Bosch GTS1031 vs 4100 which is the better choice as your next portable table saw?
Bosch have started to find a footing in the portable table saw market. Although you could say that DeWalt are the dominant force with the DW745 and DWE7480, yet these two table saws from Bosch do have their fans.
Before we choose which is the best between the GTS1031 and 4100 let's first have a quick look at each of them and their strengths and weaknesses.
Bosch GTS1031 Review
The Bosch GTS1031 is a 10 inch compact table saw that is powered by a 15 amp motor. That motor can spin the the GTS1031's blade at a no load speed of 5000 RPM.
At 5000 RPM you are firmly in the medium to upper segment for blade speed. These higher speeds paired with a high tooth count carbide blade will cut with a lot more accuracy and will generally leave a much smoother cut than lower speed saws.
The GTS1031 has a small 18 inch rip capacity. This smaller rip capacity and it's all round design makes it a very compact portable table saw.
Portability is definitely what the designers at Bosch had in mind when they planned the GTS1031. It has a single carry handle that is placed in a position that allows the saw to find a natural balance point as you carry it. For lifting onto trucks or table tops however there are still two normally positioned handles.
The GTS1031 has what Bosch calls it's "smart guard system" or in other words a simple plastic blade guard. The blade guard can be easily attached or detached depending on your preference. Like all of the accessories included with the saw the blade guard can be stored on board when in transit.
- 15 Amp motor
- Maximum no load speed 5000 RPM
- 18 inch rip capacity, 5/8 inch arbor
- max cut depth 3-1/8 inches, at 45 degrees 2-1/4 inches
- Includes carbide blade, miter gauge, rip fence, wrench and push stick
Bosch 4100 Review
The Bosch 4100 is a 10 inch portable table saw powered by a 15 Amp motor. The motor has a maximum no load speed of 3650 RPM.
At 3650 RPM we would put this table saw in the low to medium bracket for cutting speed.
The motor has Bosch's "Constant Response Circuitry" that can be found in some of its other power tools. This features means a more stable power output and rpm under load. It also has "Smooth Start" that enables a smoother ramp up speed when the saw is initially switched on.
Although the 4100 may have a slower motor than the GTS1031, what it lacks in blade speed it makes up for in rip size and usability.
The 4100 has a 25 inch rip capacity. That rip capacity can be extended from 25 inch up to 40.5 inch making it one of the largest rip sizes and work surface areas on any portable table saw.
As you can see from the picture above the 4100 comes with an integrated stand. The stand comes with 8 inch wheels that make transportation a cinch. It features a simple collapsible design that will have you up and running in seconds.
- 15 Amp motor
- Max no load speed of 3650 RPM
- 25 inch rip capacity extendable to 40.5 inches, 5/8 inch arbor
- Cutting depth 3-1/8 inch, 2-1/2 inches at 45 degrees
- Includes carbide blade, table stand, smart guard system, rip fence, push stick and miter gauge
Bosch GTS1031 vs 4100
So which should you choose between the Bosch GTS1031 vs 4100?
Both are highly capable job site table saws but they do differ in size and usability.
If you are looking for a lightweight and highly portable table saw then the GTS1031 is a pretty good choice. It does have a faster RPM on the motor than on the 4100. However it does have a pretty small rip capacity at only 18 inches.
The GTS1031 is probably best suited to smaller jobs.
The Bosch 4100 however does have a large extendable rip capacity and comes with a sturdy stand. At 60 lbs it is heavier than the GTS1031 and luckily that stand has some large wheels on it to help with transportation.
Who should choose the Bosch 4100? If you are looking to cut large stock then its bigger rip capacity is a must. It is the bigger more robust brother to the GTS1031.