Bosch GTS1031 vs DeWalt DWE7480 which portable table saw should you buy ?
If you are in the market for a new table saw and have narrowed it down to between a Bosch or DeWalt model the you have probably had a look at the GTS1031 and DWE7480.
Both are aimed firmly at those users that value portability and compactness over high end power or cutting ability.
Lets take a more in-depth look at both models individually and then a comparison below.
The GTS1031 is a compact table saw that has a max no-load speed of 5,000 RPM thanks to its 15 Amp motor.
It has a standard 10 inch blade which you will find on most portable table saws. That blade combined with the 5,000 RPM top speed will give you some pretty accurate and clean cuts.
Anything below about 4,500 RPM on a job site table saw is really not and option. You would also expect to have a 15 Amp motor as standard. The GTS1031 hits both of these minimum standards easily.
The GTS1031 has a max rip capacity of only 18 inches which is on the low end. However, that smaller rip is some what by design as it is clear that Bosch really were setting out to make portability of the saw a major selling point.
The 1031 comes in at about 52 lbs in weight so if you are a busy pro moving from job to job it is sufficiently light enough to move about easily. It also has a pretty small form factor so it can be stored easily in the back of most trucks or trunks without taking up all the room.
Just be aware though that the DWE7480 below is even lighter at 48 lbs in weight yet it still has much larger rip capacity at 24-1/2 inches.
Bosch has supplied the GTS1031 with a blade guard which it dubbed the "smart guard system". It is essentially a plastic cover over the blade so not at all an auto-stop for the spinning blade. It can be easily detached and stored underneath in the on tool storage.
You can see how the GTS1031 stacks up against the larger 4100 also from Bosch here.
- 15 Amp motor
- Max speed 5,000 RPM
- Cuts maximum 3-1/8 inches, 2-1/4 inches at 45 degrees
- 5/8 inch arbor with an 18 inch rip capacity
- On-tool storage area
The DWE7480 is also a 10 inch portable table saw and powered by a 15 Amp motor.
It tops out with a no-load maximum speed of 4,800 RPM which is pretty decent given it is quite a light weight saw at 48 pounds.
It has a significantly bigger rip capacity than the GTS1031 above at 24-1/2 inches. The fence is adjustable rack and pinion system that will give you near perfect parallel alignment time and time again.
At the normal 90 degree blade angle you get a max cutting depth of 3-1/8 inches and at 45 degrees 2-1/4 inches.
The 7480 comes with a tool less blade guard and uses DeWalts anti-kickback system.
There is also a dust port helping to keep your work space that little bit cleaner which is 2-1/2 inch.
Included is a 24T carbide blade, push stick, meter gauge and a blade guard.
Like the majority of DeWalt saws it comes with a 3 year limited warranty.
We have also run a comparison of the DWE7480 against its lesser powered brother the DW745 here.
- 15 Amp motor
- Max 4,800 RPM no-load speed
- 3-1/8 inch cutting depth, 2-1/4 inch at 45 degrees
- Max rip capacity 24-1/2 inch
- Dust port
Bosch GTS1031 vs DeWalt DWE7480
So what exatly is the difference between the Bosch GTS1031 and DeWalt DWE7480?
The Bosch has a much smaller rip capacity at 18 inches versus the DeWalts 24-1/2 inches. That's a pretty significant difference.
The DWE74870 is also about 4 pounds lighter than the GTS1031, not a huge amount but still significant given the higher rip capacity of the DeWalt.
Bosch GTS1031 vs DeWalt DWE7480 how do they compare ?
The DWE7480 has more power, a bigger rip capacity and is also lighter. Price wise depending on where you purchase from they are both marked in and around the same level.
For the reasons listed above the DeWalt DWE7480 is the one to get.