| Bridgewood BW-10TS Specifications
- Blade Diameter: 10"
- Arbor Diameter: 5/8"
- Max. Depth of cut @ 90: 3 1/4"
- Max. Depth of cut @ 45: 2 3/16"
- Table Size: 27" X 40"
- Arbor Tilt Range: 0 -45
- Blade Speed: 4200 RPM
- Motor: 3 HP, 1 PH, 230 VAC
- Table Height: 34"
- Overall Dimensions with Fence: 44" X 39" H X
- Weight-Net/Gross: 409/474lbs.
Choosing A Saw
- 3 V-belt drive; hinged motor cover
- solid cast iron table with extension wings
- 4" diameter dust collection hook-up
- Magnetic starter
- 50" Align-A-Rip fence system
Choosing a cabinet saw was definitely the most difficult tool purchase
I have had to make. Not only were there an overwhelming number of choices,
but also a huge number of reviews and opinions to wade through.
After mulling the issue for a couple of months, I decided upon the Bridgewood
BW-10TS. I was unable to find any reviews of the saw, but after looking
over the saw at Wilke Machinery in York, PA, and comparing it to the General,
Powermatic, and Delta saws in their showroom, I felt very comfortable
with the decision.
I also compared the Bridgewood to the Grizzly 1023S. Although the Bridgewood
was a little more expensive, it adds a little more power, slightly greater
depth of cuts (1/8" at 90 and 1/16" at 45 ), and a 50+ lb. weight
gain. The greatest advantages of BW-10TS, when compared to the Grizzly,
are the standard features of the Bridgewood that are optional for the
Grizzly. "Out of the box," the 1023S is supplied with a rail
system with a maximum rip to right capacity of 25". Optional rails
($149.95) increase this capacity to 52". The Grizzly lacks a standard
motor cover a $29.95 option and popular opinion suggested purchasing a
better quality fence to replace the Grizzly's standard Shop Fox fence.
In contrast, the Bridgewood comes standard with 84" in rails, motor
cover, and Align-A-Rip fence an Accu-Fence system clone. The Bridgewood's
added standard features negate the price difference if trying to build
two similar saws.
I visited Wilke Machinery in January to look at the saw and then make
my decision at home. However, I was so impressed that I back ordered the
saw before leaving, and awaited the late January delivery date.
I may have been overly optimistic to assume a "slow boat from China
(Taiwan actually)" would deliver the saw on time. The saw did not
arrive until the third week of March. Not wanting to wait the few additional
days for a freight company to deliver the saw, I drove up to York, PA,
to pick up the saw myself.
The saw was loaded into my truck via forklift, and consisted of four
boxes the saw (body, table, extensions, motor) in a plywood crate, and
the motor cover, fence rails, fence, and miscellaneous parts were in cardboard
Having unloaded and positioned the saw in the shop by myself, I can
attest to the fact that this is definitely a 2+ person job! The saw crate
itself is the bulk of the weight and even using an appliance "dolly"
left me feeling long unused muscles for days!
Upon opening the crates and boxes, I found that the saw table was wrapped
in bubble wrap, plastic, and more plastic. Parts in the cardboard boxes
also were wrapped in heavy plastic.
The saw had a couple small defects. There were two paint chips on the
saw body. The table extension wings also have 3 small (1/8"WX1/32"D)
chips or machining marks?two on the right and one on the left wing. These
problems will not affect the saw's operation, so I consider them minor
I may have been spoiled when I purchased my jointer from Wilke. That
purchase arrived completely cleaned of shipping grease before shipment.
However, my saw arrived with all bare metal surfaces covered. One benefit
of buying from Wilke Machinery is that they clean and test the saws before
customers take delivery, so I am assuming that cleaning my saw was simply
overlooked. Some elbow grease and paint thinner had the metal clean and
shining like a mirror.
Most of the assembly was a breeze. Wilke partially assembled the saw
for testing. I simply needed to attach the table wings, motor cover, blade
guard, wire the plug, and other minor tasks on the saw itself.
The biggest problem was with the instructions for the rip fence rails?there
were no instructions! I simply had rails and a bag of bolts, washers,
and nuts. I spoke to Jim at Wilke about this, who also seemed somewhat
surprised that the manual lacked assembly instructions for the rail system.
After a couple minutes of explanation, I had the rails in place.
When I picked the saw up, I was told that the rail system design had
changed slightly from what was featured in the catalog. This may account
for a couple problems I encountered. The rear rail requires four hex bolts
and washers, but the access hole is too small to insert the washer. Since
the rail is enclosed all around, there is no way the washer can be inserted
and held in place. The other problem was that one hole used to attach
the rail to the table extension was off by about 1/4".
Cleaning, assembly, and tinkering took approximately 90 minutes. The
table is as flat as I can tell using a straight edge and I did not have
to make any alignment adjustments.
I have been extremely impressed with the cutting I have done so far.
I am overwhelmed by how much more impressive this saw is when compared
to the Delta contractor's saw it is replacing. When people have said cabinet
saws are less dusty and noisy, they were not kidding! The saw is quieter
than our household vacuum cleaner and the enclosed cabinet contains most
of the dust that used to cover my hair and clothes when using my contractor
The hand wheels are extremely smooth to adjust blade depth and angle
and the fence rides along the rails like a hot knife through butter. The
miter gauge is heavy, metal, and there is no play between the gauge and
table slots. From the cutting I have done, the 3HP motor and brand-new
Oldham blade I purchased for the saw have cut through 2X6, 3/4" plywood,
and 5/8" MDF without hesitation.
If I had to purchase another cabinet saw, I most certainly would purchase
the Bridgewood BW-10TS again. However, there are a couple of minor changes/complaints:
- Include instructions for the fence assembly. This is especially important
since the pictures in the manual do not show the saw with the 84"
- Replace the anti-kickback pawls. Those supplied with the fence are
not sharp enough, too shallow, and the teeth are too closely spaced
to grab even the softest wood. I intend to replace these soon.
- One hole misaligned to attach rear rail to table wing.
- No access to install washers with bolts for rear fence rail. Supply
a better latch mechanism for the motor cover. The current latch is simple
a knob with a screw. Because the latch is behind the power switch, it
is difficult to align the latch and turn it to close or open the cover.
- Three minor chips on the cast-iron extension wings. Add a sloped
floor at the bottom of the cabinet for better dust collection.
- Clearer photos and more detailed instructions in general.
For me, these are really minor complaints and certainly would not deter
me from buying another Bridgewood machine or this saw again. The positive
aspects of this saw far outweigh the minor problems I had. When compared
to my contractor saw and the other cabinet saws I looked at, the BW-10TS
is superior in every aspect. It is an exceptional machine in workmanship,
operation, and value.
If you do happen to look in the new 2002 Wilke Machinery catalog, the
BW-10TS is missing. The saw was substituted with left-tilting arbor cabinet
saw. The absence of the BW-10TS was a printing mistake and Wilke says
plans to continue selling these saws. They will simply be relying on sales
flyers and word-of-mouth to sell them until the next catalogs are printed.