The range of Bosch portable table saws is considered to be one of the most reliable and durable for job sites and enthusiasts.
The Bosch GTS1031 is no different.
A little short on time? Here’s a summary of the Bosch GTS1031 portable table saw review:
- Highly Recommended Portable Table Saw
- Modular Blade Guard includes Kickback Pawls and Riving Knife
- SquareLock 18-inch Rip Capacity
- Excellent mobility weighing just 52 pounds
- True cuts for Reliable Output
Like its big brother, the Bosch 4100-10, it packs quite a punch for the price.
The GTS1031 is first and foremost designed with maximum portability in mind.
As you know, portability usually means the manufacturer has to sacrifice quality to achieve performance.
However, Bosch rarely disappoints with their products owing to their German heritage.
So, let’s jump straight in and see how the Bosch GTS1031 stacks up and whether it’s the right fit for you.
Features & Specifications
Size & Portability
The table surface measures 22.5 x 20 inches and offers plenty of workspace for a portable table saw. It’s made from machined cast aluminum and is texture-coated to make for a smooth surface.
The GTS1031 is relatively light and weighs 52 lbs – which can be carried with one hand (not for long periods of course). The unit is also built with an all-steel base making it durable to take the heavy knocks at a work site.
It may not be the lightest, but it’s one of the easiest to carry with the well-placed handle. Please take note other manufacturers.
Motor & Power
But you’re possibly thinking – would it even have a decent motor to rip large pieces of material?
If you give other saws some damp lumber or run them all day long, you’ll potentially blow the motor. At a minimum, the saw will struggle and lose its torque and you’ll be frustrated and toss the saw on the junk heap. also
Well, I can tell you that with a 15-amp and 4 HP universal motor, it packs quite a punch. Furthermore, the motor operates at 5,000 Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) to allow for smooth and effortless cuts.
You’ll be surprised by the sheer power the unit has.
Rip Capacity & Blade
Considering the size of the saw, the 18-inch rip capacity provides flexibility to cut medium-size sheets.
The 5/8-inch arbor mounts a 10-inch, 24-tooth carbide saw blade. I found the blade to be more than useful when you want to perform regular rip cuts. In fact, the larger 4100-10 recently switched to a similar blade from the 40-tooth variant.
The reason for the switch was because Bosch found that this would be the most effective blade for most woodworkers purchasing this saw.
Dust Collection & Storage
What you’ll also notice is the handy tool-free dust chute. It allows tool-free access on back of saw for easy maintenance where a dust bag can be attached.
However, there have been some reports that the dust bag doesn’t work all that well. That means you’re better off attaching a shop vac instead.
A dusty workspace I find is something that will frustrate you as time goes on. Trust me, you’re better off sorting this out earlier rather than later.
So many times you’ll find onboard storage useless with tools falling out with compact units. Not so with the Bosch.
All tools and accessories are securely held in place including wrenches, riving knife, and dust collection points.
Well done Bosch for doing the simple things right.
Here’s the list of inclusions that come with the Bosch:
- 10-inch table saw
- 24-tooth carbide saw blade
- Rip fence
- Miter gauge
- Push stick
- 2x Blade-change wrenches
Most of the items listed come as standard on most models these days.
What Sets It Apart From The Competition
So what would make you want to purchase the Bosch GTS1031?
Well here is a few reasons why I’d consider it.
It may be what makes you decide on your purchase, or alternatively go with something like a DeWalt DWE7480.
SquareLock Rip Fence
The 18” SquareLock rip fence is one of my favorite features. Many report its ease of operation.
Do you want to store the fence after use?
Simply flip it upside down and store it underneath.
One notable issue raised by users is the way the riving knife is released. You have to stick your hand near into the blade cavity and press the release lever.
It’s a tool-less adjustment, but nonetheless, dangerous. It all comes back to safety. Simply turn the saw off first before you make any adjustment.
You’re better off safe than sorry.
When you need to adjust the rip fence, you just have to lift the extension handle to slide out the table. You can then modify the rip width from 10-inch to 18-inch, depending on the size of material you’re cutting.
Power & Blade Adjustments
The 15-amp, 4 HP motor is housed underneath the table and features replaceable brushes. This should mean you’ll get some serious life out of the saw.
With this kind of power, you should have no troubles making a rip, miter, or bevel cut.
You’ve got the ability to adjust blade height and bevel angle. All very simple to do that doesn’t require much effort to move the blade. It has been noted that the bevel lock may easily loosen though – something you should be made aware of.
The blade mechanism is well-greased which provides smooth operation when making blade adjustments. This will ensure precise cut-depth.
The max cutting depth is 3-1/8-inch, but some have reported it to be 3-1/4-inch. There are a few saws on the market that measure up to 3-1/2-inch and can cut through a 4×4 piece of material. Something you’ll probably won’t require.
Smart Guard System
The Smart Guard System is Bosch’s take on a blade guard that can easily be attached or removed (it takes about 2-3 minutes). This is done without any tools for efficiency.
The guard contains a riving knife and anti-kickback pawls. The riving knife can be adjusted by using a release lever where you can lock it into a low or high position. Then at the back of the riving knife are the anti-kickback pawls. They work effectively to grab wood that may otherwise be ejected from the blade.
The guard is an excellent barrier to prevent you from placing your fingers near the sharp blade. I recommend using the blade guard and a push-stick to prevent any serious injury.
I’ve raised the issue a few times in my posts regarding safety. It’s because I know of the dangers myself after seeing my brother experience some close calls.
The Bosch GTS1031 benchtop table saw is another sturdily-built product by the German company.
It provides excellent power, portability, and durability for its class. Your next step is the impressive Bosch 4100-10 which incorporates the Gravity-Rise stand and other advanced features.
There’s little competition to compare it against except for the DeWalt DWE7480.
If I was purely in the market for a portable table saw, I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.
I’m hoping this has assisted you in making your purchasing decision easier.
If you have any questions or believe I’ve missed something, leave a comment below.