At the last Woodworking Show for 2016, in Kansas City, Bosch pulled out all the stops to showcase its Reaxx table saw. If you’ve been living under a rock for some time and are not current with Reaxx, it is Bosch’s newest table saw that features flesh-detecting technology – there are two players now in the “safer tablesaw” market. Woodworkers have a choice.
The differences with Reaxx are many. To me, the biggest difference is that I can have the additional safety of a machine that shuts down if it detects my hand touching the blade, plus I save my blade. The only other table saw in this category shoots a piece of aluminum into the blade, which, for the most part, ruins your blade. It turns it into a paperweight that costs you between $50 to $125. With the Bosch unit, your blade is untouched.
Another difference is that the Reaxx cartridge has two firings (for $99) before having to be swapped out for a replacement. And the work is completed at the top of the unit where it’s easily accessed. You don’t need to reach down into the guts of the saw to make a switch.
A third distinction is that on the Bosch Reaxx, there is only one cartridge needed; you do not need a different cartridge when using a dado stack.
According to Stevens, the new Reaxx tablesaw will be available on June 1st, 2016. Including the gravity-rise mobile base, Reaxx is priced at $1499.
In the video below, Bosch senior product manager, Jim Stevens, runs through the Reaxx from start (contact with a human flesh stand in) to finish (through the cartridge change and ready to work again). The entire process is quick and easy.