Most of my tools are state-of-the-art, with one prominent exception - the Makita 2708 portable table saw I bought in the 80s. I'm still using this dinosaur because I've got a bad back, I generally work alone, and it weighs only 37 pounds. I'd love to upgrade, but all I have to do is pick up one of the new, improved models to know it isn't for me.

If Bosch's new GTS1031 job-site table saw is any indication, though, it could be that manufacturers have finally decided to pay as much attention to portability as they do to performance.

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