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GTS 1031 Upgrade

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  • #717584
    OldCountryWoodworks
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    Edmonton, Alberta

    For those of you that have a love hate relationship with the baby bosch saw.

    The hard start will lock the blade or make it extremely hard to remove the nut.

    I purchased a soft start for the Ridgid tablesaw at a cost of 116 can. It is an easy wire and fits into the switch housing, It just lays on the bottom.

    So my GTS 1031 is now a soft start.

    I install kitchen cabinets and this is the minimum saw I would use. I have made a side extension and an out feed extension from 5/8 baltic Birch.

    I also took the left hand washer out and had a machinist take off 1/4 inch, now I can use 3 inch blade stabilizers and the blade is still centered.

    I change my blades about once a week, keep em sharp. If you are pushing it is dull.
    The blades need to be butter sharp ALL the time.

    Also take the time to use a rip blade when ripping.

    Served apprenticeship in 1977 in Bavaria

    #717589
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    I use the saw because it stores well in the work van and can be carried up stairs with one hand. As for upgrades,, I don’t know. The saw has a lot of very cheap parts on it. The knob that holds the push stick keeps breaking. I buy them 3 at a time. The throat plate like to bend and is just to thin and cheap. The wrench to change the blade is too cheap and breaks.
    Other than that I love the saw.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #717618
    Doobie
    Moderator

    I use the saw because it stores well in the work van and can be carried up stairs with one hand. As for upgrades,, I don’t know. The saw has a lot of very cheap parts on it. The knob that holds the push stick keeps breaking. I buy them 3 at a time. The throat plate like to bend and is just to thin and cheap. The wrench to change the blade is too cheap and breaks.
    Other than that I love the saw.

    Do you know if there is a third party that makes a better throat plate for the 1031 saw? I may actually get that saw at one point. I’m just not sure if I’d get a 4100 instead, or any for a second saw I could use outside my main shop.

    #717656
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    I also took the left hand washer out and had a machinist take off 1/4 inch, now I can use 3 inch blade stabilizers and the blade is still centered.

    I like that idea. Blade flutter with thin kerf blades and jobsite saws is sometimes very difficult to manage.

    I change my blades about once a week, keep em sharp. If you are pushing it is dull.

    Do you have the blades sharpened or do you replace them?

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    #717681
    cmeyer25
    Pro
    Bellingham, WA

    I use the saw because it stores well in the work van and can be carried up stairs with one hand. As for upgrades,, I don’t know. The saw has a lot of very cheap parts on it. The knob that holds the push stick keeps breaking. I buy them 3 at a time. The throat plate like to bend and is just to thin and cheap. The wrench to change the blade is too cheap and breaks.
    Other than that I love the saw.

    I’ve replaced that knob too. And I use an actual wrench for the motor side but when changing blades and that’s helped a lot to not wreck the little open ended wrench that comes with the saw. But if I have to switch the sides the washers are on (like I do when running a 1/2” dado) then I use the little thin guy.

    I would love to get a saw that had fewer of the issues this one does, but it’s been such a reliable tool for me. I’m not looking forward to it dying.

    But I’ve tripped so many breakers on startup, I definitely wouldn’t mind having it start softer.

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    #717682
    cmeyer25
    Pro
    Bellingham, WA

    For those of you that have a love hate relationship with the baby bosch saw.

    The hard start will lock the blade or make it extremely hard to remove the nut.

    I purchased a soft start for the Ridgid tablesaw at a cost of 116 can. It is an easy wire and fits into the switch housing, It just lays on the bottom.

    So my GTS 1031 is now a soft start.

    I install kitchen cabinets and this is the minimum saw I would use. I have made a side extension and an out feed extension from 5/8 baltic Birch.

    I also took the left hand washer out and had a machinist take off 1/4 inch, now I can use 3 inch blade stabilizers and the blade is still centered.

    I change my blades about once a week, keep em sharp. If you are pushing it is dull.
    The blades need to be butter sharp ALL the time.

    Also take the time to use a rip blade when ripping.

    Is this the part?

    https://www.ereplacementparts.com/soft-start-assembly-p-2569064.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrcCKjauh4QIVxyCtBh11vwq6EAQYASABEgJRCPD_BwE

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    #717712

    I saw a company that was making a soft start module that was like an extension cord design so that any tool would become some start, if you are not comfortable re-wiring, however the review I read said it would be best for short duration use (i.e. chopsaw or a couple of minutes at a time) as it would heat up.

    Will

    #717747
    Doobie
    Moderator

    I saw a company that was making a soft start module that was like an extension cord design so that any tool would become some start, if you are not comfortable re-wiring, however the review I read said it would be best for short duration use (i.e. chopsaw or a couple of minutes at a time) as it would heat up.

    Then I wouldn’t think it’s a good idea for a table saw.

    #717782
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    But I’ve tripped so many breakers on startup

    That is a issue with the saw. It is a breaker popper.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #717788
    redwood
    Pro

    I’ve never popped a breaker with my wormdrive Skil Table saw.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #717897
    OldCountryWoodworks
    Pro
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Yes that is the part. The hard start is why your wrenches are breaking. That nut should never be that tight.

    Served apprenticeship in 1977 in Bavaria

    #717899
    OldCountryWoodworks
    Pro
    Edmonton, Alberta

    I sharpen my blades, I get 4-6 sharpenings before they are worn out.

    In my opinion if you are replacing blades when they get dull, you are working dangerously.

    My blades get swapped out every two kitchen installs

    Served apprenticeship in 1977 in Bavaria

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