DeWalt and Bosch are true rivals in the world of power tools. While DeWalt is considered by many to be the king of the industry, Bosch is certainly a very worthy source of competition, which will become very apparent in today’s review.
You are looking for a job site table saw, and you have come to the right place. The DWE7480 and the GTS1031 are both good at what they do, but you don’t want good. You want the best, right?
The object of this article is to help you identify which saw that is. Naturally, as the review progresses, we will take a pretty in-depth look at that question, but for now, we can provide you with some basic information.
You may be surprised to hear that the Bosch really wins in most major departments. Power, portability, and overall utility are all areas that this tool succeeds at.
In most categories, the difference is very small, but in general, the advantage goes to the Bosch. Still, there is one important area in which the DeWalt does win out: price. With approximately an eighty dollar difference in cost, the small victories of the Bosch may not seem so important anymore.
But hey, we aren’t trying to tell you what to think. Our job is only to help you make your own decision, which you will be able to do as we now dive into our review of the DeWalt DWE7480 VS. the Bosch GTS1031!
We will now take a side by side comparative look at some of the key components of these tools.
Power is almost identical between these two tools. Both boast an impressive fifteen-amp motor that should do well to help you work through most jobsite sheet materials.
The Bosch does technically come out slightly on top here, for the fact that it generates 5000 rotations per minute compared to the 4800 rotations per minute that are generated by the DeWalt.
Power and speed are not technically the same thing, but they do certainly work in harmony with one another. The faster the tool cuts, the better it will be at making clean and quick incisions on hard materials.
If we were talking about a difference of 1000 rotations per minute or something of that nature, the impact could potentially be quite severe. However, with a difference of only a couple hundred rotations per minute, performance discrepancies should be minimal, if they even exist at all.
Still, for the shopper that wants the most power they can get, the Bosch will deliver it.
Portability is a category in which the Bosch truly does earn its victory. This may initially come as a surprise because the DeWalt actually weighs slightly less than the DeWalt. The DeWalt weighs in at 45 pounds, while the Bosch is 54 pounds.
Nine pounds is not a tremendous difference, though when you have to lug a piece of equipment around all day, it’s also not necessarily insignificant.
The reason that the Bosch has the advantage here is not its weight, but rather its design concept. Owners of the Bosch are sure to appreciate the one-handed carry handle that is designed to allow you to transport the tool the way that you would a briefcase.
It also features an onboard storage system that allows you to pack the tool up and store accessories and other work equipment within the tool.
These factors are ultimately probably going to be much more useful in terms of transporting the tool than the slightly lighter frame of the DeWalt will be.
Still, if you want the very lightest tool possible, you are going to get it with the DWE7480.
When it comes to the department of durability, both tools are more or less equally equipped. Both units feature an all-steel base that will both serve to protect them from onsite stress, and just the general wear and tear that can occur when you regularly transport a tool.
Durability is one of the most important qualities when it comes to tools that are going to be transported and/or exposed to worksite conditions so naturally, it is nice to see that you are covered with either tool.
Price is the department in which the DeWalt makes up the quality deficit that it was suffering from.
With a difference in price of almost $80, the DeWalt is somewhat significantly more affordable than the Bosch.
This price discrepancy is particularly prominent when you consider how similar the DeWalt really is to the Bosch. Even though the GTS1031 is technically beating the DeWalt in most departments, the differences are so small that many shoppers may not be willing to pay more for the slightly elevated quality.
Of course, only you can decide how you would like to spend your money on this purchase. For what it is worth, if the quality and features of the Bosch did capture your attention, that tool is also fairly affordable relative to other tools of this category.
We will now take a quick look at the pros and cons of the DeWalt to help inform your buying decision.
There is no easy way to clean the lock head without removing the rail.
The rack-and-pinion rail system lock can start digging into the outer rail. This will make the rail adjustment handle hard (and eventually impossible) to turn.
The throat plate lock tends to work it’s way loose making it subject to catastrophic failure if the throat plate gets caught in the saw.
This miter gauge that comes with the saw is just silly.
The non-stick painted texture on the table extends into the slots and can cause some binding with wooden rails on sled jigs.
And now, the pros and cons of the Bosch.
As you probably realize, the decision is not quite as easy it may have first seemed. As we have mentioned throughout the article, the Bosch does win in most categories but that does not necessarily mean that it is the obvious choice.
The differences are so small that most shoppers may very well value the affordability of the DeWalt over the small victories of the Bosch.
Of course, only you can make that decision for yourself. We just hope that we made the buying process a little bit easier.
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!