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I have a tiny shop. Indeed, in good weather I often move tools outside to gain some elbow room. That’s why the new Bosch 4100DG-09 portable tablesaw caught my eye.
The 15-amp universal motor ran relatively quietly with little vibration. It cut briskly through 3/4-in.-thick plywood, showing no sign of bogging down. To my surprise, it handled 1-3/4-in.-thick hard maple almost as easily.
The blade is easy to tilt, once you unlock a sticky, somewhat clunky blade-lock lever. Blade changes are a snap with a lift-up arbor lock and an arbor wrench.
Bosch designed a Smart Guard System on the saw, which incorporates three safety systems—a blade guard, anti-kickback pawls, and a riving knife. The three features are easily removable and can be used independently or in combination.
The 4100DG-09 has a maximum blade height of 3 in. and a 25-in. rip capacity. It sells for around $680. For more information, go to www.boschtools.com or call 877-267-2499.
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