My friend Ethan at One Project Closer wrote this awesome review of the new Bosch portable jobsite table saw. Thanks Ethan!
Table saws are a must have tool whether you’re installing hardwood flooring or sheathing new construction. No contractor’s inventory is complete without one. Cabinet table saws are perfect for the shop but it’s important to be able to pack-up and go. That’s where the GTS1031 fits in.
The new Bosch GTS1031 is a 10″, compact table saw designed for the job site. A well placed handle makes it easy to carry one-handed, and all the accessories are safely stored within the all-steel frame. The 18″ rip capacity is shorter than we would prefer but surpasses competitors within the same class. Even so, it’s an excellent option to consider for your next purchase.
Traveling between job sites can wreak havoc on the toughest of tools. The rip fence is often the most exposed component and the first casualty. Bosch understands this and found storage space within the steel frame for all the accessories including the rip fence. There is no wasted space here. This approach also enables you to store the GTS1031 on its side, taking up a smaller portion of your truck.
If you’ve ever carried a table saw, you know it’s usually a two handed operation. One-handed carry is an important feature because it saves time at the job site. Making fewer trips means getting the job done faster. The padded handle is securely attached to the frame and well balanced for easy transportation.
Bosch equipped this saw with a 4hp, 5,000rpm motor that powers through materials with ease. The bevel adjustments (-2° to 52°), and dado capabilities (1/2″) mean this saw can tackle a variety of projects. The Squarelock Rip Fence moves easily along the rails and provides an precise cut each time. The Bosch GTS 1031 has a respectable 18″ rip capacity but falls short of the ideal 24″. At two feet, you’re able to cut sheet goods in half without extra cuts. This is a fair trade-off considering the small form factor, and even at 18″, the GTS1031 is more capable than similar models.
Setup is quickly achieved by raising the blade and riving knife, and locking the safety guard and anti kickback pawls in place. This saw is streamlined for performance with no unnecessary frills.
At 22.5″ square and 13″ high, the GTS1031 is extremely compact and has one of the smallest footprints available. It weighs 52 lbs, making it slightly heavier than comparable models.
There are several compatible accessories including dust collection, a zero clearance insert and the GTA500 stand.