis: Tablesaw manufacturers have found ways to design their tools for maximum portability, and in this article, associate editor Patrick McCombe puts two of them to the test: the Bosch GTS1031 and the DeWalt 7490X. He identifies the five features that matter most in an ultra-portable tablesaw—power, riving knives, fence design, rip capacity, and portability—and describes how these two tools stack up. In the end, he leans toward the DeWalt because of its rip fence, but acknowledges that if portability were his primary concern, he’d choose the Bosch.
My introduction to job-site tablesaws took place more than 20 years ago when I was issued an 8 1⁄4-in. Makita by my employer. It was a good saw, and at 40 lb., it was easy to carry. Then in subsequent years, the job-site tablesaws I used seemed to get bigger and bigger.
Most recently, I’ve been using a Bosch 4000 with Bosch’s…