Over the years I’ve bought quite a number of Bosch power tools, including an 8¼” hand-held circular saw. This is despite my loyalty to more established brands like DeWalt and Festool. I must say, though, the Bosch does lack some of the precision and smooth easy usability of the more established brands. I mean no disrespect to Bosch here, my trusty Bosch circular saw has served me faithfully for more than 15 years and is still going strong. The main thing that makes Bosh tools so irresistible is their price. They are often a good deal cheaper than other major brands, offering the same basic features and seem to be quite indestructible. Though they may lack some of the finesse of the more expensive tools.
Rockwell diverged from the crowd with this offering. For starters, the riving knife, anti-kickback pawls and blade guard are connected and remove as a unit. If you do remove them to make a non-through cut, you have to install the separate riving knife first. It’s not difficult, just different. This is the only saw with a right-tilting motor. We prefer left-tilting motors because it’s safer to make bevel cuts with the fence on the right side of the blade. There’s no port for attaching a vacuum cleaner, but there’s a large dust bag that does a good job of collecting sawdust. This saw cuts 3-9/16 in. at 90 degrees, 1/16 in. more than the next closest competitors, allowing you to rip a 4×4 in one pass. And like the Ryobi saw, it has a 30-in.-wide rip capacity.
Bosch GTS1031 10 in. Portable Jobsite Table Saw is powered by a 15 Amp motor that allows this table saw to rip through any lumber or hardwood quickly and easily. Bosch’s Smart Guard System provides added control while cutting, SquareLock Rip fence ensure consistent and accurate cuts, and an all-steel base provides added durability. Oh yeah, and we forgot to mention the price. This is the most affordable table saw on our list!
Hybrid saws combine the lighter weight of the contractor saw with the more powerful motor and sturdier construction of the cabinet saw, at a price that’s easier for the occasional woodworker to stomach. They can run about $1,200 or so, and weigh in at under 300 pounds. Their motors are generally in the 1.5 to 1.75 HP range, and can be used with standard 110V outlets.