Over at Amazon, there’s a listing for a new Bosch table saw, 4100XC-10. Bosch has not officially announced the new saw (at least not that we’ve seen), and so we’re trying to piece together how this new saw is different from the 4100-10 table saw Bosch launched in 2018.
Visually, the new on/off power switch looks massive. Instead of the smaller plus-shaped switch on the 4100-10, the switch, or at least the user-interface component, is a larger red hexagon, reminiscent of a stop sign. This should make it easier to turn the saw off in a hurry, if needed.
There aren’t any other visual differences that I can identify, but a quick look at the specs shows that the rip capacity increased, from 25″ to 30″.
At this time we don’t know if the 4100XC-10 will be replacing the 4100-10, but it’s possible if the updates and changes were brought about by updated safety guidelines. If you recall, Dewalt has come out with a new 8-1/4″ jobsite table saw. Dewalt’s smallest 10″ table saws are discontinued, and it is expected that inventory levels won’t be replenished once those saws sell out.
At the time of this posting, Amazon is selling the 4100-10 table saw for $409 with free shipping, and this new 4100XC-10 for $599.
For added context, the 4100-10 was on sale at Amazon for a limited time this past November, for $449, and I considered it to be a good deal given the saw’s regular price of $599.
Thus, if I had to guess, I’d be led to believe that the 4100-10 is on the way out, and the 4100XC-10 its replacement. If true, the question then is whether it’s worth it to buy the outgoing model, with smaller power switch and lower (but still sufficient for most) rip saw capacity, or to spend more for the new model.
But let’s be real – the $190 price difference between the two saws is quite substantial. The best thing about the 4100XC-10 might be the hefty discount it enables Bosch to apply to the 4100-10.
Looking deeper, it seems that at least one other retailer has the previous Bosch table saw at $409.
Bosch 4100XC-10 Specs
- 10″ blade size
- 3650 RPM (no-load)
- 30″ rip capacity right, 8.5″ left
- 30″ x 22-1/2″ table top
- -2° to 47° bevel range
- 3-1/8″ max depth of cut at 90°
- 2-1/2″ max depth of cut at 45°
- Weighs 58 lbs without stand, 94 lbs with
A couple of more differences become apparent after looking closely at the new saw’s technical specs.
First, the table size was increased, from 29″ x 21-1/2″ to 30″ x 22-1/2″ – an increase of ~8%.
The weight is slightly different as well – the weight of the saw itself has decreased from 63 lbs to 58 lbs, and the weight of the saw on its stand increased from 92 lbs to 94 lbs. The saw is said to come with the same GTA47W gravity-style stand as the 4100-10.
Lastly, there’s mention of restart protection, which means that if power is disrupted to the saw, it won’t unintentionally start back up once electrical power is re-engaged. Thus, the 4100XC-10 doesn’t only feature a new switch button, it has an updated switch.
Restart protection? Let’s say you have the saw plugged in to an outlet, and the switch is turned to the “on” position and you begin to operate the saw. You our someone else plug another high-draw tool into the same circuit and trip the breaker. You walk over to the breaker and turn it back on. Without restart protection, power returns to the saw and the blade spins up on its own. With restart protection, this doesn’t happen.
If Bosch’s new table saw works in the same manner as other tools with auto-restart protection, users would have to turn the switch to the off position and then back on in order to restart the saw.
Generally, auto-restart protection is provided by a relay or specially-featured power switch with a built-in electromagnet, such as the E-Switch KJD17 (product page).
To sum it up, here are the differences we can find between the Bosch 4100-10 and 4100XC-10 table saws:
4100XC-10: restart protection, larger switch button, larger table size, slight differences in weight specs, greater rip saw capacity.
4100-10: price dropped from $599 to $409.
There could be other differences, but as mentioned Bosch hasn’t provided any press materials or announcement details. We’ll follow up to see if there’s anything we missed.
Price: $599 for the 4100XC-10
Buy Now: 4100XC-10 via Acme Tools
Buy Now: 4100XC-10 via Amazon
Buy Now: 4100XC-10 via Tool Nut
Price: $409 for the 4100-10
Buy Now: 4100-10 via Acme Tools
Buy Now: 4100-10 via Amazon
Seeing as how the 4100XC features updated safety features, namely the restart protection, and how the table size could have been increased to comply with updated safety guidelines, and that this saw is priced at the same $599 price that the 4100 was previously at, it’s highly probable that the 4100XC-10 is replacing the 4100-10, and that once the latter sells out, only the 4100XC will remain. This might be a good opportunity to snag the older model at a steep discount.
I’ve had the 4100 since 2009 and these upgrades seem worth the price. Its not my primary workshop saw – but I’ve used it for work at the kid’s houses and in the garage – when I don’t want to bring a piece down to my Unisaw. I like the gravity-rise stand quite a bit – but the whole rig, even when folded, does take up a lot of space in the pickup truck.
I hope that the extra inch or so of table size translates into an addition in front of the blade. IMO that’s where most “jobsite” saws are lacking – even more than 1 inch would have been nice. The extra rip capacity – is of less interest to me – because I use a track saw to break down sheet goods and larger pieces. Being used to having a magnet-dropout switch on most of my stationary power tools – the addition of an anti-restart switch on the new saw seems logical. I was on a jobsite – when a power dip shut down many tools – and their sudden restart was unnerving.
Yeah I’ve never understood the lack of table in front of the blade. It’s like they really want you to put your fingers in close rather than sliding a piece with a push stick.
Agree about the lack of table in front of the blade. I have the DW745 and find that to be the most limiting factor. I use my tracksaw most times instead. It’s no problem to build an outfeed table for the back, but it doesn’t work well to do that for infeed. I wish they’d make it deeper in the front and have an optional outfeed table for the back. It’s unlikely I’d buy another jobsite saw unless it had significantly more infeed. No room for anything but a jobsite saw in my tiny shop.
For the Bosch – you can buy out feed and side pull-out extensions for left side and outfeed:
I have the old model for a long time now and my biggest issue I have is the fence.
I wish they would updated that one to something like the small dewalt uses.
Using the Dewalt rack and pinion may be a licensing issue.
We also had some Dewalt saws in the business where the rack and pinion mechanism wore out (we thought prematurely) and the fence would not hold in place. By and large the guys liked the Dewalt saws – just saying that nothing is perfect.
To your point the Bosch fence is a bit more touchy to set and lock.
I use the old one, it’s a very good table saw and if someone was in the market it would be easy to recommend especially at the lower price. I’ve never wished it had a larger switch but it’s nice to see on the news model.
I have the older model and I’ve never had an issue using my knee to turn off the switch.
I like the fence though I do blow everything clean every time I use it so the fence always slides well and is easy to adjust for me.
I also have a big Craftsman cabinet saw so like Fred I wish there was more room in front of the blade on the Bosch.
The push stick looks different and is in a different location
I hope the fence is better than on my 4100-10
I like the idea of the start protection. I will test my dewalt saw tomorrow but I’d be surprised if it does this. I mean it’s not advertised to but it does have some electronic switch and soft start.
It is something you could add in your power cord though. Might look into that a reset breaker in the power cord – no saw modification required.
You might be able to wire something this into a box – with an outlet and extension cord:
plug in GFCI adapter that trips on loss of power, as well.
I do not like Bosch table saws. Terrible fence. Way too much bulky for jobsite transport and use. Cheap parts. I had two that had broken lift mechanisms after one year of use. I have 3 dewalts and they get used and abused every day. Much better fence, compact lightweight design, better overall durability.
I bought the 4100-10 and after a few projects , the saw will not power on? I got it in May of 2020 and Botsch tells me I have to send it to them at my expense as Menards says its discontinued and they can’t exchange it. I have a lot of remodeling to do before the snow starts
now it is Sept, and I have wait until they fix it and ship it back, again at my expense. Wow, so the new saw is less expensive? Menards has it priced higher. So do I argue and say this should be replaced for the new model?
I’m not sure what to advise, but have you check to see if there’s a Bosch or authorized service center near you? That might provide for quicker repairs.
One of the differences is that the 4100XC-10 comes with an additional handy accessory. an “Auxiliary Fence for Narrow Workpieces” which bolts to the main fence.
Thank you for that insight!