With the emergence of many DIYers, it is not a surprise that new types of table saws are being designed. There are basically two categories of table saws – portable and stationary. Although stationary table saws are more popular, the portable ones are great options for those who are entering the world of DIY woodworking.
Portable table saws are designed to be, well, portable. They tend to be smaller and lighter. However, this does not affect their performance and durability. One of the most popular portable jobsite table saws is the Bosch GTS1031 10-inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw. This table saw is designed for portability but still features robust components and can produce accurate results.
The Bosch GTS1031 10-inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw is compact in design and can be stored neatly on its sides. It has a balanced one-handed carry handle, making it easy to carry from one jobsite to the next. It has comfortable handles at the top of the saw, on both sides of the table saw, for easy lifting when on-site or if there’s a need to move it. It is a lot more robust and rugged in its construction compared to other portable table saws available on the market today. The all-steel frame makes it a very sturdy table saw. It has a large paddle-switch that makes it easy to turn on and off.
It has several safety features including the riving knife, guard slips and anti-kickback pawl. These added features are easy to use, snap and lock on. Both the guard slips and anti-kickback pawl are stored and hidden nicely underneath the saw. When needed, you can just snap both in place without much fuss. The saw bevels past 0 and 45 degrees, which is quite handy.
The 10-inch blade is sturdy and can cut pretty well making cross cuts, rips and cutting easily. With a 15 amp motor, this table saw has plenty of power, allowing you to work on thicker wood pieces than expected from a portable table saw. This portable table saw has extensions that can allow up to an 18 inch cut. It pulls out in seconds, allowing extra room for your wood piece.
The Bosch GTS1031 10-inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw’s whole base is protected by a roll-bar cage for better protection. The on-tool storage underneath the table is an added bonus which stores all its accessories. The rip fence is stored upside down underneath the table saw for better space management. It also makes it quite accessible when it is time to use it.
A few that have reviewed this table saw found that the arbor wobbles, causing the blade to also have the tendency to wobble. It is especially noticeable during startup. The blade cuts very aggressively and roughly. It also leaves the edges a bit rough and with some saw marks, which can mean extra work when cleaning up the wood piece.
They also noted that the miter gauge slide is only at 6 inches, which can be too short for making stable cross cuts. Any stock over this, the slide will be too far back. Locking and unlocking the bevel lever to 45 degrees takes a little bit of work as well.
Some have also found that the Bosch GTS1031 10-inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw is quite loud. It may be suitable for outside work but it can get really loud when used inside. Although this table saw does have a dust port on the blade housing, it does not perform as well as expected. They mentioned that, realistically, it can catch only up to 50% of the dust, especially if it does not have a vacuum hooked up to it.
If you are looking for a table saw that you can easily use, then the Bosch GTS1031 10-inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw is a good option. Although there are a few issues with this table saw, overall, its many good features like easy adjustment, quick set-up, portability, and solid performance, which balances it out.
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