BOSCH REAXX Jobsite Table Saw with Flesh-Detecting Technology

Bosch GTS1041A REAXX Portable Jobsite Table Saw

I have no doubt this will be one of the biggest stories in power tools for 2015! This is so damn exciting and I had the pleasure of seeing a live demonstration earlier this year at a private media event with Bosch. My reaction was WOW! Using a German Bratwurst as a demonstration the user tried to cut the Brat in half and the saw shut down so fast there wasn’t even a scratch on it! This new saw is sure to put up some serious competition against the SawStop portable table saw that was announced earlier this year as well.

Below are all the details from the official press release. We’ll no doubt get one to test on the jobsite, in the meantime we’ll keep you posted of developments in this exciting announcement.

Bosch GTS1041A REAXX Table Saw

Bosch GTS1041A Video Preview

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Bosch GTS1041A Press Release

Mt. Prospect, Ill., March 18, 2015 – Safety comes first on any construction jobsite, especially regarding a table saw where a momentary lack of focus could have permanent consequences. Bosch, the construction industry’s technology leader, extends a heritage of award-winning table saw design to enhance workplace safety with the introduction of the REAXX™ Portable Jobsite Table Saw – the first saw with the company’s proprietary flesh-detecting Active Response Technology™.

The Bosch Active Response Technology platform, first launched on Bosch Brute Tough hammer drill/drivers, helps reduce the risk of injury to users by combining advanced Bosch sensors and electronics with mechanical injury-prevention systems. The Active Response Technology system on the REAXX table saw rapidly detects human flesh that comes in contact with the blade and drops the saw blade below the tabletop. This high-speed action helps reduce the potential of serious user injury and occurs without damaging the blade.

Fast Reset That’s Quick and Easy

After activation, the system can be reset in less than 60 seconds. A single two-shot cartridge enables activation for two incidents before replacement is needed. Just rotate the activation cartridge and reset the drop mechanism and the REAXX table saw is ready to go. All necessary parts, instructions and wrenches are located onboard the saw, including storage for extra activation cartridges.

“We’ve engineered the Bosch REAXX Portable Jobsite Table Saw to offer users the best injury mitigation system available in the power tool industry,” said Craig Wilson, product manager, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. “But even with the safety enhancements incorporated, the award-winning attributes of the Bosch 4100 table saw series remain. There’s a heritage in jobsite table saws that Bosch has spent decades building and users will find that this saw maintains that high standard.”

The complexity of the Bosch REAXX on-board control system is translated to an intuitive, easy-to-understand LED light panel that communicates and manages saw operation and indicates saw status.

  • Green means the saw is ready for use
  • Yellow means the system is set in bypass mode by the operator; this mode is used for cutting conductive materials that can potentially activate the Active Response Technology system. In addition, there’s no override key to lose or misplace, yet still offers various lock-out options to prevent unauthorized bypass mode operation
  • Red means the saw is not ready and will not function until the user corrects an issue
  • Blue means the saw requires service

A near field communicaton (NFC)-enabled phone app offers Bosch REAXX Portable Jobsite Table Saw owners and operators another measure for ease of use. Through the phone app, the saw can communicate information from the onboard control system – such as number of system activations, servicing needs, access to instructions, how-to videos and other details. Also, the saw owner can use the app to manage who can use the bypass and main switches. This capability enables owners and managers to lock the saw as needed, which ensures that jobsite workers cannot bypass the safety system.

Legendary Bosch Table Saw Capability

Like all Bosch portable table saws, the Bosch REAXX saw includes a modular blade guard, the Smart Guard System. This primary safety device provides a physical barrier between the user and the saw blade, as well as offering protection against kick-back. Active Response Technology is integral to the REAXX portable jobsite table saw and is intended to be used together with the Smart Guard System to provide the operator with the greatest level of protection.

Bosch REAXX has a 15 Amp, 4.0 Hp max motor that generates 3650 RPM. It’s jobsite ready because it works with onsite generators for a truly portable solution for mobile trade professionals. Varied material cutting requires optimized, maximum horsepower and excellent cutting speed. The Bosch REAXX Portable Jobsite Table Saw offers these attributes along with electronic control soft-start, constant response electronics and overload protection. These advanced motor electronics reduce the intensity of torque buildup and maintain cutting speed under load.

Additional precision features include an optimized rail system that boasts a pre-squaring SquareLock™ Rip Fence, which is engineered for precision. Prior to locking, the fence glides along the rail and locks into place for solid and consistent cutting performance. The table is sturdy cast aluminum sized to rip up to 25 on full-sheet materials (4 ft. x 8 ft.); an on-board rear outfeed support provides an extra 18 of support for longer workpieces. A rugged sub-base is built to withstand daily abuse related to transport, storage or jobsite conditions.

Easy Transport on Any Jobsite

This full-featured jobsite table saw can be easily transported to and from the job thanks to the Bosch Gravity-Rise Stand, which sets up in seconds. The stand includes 8″ treaded wheels and is sized for easy pickup truck loading or unloading.

The Bosch REAXX Jobsite Table Saw will be available fall 2015. To learn more about this table saw or other Bosch products, visit or call 877-BOSCH-99. Check out for additional tips and videos.

Bosch Portable Jobsite Table Saw Fact Box





Blade Size


Cut Depth


MSRP Price

GTS1041A-09 REAXX Jobsite Table Saw with Gravity Rise Stand and Outfeed

15 amp, 4.0 Hp motor





25″ ripping capacity




Saw 78 lbs., stand 45 lbs.


3-1/8″ at 90°


US: $1,499

CAN: $1,699


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Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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