I’ve been using a SawStop cabinet saw for more almost ten years. And for nearly that long, I’ve been hoping they would come out with a real portable table saw. Sure, a few years ago they introduced their Contractors Saw, but that monster weighs 310 lbs.! Definitely not my idea of portable.
Well, the wait is over. SawStop has just released a new model, and it’s truly portable—a real jobsite saw for carpenters that care about quality tools and are willing to invest serious money in the tools they use.
The new Jobsite Saw by SawStop (available in March), which includes a wheeled stand, costs almost $1300.00, nearly twice as much as the Bosch 4100-09, mounted on a similar wheeled stand. But in my opinion, it’s money well spent.
The Jobsite Saw weighs 79 lbs. without the stand and 108 lbs. with the stand. It is a bit heavier than the Bosch 4100, which is 60 lbs. without the stand. But the extra weight is also worth it.
Both saws are similar in size—nearly the same footprint; they turn about the same rpms; and they provide about the same amount of power—more than enough for sheet material and ripping 1x, even hardwood, and just enough to cut 2x.
But price and weight aren’t the most important features to compare. The folks at SawStop really went all-out to engineer a stellar tool. They succeeded. And they’re already talking about improvements—they’ll soon have a blade guard with dust collection.
I’m glad that there are tool manufacturers who cater to the niche crowd—craftsmen who are willing to invest more in tools and enjoy the benefits of improved fit and finish, increased durability, and serious precision. I doubt anyone buying this saw would ever regret the investment.