For some people, there is a criterion that is more important than any other when choosing a canteen saw. Greatness! Not everyone has the opportunity to work in large, open and spacious workshops where the office saw takes up a lot of space with the space around it. There are amazing examples of small, compact and surprisingly organized workshops where carpenters had to adapt to what they had. In many of these small workshops you will find beautiful, compact and multifunction table saws.
It’s not just a small carpentry workshop where every inch of space counts. The mobile carpenter and the contractor have to move their table saw from the workstation to the workstation and have a small, light, fast and accurate adjustable object.
What is the best table saw?
Height and weight
So when it comes to small table saws, I can think of a few:
The Bosch GTS1031 and the DeWalt DWE7480XA are the two lightest and smallest table saws to date. The DEW7480XA weighs 48 pounds (this without the standard), while the GT1031 is slightly heavier, but still a very respectable 52 pounds. Now, I don’t want to walk with them for long, but they’re probably the two lightest saws out there, and they should be pretty easy to move.
Both saws also have small areas for table saws. The GTS1031 measures 22 1/2 inch x 20 inch and the DWE7480XA 22 inch x 23 inch. The DWE7480XA deserves a special mention because even with its small retractable tabletop it is able to tear a layer up to 24 inches so that it can tear a normal-sized sheet in half.
The Bosch GTS1031 has a one-piece steel base and a frame that looks a bit like a swivel cage for your saw. It protects the controls and levers, as well as the engine and internal mechanisms. This protects your saw during transport and also makes it easy to store your saw horizontally or vertically if there is free space in your workshop [/fusion_text] [fusion_text].
Engine and power
As you would expect from a portable table saw, the GTS1031 and DWE7480XA use 15 amp direct drive brush motors, and it’s good to see two excellent examples of this type of saw. The Bosch GTS1031 is equipped with a very impressive 4 HP engine that runs at 5000 rpm. It’s really suitable for the job, and for a saw that costs $350, you can’t ask for much more.
The DeWalt machine is no less impressive. It is strong enough to handle most materials and runs at 4800 rpm [/fusion_text] [fusion_text].
These saws have been designed with portability in mind, so it’s nice to see that they both have the capacity to safely store all the accessories, such as the sleeve, the blade guard, the pressure blocks and the blade change key.
Both saws have a very efficient and precise fence. DeWalt uses a highly intelligent rack and pinion type plug that adapts precisely and smoothly to the blade. Bosch comes with a brilliant square lockable fence system. The fence slides easily along the measuring rail. Just press a button on the fence and it’s perfectly fixed at right angles. The force is applied to the front and back of the fence, so you can be sure that it will not move [/fusion_text] [fusion_text].
So, considering which saw to choose. For me I would choose the Bosch GTS1031. This is the cheapest saw here ($350 at the time of writing) and it fits my style of woodworking. Usually I like to work in a workshop, but there are times when I want to move the saw to a construction site. The engine is powerful and cuts everything I need without any problem. He also takes a stacked dado sheet, which is great with this little saw. The saw itself now has a maximum machining capacity of 18 inches, which is less than DeWalt’s, and there may be times when I have to tear material in half at full size, so I would build a custom-made feeding table and fence to use this saw in the shop.
The DeWalt DWE7480XA is a great saw, and DeWalt has managed to enhance its incredibly popular 745 model. It would be my choice if you needed the wider digging power that DeWalt offers, without having to build your own tables and fences. You should know that the DWE7480XA does not accept the dado stack blade, the axis of the blade is not long enough [/fusion_text] [fusion_text].
Get the most out of your small table saw
Andrew Bettschman is an Ohio carpenter who custom made this shiny tabletop for his portable table saw. By abandoning the standard fence and adding a special fence, he has created a huge space where he can cut a wide range of materials. And best of all, the saw is always mobile in case Andrew has to move it from the workplace.
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You can see more pictures of Andrew at the lumberjacks.
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